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.

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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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  • 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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Purpose of the Job

 

MSF-USA became a membership organization in 1999 in response to an MSF International Council resolution that all sections should incorporate the ‘associative’ concept into their structure and governance.  Therefore, under the general direction of the Association Committee of the Board of Directors, the Association Coordinator’s role is to foster leadership and activism within the MSF-USA Association and to cultivate a strong, vibrant, well-informed membership that is able to assume its responsibility to elect the Class A members of the Board of Directors, to engage in the annual review of MSF-USA at the General Assembly, and participate in key debates surrounding the humanitarian activities of MSF as a whole in order to provide ongoing guidance to MSF-USA and the movement.

The Association Coordinator serves as a crucial link between the membership, the US offices, the Board, and the Associations of other MSF sections, and, in particular, provides a bridge between the membership and its elected representatives. At its core, the position galvanizes Associative life throughout the  US office and Association.

To achieve these goals, the Coordinator communicates regularly with Association members through face2face briefings/debriefings from the field, print and electronic media, organizes the annual General Assembly, facilitates regional activities, and acts as the central point of contact with the Association membership to maintain an overview of their participation in activities and events planned by all the departments of MSF-USA, and to facilitate that participation, as needed. 

The Coordinator also manages the membership rolls, coordinates the voting process with legal counsel and facilitates the Association Committee of the Board in addressing legal issues pertaining to the Association including definition and interpretation of By-Laws.  this position will be filled via a pool of staff that will rotate between headquarters and field in 6- to 9-month increments in order to continue infusing and animating the Association with ongoing developments and debates unfolding at the field level, and ensuring the position maintains regular contact with the field reality of MSF.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

 

Planning and Management (10%)

Leads the ongoing development and implementation of the annual plan to mobilize and foster the MSF-USA Association, in close collaboration with the Chair of the Association Committee of the Board for presentation to the full Committee and to the full Board, as needed.

Leads an internal working group, drawn from representatives of all MSF-USA departments, tasked with animating Associative life and mobilizing necessary internal resources in support of this ambition

Throughout the year, facilitates the application and approval process for new Association members.

Maintains the Association database, including details of each member’s status, voting eligibility and attendance at the annual General Assemblies.

Evaluates and reports on progress toward stated goals and objectives, and effectiveness of projects undertaken, to the Association Committee Chair and the Communication Director, discussing required changes in goals or objectives resulting from current status and conditions.

Collaborates with the Chair of the Association Committee to prepare the agenda for each monthly Association Committee meeting.  Prepares all necessary meeting documentation for the Executive Officer to circulate to all members of the Association Committee.

Association Coordinator fills in for the Executive Officer, as needed, with a particular focus on supporting the Board

Hires, manages and evaluates office volunteers, work-study students and/or interns for administrative tasks within the Association area.

Develops annual budget projection and conducts quarterly budget revisions for Association activities including the annual General Assembly for review and approval by the Chair of the Association Committee and Executive Director, and administers budget throughout the year.

Communication with Association Members (45%)

Working to support the Board, particularly the elected members, to develop and maintain an ongoing dialogue with their constituency.

With the technical support of the Communications Department’s web team, directs the development and administration of the Association website to facilitate information flow and maintain historical records, including mini-AG feedback, GA reports, supporting documents for GA discussions, reports and special messages from the Board.

Stays abreast of larger MSF issues, and immediate concerns and experiences of individual Field MSFers through debriefing all returning field MSFers, attending BBL’s, reading Tukul, checking all MSF websites and reading the newsletters of other Associations.

Working with the OCP Portal Editor, plans and manages editorial content for online and print communications (MSF-USA PAD Facebook page, website, and email newsletters)  designed to keep the Association membership informed regarding key MSF issues and debates, changes in the US offices, as well as to provide a forum for communications from the Board and an outlet for expression for the members.

