Humanitarian Representation Officer

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Job Overview

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JOB DESCRIPTION

[wbcr_html_snippet id=”1254″ title=”In-Feed Ads”]Title: Humanitarian Representation Officer

Location: Brussels (Belgium)

Contract: Permanent contract – 80 % in support to the Humanitarian Representation Team (HRT), MSF International and 20 % over 12 months (renewable) in support to MSF Access Campaign

Starting date: 1st of December 2021[wbcr_html_snippet id=”1252″ title=”In- Article Ads”]

Deadline for application: 7th of November 2021

I. MSF INTERNATIONAL

[wbcr_html_snippet id=”1252″ title=”In- Article Ads”]Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural disasters. MSF offers assistance to people based only on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

MSF International is the legal entity that binds MSF’s 21 sections, 24 associations and other offices together. Based in Geneva, MSF International provides coordination, information and support to the MSF Movement, as well as implements international projects and initiatives as requested.

MSF set up the Access Campaign in 1999 to improve access to existing medical tools (medicines, diagnostics and vaccines) and to stimulate the development of urgently needed better tools for people in countries where MSF works.[wbcr_html_snippet id=”1252″ title=”In- Article Ads”]

The priorities of the Access Campaign are guided by the medical challenges faced by MSF’s operations. MSF has also set international medical priorities, such as vaccination, tuberculosis and HIV and AIDS, as a means of focusing its operational and advocacy work. The aim is to improve medical practice in resource-limited settings by accessing existing and new tools (drugs, diagnostics and vaccines) that can change the organisation’s medical practice

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II. POSITION BACKGROUND

MSF’s Humanitarian Representative to the EU and NATO (EU Representative) is a member of MSF’s Humanitarian Representation Team (HRT). The HRT provides support to the MSF operations through linkages and actions to and from external networks (political, humanitarian, medical, and civil society). The HRT maintains active relations with its network and continually informs the MSF operations of the relevant analysed information. The HRT influences its network through specific actions for the benefit of the MSF programs and MSF operations’ goals. In carrying out its actions, the HRT responds to direct requests from the operational program managers (desks). The HRT maintains active and effective internal links to co-ordinate its work. These include the reflection and advocacy centres of the[wbcr_html_snippet id=”1252″ title=”In- Article Ads”] operational sections, the MSF Access campaign and partner sections (regarding their relations with their own host governments and regional networks – e.g. Canada, Germany, China, Australia, etc.), International President, Secretary General, International Medical Secretary & Medical Coordinator, medical working groups and others as necessary. The HRT interacts with the field missions of MSF (HoM-level) in order to improve the overall quality of the support to operations. The EU REP, in collaboration with MSF operations and analysis units, defines and implements MSF’s humanitarian representation towards the EU system at large: relevant EU institutions (European Commission, European External Action Service, Council of the EU, European Parliament), third countries diplomatic missions to the EU, representatives to the EU of non-state actors and opposition groups, UN, ICRC, NGOs/Think-Tanks. The EU REP facilitates some of the MSF intersection platforms of country operational managers (“interdesk platforms”) as well as some of the work of MSF EU-based partner sections.

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The MSF Access Campaign aims to influence the EU’s trade, intellectual property, research and development, pharmaceutical and health policies, practices and legislation to ensure better global access to medical tools and in particular for countries with MSF operations. To that end the MSF Access Campaign engages with the EU institutions (European Commission, Parliament, Council) and indirectly through other channels (ministries in EU member states, NGO coalitions, press, social media, academia, etc) often in collaboration with other MSF entities and representations.[wbcr_html_snippet id=”1252″ title=”In- Article Ads”]

The political importance of access to medical tools has increased significantly in the European Union in 2020 and 2021. On the one hand the EU has a high level of influence over the political and financial aspects of global access to COVID19 medical tools (external dimension), on the other hand the EU is reviewing the EU’s own intellectual property and pharmaceutical policies, practices and legislation (internal dimension). As the EU has an ambition to be a “global standard setter” the internal dimension may positively or negatively impact access to medical tools at the global level.

