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Head of Mission Support/Advocacy Job Vacancy in Ethiopia

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Médecins Sans Frontières (also known as Doctors without Borders or MSF) is a private, non-profit, international humanitarian medical organization that intervenes in emergencies and crisis situations to relieve human suffering resulting from unmet medical needs. MSF observes strict neutrality with respect to politics and provides its assistance without discriminating on the basis of race, religion, ideology, or political affiliation. MSF’s members are required to respect humanitarian principles and principles of medical ethics at all times.


·         Number of Position:  One  
·         Place of work:  Coordination Office in Addis Ababa with frequent field travel
·         Terms of employment:  1 year with possibility of extension
·         Remuneration and Benefits:
-          ETB 30,614.00
-          Medical Coverage 100%
·         Date of  application: July 05 – 12, 2018

Main Purposes

Supporting the Head of Mission in security management and coordination tasks, ensuring a smooth relation with local and national authorities, contributing to the context analysis and follow-up, providing translations and interpretations according to MSF protocols, standards and procedures in order to facilitate the mission coordination tasks

Main objectives and Responsibilities of the position

•         Supporting the HoM in promoting and protecting the MSF image externally and assisting in context analysis, disseminating relevant context information to the coordination team, regularly informing them on key issues, updating general information on the context for MSF internal documents and advising on cultural appropriateness of organized activities and individual behaviors.
•         Analyzing the risks and the security level of the context of the mission and assisting in conducting risk assessments and in the development security plans for the mission and project. Advising the PC and HoM on aspects of security management
•         Establishing and maintaining external relationships with relevant authorities and stakeholders. Keeping good knowledge of counterparts in different administrations and departments and keeping up to date records of field contacts as part of actor mapping (other NGOs, UN agencies, local authorities, etc.) as well as verifying that they are easily accessible, in order to facilitate contacts and meetings.
•         At the request of the Head of Mission, assisting the HoM or representing MSF in meetings (NGOs, official bodies and administrations, etc.). Taking minutes of meetings and preparing full report
Assisting in the elaboration of the advocacy plan of the mission in collaboration with the PC, MedCo and the Communications responsible and supporting its implementation and follow up.

•         Collaborate with the HoM, the Operational/Humanitarian Affairs Department at HQ and other relevant parties to identify advocacy prioities and develop a coherent global strategy, in order to address the humanitarian situation. This includes coordinating the implementation of the strategy and monitoring the progress,
•         Define and review messages, tools, lobbying activities and other advocacy action plans and strategies, in order to raise all humanitarian issues in the mission and seek assistance and protection to affected population.
•         Perform data collection and research concerning local and international context, with regards to security, medical, nutritional and humanitarian issues, in order to provide reliable information for further decision-making.
•         Support the mission in the analysis of the data collected, in order to better orientate the programmes and projects, to provide an optimal response to population needs.
•         Compile regular updates of the ongoing (inter-)national activities and plans of NGO’s, UN, ICRC, donors, authorities and other actors on lobby, policy and operational plans and initiatives in order to adequate MSF ’s activities and objectives.
•         Organize discussions, trainings, briefings, etc. about human rights and humanitarian law issues and current and future advocacy activities, in order to raise awareness of MSF staff regarding these matters.
•         Participates in the elaboration and updating of the Country Risk Analysis
•         Promotes and assists in the implementation of advocacy activities
•         Supervises humanitarian affairs related staff in the Mission.
Job Requirements
•       Essential - degree in Law, Humanitarian affairs, Political Sciences or related university degree.
•       Experience in humanitarian aid preferably within MSF or other NGO. Essential previous working experience of at least two years in research, analysis and advocacy or working in political, security, and humanitarian issues in the country
•       English, mission and local language essential
•       Computer proficiency in MS Excel and Word
•       Good analytical skills, at ease with figures and economics data
•       Excellent communication and diplomatic skills, including writing skills
•       People Management and Development L2
•       Commitment to MSF Principles L2
•       Behavioural Flexibility L3
•       Results and Quality Orientation L3
•       Teamwork and Cooperation L3
How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit their non-returnable CV and application letters to the address given below:

HR & Administration Department, MSF Holland P.O. Box 34357Addis Ababa Ethiopia or deliver at MSF Holland Office, Addis Ababa Yeka Sub City, Woreda 7, Kebele 11/12, House No. 605 (in front of Levi Building) or apply online through

Please note that we only contact short-listed candidates.