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21 Nov 2018

Head of Mission Support

Job Description

Médecins Sans Frontières is a private, non-profit international humanitarian organization dedicated to providing medical assistance to populations in crisis, without discrimination and regardless of race, religion, creed or political affiliation.

MSF is currently opening new project in Somaliland.

MSF is looking for its HARGEISA office a Head of mission support.

Main purpose of the position

  • Supporting the Head of Mission (HoM) in security and political context monitoring and, contributing to the context analysis, and follow-up of security management.
  • Ensuring a smooth relation with local and national authorities, providing translations and interpreta-tions according to MSF protocols, standards and procedures in order to facilitate the mission coordination tasks.
  • Monitoring of political and security context in order to brief HoM and Project Coordinators (PC) on aspects affecting MSF mission security and operations.

Main responsibilities


    • Assisting in context analysis, disseminating relevant context information to the coordination team, regularly informing them on key issues, updating general information on the context for MSF internal documents.
    • Analyzing the risks and the security level of the context of the mission and assisting in conducting risk assessments and in the development security plans for the mission and project. Advising the PC and HoM on aspects of security management.
    • Analyzing the mission risk analysis and reduction strategy and reviewing the mission practices and tools for security analysis and management in line with MSF’s overall risk reduction strategy. Identifying current and potential vulnerabilities in the security Standard Operating Procedure (structural and managerial) their actual implementation, proposing and applying in agreement with the operational line management, necessary improvements.
    • Reporting to the HoM on political and security developments that could affect MSF teams and operations.
    • Establishing and maintaining external relationships with relevant authorities and stakeholders. Keeping good knowledge of counterparts in different administrations and departments and keeping up to date records of field contacts (other NGOs, UN agencies, local authorities, etc.) verifying that they are easily accessible, in order to facilitate contacts and meetings
    • At the request of the Head of Mission, assisting the HoM or representing MSF in meetings (NGOs, official bodies and administrations, etc.) and preparing full report.
    • Advising on cultural appropriateness of organized activities and individual behaviors. At the request of the HoM, preparing and conducting an information briefing, focusing on the country cultural context for International Regional and Relocated Staff.
    • Translating sensitive documents and acting as an interpreter when needed. Writing letters and correspondences with officials and partners and preparing reports, internal memos and formal requests



Education:             University degree – law, administration or humanitarian affais

Experience:          Experience in humanitarian aid preferably within MSF.

  • Essential strong understanding of the workings of the different administrations of the country.
  • Solid experience in operations and security management at field level (at least one year)

Strong security context analytical skills and capacity to develop strategic vision.

  • Experience working in political, security and humanitarian issues in Somaliland


Language:              Compulsory –Somali and English language level C1minimum –

Knowledge:           Computer literacy – Pack office and internet


Competencies: Team work in a multicultural context



Excellent communication and diplomatic skills, including writing skills Diplomacy


How to Apply

Documents to provide:
  • Cover letter in English
  • Updated CV in English
  • Copies of diploma(s) and work certificate(s) relevant for the position
  • ID copy
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