Programme Responsible (RP) – Cell 1

Programme Responsible (RP) – Cell 1

Application deadline closed.

Job Description



Mission and context

The Programme Responsible (RP) and Deputy Programme Responsible (ARP) are central positions in MSF, accountable for the activities of the organisation in the field and acting as interface between the missions and the headquarters.

This comes with a responsibility to ensure coherence and dynamism at all levels of the OCG by:

  • Organizing the best possible circulation of information coming from the field,
  • Making coordinations aware of headquarter issues,
  • Promoting internal understanding and visibility of programmes (i.e. presentation to the Geneva morning info point),
  • Using the various forums in the office to share operational challenges, dilemmas, concerns and achievements.

Operations’ staff is encouraged to facilitate the associative life, through active presence at Board meetings and by stimulating critical reflections on subjects of general interest for the social mission of MSF.

Scope of responsibilities

  • In accordance with the Charter, the Chantilly / La Mancha agreements and the operational policy of the OCG, the Programme Responsible ensures the overall relevance, timeliness and quality of MSF’s assistance for populations in danger (within a selected group of countries).
  • Is responsible for steering the operations’ planning cycle, making sure that transversal internal processes are respected, that MSF policies are translated into action unless justified otherwise, and that resources are adequately mobilized to support the operational objectives and chosen intervention strategies.
  • Makes sure the key medical and/or humanitarian stakes are identified within each mission and project, prioritizes them, carries them internally / externally (through bilateral meetings, documentation, témoignage and communication); determines the way MSF will address the issues at stake and its public position.
  • Creates and maintains a network of relevant political, humanitarian, medical, academic contacts to ensure the best knowledge of the environment for the teams working in the field, especially in tense contexts.
  • Monitors the level of exposure to risk affecting teams in the field and validates the security frame proposed by the heads of mission for each project;
  • Supervises, advises, supports and evaluates the heads of mission in the fulfilment of their global responsibilities / duties; in this perspective, delivers them all useful information and visits the missions at key moments (explos, programme definition phases and/or reorientations due to evolving needs, context or policy).
  • Organizes the best level of headquarter support to field operations by optimizing the input, the expertise and control function of professionals from different departments, each representing a technical field necessary for the good running of projects in the field.
  • Monitors the implementation of programmes and the good running of the mission, by analyzing the situation and programme reports sent by the coordination, and providing feedback; is accountable for the timely reporting on operations, including towards institutional donors who support MSF’s action in the field.
  • Aims at constantly improving MSF’s medical assistance by evaluating results achieved, leading thematic working groups on intervention strategies, initiating critical reviews as needed, supporting operational research projects, and contributing to the design and animation of training modules for coordinators.

Your Profile


  • A university-level diploma (Medicine, Public Health, Paramedical domain or the field of international relations, social sciences)
  • Four years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of a tertiary or university degree


  • Successful experience in the field of humanitarian aid as an MSF Head of Mission, Medical coordinator or Emergency coordinator
  • Expertise in the analysis and management of unstable contexts and crisis situations and experience and interest in medical, social, economic and political issues in countries undergoing humanitarian crises (one-off or long-term) or in the process of development are a plus.


  • English and French are the working languages for MSF. For this post, fluency in English (or French) is required.
  • Knowledge of another language used in the countries/region covered by the Cell 1 is desirable.

Personal Abilities

  • Dynamic and flexible;
  • A capacity for taking the initiative and making decisions;
  • A capacity for analysis and summarising;
  • A sense of priorities;
  • Highly developed stress management skills;
  • Ease of communication and public speaking,
  • Participative management style

Skills/ Technical competencies

  • Representation, diplomatic skills and an aptitude for negotiation
  • Strategic planning and orientation skills
  • An aptitude for analysing humanitarian contexts; knowledge of medical issues and MSF’s intervention strategies
  • A capacity for conceiving and planning medical programmes, setting up a network, animating and motivating teams, organising roles and delegating tasks;
  • Leadership and management skills. Experience managing multi-cultural teams is highly desirable
  • Excellent writing skills

Terms of Employment

  • Full-time position 100% (40h/week)
  • 3-year term renewable once, maximum 6 years
  • Working place : Geneva,
  • Ideal start date: August 2nd, 2022
  • Gross annual salary: from CHF 127’633.- to CHF 142’692.- (salary commensurate with equivalent experience and internal salary grid)

How to apply

Candidates submit their application following the requirements:  CV 2 p. max. – letter of motivation 1p. max. – in French or English.

Deadline for application is June 12th, 2022


The applications will be treated confidentially.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

At MSF, we are committed to an inclusive culture that encourages and supports the diverse voices of our staff members. We strive to create workplaces where teams of people with diverse backgrounds, characteristics, perspectives, ideas and experiences work together for the social mission of MSF to create better outcomes for our patients and the communities we work with.

We welcome applications from individuals of all genders, ages, sexual orientations, nationalities, races, background, religions, beliefs, ability status, and all other diversity characteristics.

MSF does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo reference checks.