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Human resource manager

The administrator often works with salaries, contracts, recruitment and book keeping.
The administrator often works with salaries, contracts, recruitment and book keeping.

The majority of our workforce is recruited and hired locally in the countries where we work. As a human resource manager  in one of our projects you hold a key position to ensure we have adequate staffing to carry out our medical activities.

To work as a human resource manager with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a rewarding and fulfilling job. You will have the opportunity to work with human resources from many different perspectives in a fast-changing environment that will test your abilities in new ways.

Role description 

As human resource manager you will manage everything from salaries and contracts to administrative and recruitment processes. You are usually the manager for local human resources and administrative staff as well as act as HR support for other managers in the project . The responsibilities also include identifying needs for capacity-building, planning and implementing courses and workshops. You are responsible for the daily practical administrative tasks needed to carry out our work. 

The human resource manager ensures that we follow our internal procedures as well as the national laws and regulations of the country. You  may also be the point of contact with some local authorities and represent MSF in various situations. 

Your tasks and responsibilities may differ depending on the type of project you are assigned to. In one project the focus might be on recruiting a large number of staff in a short time to meet changing demands within our programme. In a more stable setting on the other hand, the focus may be on capacity-building and professional development of locally hired staff. 

Human resource managers usually work in one of our projects in the country. With increasing experience, you may also work as a part of the management team in a major city. 

Role requirements

In addition to the general requirements to work for MSF, you need:

  • Human resource degree or equivalent
  • At least two years of professional experience from human resource responsibilities in a dedicated human resource position

Desirable qualifications

  • French speaking
  • Knowledge of Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and/or Russian
  • Experience of people management and/or activity management
  • Experience of delivering training and/or coaching others
  • Previous humanitarian work experience

Your safety and security 

We take safety and security seriously. This video explains the risks our staff face and the lengths we go to keep them safe.

Please watch this before you decide whether or not to apply for this job.

Ready to apply?

Working for MSF is a commitment, rather than just an adventure or a job opportunity. Make sure you have read and understood the information on Life in the field

We can only accept applications from Swedish and Finnish residents (Swedish/Finnish citizens and those eligible to work in Sweden or Finland).

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