Organizes and/or supports organization of regular regional gatherings, and facilitates potential involvement of elected Board members or office representatives. Mobilizes regional US association members in joining MSF-USA public events and seize opportunities of donor meetings or other gatherings to connect local association members with office staff.

Uses all Association communication tools to maintain connections between Field MSFers’ and the MSF-USA office, and specifically to the PSN, the Speakers Bureau, and various Public Education activities.

Communicates on a routine basis with the membership, usually via email, to keep them informed of the immediate activities and concerns of MSF-USA including (but not limited to) media coverage, special events in their region, field emergencies and/or special recruitment challenges.

Conducts briefings and debriefings and presents at Information Days to introduce field volunteers to the Association.

Promotes membership in the MSF-USA Association and attendance at the annual General Assembly among MSF field workers in the US and abroad, including locally hired staff, via print and electronic media, briefings and debriefings, and via individual cultivation.

Communication within the MSF-USA Office (10%)

Participates in office meetings and discussions in order to stay informed about issues relating to the MSF-USA office, and the wider MSF movement. Regular meetings include:
    - monthly staff meeting

    - weekly Program dept updates

    - weekly Communications dept meeting

    - bi-weekly inter-departmental Recruitment meeting

    - monthly Content Committee meeting .

Serves as a central point of contact for all MSF-USA departments who would like Field MSFers to support their activities. Specifically, conducts periodic follow-up with Field MSFers and, as a neutral party, represents the Field MSFers’ interests to the various departments, collaborating with the departments in the selection of appropriate field volunteers for public speaking engagements and presentations, and assisting with recruitment of volunteers for special projects, as needed.

Organizing the Annual General Assembly (25%)

Leads the development of content for the General Assembly in close collaboration with the Association Committee, the Executive Director, the Communications Director,and members of the staff, proposing and refining the agenda, schedules, themes, formats, and speaker lists.

Coordinates with relevant MSF-USA staff the development of workshops and trainings in advance of the MSF-USA General Assembly.

Working with the OCP Portal Editor, prepares preparatory readings and online debates for Association members to be informed to meaningful engage in GA debates and workshops and ensuring eligible voters have access to relevant information to critical assess positions of candidates for the Board

With the support of the Public & Internal Events Unit and Associative working group, leads the organization and management of all logistics for the annual General Assembly, including physical preparation (conference space, accommodations, catering, A/V, party), membership issues (registration, travel arrangements, bursary,) and running the GA with the assistance of volunteer crews.

Manages all administrative matters pertaining to membership and the election of Class A Board members (membership management, candidates, absentee voting, proxy voting) with the close oversight of the Association Committee and legal counsel.

Prepares and administers surveys to the attendees of the GA to obtain feedback on the logistics and content. Compiles survey feedback and prepares a post-GA Report for the Association Committee including an evaluation and recommendations.

Prepares comprehensive minutes of the General Assembly for the historical records of MSF-USA.

Supporting the Peer Support Network (5%)

Acts as the primary contact between the co-coordinators of the PSN and MSF-USA. Helps organize training days prior to the annual General Assembly and one residential retreat every two years.

Maintains records of all Field MSFers who have been trained to work in the PSN.

Encourages experienced Field MSFers to attend PSN trainings and to volunteer to participate in the PSN.

MSF International Coordination and Representation (5%)

Follows the activities of other MSF Associations. Shares with Associative counterparts ideas, best practices, and materials to help build a strong Association. Researches the format and content of the General Assemblies of other sections.

Closely follows the mini-AGs in order to incorporate their content and feedback into our General Assembly.  The Association Coordinator may be asked to attend one or more mini-AGs.

Supervisory Responsibilities

May manage one or more unpaid staff – including volunteers, interns and/or Work-Study students.  Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Fiscal Responsibility

Develops the Association budget for review by both the Chair of the Association Committee and the Executive Director, and for subsequent approval by the Administrative Committee of the Board of Directors.  Implements, controls and reviews approved Association budget, in accordance with MSF’s policies and procedures.  Responsibilities include quarterly budget review and revision. Identifies and recommends new vendors; manages vendors including venues and caterers.

