Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent and international medical aid organisation. In some 75 countries worldwide, we provide life-saving emergency relief, including epidemic control, war surgery, nutritional assistance and primary healthcare.
MSF's aim is to provide impartial assistance, on the basis of need alone, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, creed or political affiliation. To maintain its independence from political interference, MSF relies on donations from private individuals for the majority of its income. This private funding gives MSF the freedom to respond to the greatest needs as quickly and independently as possible.
As medical professionals, MSF volunteers have a duty to bear witness and sometimes to speak out on behalf of the patients and communities they are working with. MSF campaigns locally and internationally for humanitarian principles and medical ethics and for access to essential medicines for the world’s poorest and most excluded people.
The mandate of the UK section is to provide technical, medical, human resources, financial and communications support to field operations.
MSF UK PROGRAMMES UNIT
UK Programmes supports MSF’s medical work and our teams on the front line through reflection, analysis, research and advocacy. UK Programmes is a vital link for MSF’s humanitarian and health policies and practice to reach a UK audience. It is the vehicle for MSF’s advocacy to the UK Government and other key UK-based health and humanitarian actors. UK Programmes has developed expertise in the use and application of qualitative methods and anthropology for the service of the Operational Centre Amsterdam (OCA). We research issues that affect our patients, field staff and our relationships with other actors in the humanitarian world. The outcome of this research informs MSF’s advocacy and influences internal MSF policy and practice. UK Programmes also works in support of internal/ intersectional dossiers that require facilitation and analysis.
What you will do for us
MSF UK Programmes has taken on an ambitious workload in 2017 and requires analytic and organisational support for various ongoing work streams. These include, but are not limited to: analysis of global health actors and related policies, campaigning for transparent and fair pricing for vaccines, assisting with advocacy and outreach in MSF’s multilateral work to democratize the global R&D system, engaging with the UK policy agenda on refugees and migration in Europe, engaging with actors in the UK’s humanitarian and aid landscapes, and undertaking ongoing analysis of the humanitarian aid system. You will aid and assist the Project Manager for the Leadership Education Academic Partnership (LEAP), a bourgeoning education partnership between MSF and two major academic institutions being rolled out in September 2018. Within these work streams you will be required to undertake the following tasks:
What you will learn
What we want from you
When we want you
What else you can expect: This role is an opportunity to explore the day to day operation of an NGO and to become acquainted with MSF operations.Also, there will be ample opportunity to learn about Médecins Sans Frontières and you are welcome to attend and contribute to weekly office meetings and operational updates.