"It is something I wanted to do since I was a teenager. When I was reading humanitarian workers' stories in the newspaper, I was thinking: "It provides a way to get involved in the world which has an immediate, effective and appropriate impact."

In countries where MSF provides medical and humanitarian assistance, we work with many local employees. In particular, in large countries and countries where there are a wide range of projects the Human Resources Coordinator ensures the continuity of administrative processes and a high level of human resources management.

The Human Resources Coordinator is also responsible for various administrative tasks, such as leases/rental contracts, insurance, and work or residence permits. Other responsibilities include ensuring compliance with local labor laws, implementing internal staff regulations, labor contracts, payroll, recruitment planning and workflow, communicating with local authorities, implementing and updating salary scales, and supporting field administrators in the area of HR. The Human Resources Coordinator works with a team of local staff.

Essential requirements

  • Completed education and expertise in human resources
  • Knowledge of human resources management, including employment law, benchmarking, payroll, and recruitment
  • Active knowledge of MS Excel
  • Able to improvise and negotiate
  • Able to go on mission for a minimum of 6 to 12 months
  • Able to live and work in a team
  • Able to lead and train others
  • Willing to work in an unstable environment
  • Flexible and able to cope with stress
  • Able to work with limited resources
  • Experience living or working in developing countries

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