Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) USA, Inc. ("Doctors Without Borders") is strongly committed to protecting the privacy of our donors, website visitors, and other individuals who communicate with Doctors Without Borders.

Please see our recently updated Privacy Policy.

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Doctors Without Borders requests funds from donors and supporters through various media including phone, email, and telephone throughout the year. Our supporters also host events to raise funds on our behalf. Doctors Without Borders is grateful for the support of all of our donors and we are firmly committed to safeguarding the security of your personal and financial information. We take many measures to ensure that your transactions are secure and that our name is not used under false pretenses. If you have any reason to suspect, however, that you have been approached by a third party posing illicitly as an associate or affiliate of Doctors Without Borders, please contact our Donor Services Team immediately at 212-679-6800.

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MSF operates in a manner consistent with the Association of Fundraising Professionals' (AFP's) Donor Bill of Rights and the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice. We comply with the principles of the AFP's draft E-Donor Bill of Rights, currently in development.

MSF's Corporate Gift Acceptance Policy ensures that the organization will not accept contributions from corporations/industries and their respective corporate foundations whose core activities may be in direct conflict with the goals of the medical humanitarian work of MSF, or in any way limit MSF's ability to provide humanitarian assistance. Please read our our Corporate Gift Acceptance Policy.

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  • Our information and first-hand accounts come directly from our field projects, thus guaranteeing their integrity.
  • We make every effort to respond to specific questions regarding our programs and operations. Our Donor Services' staff is available to answer your questions about your contributions or our field programs: 212-679-6800
  • We will honor your wishes about the amount of information you wish to receive from us in mailings.
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To maintain its operational independence and flexibility, MSF relies on the general public for nearly 87 percent of its operating funds. The remaining 13 percent of funds come from international agencies and governments. MSF has not received or solicited US government funding since 2002.

In 2008, MSF's worldwide income was $979 million, to which US private donors contributed more than $128 million.

In recent years, your contributions have enabled MSF to significantly expand funding for programs in the field: reaching more people in need, responding more quickly to emergencies, broadening the range of medical services we provide, and improving the quality of our interventions by using more effective medications. With your support, MSF is committed to improving the impact and expanding the reach of its programs in the years to come.

Also, the financial independence provided by your contributions allows MSF to:

  • Choose freely where to intervene based on medical needs alone.
  • Intervene quickly, particularly in emergency situations, without waiting for political actors or the media to mobilize.
  • Decline government funding that may compromise our ability to implement effective programs.
  • Commit resources and teams to innovative projects to improve the lives of those individuals we aid, and demonstrate their appropriateness in specific interventions. In this way, MSF was able to treat patients living with HIV/AIDS with antiretroviral medicines well before governments started allocating funding for this activity.
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  • Between 1995 and 2011, MSF-USA allocated more than 85 percent of its expenditures to MSF's social mission programs and public education activities. More financial information can be found here.
  • MSF-USA has consistently met all standards of watchdog agencies and has recently been awarded the highest rating for charitable agencies from the American Institute of Philanthropy.
  • In the field as well as at headquarters, MSF compensation levels are moderate and transparent. At MSF-USA, for example, the salary of the executive director will not exceed three times the salary of the lowest paid full-time position in the office. MSF-USA strives to limit administrative expenses – for instance, travel is economy class and hotels are budget.
  • MSF-USA seeks to maintain available cash and reserves equivalent to six months of operating costs, allowing us to respond to emergencies and to ensure continued funding of our field programs even in the event of a downturn in contributions.
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MSF exercises rigorous fiscal controls over our field programs and offices.

  • Every MSF field project has a detailed budget that is reevaluated on a regular basis. Program managers review program budgets throughout the year to ensure they are implemented responsibly and in keeping with project objectives. All budgets are reviewed and subject to approval by the Board of Directors of the MSF office responsible for implementing the field programs.
  • MSF-USA's Board of Directors exercises fiduciary control over the use of all funds collected in the United States . It allocates grants to MSF field programs based on detailed narrative and financial proposals, and requires narrative and financial reports upon completion of the grants. External financial audits are conducted annually. Both the MSF-USA Annual Report and IRS Form 990 are available on our website and upon request.
  • For transparency to our donors worldwide, MSF combines the accounts of all of our offices internationally. The result is a thorough and transparent picture of the full range of our activities. International combined accounts will be consolidated and certified by an independent auditing firm in 2005 for 2004 activities. International figures will be made available as soon the certification is complete.
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Medical humanitarian action seeks to save lives and alleviate the suffering of those most at risk as a result of an acute crisis. Armed conflict has a devastating impact on ordinary people – direct violence, forced displacement, epidemic outbreaks, starvation, and psychological trauma are common consequences, as is the collapse of local health services. Providing life-saving medical and nutritional assistance to victims of armed conflict is MSF's main priority. The mounting death and suffering associated with infectious diseases, fuelled by the neglect of governments, is the other main area of MSF's programmatic focus, and the organization aims to effectively provide treatment and care to vulnerable people affected by such diseases as HIV/AIDS, TB, human African trypanomiasis, and visceral leishmaniasis. MSF also responds to the needs of people who are excluded from access to essential health services, and assists victims of natural disasters.

MSF's decision to intervene in any crisis is based solely on our independent assessment of people's needs–not political, economic, or religious interests. MSF does not take sides or intervene where governments or warring parties tell us to–we go where the medical needs are greatest. MSF's single-minded mission is to help those most in need, to the exclusion of any other agenda and without taking sides – this is the meaning of the humanitarian principles of neutrality, impartiality, and independence to which MSF is deeply committed. Each year, MSF doctors, nurses, logisticians, water-and-sanitation experts, administrators, and other medical and non-medical professionals depart on more than 4,700 aid assignments. They work alongside more than 25,800 locally hired staff to provide medical care in more than 70 countries.

Experienced MSF teams determine medical humanitarian needs by conducting independent assessments of the situation on the ground. The teams focus on assessing the condition of the affected people as well as their vulnerability to the crisis. Local medical professionals are important sources of information that MSF may complement by carrying out independent epidemiological and nutritional surveys. The existing capacity of local medical staff and facilities as well as the response of other outside parties are all key factors in determining whether MSF's intervention is required. The local authorities' acceptance of MSF's action and adequate safety conditions for our volunteers are critical prerequisites for any intervention. Projects are outlined in detail before they are launched and evaluated throughout their operation. Clearly defined quantitative, as well as qualitative, objectives are revised if necessary. The duration of our intervention is determined solely by those needs that are defined and reevaluated over the course of the mission. Projects and needs are evaluated on an ongoing basis through a standardized data collection system, plus ad-hoc epidemiological surveys.

MSF is committed to ensuring that its assistance actually reaches those it is intended to help. For this reason, we insist that our field staff must be free to communicate with the people we seek to help; to travel and independently assess needs; to determine how our aid will be allocated; and to be involved in the actual delivery of assistance. This is also why MSF directly manages all aspects of our field programs and does not delegate management responsibility to third parties. When it is the only effective way of reaching patients, MSF may provide medicines and medical materials to existing health facilities, particularly in highly insecure contexts. On rare occasions, MSF may also provide financial support to other private humanitarian organizations, community groups, or health facilities we are working closely with in a specific field, and we exercise close oversight over these activities.

MSF takes seriously its responsibility to ensure that all of its assets – whether resources or services - exclusively serve humanitarian purposes. Accordingly, rigorous program funding and personnel procedures are in place to prevent the diversion of assets. Excerpts of our program funding and personnel procedures are available for review upon request. MSF does not knowingly employ individuals who use any of its assets to engage in or support conduct that contravenes MSF's humanitarian mission, including violence or other conduct that seriously endangers the health or welfare of others.

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Private donations are essential to our ability to operate independently, and allow MSF to respond at a moment's notice to the most urgent emergencies, often in countries and regions that are otherwise forgotten.

Through our mailings and publications, we keep donors informed of our current activities and the situations we believe are of highest priority, while asking you to provide general support for our activities so that we can allocate your contribution to where the needs are greatest. However, if you decide to designate your contribution to support MSF programs in a particular area, we will honor your choice. Please be aware that MSF uses a portion of all gifts, including those restricted to specific programs, for fundraising and administration costs, always striving to keep these costs to a minimum and allocating at least 85% of your donation to our programs.

If we are unable to use a designated contribution in keeping with your wishes (in the case of a program closure, for example, or contributions exceeding needs for a particular program), we will contact you to discuss what you would like us to do with your gift. MSF will never prolong an intervention for the sole purpose of spending allocated funds.

Doctors Without Borders USA, Inc. (MSF-USA) is recognized as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax-deductible in the United States . (Exempt identification number: 13-3433452). MSF-USA is a member of an international network of private non-for-profit MSF associations. Funds collected by MSF-USA support field programs implemented by its MSF partner organizations, which are headquartered in Europe, and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative, of which MSF is a founding member.

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● Host a house party
 
● Help us spread the word to your friends and/or foundations you think would be interested in our work
 
● Organize a fundraiser
 
● Make a multi-year commitment.
 
● Find out if your company offers a matching gifts program and/or help us organize an office presentation.
 
● Follow MSF on social media and share news and updates with your contacts.
 
● Volunteer with the organization in its New York office or view employment opportunities here (LINK TO EMPLOYMENT PAGE)

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● The cost to raise a single dollar is high for big fundraisers. They often work better for organizations that have higher fundraising overheads.
 
● We have many donors that initiate fundraisers for us.
 
● MSF is concerned with improving the quality of our operations and our ability to respond to emergencies, rather than growing into a larger organization.

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Though it means forgoing a potential revenue stream, we do not take funds from extractive companies (i.e. oil and gas), arms manufacturers, tobacco and alcohol companies, and, as mentioned pharmaceutical companies.

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No. To do so would be a clear conflict of interest.

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MSF is one of the few major global health actors not receiving Gates funding. The Gates Foundation and MSF share many common objectives in working to address urgent global health needs in developing countries, and to ensure that appropriate vaccines, drugs, diagnostics and other lifesaving interventions are developed and delivered to populations in need. MSF is strategically engaged with the Gates Foundation on a number of levels, ranging from high level meetings to ongoing and frequent technical and working group consultations on issues of concern to both organizations. Our medical and operational priorities of MSF do at times differ, and sometimes conflict, with the work of the Gates Foundation and the major initiatives they support. In cases where we feel the needs of our patients are not adequately addressed or prioritized, MSF does not hesitate to voice its concerns. At this time, MSF believes that our strategic engagement with the Gates Foundation, as well as our ability to voice criticism or concerns on specific issues over which the Foundation has enormous influence, is strengthened by our financial independence from the Foundation.