Extent of Public Contact

Within MSF, interacts with all levels of staff, Board and returned volunteers, facilitating communication among all parties.  Interacts with vendors and legal counsel as required.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit for long periods and to concentrate on work, including typing, and turn out heavy volumes of work accurately, within the context of a moderately noisy office with many interruptions.  Must be able to proofread own work accurately so that only minor corrections are needed on an infrequent basis.

To travel to the field (usually in the developing world), the employee must attest to physical fitness to endure physically difficult, high stress situations which may include the necessity to walk long distances, carry a backpack or other equipment of up to 50 pounds, to ride long distances over very poor road conditions, to eat a limited diet and/or to reside in potentially uncomfortable housing or tents.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions, Travel and Environment

The duties of the job require regular attendance 5 days/week for a minimum of 35 hours.  Must be available to work before 9:00 am, after 5:00 pm and on weekends, as required.

Must be available for standard domestic and international business travel, as well as for travel to MSF field projects.  While performing the duties of this job in the field, the employee may be exposed to precarious settings under high security and/or very basic living conditions, outside weather conditions and infectious diseases.

 

Qualifications

 

  • Ability to think strategically about how to engage the Association in debate and drive content.
  • Genuine interest in, and commitment to, the humanitarian principles of MSF, and the movement’s Associative structure in particular.
  • MSF field experience and ability to rotate in and out of the field for placements of 6 to 9 months.
  • Strong communication skills - interpersonal, written and oral. Ability to communicate with a wide variety of people including Field MSFers, Board members, office staff, and donors.
  • Ability to leverage social media tools to engage and communicate with Association members, preferred
  • Interest in hearing and sharing the personal field experiences of Field MSFers. Ability to reflect objectively on the combined experiences of Association members and provide feedback to other HQ departments and the elected Board members.
  • Ability to work independently, with a minimum of supervision, to accomplish the goals of the position while inviting the participation and incorporating the voices of multiple constituencies.
  • Ability to accurately synthesize complex, sensitive material and to produce articles for publication.
  • Events planning or project management experience a plus.
  • Strong computer literacy skills, including the ability to use word processing, spreadsheet, web and database software and to search the internet for research purposes.  Knowledge of graphic design programs a plus.
  • Ability to handle a large volume of work and to prioritize ongoing vs. immediate needs appropriately.
  • Outstanding proven time management and organizational skills. Keen attention to detail with ability to track multiple projects at one time.
  • Excellent judgment and diplomacy.
  • Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S. or equivalent) plus 3-5 years related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Fluency in English required, French fluency preferred.

 

Starting salary range: high 60’s to low 70's, commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits.  Training opportunities and growth potential.

 

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

Attn:  Association Coordinator.

 

No calls, please.

 

English

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.

MSF medical teams often witness violence, atrocities, and neglect in the course of their work, much of which occurs in places that rarely receive international attention. At times, MSF may speak out publicly in an effort to bring a forgotten crisis into view, alert the public to abuses occurring beyond the headlines, criticize the inadequacies of the aid system, challenge the diversion of humanitarian aid for political interests, or call out policies that restrict access to medical care or essential medicines.

Overview

Under the oversight of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (“ED”) is responsible for leading MSF-USA in accomplishing its social mission of significantly participating in, and contributing to, the effective provision of medical humanitarian assistance to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Leadership and management of the US office: The ED is responsible for ensuring the effective, efficient, and ethical management of MSF-USA. This includes financial and human resources, as well as developing and upholding the credibility and reputation of MSF’s medical humanitarian work and the name/logo in the United States. The ED leads and manages an organization with a current staff of 100, and an annual budget of over $200 million.  As the head of the New York office, the ED is responsible for fostering and maintaining a dynamic, collegial and respectful work environment. The ED supervises the Directors of five departments, Communications; Development; Field Human Resources; Domestic Human Resources, Finance & Administration; as well as a Program Support team composed of medical, operational and Advocacy staff. Leaders of these groups make up the Management Team (MT) (with the exception of advocacy) of which the ED is the chair.

