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MSF Academy Representative - Yemen

Voor deze vacature is een uitstekende kennis van Engels vereist, we hebben het dus enkel in het Engels gepubliceerd.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides assistance in more than 70 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.  
MSF Operational Centre Brussels is looking for a: 

MSF Academy Representative (m/f/x)  - Yemen


As the Academy Representative, you are responsible for MSF Academy’s operational response in the country and coordinating MSF Academy programme execution, promotion and representation toward the relevant national and international authorities and training institutions. You are in charge of defining the operational strategy for the MSF Academy for Healthcare in the country 

You develop, plan and oversee the implementation and management of the Countinous Professional Development program and scan further needs and opportunities for the MSF Academy in the country.  

You work in close collaboration with the Coordination teams (mainly HoM, Medco, HRCo, PDM and FieldCos/ PMR) of the different Operational Centres present in the country of intervention, and, at HQ level, the Program Manager of the MSF Academy’s global team and the technical referents (nursing sciences, pedagogical and clinical). 

These activities must be executed while ensuring compliance to MSF’s charter, ethical standards and policies in order to realize organizational objectives and improve the quality of care within MSF-supported health facilities.  


General responsibilities:  

  • Be accountable and supervise the execution of MSF Academy programs, including potential emergency response activities. Ensure that the MSFs technical and ethical standards are followed and objectives are achieved. Coordinate activities with all MSF sections in the country 
  • Represent MSF Academy for Healthcare and defend its interests before MSF Operations, national and local authorities, NGO’s, donors, training institutions and media to realize an active positioning and a positive public image. Raise awareness in the local, national and international community about the existence of MSF and the needs for Academy programs 
  • Monitor and analyze the healthcare training situation in the country in order to identify the healthcare workers status and training needs in the MSF operational projects already benefitting from MSF Academy interventions, but also potentially in other projects where the MSF Academy could potentially intervene. Establish and maintain contacts with key stakeholders and carry out relevant visits to remain in-tuned with activities 
  • Lead negotiations for access and defining risks and constraints in order to make project proposals, set project targets and determine material, human and financial resources needed. Bear witness, documenting and raising awareness for the target populations needs 
  • Be accountable for the proper planning, sizing, and coordination of all financial and material resources needed in the project. Collaborate with the MSF Academy Program Manager in building/updating the annual plan and budget, with regards to your area of work and responsibilities 
  • Be responsible for the proper application of HR policies and associated processes in the project (recruitment, briefing/debriefing, evaluation, staff learning and development and internal communication) in order to ensure both the sizing of the team and the amount of knowledge required for the project activities. Ensure the associative character of MSF is reflected in the briefing of all MSF staff, maximizing their commitment to MSF values and project’s goals 
  • Ensure data collection and the implementation of the Monitoring & Evaluation framework of the MSF Academy in the country 
  • Evaluate program performance and providing all the required reports to MSF Academy Program Manager on project planning, project monitoring and project evaluation in line with the MSF Academy program reporting cycle 
  • Be responsible for producing (parts of) activity and financial reports for donors, when required 
  • Centralize and share all HRH Development related resources, within the mission and with HQ, thereby supports the knowledge management organization-wide 
  • Supervise the project material resources put at MSF’s disposition in order to ensure a correct use and its longevity. Supervise all orders (medical and logistical) and the MSF Academy purchases as well as the financial indicators, in order to ensure efficiency and early detect deviations and its causes 
  • Responsible for the management and cohesion of the MSF Academy team, ensure all understand their roles and responsibilities, provide guidance and support to each team member (including induction), and ensure that adequate support is organised when necessary (anticipating the needs), as much at field level than from the MSF Academy global team 

Context specific responsibilities in Yemen: 

  • Ensure on-going context analysis in view of identifying further roll-out of MSF Academy nursing care learning programs 
  • Ensure that the long-term strategy of MSF Academy activities is in accordance with the needs and priorities of all MSF-supported structures in the country. This requires obtaining buy-in from all OCs’ coordination teams, and to create ownership from all teams, at coordination and projects levels 
  • Design the MSF Academy strategy and implementation plan specific to each project site, in close collaboration with the Pedagogical Manager, the field team, the Medical Coordinators, PDMs of the relevant OC and the MSF Academy Program Manager of the MSF Academy Global team 
  • Promote the role of the MSF Academy for Healthcare and advocate for the right implementation conditions within all MSF projects in the country 
  • Network and advocate with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders to achieve strong ownership and develop the strategy to achieve the official recognition/accreditation of the training activities – Key actors are the Ministry of Health for the Continuous Professional Development and the Ministry of Higher Education for recognition of the acquisition of new competencies. This will be carried out with the technical support of the pedagogical manager and the global team 
  • Ensure that the MSF Academy’s program(s) is/are integrated in the projects’ logframe(s) 
  • Manage and plan the daily running of MSF Academy programs in the mission; this includes the planning of the various trips of the clinical mentors to the project sites and coordination with operations, the smooth running of distance support, the organisation of Aca days, the organisation and planning of visits by the referents to support the project(s), visas, etc.  


Education & Experience  

  • University degree, minimum Bachelor level 
  • Could be an asset: Nursing / midwifery diploma 
  • Previous MSF experience, preferably in a field coordinator, PMR, medical coordinator, HRCO, or Head of Mission position  
  • Proven experience in the understanding of health systems in the Middle East 
  • Experience in project management and team management 
  • Working experience in relevant similar jobs in other NGO’s, in different contexts, is an asset 
  • Experience managing pedagogical projects, strong interest in teaching is an asset 
  • Experience in advocacy and networking within MSF and with higher authorities is an asset 
  • Experience in change management is an asset 


  • Strategic vision L4 
  • Leadership L4 
  • People Management and Development L4 
  • Teamwork and Cooperation L4 
  • Results and Quality Orientation L4 
  • Capacity to Negotiate L3 
  • Initiative and Innovation L3 
  • Cross-cultural Awareness L3 
  • Networking and Building Relationships, Advocacy L4 
  • Planning and Organising L4 
  • Commitment to MSF’s Principles  
  • Behavioural Flexibility  L3 
  • Stress Management L3 
  • Emotional intelligence, Positive-minded and energetic 
  • Essential computer literacy (word, excel and internet) and facility to learn using new IT tools 


  • Fluent in both Arabic and English, oral and written 


  • Expected starting date: As soon as possible 
  • Location: based in Sanaa, Yemen  
  • Mobility required with frequent visits to the project locations up to 30%.  
  • Contract type: fixed term contract  
  • The contractual terms, conditions and salary will be established according to the official residence of the selected candidate and in compliance with the standard MSF function and salary grids. 
  • Length of contract: 12 months (extension possible) 
  • No family position 
  • 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: 27th of May 2024

How to apply? 

Online applications to be submitted by 27/05/2024 latest via the following link. When clicking on this link, you will be directed to our online application tool. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

MSF values diversity and is committed to create an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of disability, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, race, color or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. 

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