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● We try to encourage people who want to support us to keep their gifts unrestricted so we have the flexibility to respond where needs are the most critical. Having a steady stream of unrestricted funds also allows us to respond to new emergencies without any obstacles or delays.
 
● We will accept restricted funds for areas or issues that people have strong personal feelings about, provided we can use them in that particular area.
 
● We have some focus areas where we know we will always need funds – donors intent on contributing to a specific program or initiative can inquire about those areas.

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● In the US in 2012, more than 86% of our funds went to programs. 13% went to fundraising costs, and 1% went to administration and management.
 
● Internationally, 82% of all funds went to programs.
 
● MSF’s US office has dedicated more than 85% of revenue towards programs for the past 17 years in a row.

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● The US government is often involved in many crises to which MSF responds. It is important that we remain independent from these—and indeed any—government agendas or political positioning in order to be perceived as neutral, lest we hurt MSF’s ability to operate a program and/or secure the safety of our staff.
 
● Government programs such as USAID and PEPFAR often have strings attached and political agendas that could thwart our ability to deliver appropriate medical aid.
 
● Programs like USAID also have strict treasury requirements that we cannot always adhere to (such as turning over personal information about our international staff members).

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● Internationally, 89% of MSF’s income comes from private sources More than 4.6 million individual donors and private foundations worldwide made this possible.
 
● Around 9% of funds globally come from public institutional agencies ECHO, the governments of Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
 
● In the US, 100% of our funding comes from private sources. In 2012, 92.1% of it came from individuals, 4.6% from professional and family foundations, and 3.3% from corporations. In the US, we do not accept any US government funding.

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● In the US, in 2012, it was nearly $190 million.
 
● Internationally, in 2012, it was roughly $1.28 billion.

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  • Financial

    • Securing predictable and sustainable funding during an uncertain economic climate.

    • Maintaining and improving the quality of our programs, especially those that also rely on international funding from large global institutions for such things as drugs, vaccines, and emergency food aid.

    • Having the necessary reserves to allow us to respond to new emergencies as they occur.

  • Human Resources

    • Securing experienced and committed field staff and retaining them, especially those who can work as coordinators.

    • Finding qualified medical staff that can work on a range of medical issues including emergency surgery and rehabilitation, maternal and pediatric care, tropical diseases, chronic care, and mental health.

  • Operations

    • Security – We work in areas of conflict where many actors are often involved. We need to constantly reinforce our neutrality to all parties in order to keep our teams safe. In the past 10 years, there has been a blurring of humanitarian aid and military interventions, where humanitarian aid workers have been directly targeted making it more difficult for us to work in certain high risk areas.

    • Balancing speaking out with gaining access to populations; gaining access to people cut off from assistance in armed conflicts due to insecurity, government bureaucracies, and other blockages is not always easy to negotiate.

    • Access to appropriate medications, vaccines, and therapeutic foods to treat malnutrition. Policies, pricing, and politics can pose barriers for procuring vital medical supplies. Outdated diagnostics and treatments make medical assistance in resource challenged settings difficult and expensive. Improved research and development for neglected diseases would not only help us save more lives, but would allow us to treat patients with a better and more efficient use of our resources.

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MSF USA was established in 1990 by the French section.They wanted to have a presence in the US in order to expand their international fundraising, recruitment, and advocacy (chose New York because of its proximity to the UN and media).The US office has since expanded their role in field operations and is now managing programs in Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, and Ethiopia.

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● MSF has an International General Assembly (IGA), which is comprised of two representatives from each MSF partner section as well as two representatives per MSF Association.
 
● The IGA elects 12 representatives to sit on the International Board (IB). The IB is also comprised ofthe International President, the Vice President, the International Treasurer, and the Operational Directors. The IB has authority over issues such as resolving conflicts within MSF, opening and closing new entities, and holding sections accountable for implementing a shared vision.
 
● MSF also has several international committees that see to coordination among sections and sharing of information with regard to policy, management, communications, recruitment, and funding.
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● MSF has no real "headquarters." Although the organization was established in France, it has grown into an international association with 19 independent sections worldwide.

● Five of those 19 sections are the Operational Centers or "OCs," the offices that directly manage all of our field programs or "operations." The OCs are in Paris, Geneva, Brussels, Amsterdam, and Barcelona. The remaining sections partner with the OCs and support their program operations, communications, recruitment, and fundraising. For example, the US, Japan, and Australia offices are in direct partnership with the OC in Paris.

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MSF was started by French doctors and its first office was in Paris, but there are now 19 national offices and 9 branch offices around the world.

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Yes. International staff receive a nominal monthly stipend that increases with accumulated MSF experience and with level of responsibility.Locally hired staff members get paid wages that are within the legal requirements of their country and are also competitive with other government and NGO's in the area. They also receive medical and other benefits.

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●  About 30,000 at any one time; 90% of them are national staff, people hired locally in a given project location.
 

● About 35% are nonmedical—logs, admin, wat/san.

 

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We recruit aid workers through our website, through advertising in medical and nonmedical publications, and through public events. Candidates must meet qualifications and must apply on our website. Candidates will then go through a series of interviews and orientations before being sent out to the field. Field assignments are based on need and skill set.

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MSF recommends a number of publications which explore the issues surrounding humanitarian aid. To view the list of recommended publications, click here. To find MSF publications on similar topics, click here.

From experience gained in more than 40 years in the field, MSF has also developed a series of guidelines and reference books. Many are available to download for free. Several are available in hard copy and may be purchased on our website.

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MSF provides medical insurance, including coverage for medical evacuation if necessary. In addition, a clinician in each team is responsible for treating minor injuries or illness, and has the capacity to refer to a higher level of care, if necessary.

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Working with MSF is not reckless. MSF maintains extensive risk-management procedures and security guidelines for every mission. Field workers are briefed on the country security situation before going to the field, and upon arriving at the project site are given specific security protocols. Adherence to our field guidelines for personal and team conduct and safety is not negotiable.

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Duties in the field depend on the project and situation of the mission country. Generally physicians are involved in clinical activities, supervision, and training of national medical personnel, with some administrative duties. This is similar for other medical professions, like nurses, midwives, and other health specialists.

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MSF does not take a position on abortion or family planning; however we do provide emergency medical aid to people according to their individual needs. That often includes abortion, contraception, sex education in HIV/AIDS prevention programs, as well as prophylactic treatments for victims of sexual violence.Our teams often see women and girls who need medical attention due to injuries suffered during unsafe illegal abortions in places where the practice is illegal or taboo. 

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● MSF programs for illnesses such as TB or AIDS include strong patient education and MSF encourages decentralized treatment programs and community antiretroviral groups (CAGs) that can help enable better adherence. 
 
● Programs (in South Africa, for example) have better adherence rates to treatment than in the US.

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● Yes, but all aid workers are informed of the risks during their recruitment process.
 
● All staff are given appropriate vaccinations, comprehensive health insurance, and are trained in emergency protocols.

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● Yes. For all diseases we treat, to the extent possible we also have active prevention programs.
 
● Examples: Nutritional supplements to prevent severe acute malnutrition, vaccinations campaigns against meningitis and measles, distribution of mosquito netting to prevent malaria, early treatment of HIV/AIDs reduces transmissions as well as PMTCT (prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV), condoms, and prophylaxis treatment for victims of sexual violence.

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No, MSF buys from a variety of manufacturers and supplies its own projects. For example, the majority of our HIV/AIDs drugs are purchased from generic producers in India.

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While MSF as a whole continues to speak out about situations where political, military, or other concerns are causing or enabling medical emergencies, MSF’s Access Campaign advocated on behalf of patients when it comes to making lifesaving medications and vaccinations more widely availably, and affordable, particularly in developing countries. This means speaking out again restrictive trade agreements and commercial regulations, trying to use medical data gathered by MSF teams in the field to influence international medical debates, and more generally trying to ensure that people, not profits, are the focus of the conversation around access to medicines.
MSF was also a founding partner of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), an organization that brings together academics, researchers, and medical humanitarian groups to develop new drugs that can fill the vacuums left by pharmaceutical companies and governments when it comes to certain diseases.

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In 2012, MSF teams working in some 70 countries around the world provided more than 8.3 million outpatient consultations, admitted more than 472,000 patients for inpatient care, performed more than 784,000 antenatal consultations, and helped deliver more than 185,000 babies. Teams also cared for more 310,000 people living with HIV/AIDS and more than 347,000 malnourished children; vaccinated more than 690,000 people in response to measles outbreaks and some 496,000 in response to meningitis outbreaks; performed some 432,000 routine vaccinations for children and more than 78,000 surgeries; and treated more than 1.6 million cases of malaria, more than 57,000 cases of cholera, nearly 31,000 for TB, and more than 10,000 victims of sexual violence. Staff carried out more than 191,000 mental health consultations as well, while also distributing more than 197 million liters of water and 61,000 relief kits.

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MSF programs around the world address a host of different medical issues and challenges. Many offer general inpatient and/or outpatient care. Depending on the location, staff may also provide maternal and pediatric care, mental health care, surgery, physiotherapy, vaccinations, and treatment for malnutrition and diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (and drugresistant tuberculosis), malaria, cholera, measles, and meningitis. MSF also responds to disease outbreaks and epidemics—in some cases offering water and sanitation services as well—and to instances of widespread movements of internally displaced people (i.e. people moving within the borders of their native land) and refugees (i.e. displaced people who cross a border into another country). Furthermore, MSF looks to provide care and advocate for patients suffering from neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) such as sleeping sickness, kala azar, and Chagas disease.

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Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international independent medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, and exclusion from health care in more than 60 countries. When medical assistance is not enough to save lives, MSF will speak out against abuses its teams witness while providing medical relief.

The HR Assistant provides administrative support to our domestic office staff of 100+ employees  plus an active pool of  interns and volunteers, in all areas of HR including recruitment, payroll and benefits administration, training, and coordinating staff events.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

Payroll & Benefits Administration :

Works with HR Manager to develop, review and maintain comprehensive new hire and termination check lists for Domestic staff.

Under the direction of HR Manager, may process benefits enrollments and changes for current staff and assists staff to make changes for themselves on vendor websites.

May assist HR staff with the preparation of payroll and benefits information for domestic staff so that Finance can process and execute payroll, reconcile benefits statements and account for all expenses promptly and accurately.

Manages mailings regarding changes to benefits (especially the 401(k) Plan) to all plan participants

Cross-train with HR Assistant for the international staff.

Training & Development/Special Projects/Internship program:

Assists with the preparation for all in-house trainings and orientation sessions; coordinates logistics with Office Services & IT; schedule attendees and presenters.

Assists with scheduling speakers for Department Presentations. Assists with scheduling screenings and Orientation Breakfast for the interns.

Domestic HR Employment Assistance:

Posts job openings in publications and websites as instructed by HR Manager and processes employment applications.