Operational Partnership: the ED leads MSF-USA’s participation in the ‘operational partnership’ with MSF-France, Japan and Australia which includes shared responsibility and oversight for the development, implementation and critical review of joint operational projects; the provision of medical and other support to operations; the mobilization and management of appropriate human and financial resources. The ED also serves as co-supervisor of the Directors of Communication and Operations within the operational center.

Fund Raising: the ED oversees and has significant/direct involvement in fund-raising with a wide spectrum of donors (major donors, foundation and corporate donors, and other individual donors) and with an emphasis on unrestricted giving and increasing funding to support MSF’s operational independence and flexibility.

Public Representation, Communication and Advocacy:  the ED oversees and plays an active role in the definition and implementation of public communication and advocacy actions in the United States, to support operations and raise public awareness and understanding of medical humanitarian issues. The ED regularly serves as a spokesperson for MSF to the US media, and represents MSF to the US government, policy makers, academic institutions and other NGOs in the United States. The ED represents MSF’s work to donors, through mailings and other means of communications, as well as in-person. The ED is also actively engaged with other international humanitarian agencies in the US and participates and helps shaping humanitarian polices and strategies at international community level.

International Engagement: The ED further leads MSF-USA’s participation, in different areas, in the on-going development of a strongly interdependent and accountable MSF international movement.  The importance of the international movement dictates that the ED spends considerable time and effort on this aspect.

The ED is a member of the Executive Directors platform (ExCom) on which s/he interacts with other EDs from other MSF sections. On this body, s/he participates in the definition of policies and strategies to uphold and advance MSF-USA’s social mission; makes joint decisions on strategic issues; takes on delegated responsibilities on behalf of MSF-USA; and ensures the implementation of International Board directives. S/he can also serve on ad hoc assignments to other MSF international working groups or platforms. The ED also promotes the participation of MSF-USA on relevant international platforms.

The ED is accountable and reports regularly to the Board of Directors and works closely with the President and other Officers of the Board and Board Committees. The ED presents multi-year strategic orientations and their periodic review to the Board for approval. S/he also works with the chairs of the Board of Advisors and appropriate staff to identify prospective members.

Qualifications

Required

  • Humanitarian expertise, passion, education: A minimum of eight years directly relevant work experience in a humanitarian organization, plus Master's Degree in health administration, public health, international affairs, business administration, public administration or related area, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Genuine interest in, and commitment to, the humanitarian principles of MSF.
  • Leadership: Proven strategic and crisis management experience with a track record in leadership and demonstrated management/team development skills and ability to make time sensitive decision in unstable and volatile humanitarian contexts. Demonstrated capacity to develop programs, establish priorities and allocate resources among those priorities, delegate authority to achieve multiple operating and strategic goals and achieve results. Ability to critically analyze humanitarian issues with a broad vision and critical sense of the future of humanitarian organizations.
  • Board relations: serve as the link between the MSF-USA Board of Directors and the Management Team and MSF-USA staff. The ED is responsible for reflecting and communicating the recommendations of the MT and the views of the office to the Board.
  • Financial, budget, and analytical skills: Experience with fiscal and budget management in an organization of comparable size and complexity. Proven successful experience involving planning, analyzing, and negotiating along with financial skills and the business acumen necessary to support, expand and improve the performance of the organization.
  • Communication skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills in highly varied situations.  Ability to write and make speeches and articles that establish the messages and correct tone for the organization, internally and externally. Ability to effectively analyze, synthesize, and present complex or controversial information in a clear and convincing manner. Presence, experience, and maturity to meet with key contacts within and outside the humanitarian community: NGO leaders, high level government officials, key media figures, researchers, activists, individual donors, senior corporate executives, and directors of major foundations.
  • Management style: Ability to foster a creative, professional, collegial, “open door” management culture, to empower managers and staff members to fulfill their potential and to encourage staff to challenge assumptions, and to prioritize teamwork where appropriate. Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries/complaints.
  • Travel and work environment: Ability to travel extensively within the United States, to Europe, and serve in the field for several weeks at a time. Ability to sustain high energy over the long term and to work independently in a rapidly changing, high-pressure environment under tight deadlines.
  • Multicultural experience: Experience with and demonstrated ability to manage a multicultural staff and embrace a diverse work environment.

