Médecins Sans Frontières Humanitarian Affairs and Protection Field Support Jobs in South Sudan

Médecins Sans Frontières Humanitarian Affairs and Protection Field Support Jobs in South Sudan

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General Context

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

MSF is a civil society initiative that brings together individuals committed to the assistance of other human beings in crisis. As such MSF is by choice an association. Each individual working with MSF does it out of conviction and is ready to uphold the values and principles of MSF.

The MSF movement is built around five operational directorates supported by MSF’s 21 sections, 24 associations and other offices together worldwide. MSF OCBA is one of those directorates. The operations are implemented by field teams and the coordination teams based at capital level; together with the organizational units based in Barcelona, Athens and decentralized in Nairobi, Dakar and Amman.

The field operations are guided and supported by 5 Operational Cells, the Emergency Unit and other departments supporting operations, including the Logistics & Supply Chain Department.

Main Purpose

  • Contribute to the analysis of the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan with particular emphasis on issues related to humanitarian space, patterns of violence and patterns of displacement of the population at project level as well as the wider area of operations of MSF.

  • Provide technical support to MSF staff for the identification, anticipation, mitigation and response to protection concerns.


    Core Tasks

    Contribute to the understanding of the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, especially focused on the Upper Nile and progressively including the other areas of interest of OCBA in the country. Specifically looking at:

  • The main drivers of the crisis, the consequences for the population and the level of humanitarian response, including mapping out other actors’ response.

  • The challenges to humanitarian space and to an effective humanitarian response.

  • Patterns of violence and displacement in the communities in which MSF is working.

  • Potential MSF positioning in relation to the key identified issues.

    Contribute to the building of multidisciplinary support networks involved in responding to protection concerns and other critical needs.

  • In collaboration with FCs, identify and liaise with other relevant actors (ensuring updated mapping of national and international humanitarian and development actors, authorities, local associations and support groups) in order to (1) contribute to the project objectives and established priorities, (2) establish referral and contra-referral pathways after having assessed quality and safety of the service provided, (3) build cooperative relations.

  • Identify and assess existing coordination and response mechanisms for protection and victims of violence or other related area.

  • Give support to projects to conduct meetings with relevant stakeholders (UN agencies, government representatives of relevant sectors, international and local NGOs, and community-based organizations providing protection services) and assess options for collaboration

  • In collaboration with FCs and PMRs, facilitate a process to define the social work strategy for each project with clear criteria for case management. This process should also include HoM and Medco as well as relevant advisors.

    Contribute to the definition
    of key positioning and co-lead advocacy efforts

  • Identify and propose key issues that require MSF positioning and advocacy at local, national or international level, agree on key areas of focus (one or two issues) with the CMT, and advise how they might be framed, evidenced and implemented.

  • In collaboration with the CMT, define positioning and develop advocacy strategies for emerging priority topics. Follow up implementation with project teams as needed and summarise outcomes and lessons learnt.

  • When delegated by Hom, represent MSF while articulating Mission priority advocacy issues in UN meetings, civil military cooperation meeting, NGO forum meetings and government departmental meetings

  • Analise and review health care provision, preventive programs, identify gaps and access constraints and address with government authorities, UN agencies and other donors.

  • Work closely with other MSF sections and support in developing and advancing intersectional advocacy issues (current intersectional priorities include health system financing/delivery and HIV, TB and malaria).

    Data Collection, Analysis, Knowledge Mangement & Training

  • In line with the advocacy/positioning strategies developed, ensure that necessary key information (qualitative and quantitative) is systematically collected and analyzed and feeds real time understanding of priority issues (special focus is given to engagement/protection/surveillance/advocacy actions). The highlights of this analysis are to be included into regular project reporting. Key data entry points: medical data, WER, community health worker data bases, and other tools (and identify gaps of information).

  • Write analytical reports at the end of each field visit (snapshot framing humanitarian affairs and protection issues) and provide recommendations and a road map of next steps for the project/mission on identified topics.

  • Document lessons learnt and contribute to the development of ‘good practice’ on transversal analysis of data (people centred approach).

  • Document lessons learnt and contribute to the development of ‘good practice’ on the identification, monitoring, mitigation and management of protection concerns.

  • Review current tools, implementation of new tools.

  • Provide trainings to field teams as required.

    ON Request

  • Participate in field assessments or exploratory missions (focus on understanding the consequences of the crisis on the population).

  • Mobilized for emergency response for a limited period of time in a similar role to other countries where MSF is intervening.

    MSF Section/ Context Specific Accountabilities

  • This is a 9-month position, based in Juba but with up to 80% of the time in the field.

  • It is expected that the person holding this position will spend long periods of time at project level.



  • Either (1) a university degree in social sciences, social communication, community engagement or related studies, or (2) sufficient relevant work experience to develop the necessary expertise to fulfil the role (which would include project management experience, coaching and training).

  • First-rate writing skills and excellent research / analytical skills.


  • Field humanitarian experience in similar contexts (conflict, displacement resource-poor environments).

  • Good understanding of current humanitarian debates and of the dilemma/compromise nature of modern humanitarian interventions.

  • High command of English.

  • Essential computer literacy (database design/analysis, MS package, and internet-based research).

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Médecins Sans Frontières Humanitarian Affairs and Protection Field Support Jobs in South Sudan

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