May responds to applicants, print resumes for hiring manager; may assist with scheduling job applicants

Completes Employment verifications for office staff.

Provides support to HR Manager in managing the internship program, including distributing applications to hiring managers, etc.

General Administrative duties:

Updates and maintains electronic and paper employee files and records in accordance with HR best practices and legal requirements as directed by HR Manager.

Creates Employment Letters upon staff request

Track domestic staff travel to developing countries and liaise with PSCU for counseling.

Assists with updates and maintenance of I-9 files, OSHA log, EEO records, and other pertinent HR records

Participates in Events Committee, helping to identify venues, caterers, transportation, etc. to help execute the Committee’s plans

Maintains HR calendar

Assists with the creation of HR communication tools (flyers, brochures, invitations, etc.) and HR forms

Makes travel arrangements for members of the Domestic HR department as well as for interviewees and new hires.

Performs clerical duties as needed, such as filing, photocopying, and collating.

Attends regularly scheduled staff meetings and Program Updates and several annual office-wide debates to participate in information sharing across all departments, and stay informed on important MSF topics so as to be able to contribute to the organization’s ongoing development.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 2 years relevant administrative work experience, preferably in Human Resources, plus a Bachelors Degree, or equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Proven time management and organizational skills including keen attention to detail and the ability to prioritize ongoing vs. immediate needs appropriately.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, including ability to effectively present information to job applicants, vendors, and other employees of the organization.
  • Strong computer literacy, including ability to use word processing and spreadsheet software and to search the internet and navigate new user interfaces to post jobs, etc.
  • Ability to write business correspondence, and internal memos.
  • Strong motivation for working in a non-profit environment.

Conditions:

Salary – mid 40’s commensurate with experience and great benefits. Generous paid time off. A friendly, supportive environment with growth potential.

To apply:

To apply, send letter of interest and CV to: Employment.msfusa@newyork.msf.org, Attn: Domestic Human Resources Assistant.

 No calls please.

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The NY office of MSF-USA is seeking a seasonal Donor Services Representative to respond to donor inquiries, and provide the highest quality service in response to donor calls and correspondence during our busiest time of year. 

Position responsibilities:

  • Answers prospective and current donor questions on the telephone, online chat, and by e-mail regarding MSF activities and programs, contribution options and guidelines.
  • Assists donors with donations and receipting and with issues that cannot be handled by MSF’s inbound call center.
  • Regularly reviews and updates the donor database with relevant donor codes and notes.
  • Provides administrative support for major gifts and foundations and corporations fundraising units.
  • Provides input on the development of donor service communications materials including letters, email, and telephone scripts.
  • Provides support for donor account data hygiene projects.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum two years administrative experience, preferably in a customer service and/or non-profit environment, plus B.A., or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong interpersonal and written and oral communications skills.
  • Proven administrative skills including keen attention to detail with ability to track multiple projects at one time.
  • Strong computer literacy, including ability to use word processing, spreadsheet and database software, to search the internet for research purposes and to learn new Windows-based programs.
  • Prior experience with Revolution Online, Raisers Edge or other donor database a plus.
  • Residence in or willingness to relocate to NYC metro area (no relocation package provided).
  • US work authorization.

Conditions:

Rate of pay:  $15 - $18 / per hour, commensurate with experience, for a 35-hour work week.  Opportunity for additional work hours, especially during the height of the busy year-end season.   Hours 35-40 pay at same base rate; hours worked over 40 pay at time and a half.  No benefits.

To Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to:  employment.msfusa@newyork.msf.org, Attn.:  Seasonal Donor Services Representative Search.

 

Candidates are encouraged to apply by August 8, 2014.

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Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters, and to victims of armed conflict, irrespective of race, religion, creed or political convictions.   When medical assistance is not enough to save lives, MSF will speak out against human rights abuses and violations of humanitarian law its teams witness while providing medical relief.

The New York office of MSF seeks an articulate, highly organized individual to provide administrative support for our expatriate staff of 400+ employees.  Reporting to the International HR Manager, the Assistant will support the expatriate staff in the areas of payroll and benefits administration, HRIS and general administrative support.

Position responsibilities:

Payroll & Benefits Administration

  • Process benefits enrollments and changes
  • Respond to staff inquiries
  • Liaise with vendors
  • Work with Manager to develop, review and maintain appropriate content for briefing packages for expatriate staff

Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS)

  • Maintains and updates the internal HRIS with expatriate new hires, rehires, terminations demographic and payroll information

General Administrative Support

  • Assists with updates and maintenance of I-9 files, EEO and other HR compliance records
  • Assists with the creation of HR communication tools (flyers, brochures, etc)
  • Manages the HR Intern
  • Works closely with the Field Human Resources department on the needs of international staff

Qualifications include:

  • B.A. plus 2 years administrative work experience, preferably in Human Resources, or equivalent combination of  education and experience
  • Ability to communicate with diplomacy and tact
  • Keen attention to detail with ability to track multiple assignments at one time
  • Strong computer literacy
  • Ability to write business correspondence
  • Strong motivation to support MSF’s mission

Conditions:

Starting salary:  mid 40’s (for a 35-hour work week with some overtime available), plus excellent benefits and opportunities for professional growth and development

To apply:

Send letter of interest and resume to:  employment.msfusa@newyork.msf.org,

Attn: HR Assistant Search.  No calls, please.

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Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international independent medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, and exclusion from health care in more than 60 countries. When medical assistance is not enough to save lives, MSF will speak out against abuses its teams witness while providing medical relief.

The New York City office of MSF is currently seeking a Revenue Manager, who, under the direction of the Director of Finance and Administration, provides leadership and coordination of MSF-USA’s revenue accounting management functions. The Revenue Manager ensures that revenue accounting procedures conform to generally accepted accounting principles.The Revenue Manager also ensures that, MSF USA revenue is completely and accurately reconciled, accounted and reported, both according to US GAAP and MSF GAAP.   

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

Revenue Accounting and Information Management

Ensures timely compliance with local, state and federal regulators.  Keeps updated on compliance requirements of revenue accounts (ie CGA state filings).

Ensures accrual based accounting.

Ensures that donations as noted by caging operators are timely and accurately reflected in our bank account and properly accounted for in our general ledger system.

Ensures that donations processed via non-caging sources are deposited in the appropriate bank account and accurately accounted for in our general ledger system.

Ensures that corporate gift annuities (CGAs), endowments, pledges, refunds and security donations are processed timely and accurately.  Ensures that these activities are properly accounted for in the general ledger system and updated in the Development database as needed.

In close collaboration with the Development Department, reconciles monthly accounting records of year to date donation revenue with the development database.  Investigates and resolves all unreconciled activities.  Identifies all mis-coding in both the general ledger system and the Development database.  Ensures that all activities are completely and accurately reflected in both systems.

Ensures complete and accurate accounting of all non-donation driven cash receipts.

Monitors all pledges and proposes write off/allowance for uncollectible pledges.  Calculates the net value of all pledges receivables (adjusting for net value discount and allowances)

In coordination with the CGA administrator, ensures compliance with state specific reserve requirements.  Reports on the required cash reserves levels, in order to make adjustment on the cash / non cash investment portfolio.

In coordination with the Grants Officer, ensures proper recording and disbursement of time and purpose restricted donations on a regular basis.

Ensures that return on each specific endowment fund is properly tracked and accounted for monthly. In close collaboration with Development, defines which gifts qualify as endowments. In collaboration with the Director of Finance reviews and proposes a spending amount to be presented to the Administrative committee. Prepares the related accounting entries.

Ensures that CGA payout is supported by CGA liability by donation.  Where appropriate, proposes adjustment to reverse out donation income.

In coordination with the Director of Operation in the Development Department and donation processing vendors, reviews current processes covering donations, recommends procedures for greater/appropriate control and procedures, and implements updated processes.  Identifies appropriate controls and areas for greater efficiency.

In coordination with the Finance Manager, reviews current accounting practices, recommends procedures for greater/appropriate control and procedures, and implements updated processes.  Identifies appropriate controls and areas for greater efficiency.

Ensures that all procedures are properly documented.

Manages the monthly income closing process.  Ensures complete and accurate closing of books and records in coordination with the Finance Manager.

Manages relationships with various third party vendors for revenue related activities.  Assesses the relationship and performance of each vendor, and advises the Director of Finance of improvement needs.  Monitors subsequent performance.

Ensures complete and accurate preparation of revenue related schedules and reports in coordination with management reporting, budget review.

Point person in Finance for all cash receipts and revenue associated projects and responsibilities.

Codifies and documents the reconciliation process including roles of other members of Finance and Development

Management & Administration

Participates in planning and implementation of Finance Department strategies, policies, and procedures.

Makes recommendations to improve financial and accounting operations

Prepares finance related guidelines and desk aids for use by office staff

Updates finance office procedures as required.

Evaluates and recommends improvements in interdepartmental workflows

Conducts orientations of new staff to help them learn finance department procedures

Supervises Revenue Associate and Assistant, ensuring proper delegation of duties, monitoring of performance, setting goals and expectations, providing appropriate level of guidance and support and providing ongoing feedback.

May be assigned to cross-departmental working groups as lead finance representative to review business processes and recommended changes to processes or vendor practices.

Performs corporate level and disbursement activities as needed.

Performs field audits and other duties as assigned.

Consolidation of International MSF Accounts

Manages the finance team in the extraction and restatement of US financial data to meet international accounting standards.

Manages the generation of reports for use by International Office for the annual international combined financial income statement. 

Contributes to the ongoing international dialogue on the best methods to report on combined financial information that accurately captures the financial data of multiple offices with distinct accounting practices and GL codes. 

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Five to ten years experience in a senior-level finance or accounting position
  • CPA or equivalent experience
  • Excellent accrual based accounting skills

Demonstrated excellence in managing teamsDemonstrated knowledge of accounting, spreadsheet, and fundraising software

  • Demonstrated experience in business process analysis and process update implementation
  • Ability to communicate with non-finance professionals about financial and accounting matters
  • Organized, detail-oriented, problem solving, individual
  • Strong written communication skills including ability to write internal memos to staff, and to document departmental procedures and write manuals
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, including ability to succinctly communicate with non-finance personnel about financial and accounting matters.
  • Ability to handle a large volume of work under pressure and with deadlines
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Keen attention to detail with ability to track multiple projects at one time
  • Excellent judgment and diplomacy

Preferred:

  • Prior experience with MIP and Revolution Online

Conditions:

Starting salary range: low to mid 80’s, commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits.  Training opportunities and growth potential.

To apply:

Send cover letter and resume to:  employment.msfusa@newyork.msf.org, Attn:  Revenue Manager

No calls, please.

