Duration: Permanent full time position
Starting day: 3rd September 2018
Reporting to: International Medical Secretary
Deadline for application: 27th May 2018
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural disasters. MSF offers assistance to people based only on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.
MSF International is the legal entity that binds MSF’s 21 sections, 24 associations and other offices together. Based in Geneva, MSF International provides coordination, information and support to the MSF Movement, as well as implements international projects and initiatives as requested. MSF International also provides administrative support to the MSF Access Campaign.
The International Medical Secretariat enhances and strengthens medical leadership at the international level by ensuring that MSF medical priorities and innovations in MSF medical practice are defined, promoted and moved forward, and that these priorities become part of an international agenda addressed through the appropriate processes across the movement. Within the secretariat, the International Medical Secretary (IMS) actively promotes strong links and communication across the main medical operational platforms to ensure leadership and progress for the movement on these medical priorities. The IMS also represents the movement externally, communicating MSF’s views on agreed medical operational priorities, policies and positions.
The International Medical Secretariat Officer position has been created to support the IMS in her/his mission and reports hierarchically to the IMS.
OBJECTIVES OF THE POSITION
The International Medical Secretariat Officer will support the IMS in the development and follow-up of medical dossiers or key medical issues responding to the evolving MSF field needs and practices. With insight and fresh perspective, s/he will play a crucial role in building a collaborative and supportive work environment in order to assist the IMS to achieve a solid overall medical leadership with a strategic vision and ensure progress of the movement’s medical priorities.
The International Medical Secretariat Officer will proactively help prepare the IMS in her/his external representative role with the aim to communicate and advocate MSF’s views on agreed medical operational priorities, policies and positions.
S/he will be the IMS’s support of choice in terms of sustained, in-depth study or contextual analysis, information cross-checking and development of delegated files and their possible correlations with other subjects.
1. Strategic support on medical leadership
The International Medical Secretariat Officer acts as the main point of support to the IMS for preparation of and follow-up from the MedOp platform meetings. This includes the preparation and dissemination of elaborated agendas and background documents, reporting on discussions at the meetings, and assistance to ensure implementation of related tasks to achieve outcomes and action points.
Furthermore, the International Medical Secretariat Officer undertakes the following tasks:
2. Information management and communication linkage
In addition to the work supporting the MedOp platform, the International Medical Secretariat Officer supports specifically the IMS in relation to specific tasks linked to their role in the following:
The International Medical Secretariat Officer plays a proactive role in providing communication linkage towards the International Office and the Access Campaign staff and any other stakeholders or platforms. Thus s/he is the focal point to:
3. Mutual Accountability Process
The International Medical Secretariat Officer will be delegated specific roles by the IMS specifically in relation with the Mutual Accountability Process.
The process needs to be consolidated and monitored in order to make sure that transparency, reciprocal trust and good practices of information sharing are preserved.
The International Medical Secretariat Officer’s role can include:
The International Medical Secretariat Officer shall provide support on other dossiers as requested by the IMS.
Qualifications and work experience