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Organization: Médecins Sans Frontières
Closing date: 11 Nov 2021


Médecins Sans Frontières is an international independent medical-humanitarian organization, which offers assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict, without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation.

MSF is a civil society initiative that brings together individuals committed to the assistance of other human beings in crisis. As such MSF is by choice an association.
Each individual working with MSF does it out of conviction and is ready to uphold the values and principles of MSF.

The MSF movement is built around six operational directorates. MSF OCBA is one of those directorates. The operations are implemented by field teams and the mission coordination teams; together with the organizational units based in Barcelona and decentralized in Nairobi, Dakar and Amman. The field operations are guided and supported by 5 Operational Cells, the Emergency Unit and other departments supporting operations, including the Medical Department.


The MSF Medical Department of the Operational Centre Barcelona-Athens (MSF-OCBA) is composed of three units: the medical specialties, the health services and the medical-operational unit. The head of the medical-operational unit is also the Deputy Medical Director. The Medical Director is in charge of the overall management of the department with the support of the heads of the three units, and an Assistant.

The successful applicant will provide technical support to all relevant sexual and reproductive health (SRH) projects within MSF OCBA. She will work closely with the other OCBA SV referent to deliver comprehensive package of care for survivors of SV across OCBA projects. She will also collaborate closely with other referents both inside the medical department and outside (protection and legal) to ensure the highest standard of SV care is developed and delivered. The work will be carried out in the framework of the OCBA Strategic plan, Medical Department Strategy, Operational Strategy, sexual violence roadmaps. This new position will be cover OCBA programs in the following geographical areas (West and Central Africa, Latin America, East Africa and Asia) working alongside the current SV referent who focuses on the Middle East. However both referents will work together to ensure comprehensive and aligned coverage across programs.


The Referent will be hierarchically and functionally accountable to the Head of Medical Specialties Unit. Functionally linked and supporting Medical polyvalent (TESACO/Desk HQ), Mission Coordinators (Medcos/HoM) and FC and Project Medical Referents (projects), as well as the referent advisors of the Medical department. Whilst in the field, she works under the regular hierarchical and functional structures of the missions, while keeping communication with the Medical Department.


· The SV referent will work with the SV referent based in the Middle East Unit to support the provision of quality sexual violence care throughout OCBA Missions through the provision of guidance concerning both technical program set up and clinical activity at all stages in the program cycle.

· She will provide the fields missions/cells with adapted support according to needs providing direct an immediate response or/and searching actively for the needed answers through research (literature review, seeking advice of specialist in the matter) to provide the best available solutions, based always in good practices and international standards.

· She, together with a multidisciplinary team in and outside the medical department (legal, mental health and Humanitarian Anthropology, Community Engagement and Health Promotion Referents) will develop and implement packages of care for survivors of Sexual Violence

· She will act as OCBA focal person for SV related matters internally and within the MSF networks (intersectional SRH/SV working group) and externally.

· She conducts field visits / supports when needed (including emergencies) under the responsibilities, functions and tasks described in the field visit’s terms of reference.

· She will receive data and reports from the field regarding SV activities for analysis, feedback and dissemination in a variety of platforms (field, HQ, externally field / HQ/external)

· She will coordinate in the updating, organization and delivery of training (in person and remote)

· Briefing and debriefing of MSF staff in particular SV focal points and Medical Coordinators and Project Medical Referents and Field Coordinators

· Support the HHRR department and the learning unit in the recruitment, matching and development of staff working in and leading the activities in SV projects

· Assists in the medical on call on rotation with the TESACO’s and other referents.

· She follows actively, monitors and evaluates the service provided by telemedicine related to her area of expertise.

Medical department development and networking:

· As referent of the Medical department, She participates in all activities organized by the Medical department, including weekly, monthly and process revision meetings, as in other ad hoc relevant reunions; participates in the development of the plan of action of the department.

· Together with a team of multidisciplinary referents she or he will promote the development of SV programs within MSF OCBA, identifying key priorities issues which need to be invested in including through participation in operational research and collaborating with the Operations Dept in the implementation and adaptation of strategies and policies.

· Supports the communication department where needed (providing talks, articles, videos and/or looking for appropriate speakers that can do so).

· She liaises regularly with key relevant actors related to SV (academics, researchers, institution developing programs or policies related to this field) to inform or get informed on recent / ongoing developments in and outside of MSF (programs, research, initiatives, introduction of new tools) and use those info to feed internal discussion on SV to promote innovation.


Education, Experience and desired attributes

· Registered Nurse, Midwife or Doctor.

· Proven experience in the management of sexual violence and safe abortion care in contexts of low income and humanitarian settings

· A minimum of 2 years program experience in different MSF projects (different contexts) or with relevant medical organization working in low income countries and/or humanitarian settings

· Fluent in English, French and Spanish

· Knowledge in computer: Excel, Word and PowerPoint programs.


· Education and /or experience in Community Based Approaches

· Master degree in a public health related topic.

· Further training in violence or sexual violence

· Willing to travel abroad, including conflict settings


· Commitment to MSF’s Principles

· Cross-cultural Awareness

· Behavioural Flexibility

· Analytical Thinking

· Strategic Vision

· Results and Quality Orientation

· Service Orientation

· Initiative and Innovation

· Teamwork and Cooperation


· Based in any MSF-OCBA Hub (Barcelona, MSF-Spain office delegations, Amman, Dakar or Nairobi) with regular field visits estimated to up to 30% of time. Final location will be subject to the employability of the preselected candidate (residency, work permit,etc.).

· 100% FTE

· 1 year contract with possibility to be extended

· Annual Gross salary: HQ-4A (divided in 12 monthly payments) + secondary benefits based in MSF OCBA Rewards policy

· Starting date: immediately

MSF is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, race, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We are committed to achieving a balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

MSF provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. MSF does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo reference checks.

Médecins Sans Frontieres, as a responsible employer, under article 38 of “Ley de Integración Social del Minusválido de 1982 (LISMI)” invite those persons with a recognized disability and with an interest in the humanitarian area to apply for the above-mentioned position.

How to apply:


  • To apply, please follow the link below and submit your CV and cover letter

  • Closing date: November 11th, 2021, 23:59 CET (Central European Time)