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Reports to: HIV/AIDS Policy Advisor for the Access Campaign
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months
Location: New York City

Due to the volume of applications received, the HIV/AIDS Access Internship does not accept applications on a rolling basis. Please do not submit applications for the Spring internship until after December 23rd 2013, the Summer internship until after March 28th 2014, or the Fall internship until after of July 25th 2014. Any applications received before these dates will not be considered.

Objective: Provide administrative and research support to the HIV/AIDS Policy advisor of the Access Campaign while gaining practical learning experience for an applicant interested in HIV/AIDS, health policy advocacy and international affairs.

Overview: The Access Campaign undertakes research and advocacy to raise the importance of the issue of access to essential medicines internationally. The Campaign hopes to achieve sustainable solutions to reduce the price of essential medicines and stimulate medical research and development for diseases that primarily affect low income populations. The Campaign operates within the Program Department at MSF-USA.

The HIV/AIDS Access Intern will support the ongoing administrative and research activities of the Access Campaign as necessary to scale up the work on HIV/AIDS policy. This includes tracking the current issues relevant to the Access Campaign, providing research and analytical support to the HIV/AIDS Policy Advisor of the Access Campaign, supporting the overall management of data and files, and assisting in preparation of information for advocacy meetings and mailings.

Candidates should have interest and some knowledge of US politics, global health policy and funding, congressional processes, and the current status of the international HIV/AIDS movement. This internship is ideal for anyone with a particular focus on HIV/AIDS policy advocacy and the crisis of access to essential medicines in the developing world.

Duties: HIV/AIDS Access Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Convene conference calls of internal networks' working groups and assists with preparation, note taking, and dissemination of key documents
  • Assist the HIV Policy Advisor with collecting information and maintaining a database on essential information and relevant HIV national policies
  • Conduct research on current access topics, conferences, advocacy targets, and related NGOs
  • Consistently disseminating MSF advocacy related information through our network of contacts
  • Track HIV/AIDS Access Campaign related information in the media including online listserves
  • Coordinate communication between members of internal working groups and listservs
  • Maintains a database of key literature/annotated bibliography
  • Assist the HIV Policy Advisor in convening internal and external meetings
  • Assist with writing basic memos
  • Reply to requests for information and assistance from the public
  • Provide general administrative support
  • Other tasks as assigned

Skills: Applicants should have:

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Experience in HIV/AIDS advocacy and/or Masters Degree preferable
  • Excellent attention to detail and proofreading ability
  • An interest in medical humanitarian aid and the struggle for access to essential medicines
  • Initiative and confidence to work independently and ask questions in a fast-paced work environment
  • A working knowledge of MS Word and Excel
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Department: Communications
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment:  20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months
Location: New York City

Objective: To support Doctors Without Borders communications department and provide a practical learning experience to an individual interested in communications and social media for an international nonprofit organization.

Overview: The Communications Department of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works to expand awareness of humanitarian crises and endemic health problems that medical teams address around the world. We primarily use social media to raise public awareness about the medical humanitarian issues we address. We also use these tools to garner press attention, reach advocacy targets, and raise funds, and to support recruitment goals and promote our events.  

The social media intern will be involved in strategizing and planning, researching, posting, tracking, and reporting. This is a hands-on position, offering the opportunity to actively improve tools through which MSF communicates its messages. An undergraduate or graduate student with a high level of experience with social media and an interest in journalism, non-profit communications, and/or international affairs would be best suited for this position.

Duties include some or all of the following based on current needs:

  • Daily monitoring of MSF mentions on social media through dedicated tools
  • Planning and scheduling posts requested from managers
  • Finding appropriate visual images to accompany posts
  • Using tracking code with all posts
  • Posting on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, and other platforms as needed
  • Reporting performance metrics
  • Tracking comments on posts
  • Other duties as requested  

Required Skills:

  • Strong interest in and track record on social media
  • Knowledge of social media monitoring and tools
  • Understanding of concepts of organizational style and voice
  • Interest in humanitarian communications
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent organizational skills

Preferred Skills:

  • Above-average computer literacy
  • Skills in Photoshop, Google Analytics, Radian6, TweetDeck, Excel
  • French or Spanish language skills
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Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months
Location: New York City

Objective: To assist the Information Technology Team in maintaining, upgrading and troubleshooting issues, while providing a practical learning experience to students interested in IT and operations for a large non-profit organization and in the general workings of a large international humanitarian aid organization.

Overview: The IT Intern will support the activities of the IT Team. This internship is ideal for anyone interested in learning about the deployment, use and support of desktops, laptops and phones on a national and international basis for non-profit and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Duties: The IT Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Recycle old desktops and laptops
  • Image new computers
  • Assist in swapping out old computers for new
  • Schedule and install software upgrades for users
  • Assist in set up of conference rooms when IT support is requested
  • Respond to IT tickets as assigned

Required Skills:

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Windows operating systems.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals.
  • Ability to work independently, with guidance from department members.
  • Ability to prioritize ongoing vs. immediate needs appropriately.

Preferred Skills:

  •  Knowledge of an IT ticketing system
  • Genuine commitment to the principles and work of MSF.

 

 

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Department: Communications
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months
Location: New York City

Objective: To support the Web & Publications Team while providing a comprehensive learning experience to an individual interested in design, web, and multimedia.

Overview: The Web Intern will work closely with the Web Manager, developers, and communications staff, offering day-to-day support and meeting project-based needs as they arise. The Web Intern will have the opportunity to contribute creatively to a constantly evolving, highly-visited humanitarian website while improving his/her design, web and content management skills. An individual looking to put a Web Design or Development degree to work for a good cause and to learn more about the Web will be perfectly suited for this position. The selected candidate must be willing to commit to this internship for the duration of the semester.
 

Duties: The Web Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Learn or improve understanding of the Drupal CMS, including contributing to content organization and management, site building, and maintenance
  • Post content to Website regularly and assist with daily tasks
  • Monitor and produce Web metrics
  • Participate in discussions regarding site development and growth
  • Create and optimize content for MSF's social media accounts
  • Design Web page layouts and Web graphics or contribute to Web page development
  • Edit multimedia files, including slideshows, audio and video

Required Skills:

  • Good understanding of HTML to create Web pages
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to troubleshoot one's own work
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and manage own time
  • Comfortable working on both PC and Mac platforms

Preferred Skills:

  • Previous use and understanding of a Content Management System (CMS) such as Wordpress or Drupal
  • Experience using Photoshop for graphic design
  • Development knowledge or skills (familiarity with CSS, PHP, and Javascript)
  • Knowledge of video editing programs
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Reports to: Public Events Officer
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months
Location: New York City

Objective: To provide support to the Public Events staff while offering a practical learning experience to someone interested in public events, marketing, and recruitment.

Overview: The Communications Department of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières works to expand awareness of the humanitarian crises and endemic health problems in developing countries that our medical teams address in the field. Public awareness is built through three primary means: active and reactive presswork; publications produced in-house, including our quarterly newsletter and website; and public events activities such as interactive exhibits, speaking events, film screenings, conferences, and the creation and distribution of teaching tools.

The Public Events Intern will have a role in planning and preparing the department's public exhibits, speaking events, and recruitment activities, including national and regional medical conferences. This is a hands-on position, offering the opportunity to become familiar with the tools through which MSF communicates its message to the general public. The ideal candidate will contribute creatively to new and ongoing projects, while providing logistical and administrative support to the Public Events team.

An undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in event planning, marketing, research, or exhibit design would be best suited for this position.

Duties: The Public Events Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Project-based planning, including research into outreach to target audiences, preparation and logistical support of public events and exhibits, and coordinating materials for speaking events, conferences, and other exhibits (70%)
  • Fulfillment of orders for educational tools and information processed through the New York office (10%)
  • Administrative support to Public Events Officer and Associate (20%)

Skills: Strong interest in event planning, exhibitions, marketing, or public education. Research experience and good written and verbal communication skills. Experience in event planning a plus. Above average computer literacy preferred, with an emphasis on Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.

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Reports to: Communications Assistant and Press Officer
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months
Location: New York City

Objective: To lessen the workload of the communications staff while providing a practical learning experience to a student interested in humanitarian aid and advocacy and public relations.

Overview: The Communications Department of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières works to expand awareness of the humanitarian crises and endemic health problems in developing countries that our medical teams address in the field. Public awareness is built through three primary means: active and reactive presswork; publications produced in-house, including our quarterly newsletter and website; and public education activities such as interactive exhibits, speaking events, screenings, and the creation and distribution of teaching tools and curriculums.

The Press Intern will work closely with the Press Officer and Communications Assistant, offering day-to-day research support and meeting project-based needs as they arise. As a valued member of the Communications department, the Press Intern will be centrally involved in the department's attempts to bring MSF's advocacy messages into the media. He or she will have ample opportunities to learn about public relations through direct experience and humanitarian medical aid through osmosis. This position is ideal for a student interested in both humanitarian aid and public relations or journalism.

Duties: The Press Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Media research and daily monitoring of coverage (30%)
  • Updating and maintaining the press office's media contacts (30%)
  • Supporting media projects as they arise in response to developing humanitarian news stories (helping to organize press conferences, etc.) (20%)
  • Tracking and filing MSF news clippings (15%)
  • Putting together a tri-annual "media highlights" kit (5%)

Skills: Ability to work independently on a number of separate, simultaneous tasks. Familiarity with US television and print media. Proficiency in writing and internet research. Working knowledge of Word and Excel. French and/or Spanish a plus.

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Department: Development
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: Part-time, 20 hrs/week
Duration: August—December 2014 (5 months)
Location: New York City

Objective: To assist the Planned Giving section of the Development department within Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Overview: The Planned Giving Intern primarily supports the administrative activities of the Planned Giving team. S/he will learn how a large, non-governmental organization (NGO) administers bequests and other planned gifts, and cultivates individuals who could include or have included MSF in their estate plans. S/he will also have the opportunity to learn about MSF's operations and international medical programs in more than 70 countries around the world. This internship is well-suited for anyone considering a career in development (fundraising), and in the administration of non-profit organizations or NGOs.

Duties: The Planned Giving Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Review bequest notices (notices from attorneys that MSF has been named in a donor’s will) and other estate documents, while entering all information in database
  • Communicate effectively via telephone with estate executors, attorneys and donors.
  • Assist with processing other planned gifts, including Charitable Gift Annuities.
  • Prepare and send letters to donors who request more information about MSF’s planned giving opportunities.
  • Review and correct donor database records.
  • Complete other administrative tasks as assigned by Planned Giving Officer.
  • Attend MSF internal presentations, public education events, and staff and department meetings as often as scheduling allows.