Preferred

  • Experience with board relations and development with an emphasis on recruitment, training, organization and motivation.
  • Proficiency in French and other foreign languages is a plus.
  • Prior experience of working with a US 501(c) 3 non-profit organization is a plus.                                    

To apply

Please submit cover letter, resume and three professional references by October 15, 2014 to David Epstein, MSF-USA Director of Domestic Human Resources to david.epstein@newyork.msf.org (Please indicate “Executive Director” in subject line). No agencies please. EOE

English

I.         Purpose of the Job

The primary role of the grants officer is as the resource authority regarding US legal requirements and accountancy principles as applied to MSF-USA grants processes. S/he also manages all aspects of the administration of MSF-USA private grants to other MSF sections. The grants officer has a particularly sensitive role in continually adapting, streamlining, and improving MSF-USA granting policy. Though the grants officer is placed in the finance department, s/he coordinates the flow of information regarding grants among the program department, the program committee, the development department, and the five operational centers (OCs) of MSF. S/he will work closely with the finance director on all financial and legal requirements, but the strategic vision regarding the grants policy and assessment of the operational projects of the OCs will continue to be guided by the program committee, executive director, and MSF-USA program area staff.

II.         Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Planning & Oversight          (15%)

  • Collaborates with program and finance directors to develop the annual strategic plan for MSF-USA private grants to other MSF sections.
  • Analyzes grant activities, costs, and operations to determine progress toward stated goals and objectives.
  • As the resource authority for US legal requirements and accounting principles as applied to MSF-USA grant process, conducts an ongoing review and analysis of MSF-USA grant procedures and researches and recommends appropriate changes.
  • Serves as advisor to the program committee of the board of directors.
  • Serves as resource authority for other MSF sections on US private grants-related issues. Maintains communication with financial directors and/or grants administrators in each of the five MSF operational sections.

Grants Management            (80%)

  • Manages the administration of restricted funds and their distribution through private grants; advises development department of needed changes in restricted giving practices and priorities.
  • Manages the grants consistent with US laws and generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Ensures proper implementation of MSF-USA grant procedures and process through constant relations with MSF operational sections and follows their operational activities closely.
  • Main point of contact for development department, program department, and the OCs with regard to obtaining program information and reports relevant to the grants process.
  • Coordinates with program officers to review project proposals, as needed.
  • Works directly with members of finance department to track grant requests and the submission of required documentation, including activity reports and internal and external audits. Supervises the review and analysis of these documents to ensure they are in line with internal procedures and legal requirements.
  • Represents MSF-USA with specific grant administrators/field administrators in MSF operational sections, as needed.
  • Plans agendas, schedules, and identifies key operational managers in OCs for meetings by the program committee. Prepares grant-related materials for program committee meetings. Assists committee members in preparation for meetings with OC operational managers, helping to focus meeting on key issues. Prepares summaries and minutes of meetings and helps formulate recommendations to the full board.
  • Works with the program department and program committee to initiate or respond to requests for analysis of grants, including trend reports and analysis of results from programmatic or field audits, and ensures that funded project activities are consistent with the operational plans presented to the program committee by the OCs.
  • Establishes policies, systems, and procedures for grants management in collaboration with program and administrative committees and full board of directors; oversees and guides establishment of administrative policies, systems, and procedures, and ensures that the two are properly integrated.
  • Ensures the development and implementation of appropriate database tools to support efficient grants management and tracking that interface adequately with finance department tools.
  • Prepares reports and schedules for annual audit with regard to grants and temporarily restricted donations.

