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Regional Humanitarian Adviser Great Lakes (m/f)

CONTEXT

In 2012, the MSF-OCB Analysis and Advocacy Unit (AAU) split into two teams under separate coordination. The Humanitarian Innovation Team (HIT) developed to focus on conflict and displacement settings, through the use of polyvalent specialist profiles that were able to provide strategic support to operations, engage in reflection and writing and conduct advocacy and analysis. The Health Access Team (HAT) continued to develop in-depth specialized research on a range of topics including health financing and HIV/AIDS.

In 2017, a decision was taken to build on the successes of both the HIT and the HAT and to merge the teams into a stand-alone department within OCB.

The Analysis Department plays an important role within OCB in terms of analyzing our political environment, defining advocacy strategies, shaping public messages and supporting or challenging operations on topics ranging from new project locations to negotiated access.

The mission of the analysis department is to have a multi-disciplinary team that contributes to the MSF social mission by (1) conducting in depth humanitarian and health policy related research/reflection; (2) developing and implementing advocacy strategies; (3) expanding our operational networks in support of our humanitarian access; (4) supporting and challenging operations; and (5) positioning the organization on the politics of health and humanitarianism based on MSF’s operational experiences.

Within this new department there are 4 teams:

  • The health politics team
  • The forced migration team
  • The conflict and humanitarianism team
  • The humanitarian access and networking team

Next to these topical teams, the analysis department will include a number of transversal resources that work across the different thematic groups in order to maintain reactivity in responding to operational demands (including emergencies and crisis teams / task forces), provide adapted training/coaching, following regional files (and linking in to different thematic groups), increase our interaction with academic communities and civil society in relation to priority files and to increase our output and capacity for strategic public engagement.

This position will be part of these transversal resources managed directly by the director of the department.

OBJECTIVE OF THE POSITION

The Regional Humanitarian Advisor for the Great Lakes (DRC, ROC, CAR, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania) will take the lead in the humanitarian analysis of the region, which will include reflection, analysis, research, development of advocacy strategies and positioning MSF. The person will support Humanitarian Affairs Officers, Heads and Deputy Heads of Mission and where agreed Field Coordinators of OCB on analyzing the humanitarian environment, developing advocacy strategies and positioning MSF. This will be done in collaboration with other MSF partner operational centres. This position will work closely with the Great Lakes Humanitarian Access Advisor who is responsible for supporting operations in its networking in the region. The position will also provide a regional perspective to the different thematic groups within the Analysis Department and will work across different expertise. 

The Regional Humanitarian Advisor will provide support to team members on ad hoc basis for the following: contribute and provide input into communication material; contribute to the analysis departments  external publications, participate, present and represent MSF at conferences and meetings, provide support, training and coaching to MSF people (at level of missions)  in development of advocacy strategies, plans and activities; contribute to knowledge of team members on current humanitarian policy issues.

The person will also actively engage and collaborate with other units such as the OCB Communication Department, the Operational Research unit (Luxor), the Legal Unit and Reflection units in other Operational Centers.

Frequent travels to all the OCB missions in the region will be necessary as well as flexibility to respond to sudden demands of support outside of assigned portfolio. The person can be based in Brussels, or in the region (Kampala, Goma).

The position falls directly under the Director of the Analysis Department, but will have a close functional relation with the desks for the region.

JOB PROFILE

Support in analysis and research on humanitarian and health policy dynamics in the Great Lakes region.

  • Support operations in analyzing the health politics and humanitarian aid environment analysis.
  • Produce briefing notes on key issues and policies related to the humanitarian dynamics in the region.
  • Produce updates to share this analysis on regular basis within the missions and HQ
  • Produce pieces of research on key transversal dossiers related the region.

Support mission in developing and implementing efficient advocacy strategies

  • Contribute to the development of national advocacy strategies and positioning in the relevant missions.
  • Support in the implementation of the advocacy strategies (stakeholder’s analysis, bilateral meetings, bilateral communications, public communications etc…) at national, regional and international level.
  • Support the missions in data collection in support of advocacy strategies
  • Organize trainings on advocacy and ethical testimony collection for field staff.
  • Maintain reactivity in identifying opportunities for punctual public communication and/or testimony.

Support in networking and representation

  • Build networks and convey MSF concerns on issues related to humanitarian issues to relevant interlocutors (Local and national governments, regional intra governmental organizations, aid organizations including United Nations agencies, private sector, academic community and think tanks.
  • Represent MSF in conferences, media and public events

Reflection and writing

  • Write opinion and academic pieces
  • Write internal reflection pieces to stimulate debate around regional humanitarian issues.
  • Participate in and / or organize internal debates and discussions on the region.

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Background and experience required

  • 2 to 5 years-experience in senior field positions.
  • Significant experience with MSF or other humanitarian organizations
  • Good knowledge of the conflict dynamics, humanitarian issues and the region.
  • Proven ability to write public advocacy material

Skills and capacities

  • Ability to take initiatives and to work independently
  • Capacity to develop and implement a strategic vision
  • Strong networking skills are essential
  • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to represent MSF toward multiple counter-parts
  • Excellent written and spoken French and English.
  • Fluency in other languages an asset
  • Experience in advocacy activities an asset.
  • Team player
  • Flexibility and adaptability to working in a new department and in a new position
  • A demonstrable understanding of and commitment to humanitarian issues and to the aims and values of MSF

Availability

  • Available for regular travel

CONDITIONS

  • 6 months contract, full time, based in Brussels or in the region (Kampala, Goma) with regular travels
  • Starting date immediate

CV + letter of motivation to be sent BEFORE 07/08/2017 by email (with “great lakes regional advisor” in the subject) to Joke Massa and Sarah LAEVENS: recruit-hq-dg@brussels.msf.org -