Required Skills:

  • Strong computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel).
  • Strong organizational skills and high attention to detail.
  • Experience with large databases or donor management systems (i.e. Revolution Online, Raiser’s Edge, Team Approach).
  • Genuine commitment to MSF’s principles and work.
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Department: Medical; Communications
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months, with possibility of extending through end of 2013
Location: New York City

Objective: To support the Medical Editor of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), while learning about humanitarian medical research and medical/scientific publishing for an international nongovernmental organization.

Overview: The Medical Editor of MSF-USA works with medical and field staff to disseminate research findings and perspectives, and to increase the visibility of MSF medical research within medical, research and policymaking communities. This is done through peer-reviewed journal articles; scientific conference abstracts, presentations and posters; MSF technical publications; and special projects and events.

The Medical Editing Intern will work with the Medical Editor on further developing and updating a database of MSF research publications. An undergraduate student with interest medical publishing, library science and humanitarian medicine would best suit this position.

Duties:

  • Assist with further developing database tools to store and disseminate information on MSF publications (50%)
  • Perform literature searches for articles on various medical topics (20%)
  • Enter data on MSF research publications into databases (20%)
  • Other tasks as assigned (10%)

Required Skills:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Access, Excel and Word
  • Proficiency in medical literature searches (PubMed, Google Scholar)
  • Good understanding of scientific/medical publication practices
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Strong interest in medical/scientific publishing and humanitarian medicine and research

Preferred Skills:

  • Programming experience in Visual Basic
  • Background knowledge of data structures, relationship-based databases.
  • Expertise and interest in knowledge management and/or outcomes research
  • Experience using reference management tools such as Mendeley
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Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months
Location: New York City

Objective: To assist the Marketing Team in developing, maintaining, and organizing marketing materials, while providing a practical learning experience to students interested in marketing and fundraising for a large non-profit organization and in the general workings of a large international humanitarian aid organization.

Overview: The Marketing Intern will support the activities of a Marketing Team. S/he will learn how an organization maintains donor relations, markets itself to donors and the public, and the general activities of a Development department. S/he will also have the opportunity, through working in the office, to learn about MSF's programs, and how it operates in the United States. This internship is ideal for anyone interested in fundraising for a non-profit, as well as the administration of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Duties: The Marketing Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Update and maintain MSF USA's marketing files, both paper and electronic, on current and past MSF projects (20%)
  • Assist Marketing Coordinator with direct mail quality control projects (15%)
  • Conduct analysis of industry marketing materials and trends (15%)
  • Develop and maintain "creative wall" of MSF marketing materials (10%)
  • Assist Marketing Coordinator with organization and dissemination analytic reports to development team (10%)
  • Support Director of Marketing and Marketing Associate and Coordinator on other miscellaneous projects (10%)
  • Fulfill requests for marketing materials from various parties(10%)
  • Attend brown bag lunches, public education events, and staff and department meetings as often as scheduling allows (10%)

Required Skills:

  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently, with guidance from staff members.

Preferred Skills:

  • Strong Word, Excel, and database experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Genuine commitment to the principles and work of MSF.
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Department: Development
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months
Location: New York City

Objective: To assist the Major Gifts Prospect Research area of MSF's Development Team while providing basic knowledge of non-profit fundraising.

Overview: The Major Gifts Prospect Research Intern will support the administrative and research activities of the Manager of Prospect Research, Major Gifts, and the rest of the Major Gifts team. S/he will learn how an organization approaches and cultivates individuals in order to receive large donations. S/he will also have the opportunity, through working in the office, to learn about MSF's international programs and the role that MSF-USA plays in the MSF movement. This internship is ideal for anyone considering a career in development (fundraising), and in the administration of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Duties: The Major Gifts Prospect Research Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Assist in prospecting for new donors and researching current MSF donors (30%)
  • Review and correct donor database records (30%)
  • Assist with large and small mailings (25%))
  • Attend BBLs, public education events, and staff and department meetings as often as scheduling allows

Required Skills:

  • Keen attention to detail and an eye for data
  • Strong research skills and an inquisitive mind
  • Strong computer skills (e.g. Excel, database)
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Genuine commitment to the principles and work of MSF
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Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters, and to victims of armed conflict, irrespective of race, religion, creed or political convictions. When medical assistance is not enough to save lives, MSF will speak out against human rights abuses and violations of humanitarian law its teams witness while providing medical relief.

Department: Development
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months
Location: New York City

Objective:
To assist Major Gifts section of MSF's Development Team while providing basic knowledge of non-profit fundraising.

Overview: The Major Gift Intern will be supporting the administrative activities of the Major Gift Director, Officer and the activities of the Major Gifts Staff. S/he will learn how an organization approaches and cultivates individuals in order to receive large donations. S/he will also have the opportunity, through working in the office, to learn about MSF's international programs and the role that MSF-USA plays in the MSF movement. This internship is ideal for anyone considering a career in development (fundraising), and in the administration of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Duties:

  • The Major Gifts Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:
  • Help manage major donor events e.g. mail invitations, maintain RSVP list (25%)
  • Assist with large and small mailings (25%)
  • Review and correct donor database records, and possibly assist in conversion from one donor database to another (20%)
  • Attend BBLs, public education events, and staff and department meetings as often as scheduling allows

Required Skills:

  • Strong computer skills (e.g. Excel, database)
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Genuine commitment to the principles and work of MSF

Email your resume and cover letter, with Subject line: (Major Gifts Internship - Fall 2010) to internships@newyork.msf.org. If applying to more than one internship position, please send a separate e-mail for each application. To learn more, visit www.doctorswithoutborders.org.

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Department: Human Resources
Reports to: HR Manager
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months
Location: New York City

Objective: To assist the Human Resources department with the administration of benefits and payroll for field staff, while gaining practical experience in and learning about human resources. S/he will learn about human resources administration for a large non-profit organization and the general workings of a large international humanitarian aid organization.

Overview: The Human Resources Intern will support the activities of the Human Resources department. The activities include payroll and benefits administration for field staff, updating the HRIS, and assisting with remuneration project implementation. S/he will also have the opportunity, through working in the office, to learn about MSF's programs and how it operates in the United States. This internship is ideal for anyone interested in human resources or administration for a non-profit.

Duties: The Human Resources Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Prepare briefing and debriefing packets for field staff that include payroll and benefits information
  • Check incoming paperwork to make sure it is complete
  • Update HRIS
  • Perform data entry and other administrative support tasks
  • Attend Brown Bag Lunch presentations, public education events, and staff and department meetings as often as scheduling allows

Required Skills:

  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to execute tasks demanding focus
  • Good organizational skills
  • Strong writing and computer skills
  • Experience or interest in HR practices, especially for a nongovernmental organization an asset
  • Fluent in English, French an asset
  • Genuine commitment to the principles and work of MSF

 

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Reports to: HIS Coordinator & Tropical Medicine Advisor
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 4 months
Location: New York City

Objective: To assist in designing and testing a mobile application to be used to monitor program activities for the roll-out of Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) project.

Overview: Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) is a malaria control strategy in which a therapeutic dose of antimalarial drugs are given to children in areas during the time of seasonal transmission, the period of highest acquisition risk. Research carried out in West Africa showed 80% reduction of cases of simple malaria and a more than 70% reduction of cases of severe malaria when using SMC control strategy. In March 2012, World Health Organization issued a recommendation of SMC use in areas where more than 60% of malaria cases occur in less than 4 consecutive months.

During the malaria season of 2012 MSF launched SMC interventions in Mali and Chad, with the objective to reduce the incidence of simple and severe malaria, and of severe malarial anemia. Drug dispensing was carried out by Community Health Worker (CHW). The use of CHWs allowed us to bring the intervention closer to the patients, but requires an important logistic investment in terms of delivering and collecting the drugs to and from health center or village, as well as collecting the data during and after every distribution.  

In preparation of expanding the intervention and improving the reliability and availability of real time monitoring, MSF is seeking to utilize mobile phone reporting. We are seeking an intern to work with the Malaria Advisor and Health Information Coordinator to develop and test an application for the SMC project.  

Duties:

  • Review and clarify monitoring requirements
  • Identify appropriate application tools—feasibility according to environment, infrastructure, cost, ease of use
  • Design and test application—achieving requirements

Skills: Applicants should have:

  • Background in Health Sciences or Humanitarian Health
  • Strong IT skills: knowledge of mobile applications—using SMS
  • Work or travel experience in rural areas of low-income countries
  • English spoken, strongly prefer French as well
  • Flexible and able to work independently
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Department: Development
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months
Location: New York City

Objective: To assist Foundations and Corporations (F&C) section of MSF's Development Team while providing a practical learning experience to students interested in foundation and corporate fundraising through conducting basic prospect research and assisting with cultivating prospective and existing donors.

Overview:

The Foundations and Corporations Intern will work closely with the F&C fundraising team offering day-to-day research and administrative support and meeting project-based needs as they arise. S/he will learn how an international organization approaches and cultivates foundation and corporations in order to receive large donations.  Candidates should have interest and some knowledge of fundraising with foundations and/or corporations, particularly knowledge of corporate giving programs or cultivation processes of NGOs.

The F&C Intern will also have the opportunity, through working in the office, to learn about MSF's international programs and the role that MSF-USA plays in the MSF movement.  This internship is ideal for anyone considering a career in development (fundraising), with a particular focus on large-capacity fundraising, and in the administration of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Duties:

The Foundations and Corporations Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Assist with carrying out large and small mailings (30%)
  • Assist with researching prospective and existing foundation and corporate donors (25%)
  • Customize presentations, letters, reports, and proposals; complete grant applications (20%)
  • Create and compile supplemental material upon requests by donors (consolidating budgets, gathering media, formatting articles, etc.)  (20%)
  • Assist with travel and meeting coordination (inter-departmental conferences, donor visits, field visits, etc.) (5%)
  • Attend BBLs, public education events, and staff and department meetings as often as scheduling allows

Required Skills:

  • Experience or interest in fundraising, particularly with Foundations and/or Corporations
  • Capacity to multi-task and ability to prioritize across multiple projects
  • Strong computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Word & Excel, constituency database)
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Genuine commitment to the principles and work of MSF

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • For a new initiative, candidates with general knowledge of, or involvement in a fandom community (e.g. video games, comics, cosplay, fanfiction, RPG, conventions) are encouraged to apply.
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Department: Field Human Resources
Reports to: Field HR Associate
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months
Location: New York City

Objective:To administer the HR department's relationship with potential and current members of the active field staff pool. To assist with administrative/clerical responsibilities related to the HR cycle.

Overview: The HR intern will respond to requests for information on volunteering requirements and general MSF HR information. S/he will learn about the organizations changing HR needs and help cultivate the pool of prospective applicants as appropriate to the field needs. S/he will also assist in facilitating the visa process for field staff confirmed for field assignments and a quarterly new field staff orientation.