HR Management/General Duties (5%)

  • May hire, manage, and evaluate office volunteers, work-study students, and/or interns for administrative tasks within the grants area from time to time.
  • Delegates tasks, consults with and guides staff—primarily volunteers—to achieve goals. Provides ongoing feedback in a context of mutual respect.
  • Sets clear attainable objectives for staff, evaluates employee job performance in accordance with established MSF procedures, and collaborates with staff to establish appropriate development paths.
  • Attends regularly scheduled departmental meetings to share information, brainstorm solutions, and coordinate priorities.
  • Attends regularly scheduled staff meetings 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.
  • Acts as security administrator and primary resource for assisting staff with online banking operations.

III.         Supervisory Responsibilities

Coordinates with finance department support staff to track grants and supporting documentation for the grant process and for general administrative support and information flow for the program department.

Manages one or more unpaid staff consisting of volunteers, interns and/or work-study students who work on specific clerical, administrative, or research projects. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; and addressing complaints and resolving problems.

IV.         Fiscal Responsibilities

Manages intersectional grants processing. Develops and modifies procedures governing the payment of grants within legal and accounting framework. Ensures proper integration with program and development departments, as well as with the five OCs.

Responsible for New York Desk budget and invoicing MSF-France.

V.         Extent of Public Contact

Primary contact with MSF operational sections in Europe with regard to US grant policies, procedures, and documentation. Collaborates with senior MSF-France finance department staff to allocate grant budget. Main point of contact with development regarding the nature of programs in the field. Collaborates with senior finance department staff in all OCs to support financial and administrative performance in field projects.

VI.         Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit for long periods and to concentrate on work, including typing, and turn out heavy volumes of work accurately within the context of a moderately noisy office with many interruptions, due to the nature of the work. Must be able to proofread own work accurately so that only minor corrections are needed on an infrequent basis.

To travel to the field (usually in the developing world), the employee must attest to physical fitness to endure physically difficult, high-stress situations which may include the necessity to walk long distances, carry a backpack or other equipment of up to 50 pounds, ride long distances over very poor road conditions, eat a limited diet, and/or reside in potentially uncomfortable housing or tents.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

VII.         Working Conditions and Travel Environment

The duties of the job require regular attendance five days/week for a minimum of 35 hours. Must be available to work before 9:00AM, after 5:00PM, or on weekends as required.

Must be able to travel as required for standard domestic and international business travel.

VIII.         Qualifications

  • Minimum 3–5 years directly related experience, plus Bachelor's degree (BA), or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of nonprofit governance in general, and US legal requirements and accounting principles as applied to the grants process specifically.
  • Experience with project scopes and budgets.
  • Understanding of MSF field missions’ requirements and budgeting.
  • Strong interpersonal and written and oral communications skills.
  • Ability to effectively present complex information to generalists on staff and board to assist them in exercising their authority.
  • General knowledge of international humanitarian affairs.
  • Fluent written and spoken English; French and Spanish a major advantage.
  • Strong computer literacy, including ability to use word processing and spreadsheet and database software and to search the internet for research purposes.
  • Ability to write complex correspondence and internal memos.
  • Ability to handle a large volume of work.
  • Outstanding proven time management and organizational skills including ability to prioritize ongoing vs. immediate needs appropriately.
  • Keen attention to detail with ability to track multiple projects at one time.
  • Excellent judgment and diplomacy.
  • Genuine commitment to MSF's humanitarian principles.

Conditions

Starting salary range: low to mid 70s, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits. Training opportunities and growth potential. Six-month assignment starting on November 1, 2014.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to employment.msfusa@newyork.msf.org, Attn: Grants Officer

No calls, please.

