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Médecins Sans Frontières is an international independent medical-humanitarian organization, which offers assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict, without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation.

MSF is a civil society initiative that brings together individuals committed to the assistance of other human beings in crisis. As such MSF is by choice an association.
Each individual working with MSF does it out of conviction and is ready to uphold the values and principles of MSF.

The MSF movement is built around 6 operational directorates supported by MSF’s 21 sections, 24 associations and other offices together worldwide.

MSF OCBA is one of those directorates. The operations are implemented by field teams guided by mission coordination teams. It has organisational units in Barcelona, Athens and decentralised operational units in Nairobi, Dakar and Amman. The field operations are guided and supported by 5 Operational Cells, the Emergency Unit and other departments supporting operations, including the General Direction Department.

MSF OCBA’s portfolio centres on populations in contexts of conflict and violence and provides medical -humanitarian aid to alleviate the consequences of conflict and violence on populations. We strive to be as close to the front line as possible and endeavor to bring differential medical services in locations where services are inexistent or precarious, most of our portfolio is located in remote, challenging areas. In addition, we are strongly focused on emergency response in these types of contexts and locations.


Under the hierarchical supervision of the Head of ARHP, who at this time is also the Deputy Director of Operations, and under the functional supervision of the Head of Medico-legal Unit of the Intersectional Legal Department (ILD), the legal officer on the one hand is dedicated to providing direct legal support to operational teams on medical issues confronting teams on the ground. She/he may also be asked to support on Protection issues, particularly when involving patients, caretakers etc. The medical legal side of the role amount to half of the workload for this position.

The other half of the work load corresponds to work designated in line with his /her role as Humanitarian affairs advisor/analyst in the Centre for Applied Reflection on Humanitarian Practice. (ARHP). This work will essentially be to research, analyse, reflect and produce directly or indirectly potential avenues of action i.e positionings, lobbying or negotiation inputs, advocacy etc. He/She may do this work alone, with the field, cell or with other colleagues in the ARHP.

(S)he also works in a team with other legal advisors of the Intersectional Legal Department based in OCBA and in other OCs to ensure that OCBA and all sections receive uniform quality support.


Medico-legal issues

ü Assists cells and field teams with the legal management of victims of violence and all patients’ in conflict and non-conflict affected countries.

ü Provides medical – legal support to field teams regarding violence/proceedings against MSF structures and patients (security incidents, arrests, notification obligations, medical confidentiality, specific considerations concerning minors, legal proceedings etc.)

ü Research on domestic legislation in relation with medical activities, esp. on consent, interruption of pregnancy, confidentiality and obligation to report.

ü Draft of country summaries on the medical-legal framework

ü Supports if required, the implementation of tools to improve the documentation of protection cases in line with OCBA protection policy

ü Participates and follows up the implementation of archiving system (e.g. for SV medico legal certificates) and medical data protection

ü Trains MSF teams on relevant medico-legal issues geared to active prevention and or support in case management.

ü Participates and contributes to the intersectional working group on medico-legal issues.

ü Could be requested to participate in the investigation after a critical event which would include(i) supervising the gathering of evidence, (ii) analysing the data, (iii) producing the report (establishing the facts, lessons learnt, identification of messages and advocacy plan)

ü May be asked to support the IHL and Senior Humanitarian Affairs advisor/analyst.

Humanitarian Affairs advisor/analyst

ü Under the direct management of the Head of the ARHP, this position will:

ü Carry out deep level research on a range of themes and topics relevant to OCBA operations and the challenges, dilemmas and issues confronting the opening up and maintenance of medical- humanitarian space in conflict zones.

ü Produce quality analysis and reflection on a wide range of operationally relevant themes and issues.

ü Ability to support field, cells and Dir Ops on following of major to minor crises as they emerge and evolve.

ü Scans contexts and context markers for anticipatory flagging of macro trends.

ü Networks with a designated typology of actors to produce differential and nuanced analysis and reflection regarding humanitarian affairs, aid sector, things hitting aid sector etc.

ü Works to be informed on contexts where OCBA has operations to be in a position to support field and to bring quality argumentation to in- team (ARHP) debates, in ops, in house sparring and discussions.

ü Peer reviews team members work in order to boost quality and rigour of analyses and reflections produced.

ü Can be asked to support cell based HAA on specific matters.

ü Can be asked to support work loads on other ARHP members of Head of ARHP.

ü This position will also contribute to Protection initiatives/cases when needed for people affected by violence



· Education, skills and experience

· Essential

· Master degree in law, human rights or international relations.

· Outstanding analytical and advisory skills

· Ability to translate an operational negotiation into legal language and ability to explain legal concerns and their operational implications to field teams

· Ability to analyse complex operational environments and synthesise the core elements into conclusions and recommendations for MSF operations. (analysis, reflection and subsequent outputs)

· Good research and extraction skills.

· Good with data understandings and interpretations.

· Precise understanding of medical humanitarian work with regards to the management of patients & victims of violence.

· Ability to understand medical data and epidemiological analysis

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills – must be a good writer particularly in English

· Sufficient emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills to navigate complex organisational structures.

· Computer proficiency

· Minimum 3 years of professional experience including as legal advisor or in a legal unit

· Field experience in MSF or other humanitarian organizations in the areas of protection of victims of violence in zones of armed conflict or other crisis situations.

· Fluency in English and French (oral and written)

· Knowledge of the practical workings of the humanitarian and wider aid system in acute and protracted conflict (including UN coordination structures, international NGOs, integrated peacekeeping missions, donors and the role of host governments)


· Commitment to MSF’s principles

· Cross-cultural awareness

· Behavioural flexibility

· Strategic vision

· Results and quality orientation

· Service orientation

· Planning and organising

· Initiative and innovation

· Teamwork and cooperation

· Leadership

· Security awareness and management


· Position based in any MSF OCBA Hub (Barcelona, MSF-Spain office delegations, Buenos Aires, Amman, Dakar or Nairobi).

· Full time position based in any MSF OCBA operational hub.

· Annual gross salary (divided in 12 monthly payments)+ secondary benefits based on MSF OCBA Reward Policy.

· Start Date: Immediately

MSF OCBA is a people-focused humanitarian organization that offers a diverse, collaborative, and inclusive work environment. We believe this approach enhances our work and we are committed to equity in employment. We embrace diverse backgrounds of people working together to exhibit their passion in action for the social mission of MSF.

Médecins Sans Frontieres, as a responsible employer, under article 38 of “Ley de Integración Social del Minusválido de 1982 (LISMI)” invite those persons with a recognized disability and with an interest in the humanitarian area to apply for the above-mentioned position.

How to apply


· To apply, please, follow the link below and submit your CV and cover letter.

· Closing date: March 14th , 2021, 23:59 CET (Central European Time).