Duties: The Field Human Resources Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Access and process field staff applications for initial HRO screening
  • Assist HR assistant in writing and sending letters to accepted/rejected applicants
  • Assist with HR data streamlining process working with a database and electronic files
  • Courier visa applications to consulates
  • Filing and other administrative support tasks
  • Assist as needed in the Welcome Days and other in-house trainings
  • Attend BBLs, public education events, and staff and department meetings as often as scheduling allows

Required Skills:

  • Strong writing and computer skills
  • Experience or interest in HR for a nongovernmental organization an asset
  • Experience working with Microsoft Access databases an asset
  • Fluent in English, French an asset
  • Good organizational skills
  • Genuine commitment to the principles and work of MSF
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Reports to: Association Coordinator/Executive Associate
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months
Location: New York City

Objective: The Executive Department of Doctors is comprised of a three-person core team of Executive Director, Executive Associate and Association Coordinator. The Executive Director heads the office Management Team, and works in conjunction with the Board of Directors, to guarantee the overall functioning of MSF USA and MSF USA's involvement in the larger MSF movement. The Association Coordinator's role is to foster leadership and activism within the MSF-USA Association comprised largely of returned MSF field volunteers and staff members.

Overview: To provide administrative support to the Association Coordinator and Executive Associate, while providing practical learning experience and exposure to an applicant interested in international humanitarian work, NGO administration, and advocacy. This internship is ideal for anyone considering a career in international relations, and particularly in the administration of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Duties:

Executive Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Update and maintain the MSF USA Association membership roll, under the direction of the Association Coordinator
  • Update and maintain, under the direction of the Association Coordinator, the Association database
  • Update and maintain, under the direction of the Association Coordinator, materials on the Association website
  • Assist with the editing, preparation, and distribution of the Insider, the quarterly newsletter of MSF-USA's association of volunteers, as well as the bi-weekly electronic newsletter
  • Provide logistical support to the Association Coordinator in preparation of the annual General Assembly and other regional events and meetings.
  • Provide administrative support to Association Coordinator as required
  • Compile background materials for monthly meetings of the Board of Directors of MSF-USA
  • Provide logistical support to the Executive Associate when these meetings are held in New York (September, November, February, May, June)
  • Conduct ongoing research, under the direction of the Executive Associate, on trademark and intellectual property issues pertaining to "Without Borders" organizations and the MSF mark as it is used in the US.

Skills: Applicants should have:

  • A genuine commitment to MSF's humanitarian principles and a general understanding of international current events.
  • Excellent administrative/logistical skills
  • Ability to work independently and with limited supervision.
  • A working knowledge of MS Word, Excel and Access.
  • Excellent attention to detail and proofreading ability.
  • Initiative and confidence to ask questions in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Ability to work independently on multiple tasks
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
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Department: Communications
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months
Location: New York City

Objective: To support Doctors Without Borders editorial team while providing a practical learning experience, including the potential to publish writing and multimedia in print and online publications, to an individual interested in communications and publications for an international nonprofit organization.

Overview: The Communications Department of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works to expand awareness of humanitarian crises and endemic health problems that medical teams address around the world. Public awareness is built through: active and reactive presswork; publications produced in-house, including a quarterly newsletter, website, and weekly podcast; pushing multimedia through social networking sites; and public education activities such as interactive exhibits, speaking events, screenings, and the creation and distribution of teaching tools and curriculums.

The editorial and multimedia intern will assist in all phases of the preparation of MSF’s print and online publications. This is a hands-on position, offering the opportunity to actively improve tools through which MSF communicates its message to US general public. The ideal candidate will contribute creatively to new and ongoing projects. An undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in journalism, multimedia, publishing, non-profit communications, and/or international affairs would be best suited for this position.

Duties include some or all of the following based on current needs:

  • Proofread and edit documents applying stylesheet to ensure content quality
  • Research photographs from international photo database for use in MSF publications
  • Transcribing interviews for publications and website
  • Basic editing of audio and/or video files
  • Building slideshows for website and social networking sites
  • Administrative support to Managing Editor, Digital Content Editor, and Publications Coordinator
  • Organization and upkeep of A/V equipment, print publications, and digital files
  • Possibility of writing for print and online publications
  • Other tasks as assigned

Required Skills:

  • Strong interest in communications or journalism
  • Strong interest in multimedia
  • Proficiency in writing and Internet research
  • Undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate experience in journalism or nonprofit communications
  • Please provide examples of published writing and/or multimedia projects and references
  • Working knowledge of Word and Excel
  • Excellent organizational skills

Preferred Skills:

  • Above-average computer literacy
  • Skills in Adobe CS, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Audition or other audio editing program
  • French and/or Spanish language skills
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Reports to: Desk Associate
Type of position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months
Location: New York City

Due to the volume of applications received, the Desk Internship does not accept applications on a rolling basis. Please do not submit applications for the fall internship until after July 21, 2014. 

Objective: To assist in the preparation of all departure and return procedures to ensure successful movements to/from the field projects of the NY Desk; while gaining knowledge and exposure to specific MSF operations.

Overview: The New York Desk functions under Operational Center Paris and manages operations in 3 countries: Chad, South Sudan, and Ethiopia. The Desk is comprised of a 9 person team who oversees and directs all aspects of field operations in those countries. The Desk intern will assist the NY Desk with administrative responsibilities related to travel, visas, and work permits for the expatriate staff traveling to and from the field projects. 
This internship is ideal for anyone considering a career in international relations, and particularly in the administration of international, non-profit field work.

Duties: The Desk Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Perform research on work permit and visa procedures
  • Prepare complete and accurate visa application packages for expatriates going to Desk countries
  • Courier visa applications to consulates
  • Assist the Desk Associate with research and booking for flights, hotels, and vaccination appointments
  • Update employee staff files
  • Filing and other administrative support tasks including various ongoing projects
  • Attend BBLs, public education events, and staff and department meetings as often as scheduling allows

Skills: Applicants should have:

  • A genuine commitment to MSF's humanitarian principles 
  • Excellent administrative skills and attention to detail
  • International travel experience
  • Familiarity with planning complex travel arrangements 
  • A working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and databases
  • Initiative and confidence to ask questions in a fast-paced work environment
  • Fluent in English, French an asset
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Reports to: U.S. Manager of the MSF Access Campaign

Type of position: Intern, paid

Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week

Duration: 3 months

Location: New York City

Due to the volume of applications received, the Access Internship does not accept applications on a rolling basis. Please do not submit applications for the Spring internship until after December 23rd 2013, the Summer internship until after March 28th 2014, or the Fall internship until after of July 25th 2014. Any applications received before these dates will not be considered.

Objective: Provide research and administrative support to the U.S. Manager of the MSF Access Campaign while providing practical learning experience to an applicant interested in global health and policy advocacy on access to medicines.

Overview: The MSF Access Campaign undertakes research, policy and advocacy to raise the importance of the issue of access to essential medicines internationally, with a focus on developing countries where MSF works. The Campaign hopes to achieve sustainable solutions to reduce the price of essential medicines and stimulate medical research and development for diseases that primarily affect low income populations. The Campaign operates within the Program Department at MSF-USA.

The Access Intern will support the ongoing research, advocacy and administrative activities of the Access Campaign in the USA. This includes tracking the current issues relevant to the Access Campaign, providing research and analytical support, supporting the overall management of data and files, and assisting in preparation of information for advocacy and policy strategies.

This internship is ideal for anyone with a particular focus on policy, advocacy and the crisis of access to essential medicines, diagnostics and vaccines in the developing world. Preferred knowledge and interest in US politics and funding for global health, congressional processes, intellectual property, international trade and new innovation models. 

Duties: Access Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Conduct research on current access topics, advocacy policy targets, US government and other relevant stake-holders (60%)
  • Attend meetings and conferences and track Access Campaign related information in the media, meetings and calls (25%)
  • Provide general administrative support to the Campaign including database entry, mass mailings, filing, faxing, etc. (15%)

Skills: Applicants should have:

  • Master or graduate degree. Background in law, medicine or global health preferred
  • Preferable experience in advocacy/ policy
  • Excellent attention to detail, writing and proofreading ability.
  • Commitment to the public interest, with an interest in medical humanitarian aid and the struggle for access to essential medicines in developing countries
  • Initiative and confidence to work and ask questions in a fast-paced work environment.  

Please note: International candidates are responsible for securing their US work permits and should detail work status in their cover letter.

 

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Reports to: Vaccines Policy Advisor for the Access Campaign
Type of Position: Intern, paid
Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week
Duration: 3 months
Location: New York City

Due to the volume of applications received, the Access Campaign Vaccines Internship does not accept applications on a rolling basis. Please do not submit applications for the Spring internship until after December 23rd 2013, the Summer internship until after March 28th 2014, or the Fall internship until after of July 25th 2014. Any applications received before these dates will not be considered.

Objective: Provide administrative and research support to the Vaccines Policy Advisor of the Access Campaign while gaining practical learning experience for an applicant interested in vaccines, health policy advocacy, and international affairs.

Overview: Each year, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams vaccinate over 10 million people through various vaccination activities, including outbreak response (measles, meningitis, yellow fever, cholera); large-scale preventative vaccination campaigns in high risk areas; vaccination for particularly vulnerable populations such as refugees or displaced persons; and in routine immunization settings through primary health care activities. MSF’s routine immunization activities are conducted in a number of projects where health care is provided to mothers and children, particularly in countries where vaccination coverage is generally low.

To support our operations in the field, the Access Campaign undertakes research and advocacy to raise the importance of the issue of access to essential medicines internationally. The Campaign hopes to achieve sustainable solutions to reduce the price of essential medicines and stimulate medical research and development for diseases that primarily affect low-income populations. The Campaign operates within the Program Department at MSF-USA.

The Access Campaign Vaccines Intern will support the ongoing administrative and research activities of the Access Campaign as necessary to scale up the work on access to affordable and appropriate vaccines. This includes tracking the current issues relevant to the Access Campaign, providing research and analytical support to the Vaccines Policy Advisor of the Access Campaign, supporting the overall management of data and files, and assisting in preparation of information for advocacy and policy strategies.

Candidates should have interest in and knowledge of global public health, global health policy and funding, and the current status of vaccination programs and services in developing nations. This internship is ideal for anyone with a special interest in vaccines policy and the lack of access to essential medicines in the developing world.

