Position Description

Head of Mission (CLOSED)
Location MSF Holland
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As a Head of Mission (HoM) you will have responsibility for all of MSF's projects in a country or region.

You will be responsible for the development and implementation of MSF's country policy, annual plan and project proposals, and their respective budgets. You will be responsible for managing the security of the entire MSF mission in the country or region. General human resources management in the mission and advocacy work, as well as continuous analysis of the country's context (specifically the internal situation and international relations), will be among your primary duties. As our main representative in the country, you will represent MSF towards national authorities, donors, the media and other organizations. You will lead the management team and will be based in the capital with frequent field visits.


Requirements for Head of Missions


  • At least 3 years relevant humanitarian work experience abroad, with at least 2 years’ experience in a senior management position
  • Extensive managerial experience, including of staff policy as well as project and budget management
  • Experience of public health programmes, international policy, context analysis and complicated security situations in unstable or conflict areas
  • Experience in dealing with national authorities and national and international organizations
  • Excellent negotiation and communication skills
  • Ability to deal with unforeseen, often stressful and difficult situations
  • A good command of the English language
  • Availability of at least 24 months




As our teams predominantly work in areas affected by war and violent conflict, we are looking for recruits with previous field experience in a humanitarian aid organization, as well as specific training and experience in public health, international relations, refugee or international law, development studies and/or anthropology. Our projects’ official language is English, but the ability to speak an additional language such as French, Russian or Arabic is an asset.


Application process

At Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) / Artsen zonder Grenzen, we are committed to an inclusive culture that encourages and supports the diverse voices of our employees. Our diversity fuels our innovation and connects us closer to our beneficiaries and the communities in which we work.  We welcome applications from individuals of all genders, ages, sexual orientations, nationalities, races, religions, beliefs, ability statusand all other diversity characteristics.


The following documents will be requested in the application process:

  • Your most recent English CV not exceeding 3 pages
  • A cover letter explaining your motivation to work with MSF
  • A clear scan of your relevant diploma’s and certificates
  • If you are currently working for MSF as national staff or have done so up until a year ago, we require that you upload a recommendation letter for expatriation from your HRCo, Head of Mission or other staff in a coordinating position and include two of your most recent MSF evaluations


In MSF we are strongly committed to professionalism and responsible behaviour and therefore the final phase of the application process is a background screening. Such screening can consist out of an identity check, check of employment history, reference check and declaration on behaviour (VOG).

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