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MSF - Staff Director

Médecins Sans Frontières

Full Time
The Netherlands
Posted 1 week ago

About Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent medical humanitarian organisation. MSF provides medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare.

MSF was founded in 1971, in the aftermath of the Biafran famine of the Nigerian Civil War, by a small group of French doctors and journalists who sought to expand accessibility to medical care across national boundaries and irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation.

MSF teams are made up of tens of thousands of health professionals, logistic and administrative staff – most of them hired locally. MSF actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of impartiality, independence and neutrality. MSF is active in more than 75 countries.

The operational budget for the whole MSF Movement reached 2 168 million EUR in 2022. Private donors provide about 90% of the organisation’s funding, while corporate donations provide the rest.

In 2022, MSF admitted more than 1.2 million people to their hospitals and held more than 16.2 million consultations, including at mobile clinics and in refugee camps.

The Role

Background of the Role

The Human Resources (HR) Department at the Operation Center Amsterdam (OCA) is dedicated to providing comprehensive support for the people and cultural aspects of MSF’s medical operations, which involves approximately 12,000 employees. Our responsibilities encompass a wide array of activities, including recruitment, matching and workforce management for both headquarters and international positions in the countries where we operate, cultivating a diverse, fair, and inclusive workforce, providing opportunities for employee learning and growth, offering guidance to HR and L&D functions in our projects, executing substantial people-centric projects, and much more. To accomplish these goals, our department is structured into several units: HR Field, HR Services, Learning & Development, and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) team.

As part of the OCA Strategic Plan, OCA has adopted a Staff Vision for 2030. This commits us to an inclusive, healthy and safe environment for all our staff, where diversity of thought and experience enhance the quality of our work by 2023. MSF OCA will be considered the preferred employer for future staff looking to work in the medical humanitarian sector. It will foster a culture that is built on an inclusive, healthy and safe environment for our staff.

Role Description

An experienced senior HR professional, with broad knowledge of global humanitarian aid operations and organisations.

The Staff Director develops and implements a staff vision and people strategy aligned with MSF Operating Centre Amsterdam’s (OCA) mission, vision and values.

In this role you lead the HR team and directly supervises: The Deputy Staff Director and Head of HR Field, Heads of HR (Services & L&D), DEI Senior Advisor, Recruitment & Career Manager Coordinator (Functionally), Planning & Implementation Coordinator and an Executive assistant. Indirectly you are responsible for 488 people in our headquarters in Amsterdam as well as approximately 11,500 people in the projects in which we work. You ensure that the sub teams are aligned to the vision and strategy, and you execute and further enhance implementation and ways of working. You are the driving force behind innovations, and various projects in the HR team to help us achieve our goals.

You participate in MSF’s global HR Directors platform, where together with your counterparts, you develop collective strategy for MSF’s workforce management including on reward, DEI and learning and development.

Your collaboration within the organisation is on multiple levels, including regular information exchanges with Functional directors from other departments, membership to respective boards to link relevant governing bodies, close collaboration with the Operations department from an HR perspective as well as attendance of global MSF HR platforms. You report to the General Director MSF Netherlands/OCA Management Chair.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Transformation and change management for engagement and inclusive processes.
  • Delivery of HR strategy as well as the driving force behind the implementation of various HR projects.
  • Develop and manage improvement strategies and a high level as well as operational level in different contexts (eg Dutch society, the OCA partnership and/or MSF international environment).
  • Alignment with the overall strategic framework and effective strategic guidance, policies, processes, standards and guidelines for effective implementation.
  • Strategic, tactical & operational collaborations at various levels within the organisation eg: Operations team.
  • Act as a link between the senior MSF-OCA HR Platform and the MSF-OCA management team as well as representation on relevant intersectional platforms eg: IDRH (International Directors of Human Resource).
  • Management, coaching and development of team members, including performance management and staff development and succession planning.

Person Specification

  • Strong group leadership and change management experience with strategic vision and operational skill.
  • Situational awareness, displaying initiative and ability to delegate tasks in a clear and efficient manner.
  • Ability to navigate complex issues, and resolve conflicts by fostering harmony in the workplace.
  • Strong interpersonal communication.
  • Organisationally culturally sensitive leader who can foster employee engagement.


  • Extensive HR management experience, (preferably working in an international humanitarian /NGO setting), including examples of previous organisational change and process design initiatives.  

Job Features

Job CategoryHealth, Humanitarian, Josje
LocationAmsterdam (The Netherlands) On-site
SalaryAnnual gross salary €91.193 – €125.549
DepartmentHuman Resources
Closing Date8 January 2024

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Job Features

Job CategoryHealth, Humanitarian, Josje
LocationAmsterdam (The Netherlands) On-site
SalaryAnnual gross salary €91.193 – €125.549
DepartmentHuman Resources
Closing Date8 January 2024

Apply Online

Josje Reinartz
Josje Reinartz

Associate Director, AsiaPac