Duties: Access Campaign Vaccines Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Participate in conference calls of internal networks' working groups and assist with preparation, note taking, and dissemination of key documents
  • Conduct research on vaccination technologies, strategies, and policies
  • Draft summaries and reports on vaccination-related studies and documents
  • Maintain a database of key literature/references
  • Provide general administrative support
  • Other tasks as assigned

Skills: Applicants should have:

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Experience in global health advocacy and/or Masters Degree preferable
  • Excellent attention to detail and proofreading ability
  • An interest in medical humanitarian aid and the movement towards access to essential medicines for the most vulnerable populations
  • Initiative and confidence to work independently and ask questions in a fast-paced work environment
  • A working knowledge of MS Word and Excel
  • Other languages, particularly French, a plus
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Development work has a different goal than humanitarian – society, infrastructure, democracy building and so on. MSF is strictly a medical organization and as such focuses solely on medical matters and issues that prevent people from accessing the medical care they need.

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● Management/staff capacity to run complex programs biggest limiting factor
 
● Logistics
 
● Quality
 
● Security
 
● Finances

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● Yes, MSF had been working in Haiti since 1991. At the start of 2010, MSF was operating four health structures in PortauPrince, providing, among other things, primary and secondary care, trauma and emergency treatment, and surgical and obstetric services. After the earthquake, as MSF rushed to respond to overwhelming medical needs, the number of projects rose to 26 and included hospitals, postoperative care facilities, rehabilitation centers, and general medical centers.
 
● In 2010, with 3,000 medical personnel on the ground, MSF treated over 360,000 patients, distributed nearly 50,000 tents, and delivered a half million cubic meters of water per day. Of the $138 million raised, $100 million was spent by the end of the year.
 
● Today MSF now manages five health structures in Haiti addressing medical needs such as maternal care and emergency obstetrics, pediatric care, general surgeries and care for burn victims, and treating cholera. 
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MSF is an independent, nongovernment organization. We will frequently prepare reports, medical surveys, and personal testimonies to present to the UN and the US government as part of our advocacy strategy to “bear witness” and “speak out.” And we do coordinate our activities with the UN to make sure other government and nongovernment services are also being provided and in order to avoid duplication of services. But we do not take funding from either the US or the UN, we do not partner with them in our field operations,and MSF is not part of the UN “cluster system.”

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● MSF occasionally partners with other organizations when there is a component or activity that another organization can fulfill that will benefit the program and its recipients.
 
● Even when MSF works independently, we still coordinate our activities and information with other agencies in a region to avoid duplication, and we share security information as well.
 
● Whenever possible, MSF often works closely with a country’s Ministry of Health (MoH) as negotiations and written agreements are necessary to open hospitals and health centers, as well as to gain access to many areas. MSF also works within MoH structures and alongside MoH staff.
 
● In order to gain acceptance from a community and reinforce our impartiality and neutrality, MSF also works closely with the various parties of a conflict, such as government officials, rebel leaders, and community elders, making clear our medical objectives and our impartiality and independence from any other agenda.
 
● MSF will also work with other NGOs in order to hand over a project; for example, a community may no longer be experiencing a medical emergency, but they still need access to clean water for extended use. We may hand that project over to another organization that specializes in development (like Oxfam).

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● Yes, though it’s very rare considering we have some 30,000 people in the field on any given day. The majority are in accidents or due to illness.
 
● MSF works hard to minimize risk of deliberate targeting by talking to all sides in a conflict, asserting and reasserting our independence and our impartiality, along with our medical ethics.
 
● Among the most severe incidents were the killing of three aid workers in Somalia in January 2008, and two others in December 2011, and the killing of five field workers in Afghanistan in 2004, which forced us to end operations there for five years. In October 2011, two aid workers were abducted from a refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya, and held for more than a year and a half inside Somalia, until their release was finally secured in July 2013.

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● All workers receive general security training.
 
● Projects follow an areaspecific security plan.
 
● Security often hinges on transparency—telling all sides of conflict what we are doing and where, and impartiality—serving everyone in need, regardless of what ‘side’ they are on.
 
● All aid workers get appropriate vaccinations, malaria prophylaxis if needed, and we have contracts to evacuate members if needed.

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MSF is often the only medical service provider; therefore, the reception is usually very positive. Staff also stay in continuous contact with local leaders and people of influence in a given area to make clear what MSF intends to do and why, and to address any issues that may arise that could affect the ability of a program to operate effectively.

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● MSF’s specificity is medical humanitarian aid to people in the acute phase of a crisis.
 
● MSF considers certain diseases medical emergencies – HIV/AIDS, TB, as well as malnutrition.

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● Where there are ongoing violent conflicts and forced displacement: South Sudan, DRC, CAR, Somalia (thought MSF was forced to withdraw from the country in 2013), Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Syria – for example.
 
● Where nutritional crises occur during the months between harvests (generally between June and October) in areas of West Africa (the Sahel) as well as the eastern Horn of Africa, i.e. Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Somalia.
 
● Where epidemics occur: HIV, MDRTB, Cholera, Measles, Meningitis and neglected diseases like Kala Azar, Chagas, and Sleeping Sickness.
 
● Where natural disasters have occurred, akin to those that, over the past few years, struck Haiti, Pakistan, Chile, China, Myanmar, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

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● Yes. Training for local and international staff is key to all of our programs.
 
● Some 90% of all MSF staff is from the host country, in fact.
 
● Most teams comprise a combination of local and international staff at a 15:1 ration.
 
● Many staff members who have been trained locally often end up becoming part of our international
staff and will be sent on additional assignments in other countries.

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● When a team recognizes a possible emergency, they will send an exploratory team to the area to assess the situation. They do this through observing the population, talking to members of the community, communicating with the Ministries of Health and other NGOs, and collecting medical and epidemiological data. Once it is confirmed as an emergency, the team will report back to their headquarters with their findings and data. The headquarters will then report back to their OC where staffing, financial, and logistical arrangements are immediately made to set up a program.

● This can all happen in a relatively short amount of time (as little as 24 hours). Because MSF does not rely on government or institutional funding, and does not have to answer to any political agenda, programs can be opened and closed without delays and at our discretion.

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● When it decides the emergency phase is over.
 
● When it can successfully hand over responsibilities to the host government or another organization.
This can be a difficult decision; the end of the emergency is not always clear, as is/was the case
with the AIDS pandemic, other epidemics, and certain ongoing conflicts.
 
● When it is forced to for security reasons, as was the case in Afghanistan in 2004, where MSF staff
members were killed and no credible investigation was made into the incident by the authorities, or
in Somalia in 2013, when the circumstances on the ground made it too difficult to operate with any
sense of security.
 
● When it is forced to by government decisions, as happened in the past decade in Darfur and in
Niger.

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● Because of MSF's presence in some 70 countries, our field teams often come across emergencies in vulnerable areas that are close to where we already are. For example, sudden movement and displacement of communities may imply a recent attack or violent conflict (as with Darfur by the sudden flood of refugees into Chad, or the similarly sudden influx of Sudanese refugees into South Sudan in 2012). A sudden rise of children being treated for an infectious disease or malnutrition may suggest that an epidemic or nutritional emergency is impending.
 
● MSF assesses each situation to determine: Is there an emergency need? Are there other actors (host government or other NGOs) who can meet the need? Is MSF able to respond?
 
● Emergency needs are assessed in terms of morbidity and mortality rates and access to medical care.
 
● We do not prioritize one emergency over the other. Every emergency is taken into consideration by the same criteria.

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● Through 2012, MSF had projects in around 70 countries; the exact number fluctuates depending on when and whether a given program has recently opened or closed.
 
● 66.4% of our programs (also through 2012) were in African countries.
 
● 55% of our programs are in contexts considered “unstable.”
 
● In 2012, our largest program locations, in terms of resources expended, were DRC, South Sudan, Haiti, and Niger.

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No. All posts for first-time field staff are unaccompanied. Most mission locations do not allow for friends or family members to visit volunteers. Accompanied posts may be offered to experienced MSF staff, depending on field needs.

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Many specific vacancies have 9-12 months duration, thus a field worker with more flexibility can be considered for more vacancies. Specifically, the minimum commitment for financial and human resources coordinators is one year; surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, and ob/gyns may be accepted for a minimum of six weeks in the field.

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No. MSF places staff on assignment based on the needs in the field. Proposed field staff do have a final say in mission assignment, though the decision to accept or reject a mission should be based on the security issues and the work of the project.

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We accept a number of office volunteers and unpaid office interns in our US office. For more information on volunteering in our office, click here.

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Once a mission is confirmed, MSF will be responsible for all travel, visas, and relevant vaccinations. Field workers should assume responsibility for routine health maintenance vaccinations.

MSF will provide staff with:

  • Round trip air tickets from home to mission
  • Accommodation in NYC/Europe during briefing/debriefing
  • Monthly salary of approximately $1498
  • Full medical insurance
  • Accommodation in the field (shared housing mostly with private rooms)
  • Per diem on mission in local currency
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About three months before a volunteer's availability, MSF will start looking for field vacancies pertinent to professional experience.

  • Lists of vacant field positions are provided to MSF-USA by the five Operational Centers in Europe.
  • Field HROs propose staff for appropriate vacancies; final decision on placement is taken by the Operational Center after considering relevant candidates from all MSF sections for each vacancy.
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Yes.  There is more information available about Donor Advised Funds here.
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Thank you for your support of Doctors Without Borders' work in Haiti.

Following the earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, Doctors Without Borders received overwhelming donor support for our response to the emergency. We have treated over 40,000 patients in Haiti so far and are working in 20 sites around the country. We anticipate that we will spend over $75 Million in Haiti in 2010 on post-operative follow-up and ongoing care, distribution of relief items, and rebuilding of health care facilities. ALL contributions for Haiti are being used to fund our essential medical response there.

Customarily we are able to process donations within a week of receipt, however due to the incredible volume of recent gifts, we are currently delayed by 3-4 weeks. If you made your contribution prior to March 1st, and your gift still has not yet been charged or deposited, you will receive a receipt by mail indicating that Doctors Without Borders received your donation before the March 1st cutoff date for Haiti gifts in tax year 2009. We are processing gifts as quickly as we can, and will get your receipt out to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and our sincere apologies for the inconvenience we may be causing you.

If you have any additional questions or need further assistance, please contact us toll-free at 1-888-392-0392 or at donations@newyork.msf.org.

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In 2010, the revenue of Doctors Without Borders USA totaled $264 million – all of this raised through private contributors, such as individuals, foundations, and corporations. Private support is essential to our ability to operate independently and to respond at a moment's notice to the most urgent emergencies, often in countries and regions that are otherwise forgotten.

Doctors Without Borders has not received or solicited funding from the US Government since 2002. Internationally, we limit government funding to less than 20% of total funds raised. We strive to keep this figure as low as possible.

Doctors Without Borders USA does not accept money from pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, extraction industries (such as oil, natural gas, gold and diamonds), alcohol and tobacco companies, or arms manufacturers. Doctors Without Borders will not accept contributions from corporations/industries and their respective corporate foundations whose core activities may be in direct conflict with the goals of the medical humanitarian work of our organization, or in any way limit Doctors Without Borders' ability to provide humanitarian assistance.

