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MSF Switzerland (MSFCH) - Assistant Head of Mission Job Vacancy

MSF-CH is seeking candidates for the post of: Assistant Head of Mission

To support its humanitarian operations in Somalia

MSF Switzerland (MSFCH) is a humanitarian medical organization providing emergency medical aid to populations in need. At present, MSFCH operates in four project locations in Somalia: Belet Weyne, Dinsor, Hawa Abdi, and Afgoi.

 Nairobi and visits to Somalia
Start date:
 April 2010
Type of contract:
 12 months Fixed Term Contract

Scope of responsibilities:

  • Detailed analysis and reporting of the Somali context
  • Advise on the management and development of MSFCH activities in Somalia
  • Following issues concerning Somalia in the media (local news, internet, radio)
  • Representing MSF at various meetings both in Nairobi and in Somalia
  • Briefing of regional and international staff about the Somali context and culture
  • Visits to the field projects to discuss context issues with the field teams
  • Translation of documents as and when required
  • Security adviser to the different departments within the coordination team
  • Maintain and elaborate further strong network of contacts
Recruitment criteria:
  • Previous MSF or NGO experience in a management position
  • Strong familiarity with the Somali context
  • Fluent written and spoken English and Somali
  • Computer literate
  • Valid passport
Personal qualities:
  • Mature, responsible personality
  • Diplomacy
  • Organization skills
  • Should be proactive and show initiative
  • Good communication skills
  • Rigor and Flexibility
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment
Application only by email:

Please send your:
  • CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Scanned diplomas/certificates
  • Contact details of 2 referent persons
  • Scanned recommendation letters from previous employers
To msfch.som.recruitment @

Subject of email: “Application for Assistant Head of Mission”

Applicants must indicate how they heard about this advertisement.

Application must be received the latest on the 10th of April 2010

Only short-listed candidate will be contacted

MSFCH is an equal opportunity employer

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