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  • Posted: Feb 8, 2023
    Deadline: Feb 26, 2023
  • Médecins sans frontières (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders, is an international humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization (NGO) and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, best known for its projects in war-torn regions and developing countries facing endemic diseases.
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    International Safeguarding Coordinator

    The International Safeguarding Coordinator will maintain close functionality with other International Office Coordinators, particularly the International HR Coordinator, the International Comms Coordinator, the IOHRC, and other relevant stakeholders such as DEI leads, the DEI WG facilitator, etc.

    The International Safeguarding Coordinator manages the Global Pool of Investigators Manager.


    The International Safeguarding Coordinator is a connector and bridge-builder on strategic issues and stakeholders on all elements related to safeguarding.

    Leading on Safeguarding related areas

    The International Safeguarding Coordinator is responsible for leading and facilitating progress on a number of strategic areas of movement wide relevance:

    • lead in the development of movement wide pro-active approaches to safeguarding, including the development of relevant policies and systems in partnership with other relevant stakeholders (operations, comms, HR);
    • in coordination with the IPOB define a relevant set of data to be monitored and reported on for the field and HQ on a yearly basis and ensure continued improvement of consistency of definitions, data collection and analysis;
    • present the yearly global behavioural report to key stakeholders and ensure it is used to build understanding of behaviour issues, approaches and strategies;
    • manage the production of a yearly global behavioural report (covering data for field and HQ) for external publication;
    • overseeing the overall set-up of a Global Pool of Investigators and line manage the Global Pool of Investigations Manager;
    • engage in the development of an international “appeal” mechanism;
    • actively drive, link with and report on the Core ExCom Actionplan on Tackling Institutional Discrimination and Racism, especially category 5 – Abuse and Irresponsible Behaviour.
    • The International Safeguarding Coordinator will support the efforts of the different entities in the mobilization of the MSF movement’s capacities for specific behavioural matters.
    • The International Safeguarding Coordinator will keep abreast of best practices and developments in the area of safeguarding, complaints mechanisms, tackling abuse and inappropriate behaviour.
    • S/He will also support existing International Office abuse management mechanisms and contribute to developing relevant policies and practices as needed.

    Chair of the IPOB

    The International Safeguarding Coordinator will prepare and chair meetings of the IPOB in order to reach the objectives as defined in the TORs of the platform. This includes but is not limited to:

    In consultation and collaboration with other members, leads in the agenda and priority setting of the IPOB, and in doing so coordinates with other key platforms, to ensure topics are discussed in a timely and well-prepared manner.

    • Coordinate cooperation with the Ambassador Network on Ethical Behaviour (ANEB).
    • Promoting innovative approaches and improvement of practices as well as evaluation of the current behavioural practices across the movement.
    • Ensuring proactive and timely information-sharing among members, seeking coordination of different behavioural approaches and strategies, promoting transparency in a spirit of mutual accountability.
    • Connect with other relevant groups such as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion working group, HR, Comms, Fundraising.
    • Ensure platform sharepoint site and TORs are relevant and up to date.

    MSF International Management Team member

    • The International Safeguarding Coordinator is a member of the MSF International MT. The International Safeguarding coordinator serves as a key member, in support to the SG, of the MSF International Management Team (MT) and will play an active role in supporting the SG to define the priorities and activities of MSF International within their area of expertise, including definition of annual and multiyear work plans of MSF International.
    • The International Safeguarding Coordinator will inform other MSF International Coordinators on key behavioural issues that could affect transversal areas: HR, DEI, Comms, fundraising and proactively reach out to relevant counter parts in case of need (such as external requests for information, acute crises, etc).
    • As a manager, s/he will implement good management practices, including annual evaluations of direct reports.

    Job requirements

    • 5+ years’ experience as senior behavioural/safeguarding expert with a robust understanding of humanitarian landscapes
    • In-depth knowledge and experience of Safeguarding issues, including legal frameworks, policy and best practices within humanitarian contexts
    • Sound experience in the management and the handling of complex safeguarding/behavioural cases and investigations
    • In-depth understanding of leading case management
    • Collaborative approach and ability to bridge, connect / establish rapport
    • Demonstrable ability in leading and taking responsibility for complex multi-stakeholder dossiers
    • Analytical ability at strategic level
    • Diplomatic attitude, neutral and patient mediator
    • Drive to foster diversity and innovative approaches
    • Facilitative and supportive management approach
    • Proven record in managing teams
    • University degree in relevant field
    • Fluent English, another language (French, Spanish, Arabic) a plus
    • Sexual Exploitation Abuse and Harassment (SEAH) investigations certification, a strong asset
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage communications concerning confidential information.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on to apply

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