Level   12

Reports to (Hierarchical)

Humanitarian Advocacy and Representation Coordinator(HARC)

Reports to (Functional)

Humanitarian Advocacy and Representation Coordinator(HARC)

Job Family


Main Purpose

Defining and implementing strategic, coherent and efficient humanitarian advocacy and representation of MSF in the region towards key state and non-state actors according to MSF's protocols, standards and procedures in order to support MSF’s operations and share MSF’s principles, vision and analyses on humanitarian situations and cross-cutting issues.


  • Defining and implementing MSF’s humanitarian advocacy approach towards key players (state and non-state) in the region, based on operational realities and under the direct responsibility of the HARC and ensuring coherence and coordination between the different MSF advocacy and representations in the region.
  • Being responsible for the set-up and management of the MSF Advocacy Unit in the region, defining the requirements (office set up, equipment, staff, etc.) and managing the budget in order to respond to the humanitarian advocacy needs of the project
  • Developing a network of key regional contacts among a wide range of state and non-state actors, useful for the MSF Movement and operations and helping the Heads of Mission to develop, build and cultivate this network and to ensure a better coherence, consistency and predictability in our representation and dialogue with the key stakeholders in the region
  • Identifying with the HoMs/desks/IO the humanitarian issues of concern to MSF for which it is necessary to develop and propose thorough advocacy efforts towards these actors and to define and implement the best strategy to push MSF’s messages, concerns, analysis and operational issues
  • When relevant for operations, and in support of operational communications, providing information and analysis on the position and strategy of those actors
  • When relevant for operations, following-up, analysing and reporting on key humanitarian issues and trends in the region. Attending specific meetings or debates/ international conferences & preparing systematic summaries of information on relevant activities of humanitarian actors (including the UN system) in countries of major concern to MSF projects and agenda
  • Using a/m network in order to provide prompt and efficient support to solve MSF operational hurdles and problems and facilitate the good implementation of MSF programmes, at time in direct collaboration with these entities


  • Essential: degree in Journalism, Communications, Humanitarian affairs, Political Sciences or related university degree


  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to the humanitarian work and principles of MSF
  • Extensive (min 5 years) field working knowledge/experience with MSF (or equivalent such as the ICRC) required
  • Essential: experience with MSF or other international NGOs in developing countries
  • Key: (experience?) interest in the region and in humanitarian related matters
  • Previous experience in overseas work

Language Level Description

C1  Proficient User

Effective Operational Proficiency or advanced

  • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.
  • Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Technical Skills

This job doesn't have technical skills.

Transversal Competencies

Strategic Vision

Has an overview and links current actions with organisational objectives

  • Contributes towards the global vision.
  • Relates the objectives of his/her project to MSF’s objectives.
  • Is able to distinguish between working activities that give value to MSF’s objectives and those that do not.
  • Sets and maintains an order of priorities in his/her work according to MSF’s strategic objectives. 

Planning and Organising

Follows up, plans activities and sets priorities

  • Plans actions to be carried out with a medium-term perspective, taking other team members into consideration.
  • Organises his/her own work according to the constraints of the team.
  • Utilises existing tools that are proved to be efficient before coming up with his/her own tools.
  • Works to define timeframes and tasks in groups. 

Teamwork and Cooperation

Builds team spirit within the organisation

  • Fosters and encourages collaboration between members of different teams, services and departments, even in difficult situations.
  • Explains to others (in meetings, speeches, etc.) the importance of working in teams.
  • Acts by example. 


Uses actions and indirect influences to persuade

  • Gives solid and coherent arguments to support his/her points to the interlocutor, stressing the key information.
  • Uses different communication tools and means (internal and external resources) to get the message across.
  • Selects communication strategies to have a persuasive impact on the interlocutor.
  • Seeks backup from experts and third parties to strengthen his/her point of view.
  • Manages his/her emotions. 

People Management and Development

Works on the growth and development of team members

  • Offers each team member an equal opportunity to succeed.
  • Publicly acknowledges good performance and positively reinforces it.
  • Considers the personal development of each team member and proposes an individual development plan. 

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