The Humanitarian Representation Officer is supporting primarily MSF’s Representative to the EU and NATO (80%) and is also providing support to MSF Access Campaign EU Advisor (20%).

III. PLACE IN THE ORGANISATION

The position (80%) will be hierarchically and functionally accountable to the EU Representative, one of the members of the Humanitarian Representation Team Secretariat. The other members of the HRT Secretariat include representatives to other multilateral fora such as the UN, the AU or the ASEAN, as well as to the governments of the UK, the US and those of the Middle East region. The HRT also works in close collaboration with a broad MSF network of advocacy and representation in the countries in which MSF has offices. The HRT is managed by the International Operations and Humanitarian Representation Coordinator (IOHRC).[wbcr_html_snippet id=”1252″ title=”In- Article Ads”]

 

The position is within MSF’s International Office in Brussels and is also accountable to the International Operations and Humanitarian Representation Coordinator (IOHRC).

The position (20%) will be also accountable to MSF Access Campaign’s EU Advisor.

IV. OBJECTIVES OF THE POSITION

The purpose of the position of Humanitarian Representation Officer is to support the EU Representative with its functions both internal and external to the organisation as well as to support the MSF Access Campaign EU Advisor.

V. MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

[wbcr_html_snippet id=”1254″ title=”In-Feed Ads”]1. In support to the EU Representative (80%)

For the support on Humanitarian Representation

Proactive follow up of and internal reporting on EU policies, funding priorities and legislation which are related to humanitarian action;
Proactive follow up of EU institutions’ agendas, including the European Parliament and the EU Council Working Committees. This includes attending or listening to the video records of key public meetings;
“Scanning” publications from EU think tanks, Brussels-based NGOs and the UN, outlining key points of interest in relation to MSF operations;
Using information from MSF operations, develop talking points for external engagements in collaboration with the EU REP; Attendance of meetings on request of the EU REP and support with note-taking;
Ensure the management and regular updates of the internal and external contacts databases;
Ensure the implementation and maintenance of internal and external mailing lists;
Expand actor mapping across the European Union and contribute to stakeholder analysis;
Support the EU REP in identifying targets and strategies for engagement;
Develop networks within the European parliament assistants, manage communications;
Liaising with other civil society actors in Brussels;
Support the organisation of events;
Follow up on key deadlines, anticipating necessary reminders for the preparation of events and meetings;[wbcr_html_snippet id=”1252″ title=”In- Article Ads”]
Draft and ensure the follow-up of meeting requests with key stakeholders;
Ensures the logistic of internal meetings, i.e. room or location booking, IT, VC, food, transportation and accommodation booking, welcome of external participants;
Support the EU REP with drafting and disseminating relevant information, post mail and official correspondences (follow-up letters, official templates, congratulations, condolences, etc.) as well as with the posting of official MSF information on social platforms;
Support with the ticketing and travel booking of the EU REP.
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For the support to MSF internal facilitation

Internal dissemination of EU-relevant information and updates;
Upload relevant information on MSF Internal SharePoint websites;
Support in the preparation of interdesks meetings’ agendas and note-taking;
Follow up on agreed action points of interdesks discussions;
Contribute to the internal MSF dialogue notably on EU migration policies, ensure close follow-up with EU Partner Sections on relevant developments in collaboration with the EU Representative.
2. In support to the MSF Access Campaign EU Advisor (20%)

In relation to access to medical tools

Proactive monitoring of agendas, policies and developments, communications, public consultations and publication of key documents of EU institutions: the European Parliament (EP), the European Commission, the EU Council and its working committees;
Scanning for relevant publications by the press, EU think-tanks, Brussels-based NGOs, pharmaceutical lobby;[wbcr_html_snippet id=”1254″ title=”In-Feed Ads”]
Support the development of strategies and advocacy actions to EU institutions in Brussels;
Support the dissemination of relevant information through internal and external mailing lists and in particular manage communications with the European Parliament Working Group on access to medicines and the Parliamentary committees;
Ensure the management and regular updates of the internal and external contacts databases;
Follow up on key deadlines, anticipating necessary reminders for the preparation of events and meetings;
Draft and ensure the follow-up of meeting requests with key stakeholders.

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