Regional Humanitarian Access & Networking Advisor (m/f)

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. To develop this work, the Analysis Department is recruiting a: Regional Humanitarian Access and Networking Advisor (m/f)

CONTEXT

In 2012, the MSF-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.

In 2017, a decision was taken 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 plays an important role within OCB in terms of analysing our political environment, defining advocacy strategies, shaping public messages and supporting or challenging operations on topics ranging from new project locations to negotiated access.

The mission of the analysis department is to have a multi-disciplinary team that contributes to the MSF social mission by (1) conducting in depth humanitarian and health policy related research/reflection; (2) developing and implementing advocacy strategies; (3) expanding our operational networks in support of our humanitarian access; (4) supporting and challenging operations; and (5) positioning the organisation on the politics of health and humanitarianism based on MSF’s operational experiences.

Within this new department there are 4 teams:

-           The health politics team

-           The forced migration team

-           The conflict and humanitarianism team

-           The humanitarian access and networking team

This advertised position forms part of the Humanitarian Access and Networking Team. This team focuses on supporting operations in increasing its context analysis and networking capacity. The team works together with operations to build a networking strategy that is in direct support to the Heads of Mission and Field Coordinators. This will be done primarily through the provision of support and coaching of the national staff assistant Head of Mission and assistant Field Coordinator positions. These positions will be redefined to better clarify their role in developing networks alongside the Head of Mission and Field Coordinator. This regional position will act as a technical referent for these field positions. 

The purpose of the Regional Humanitarian Access Advisor is to increase our networking and negotiation capacity at field level, and to provide direct support to operations at field and HQ levels.

The Regional Humanitarian Access Advisor will be responsible for developing an in depth regional context analysis and will support Heads of Mission in the region in developing their operational networks. This will involve coaching and supporting field based national staff who form part of the operational decision-making line.

Frequent travels to the field will be necessary as well as flexibility to respond to sudden demands of support outside of assigned portfolio.

JOB PROFILE

  1. Support and coaching
    1. Help to implement the revision of the Assistant Head of Mission and Assistant Field Coordinator positions within priority contexts of the region.
    2. Develop a strategy to support and coach key national staff positions (including through the exchange of best-practices, training opportunities, regular meetings etc. at regional level).
    3. Work alongside HoMs and Field coordinators to develop and implement a regional networking strategy.
  2. Context analysis and networking
    1. Together with the operations (‘Assistant HoM’ or ‘Assistant FieldCo’[1]) ensure a regular actor mapping is carried out of all political, military and civil society actors that have relevance to our area of operations.
    2. Support in the development of networks that help to open doors for MSF operations.
    3. Based on the actor mapping, identify links between actors in different countries of the region.
    4. Develop an in depth analysis of political and military dynamics in key identified contexts and its regional implications.
  3. Overall strategy development
    1. Support the operations in the development of a country level networking strategy that is coherent across the region.
    2. Identify ways to support operations in its engagement with non-state armed actors (based on identified gaps).
    3. Identify ways to support operations in its engagement with governments and civil society (based on identified gaps).
    4. Develop a written regional strategy paper for networking.

CANDIDATE PROFILE

  • Former HoM level experience within MSF or other NGO’s
  • Extensive experience of the Great Lakes region (including relevant language skills).
  • Political Science, journalism or another relevant academic background
  • Experience of working in both unstable / insecure environments as well as stable missions
  • Experience of interacting with MSF and partner sections
  • Proven track record in negotiation and networking

Skills and capacities:

  • Fluent in French and English
  • Ability to take initiatives and to work independently
  • Capacity to develop and implement a strategic vision
  • Strong networking skills are essential
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to represent MSF toward multiple counter-parts
  • Very good written and oral communication skills
  • Team player
  • The candidate adheres to the MSF principles and to our managerial values: Respect, Transparency, Integrity, Accountability, Trust and Empowerment.

CONDITIONS

Please name your CV and cover letter with your LAST NAME and submit them to Recruit-HQ-DG@brussels.msf.org before December 16th, 2019 while mentioning “Humanitarian Access & Networking Advisor” in the subject of your email. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please note that if you already applied for this position, there is no need to resubmit your application.

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[1] It is foreseen that the title of these positions will change to better reflect the networking and negotiation role of these critical national staff positions. Future job titles could be HoM Advisor/FieldCo Advisor or Project Humanitarian Access Advisor / Country Humanitarian Access Advisor)