Analysis Department Director

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides assistance in more than 60 countries to populations in distress, to victims of natural or manmade disasters and to victims of armed conflicts, without discrimination and irrespective of origin, religion, creed or political affiliation.

Analysis Department Director (m/f/x)


In 2012, the OCB Analysis and Advocacy Unit (AAU) split into two teams under separate coordination. The Humanitarian Innovation Team (HIT) developed to focus on conflict and displacement settings, through the use of polyvalent specialist profiles that were able to provide strategic support to operations, engage in reflection and writing and conduct advocacy and analysis. The Health Access Team (HAT) continued to develop in-depth specialized research on a range of topics including health financing and HIV/AIDS.

A decision was taken in 2017 to build on the successes of both the HIT and the HAT and to merge the teams into a stand-alone department within OCB – the Analysis Department.

The role of the Analysis Department is to support and critically engage with operations in navigating MSF’s political environment and in overcoming the obstacles faced by patients and operations.

The team’s role is to build in-depth analysis of MSF’s environment and to implement strategies alongside operations to address those challenges, be it through public positioning, advocacy, networking, negotiations or the development of innovative operational models.

The analysis department is a multi-disciplinary team that contributes to the MSF-OCB social mission through the following objectives:

1.      To conduct in depth humanitarian and health policy related research/reflection;

2.      To strengthen context analysis and negotiation/networking capacity

3.      To take public positions on the politics of health and humanitarianism based on MSF’s operational experiences.

4.      To develop and implement advocacy strategies, that are rooted in our operations, as a tool to achieve change;

5.      To support in the development of innovative operational approaches and models of care

6.      To design data collection methods for the purposes of advocacy and analysis

The department is made up of a Forced Migration Team; a Health Politics Team; a Conflict and Humanitarianism Team; and a Humanitarian Access and Networking Team.

The Director of the Analysis department will be responsible for managing the department and overseeing the implementation of its strategic vision.

The collaboration between the analysis, medical and operations department has recently been strengthened through the creation of the ‘strategic triangle’ between the three departments.

The Analysis department Director reports directly to the General Director and forms part of the OCB directors committee.


Revision and implementation of the strategic plan for the department:

  • The current strategic plan of the department finishes in 2022. The director is therefore responsible for developing and implementing a new strategic plan for the department.

Management and leadership:

  • Sets the priorities of the members of the team with regards to analysis, research, advocacy and operational support etc.
  • Recruits new members of the department and reorganizes the structure of the existing team members if needed to ensure maximum synergy and to build on existing strengths.
  • Creates a positive team dynamic of synergy between different profiles and expertise
  • Ensures the operational added value of the department and that the department contributes positively to the MSF social mission.

Content contribution:

  • Together with the coordinators of the teams, proposes public positioning and conceptualizes challenges that require further research/analysis.
  • As the director of a relatively small team, it is envisaged that the director will have the time to also be involved in following up specific files.

Operational support

  • Forms part of crisis teams when required – in particular with regards to analysis, public positioning or negotiations.
  • Regularly interacts with the Operations Directors and provides support in reflecting on operational strategies, advocacy, public positioning etc.

External engagement and representation

  • Represents the department and OCB in relevant external platforms (including strategic academic links).

OCB and MSF interaction

  • Actively contributes to the OCB directors committee.
  • Plays a role in supporting the analysis, advocacy and operational support capacity of MSF sections, specifically those that are located in proximity to operations.
  • Interacts with other OC reflection centers and the International Office


Background and experience required:

  • More than 5 years’ MSF experience in complex political environments in a direct operational position (HoM, FC, Med-co, PMR) and/or analysis and advocacy support to operations in such contexts.
  • Extensive experience in people- and team management.
  • Demonstrated writing skills through publications and articles.
  • Interest and experience in both medical and conflict related humanitarian challenges.


  • Additional completed studies and courses (political, humanitarian, medical-scientific or managerial).
  • Proven contribution to crisis management teams.

Skills and capacities:

  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of medical-humanitarian work and of international humanitarian issues.
  • Capacity to conduct in depth analysis and to navigate complex political environments.
  • Capacity to develop and implement a strategic vision.
  • Ability to inspire, lead and manage teams.
  • Very good communication skills.
  • High level of networking and representation skills.
  • High level of analysis and writing skills.
  • Team player.
  • Ability to lead by inspiring team members to contribute to a common vision.
  • Excellent written and spoken English, with French, Arabic or Spanish an asset


  • Flexibility in working hours.
  • Available for weekend work.
  • Available for extensive travel.


  • Expected starting date: 1st of November 2021
  • Contract type: Open-ended contract (CDI), full-time – mandated to 4 years, extendable with 2 years.
  • Location: Based in Brussels or in another MSF entity (preferably in Europe, Africa or the Middle East) that allows for enough overlapping working hours with CET (Central European Time). The final outcome depends on local legal limitations (residency, work permit, etc.).
  • Compensation package will also vary accordingly, defined by local status.
  • Adhere to the MSF principles and to our managerial values: Respect, Transparency, Integrity, Accountability, Trust and Empowerment
  • Adhere to the MSF Behavioral Commitments

Deadline for applications: 10/10/2021

How to apply?

Please, send your CV and cover letter to and mention “Analysis Department Director” in the subject of your email.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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