Level   12

Reports to (Hierarchical)

Head of Mission

Reports to (Functional)

Intersectional Legal Department (ILD) referent

Job Family


Relations: Internal

Supervising Legal officer and/or legal assistant – when applicable

Main Purpose

Providing technical legal expertise in support of the mission. Identifying the legal constraints and obligations applicable to MSF, assessing the risks and providing recommendations in order to support MSF activities in the country.


In cooperation with and under the technical supervision of the ILD referent, being in charge of (non-exhaustive):

  • Centralising Legal Issues and Providing Legal Advice
  • Providing reasoned legal opinions – and practical solutions, adapted to MSF specificities, particularly in the areas of social law, contract law, fiscal law and administrative law applicable to NGOs.
  • Referring request related to legal areas not covered by the Intersectional Legal Advisor to the relevant ILD advisor.

  • Drafting/ Revising Mission’s HR Documents, Contracts and Correspondence

  • Promoting and when necessary adapting the templates developed by the ILD according to the applicable local requirements.

  • Ensuring the Follow-Up of Litigation Files

  • Ensuring that the proposed strategy is in the best interest of MSF, assesses the risks and proposes alternatives solutions;

  • Reporting to his/her superiors and to the HR or Finance teams on the progress of the cases;

  • Managing Individual Risk (ILD Unit 3)

  • Providing legal support to HR teams and providing updates to the coordination teams;

  • Coordinating the liaison among sections or directly liaises with relevant authorities like Labour Office/Ministry of Labour, MOH partner and Medical Order;

  • Managing Legal and Administrative Framework Related Risks (ILD Unit 4)

  • appropriate support to follow-up registration/operational licenses of all MSF sections and providing legal advice on framework and project MOU;

  • Providing legal support to ensure the facilitation of administrative procedures, ensuring consistency between sections present in the country;

  • Preparing a risk analysis including all the legal and administrative blockages that MSF could face:

  • Training / Project Visits

  • Reporting

  • Providing regular activity reports to superiors;

  • Providing a complete end of mission report.

  • Management (when applicable)

    • Responsible for the recruitment and supervision of legal officers and legal assistants, when applicable.


Lawyer (law degree), ideally with a specialization in Labor Law; knowledge of tax and/or commercial law is an asset.


At least 4 years’ experience as an in-house lawyer or as an attorney, including an experience in an NGO.

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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