Vacancy: Editor, International Office

Purpose of the position The purpose of this position is to develop and produce key international publications and occasional articles/opinion pieces for the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) international movement, through the MSF international office. The Editor is primarily responsible for the organization's annual Activity Report, which presents key humanitarian issues facing MSF and provides information on activities in all countries where MSF operates.

Place within the organization The Editor is an international position reporting to the International Information Coordinator and working closely with the MSF Secretary-General. The Editor is based in the International Office in Geneva, Switzerland.

To compile and produce the Activity Report, the Editor works closely with communications and operations staff in all MSF Operational Centers for content development and text review and approval. The Editor also works with MSF staff members (Directors, Presidents and others in MSF Operational or Partner sections or in the field) who have been requested to write keynote essays on humanitarian issues.


  • Consulting closely with the International Information Coordinator and Secretary-General, plan content and writers for annual Activity Report.
  • Ensure completion of all content for Activity Report by working with essay writers to develop and edit their pieces, identifying and working with additional writers to provide country profiles and other material, supervising yearly summer intern and consultant and writing texts as necessary.
  • Guide all texts through a complex review and approval process.
  • Coordinate production of Activity Report with graphic designer and printer.
  • Supervise the translation of the Activity Report into French; coordinate with editors of other language editions.
  • Plan, coordinate writers, edit and write (as necessary) texts for the MSF Living Activity Report for Tukul, the MSF intranet.
  • Produce other occasional publications and other written material (articles/opinion pieces) for the MSF International movement.


  • Master's degree (or equivalent) in journalism, political science, international affairs, development, area studies (esp. Africa) or related field
  • English native speaker; ability to read and understand French essential
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills
  • Minimum 4-5 years directly related work experience; demonstrated ability to bring complex publications to timely completion
  • Demonstrated interested in humanitarian work
  • Experience working in international environment
  • Willingness to travel

    Also important: flexibility, a sense of humor, and ability to work well with a small team under tight deadline pressure.

    The position will be based in Geneva, Switzerland (some work and orientation in the first half of 2004 will be done in Brussels, Belgium).

    Competitive salary; excellent benefits.

    To apply

    Send resume and cover letter to: Anouk Delafortrie, International Information Coordinator
    MSF International Office
    rue de la Tourelle 39
    1040 Brussels, Belgium

    phone: 32-2-280-1881

    or via e-mail to

    Deadline: all applications must be received by February 6, 2004.
    Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.