Intern assistant to cell 4

Intern assistant to cell 4

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MSF Suisse


According to the tripartite internship agreement: 6 to 12 months at 100%.

Internships at MSF are part of an intra- or extra-academic course, or according to federal professional integration measures lien Etat de Genève : engager un-e stagiaire. A tripartite internship agreement is mandatory.


Médecins Sans Frontières is an international, independent medical and humanitarian organization that provides care to populations in need, to people affected by natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflicts, without discrimination and regardless of their race, religion, belief or political affiliation (MSF Charter).

The MSF movement is built around 5 operational centers supported by 24 sections and offices worldwide. MSF Operational Centre of Geneva is one of these centers. The operations are implemented by around 60 field teams, 25 mission coordination teams and organizational units based in Africa, Middle East, Asia and Central America.


The Cell Assistant will learn to provide operational and administrative support to the Cell Team with an additional objective of working on at least one Medico-Operational dossiers during the period of employment. The Cell Assistant function can be part of an academic course (‘cursus intra-ou extra academique’) or a federal program on professional integration.

Tasks and responsibilities

The responsibilities of the Cell Assistant are split as follow: 40% of time dedicated to Operational Support, 40% of time dedicated to HR and Administrative Support and 20% dedicated to Medico-Operational Dossiers. Under the supervision of the Cell Responsible (RP) the Cell Assistant supports the Operational Cell as follows:

Operational Support

  • Supports the cell in the organization of meetings (i.e. the weekly cell meeting (Mini Desk), Plan of Action discussions with field teams) including the preparation of agendas, taking minutes and the archiving of meeting documentation.
  • Supports the cell in the management of information such as cell archiving, is the focal point for the online platforms such as Kompas and Share Point and manages the key tools for the organization of the cell (i.e. presence, field visit preparation).
  • Supports the preparation of key Operational documents and Presentations for either internal or external use.
  • Provides support to the RLO (Logistic Referent) of the cell: follow up of material to be sent to missions, ordering of maps via the GIS center.
  • Provides support to the FINOP (Finance Referent) to prepare Power of Attorney for mission teams, follow up of contracts and partnership agreements, and the management of information related to audits.
  • Provides adhoc support to the Directorate of Operations such as management of meetings, minute taking and the coordination of operational and planning documents (portfolio reviews, emergency updates).
  • Monitors the news update and different reports on the context of the countries followed by the cell.
  • By delegation from the RP can be asked to provide operational updates to the HQ (Point Info).

HR and Administrative Support

  • Ensures the updating of the international staff tracking table (HR Update) (mission dates, job openings, obtaining documents)
  • Follows up with international staff on documents required for their departure (informed consents (BIC), proof of life)
  • Organizes briefings/debriefings of international staff with the cell members
  • Consolidates, monitors and updates pre-departure briefing materials for international staff
  • Welcome international staff on departure, introduce them to current operations and ensure they have the necessary documents
  • Compiles a table of the cell's mission positions to be opened, on a weekly basis
  • Participates in monthly meetings to open positions and present the cell's operational news
  • Files the job descriptions of international staff as soon as a position is required by the unit's missions
  • Files documents for anticipated returns
  • Follows up on other specific HR procedures as needed
  • Develops HR statistics with the assistance of the RHOP

Medico Operational Dossiers

  • Each Cell Assistant, during the period of employment (from 6 months to 12 months) is expected to work on a Medico Operational Dossier. The dossier selected should combine (a) the operational needs of the Cell / Missions (b) academic requirements such as the need to complete a thesis and (c) if possible, a link to the future career of the Cell Assistant.
  • The topic needs to be selected within the first month of employment and agreed with the RP, ensuring that there is a clear deliverable (written report, thesis, …).
  • The final deliverable MUST be presented to the Operations Department at the end of the period of employment.

Your profile

  • Have a tripartite internship agreement
  • Completed or in progress master’s degree in social sciences, Political Science, Humanitarian or Development Studies, or other relevant degree.
  • No specific requirements in terms of work experience but having has some form of employment in the past is considered an advantage.
  • Capacity of analysis and synthesis.
  • Planning and organization.
  • Knowledge of key issues of the humanitarian environment.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of the MO environment (Powerpoint, Excel, Word)
  • Fluent English and French (written and spoken).
  • Team player: ability to coordinate with numerous stakeholders.
  • Ability to work autonomously.
  • Pro-active and solution-oriented
  • Flexible and capacity to adapt quickly

Terms of employment

  • A tripartite internship agreement is mandatory
  • Internship 6 to 12 months at 100% (according to the internship agreement, an availability of 12 months is preferred)
  • Full time (40h/week)
  • Based in Geneva
  • Start date : January 5th, 2023
  • Gross monthly remuneration 2'000.- CHF

To apply

Please send a CV (2 pages maximum) and a cover letter (1 page maximum).

Closing date for applications October 30th, 2022.


All applications will be treated with strict confidentiality.

Only successful 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.