Read more about our Corporate Gift Acceptance Policy, or view our U.S. Annual Report.

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Doctors Without Borders strives to operate efficiently and to minimize fundraising and administrative costs. Between 1995 and 2013, Doctors Without Borders USA allocated more than 85 percent of its expenditures to its program activities. Maintaining this standard is a high priority. In 2013, more than 87% of our spending was directed toward our program services.

Doctors Without Borders USA meets the standards of watchdog agencies, having consistently been awarded an "A" rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy.

View a copy of our most recent U.S. Annual Report or Financial Information, which includes more specific information about how we spend funds raised.

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Doctors Without Borders USA, Inc. is recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 100% of your donation is tax-deductible.

Our Federal Tax ID number or Employer Identification Number (EIN) is 13-3433452. You can also view additional financial information about the organization.

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If your contribution was a one-time donation you will receive an official printed acknowledgement/tax receipt via postal mail approximately 3-4 weeks from the date of your gift (for an online donation you will receive both an email confirmation and an official printed acknowledgement/tax receipt).

If you are a member of our Field Partner program, giving monthly via direct withdrawals from your credit card or bank account, you will automatically receive a tax receipt for your cumulative annual contributions at the end of each fiscal year (customarily during the last week of January/first week of February).

If you have not received your acknowledgement letter/tax receipt within the time frames listed above, please phone Donor Services at (212) 763-5779. Please provide your full name and mailing address as it appears in our records so that we are able to locate your account. Once we find your donor record and the record of your gift(s) we will mail your tax receipt straightaway.

If you make a contribution of stock, we will receive your gift without your contact information. To ensure that we can properly acknowledge your donation, please send an email, with your name, address, and the details of your stock gift, to william.donas@newyork.msf.org.

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We appreciate your interest in supporting our programs. While it is possible to have your gift directed toward a specific program or country where we are currently working, we ask that you contribute unrestricted funding. By not restricting your contribution for a specific emergency or project, you will enable us to allocate our resources more efficiently and where the needs are greatest.

The ability of MSF teams to provide rapid and targeted medical care to those most in need in more than 60 countries around the world – whether in the media spotlight or not – depends on the generous general contributions of our donors worldwide. MSF would not have been able to act so swiftly in the hours that followed the South Asia earthquake in October 2005 or in response to the emergency in Myanmar in May 2008 if not for the ongoing general support from our donors.

Should you still wish to restrict your donation please indicate the specific program or country when making your contribution.

In order to restrict an online donation, you must send an email to donations@newyork.msf.org after your transaction is complete. In your email, please tell us to which country or program you would like the funds directed. Please include your name, full address, the amount of your donation, and your donation confirmation number so that we can locate your record.

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Doctors Without Borders is unable to accept donations of supplies. Because the key to saving lives in an emergency is speed, it is our practice to have prepared, specialized, and uniform kits and other materials that are ready to go in the event of an emergency. Doctors Without Borders does all of the purchasing for these kits in advance and therefore cannot accept in-kind gifts such as medical equipment, drugs, food, or other materials for its operations.

For information on suitable charities that accept gifts in-kind, we recommend visiting guidestar.org.

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If you or one of your family members works for an organization with a matching gift program, you can double or even triple your gift. Because each company has a different set of instructions for matching an employee gift, please see your company's Human Resources Department for details. Doctors Without Borders is happy to confirm your gift or to satisfy any other requirements your company may have.

Please direct all correspondence regarding your matching gift to:

Doctors Without Borders
Matching Gift Program
PO Box 5030
Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030

Please note that MSF has a Corporate Gift Acceptance Policy and is unable to accept donations from some companies. For additional information, please read our Corporate Gift Acceptance Policy.

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It is possible to make a donation in memory of someone or to commemorate a holiday, birthday, wedding or other special occasion. At your request, a letter can be mailed to the gift recipient as notification of your contribution to Doctors Without Borders.

Please note that it can take up to 4 weeks for a tribute notification letter to reach the recipient. If you wish to send immediate notification of your gift, please consider making your contribution via e-card.

Visit our tribute donation page for a list of all tribute contribution options.

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It can take up to 4 weeks for the notification of your tribute gift to reach the recipient. If it has been longer than 4 weeks, please send an email to donations@newyork.msf.org.

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As a Field Partner, you provide ongoing support to our teams in the field with a monthly gift. It's simple. Each month your contribution is automatically transferred from your credit/debit card or bank account to Doctors Without Borders.

You can register to become a Field Partner monthly donor online, by mail or by phone. For more information please view our Field Partners page.

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If your monthly gift is charged each month to a credit or debit card, please call us toll-free at 1-888-392-0392 to update this information. Our toll-free number is available 8am to 9pm, 7 days a week.

If your monthly gift is withdrawn each month from your checking account, we must, for your security, receive both a voided check from your new account and a signed note authorizing this change. You may send these via fax to 212-679-7016 to the attention of “Donor Services” or by mail to:

Doctors Without Borders USA
PO Box 5030
Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030

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One of the most advantageous ways to donate to Doctors Without Borders is with a gift of stock. You can give appreciated stocks to Doctors Without Borders simply by transferring them into our account. The total value of the stock upon transfer is tax-deductible, and you will not be obliged to pay any capital gains taxes on the appreciation.

If you wish to donate stock, visit our stock donation page for detailed information and instructions.

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Doctors Without Borders has a wide range of planned gift options for you to choose from including bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable trusts, and retirement assets. Making a planned gift to Doctors Without Borders helps ensure our ability to respond to the challenges we will face in the future.

To learn more about the various planned giving options available, please contact Beth Golden at 212-655-3771 or at beth.golden@newyork.msf.org. You may also visit our planned giving page for further information.

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Thank you for your interest in organizing a fundraising event for Doctors Without Borders. Fundraising events are a fun and interesting way for you to support and raise awareness of our work in more than 60 countries around the world. We appreciate your efforts on our behalf. See our detailed information on how to organize a fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders. For additional information and to discuss ideas and plans for your event you may contact us at (212) 655-3759 or at fundraisers@newyork.msf.org.

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Doctors Without Borders USA can only accept gifts in US dollars.

Doctors Without Borders has offices in 19 countries, so you may be able to donate in your local currency. Find an office near you.

If you still wish to donate to Doctors Without Borders USA you may be able to give in US dollars using a credit card. See our donation options.

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We can send you mail as often as you would like. We can limit the mailings to quarterly, twice a year, just once a year, or none at all. Simply state your preference when making your gift or send an email, with your name, address, and mail preference, to donations@newyork.msf.org.

Please note that due to our mail production schedule it may take up to 6-8 weeks for this request to take effect.

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Doctors Without Borders’ Major Gifts program considers anyone giving a total of $5,000 or more within one calendar year to be a major donor. To learn more about this program, please visit our major giving page.

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The Multiyear Pledge Initiative is a giving program which encourages supporters to make significant long-term commitments to Doctors Without Borders. To join this initiative, donors are asked to pledge a minimum of $5,000 per year for a three-to-five year period. The predictability of these funds helps to ensure the continuity of our programs, and our ability to respond rapidly and effectively to new emergencies for years to come. To learn more, please visit our Multiyear Pledge Initiative page.

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● All new recruits must make a commitment of 6 months one year. The average mission runs 8 months.
 
● Exception to this is surgeons and anesthesiologists who can do shorter missions.

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  • Applicant completes an online application form, a motivation letter, and a current CV (resume).
  • Field Human Resources Officer (HRO) screens the application and responds within four weeks of receipt of application.
  • Positively screened applicants are invited to interview with a Field HRO, either in the New York office, or during recruitment visits that are scheduled throughout the year in various U.S. cities. (MSF cannot cover expenses associated with the recruitment process)
  • Following an interview and reference check, suitable applicants are invited to attend Information Days in New York (travel, meals and lodging are paid for by MSF).
  • Following completion of Information Days, successful applicants are accepted into the pool of active field staff.
  • Placement is entirely dependent on field needs, and may take from four weeks to six months.
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MSF has no prescribed limit, as physical condition is more important than age. As living conditions in the field can be basic, with hot and cold climate extremes, field staff must provide MSF with medical clearance from health-care provider certifying fitness to lift and carry a reasonable amount of weight, and the ability to walk distances that one might not at home.

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Yes, as long as applicants fulfill the other minimum requirements, i.e. completion of residency and appropriate licensure.

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No. The traditional Physician Assistant role of primary health care provider is done by the national staff in the field. However, Physician Assistants with extensive international NGO experience can still be considered for coordinator level positions.

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No. Due to extensive workloads, MSF field teams are unable to oversee unlicensed staff. All ancillary duties are filled by national staff, both increasing local capacity and maximizing donor contributions.

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The general criteria for working in the field are at least 2 years of professional experience in relevant fields, current professional credentials, relevant work or travel experience outside the U.S., and availability for at least nine months (with the exception of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, and ob/gyns who may be accepted for shorter assignments). Assets that benefit applicants are flexibility, community service projects, adaptability to basic living conditions, and foreign language skills.

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MSF recruits doctors and other medical and non-medical staff. Examples include surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, registered nurses, midwives, mental health professionals, finance and human resources specialists, logisticians, and specialists in construction, electricity, mechanics, or water-and-sanitation.

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No, RUF is treated like a medicine and must be administered after a proper diagnosis has been established.

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Our main source is a company called Nutriset and it is located in Normandie, France. They produce Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTFs) that we use in the field including Plumpy’Nut and Plumpy’doz. However there are other competitive manufacturers making similar foods around the world. There are also 4 Nutriset franchises in African countries where it is produced locally: Niger, Ethiopia, Malawi, and DRC.

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● MSF has given RUF to hundreds of thousands of children and has never seen an allergic reaction; however it can be formulated with soy or other seed base if necessary.
 
● We always have children sample it before taking it home.

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● No. MSF does not take sides. Our programmatic decisions in the area are based on identifiable medical needs and a lack of available necessary care.
 
● Israel has good medical and mental health services and has not needed our support (during the 2006 war between Hezbollah and the Israeli Defense Forces, Israel declined our services).
 
● In the Palestinian Territories, MSF provides post operative care, pediatric care, mental health support, and sends medical supplies to hospitals and clinics when necessary. In all cases, we work with permission and cooperation from the Israeli government.

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Yes, some help with loans (interest) after six months (but before 1 year when salary is increased).

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Some exposure to developing countries; tropical medicine coursework or experience; flexibility and adaptability; foreign languages (especially French).

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Check the website, you can even apply online (or give a recruitment brochure).

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No. You have to have finished residency to go out with MSF.

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