Deputy General Director – Internal affairs & Partnerships (DGDIA)

Deputy General Director – Internal affairs & Partnerships (DGDIA)

Application deadline closed.

Job Description

MSF Suisse



Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent humanitarian organization providing medical aid to people affected by conflict, disasters and disease outbreaks. MSF Switzerland is the Swiss association of 24 national and regional associations composing the Médecins Sans Frontières global movement, which has helped millions of people since it was established in 1971. Its Operational Centre in Geneva (OCG) is responsible for medical assistance programmes in close to 30 countries. This position works in tandem and as a trio with the General Director (GD) and Deputy General Director, External Affairs & Operations (DGDEA).  Together, the GD and two Deputies, follow a mandate from the MSF Switzerland Board of Directors to deliver the objectives of the OCG Strategic Plan and to ensure that the implementation of key initiatives take into consideration a transversal, cross-departmental approach that fosters organisational learning.


The role of the DGDIA upon delegation of the General Director (GD), includes:

  • Represents MSF and supports networking in Switzerland with other NGOs, public institutional funding, and high-level representation with Swiss donors or authorities with oversight and collaboration of the MSF Representative based in Zurich.
  • Stewards institutional partnerships and relations within MSF movement. Participates in international platforms and projects within the perimeter of responsibilities and ad hoc as required.
  • Leads on key interdepartmental initiatives: Chairs OCG Projects committee, OCG evaluation Steering Committee and is a member of various OCG intersectional committees and Transformational Initiative Capacity (TIC) projects.
  • Ensures accountability of Strategic Plan: translates the OCG multiyear workplan cycle into annual plans of actions and budgets in collaboration with all departments and approves the General Direction department and headquarters budgets. Reports regularly to the Director General and the Board on progress and achievements. Leads as sponsor of specific, strategic pillars of the multiyear plan.
  • Oversees the general direction department and is a key member of the OCG Management team – oversees the Information Systems department, chairs the OCG Management team meetings as needed.
  • Ensures legal & fiduciary compliance, prospective risk management and oversees internal control and internal audit

Your Profile


  • Master’s level or higher university degree in law, management, finance, Human resources or relevant field


  • 10 + years field and HQ experience with a humanitarian or NGO organization
  • Strong capacity and 10+ years’ experience in director level and/or executive role
  • transversal project management
  • Proven capacity to animate working groups and coordinate various actors
  • Experience in, or a combination of the following domains: IT/IS, human resources, finance or budget management


  • Fluent in French and English, required
  • German or Swiss-German would be a strong asset.

Personal Abilities

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written, oral and synthesis skills
  • Ability to analyze and solve complex organizational issues
  • Flexibility, adaptability and open-mindedness
  • Rigorous way of working

Skills/ Technical competencies

  • Good knowledge of communication and information tools
  • 10+ years’ experience and understanding of the management of large NGOs in Switzerland
  • Experience and Understanding of the Swiss political system and Swiss culture
  • Computer proficiency
  • Participative management skills and team building
  • Backoffice operations organizational skills

Terms of Employment

  • Full-time position 100% (40h/week)
  • 3-year term renewable once, maximum 6 years
  • Working place : Geneva,
  • Ideal start date: September 15th, 2022
  • Gross annual salary: from CHF 154’994.- to CHF 164’126.- (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 July 10th, 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.