Diversity, Equity and Inclusion “DEI” Lead

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion “DEI” Lead

Application deadline closed.

Job Description

MSF Suisse


Context & Mission

Médecins Sans Frontières is an international independent medical-humanitarian organisation, 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.

Operational Centre in Geneva (MSF OCG) is one of six Operational Centres and directly manages medical assistance programmes in more than 30 countries worldwide. These operational programs are implemented by field teams, including coordination teams, in each country of operation.

MSF OCG has made Diversity, Equity and Inclusion a high priority as stated in its 2020-2023 strategic plan.  We are looking for a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion “DEI” Lead that will oversee the DEI strategy and action plan implementation for improved diversity, equity and inclusion within the organisation and our field operations.

The DEI Lead will engage with stakeholders across OCG and the MSF movement to ensure the adoption of a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture and practices in OCG. The position works in collaboration with field teams, departments and OCG leadership to ensure actions are implemented according to the overall OCG DEI strategy and planning.

The DEI Lead is expected to spend a minimum of 50% of their time traveling to support field missions and hubs in the development and implementation of action plans that are contextualized to each country and/or region.

Scope of Responsibilities

Oversee the implementation of the MSF OCG DEI strategy & provide strategic advice

Through a participatory and inclusive process:

  • Advance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in support of MSF OCG’s social mission and ensure that the organization's culture values DEI
  • Promote Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging across the organisation
  • Provide strategic advice to managers and staff for the planning, development and implementation of DEI programs and action plans
  • Ensure DEI is addressed as cross-cutting issue mainstreamed in programs, actions and activities and relevant policies
  • Lead OCG debates around DEI and support the development of new policies, processes, and systems to help advance the DEI agenda

Lead the development of field-based DEI initiatives and action plans

  • Guide and support OCG field teams in countries of operations to develop DEI strategies and action plans
  • Provide DEI advice to staff in field missions and regional hub offices,
  • Ensure field teams have access to relevant and necessary DEI resources (from OCG, MSF and external resources) and benefit from sharing of lessons across OCG and the MSF Movement
  • Act as functional and technical support for DEI focal points
  • Ensure monitoring and reporting of actions taken at field level
  • Liaise with other MSF offices to share learnings and resourcing for different approaches to developing and implementing field-based DEI initiatives

Responsible for action plan key deliverables

  • Regularly review existing policies, processes, and systems to identify barriers to DEI and recommend possible changes
  • Collaborate closely with all OCG departments to identify DEI gaps and support them to identify and implement solutions to overcome those gaps
  • Collaborate closely with the HR Department to ensure policies and practices are in place for OCG to be a more inclusive and equitable employer, adopt workplace actions to advance the DEI and Belonging agenda.
  • Ensure relevant DEI actions are included in operations planning (for example, mixity of field teams)
  • In cooperation with the L&D unit, deliver DEI training and awareness raising activities
  • Collaborate closely with the Abuse and Behavior unit to ensure policies and systems are in place to protect patients and staff from abuse, harassment and discriminations of any kind
  • Ensure the elimination of gender-based barriers that limit access, participation, permanence and promotion of women in the organization.
  • Ensure the elimination of barriers that limit access, participation, permanence and promotion of any person in the organization, considering a broad range of identifying and intersecting characteristics, including gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, race, age and origin (non-exhaustive list)

Monitoring and Evaluation of DEI strategy and actions

  • Coordinate the implementation of monitoring systems, including developing the necessary tools and compiling the necessary information from the different departments.
  • Lead the discussions and get the consensus around Key Performance Indicators “KPIs” in OCG and participate in such discussions across the movement
  • Coordinate/conduct needed baseline studies, in collaboration with the necessary departments

Improve internal communication and collaboration

  • In cooperation with the Communication Department, elaborate a coherent communication strategy
  • Keep OCG General Direction, the Management Team and field leaders informed on the advancement of the DEI agenda and on potential risks and challenges.
  • Participate in the discussion on internal access to information and ensure practices are in place to enable important information to reach all employees
  • Actively participate in MSF and intersectional formal and informal working groups on DEI, ensuring sharing of resources and best practices across the movement
  • Celebrate key dates such as the international women Day, the LGBTQI+ Pride month and the international day of people with disabilities

Your Profile


  • Higher level education, or equivalent work experience
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion specific education (or experience) highly valued


  • Exposure to international, multi-cultural work environments and deep understanding and passion on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion issues
  • Track record in building and driving programs that support and sustain workforce diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Program development, management and monitoring and evaluation experience, particularly on gender equality, human rights, ethic antiracism or disability rights programs
  • Experience in transformation and change management
  • Humanitarian/development experience desirable


  • Working knowledge of both English and French is essential for this position.
  • Knowledge of another language (Arabic, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish. Swahili and others) is an advantage

Personal Abilities

  • Excellent ability to work in a multicultural environment successfully and to demonstrate commitment and support for diversity, gender-responsive, inclusive, and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.
  • Ability to inspire and build collaborative working relationships

Skills/ Technical competencies

  • Commitment to MSF principles
  • Cross-cultural awareness
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership
  • Analytic thinking
  • Strategic vision
  • Teamwork and cooperation
  • Initiative and innovation
  • Networking and building relationships

Terms of Employment

  • Full-time position 100% (40h/week)
  • Open-ended contract
  • Working place: 50% Geneva, (or other OCG Hub), 50% in the field
  • Ideal start date: January 5th, 2023
  • Gross annual salary: from CHF 99’192.- to 113’072.- (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 December 4th, 2022. Nevertheless, we reserve the right to close the position early if we consider the number and quality of applications received to be sufficient.


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.