English

The NY office of MSF-USA is seeking a full time operational liaison to advance progress on vaccination in target countries but also across the entire portfolio including vaccination in emergency situations. The position will liaise and work closely with the MSF OCP desks and med department and coordinate with the movement's vaccination platforms. the position will be a key facilitator for advancing MSF OCP immunization objectives and the communications and advocacy linked to those operations.

Position Responsibilities

  • To act as the focal point linking field operations, medical referents, access campaign vaccine responsible and communications dept in translating field experience into communication, campaign and advocacy messaging.
  •  Link the operational advances (Med-Ops) to the Access Campaigns advocacy and communications work on products, prices and policies providing field-based context examples for reports, PR’s, op-eds, social media campaigns conferences/workshops .
  • Liaise with OCP communications/MSF USA/CAME to support communications messaging and strategy around vaccination operations linked to CAME advocacy agenda.
  • Liaise closely with the desk for Chad and South Sudan and the country vaccination focal points (under recruitment) to advance MSFF’s priority country work; also with all desks including emergency desk on the introduction of new vaccines in emergency contexts. To document successes and constraints and integrate these elements into the advocacy and communications campaign.
  • According to country level obstacles identified by the country vaccination focal point (in 4 target countries) or by the desks in other countries (including immunization in emergency situations) this position will provide advocacy support in collaboration with Access campaign and Medical advisors to challenge/resolve these obstacles.
  • Internal communications: Provide regular feedback to medical and operations direction, NY office and operations depts, evaluation of progress, adaptation of strategies etc
  • Deliver presentations on country experience, provide interviews, etc., as requested.
  • Accompany Vaccine medical referent visits to fields (especially priority fields) if feasible, to understand areas for improving routine immunization, innovative vaccination activities, use of new vaccines, etc. Participate in any relevant country level workshops to support plan development, gather operational advocacy/communications material.
  • Develop a yearly budget for expenses directly related to the position.

Qualifications

A desirable candidate encompasses the following qualifications, competencies, and experience:

  • Project management “experience; analysis of problematic, analysis, strategic planning and implementation.
  • Experience working with MSF in the field at a project management level
  • Ability to work and facilitate a wide group of individuals with diverse expertise
  • Medical/Non-med/communications or advocacy background; understanding of public health an advantage
  • Experience working with vaccination programs a plus
  • Excellent writing and communications skills
  • Bilingual in French/English
  • Availability to travel up to 40%

Status: CDD 1 year

  • Permanent contract, full time basis based in NY able to spend 25% in Paris and short visits to field or within Europe.
  • The nature of your employment contract and salary will be determined by your administrative situation.

Starting Date: asap

Please send your application letter (letter of motivation and resume) by email at: emploi@paris.msf.org by September, 22nd 2014

Indicate the following reference in the mail subject line: VAC/FP-0814

English

The NY office of MSF-USA is seeking a finance manager to be responsible for all non-donation related activities in the Finance Department. The position requires leadership and coordination of MSF-USA’s expense accounting, general ledger, and accounts payable management functions.

Position Responsibilities

General Ledger management (70%)

  • Ensure compliance with local, state and federal regulators.
  • Recommends and implements, in discussion with the Revenue Manager and the Director of Finance changes to the general ledger, financial statements, and internal control processes including segregation of duty.
  • Quarterly, performs a detail review of all non-donation related accounts and reconciles all balance sheet related entries and takes action to resolve discrepancy. Reviews and ensures that all corrective journal entries are prepared, entered and recorded as necessary.
  • Ensures, either through direct activity or oversight of staff:
  • That all relevant documents such as invoices, cash disbursements, journal entries are entered into accounting system;
  • That all incoming invoices are appropriately supported by existing contracts/P.O.’s/agreements, approvals, and coding; and
  • That checks are generated, proper signatures obtained, and disbursement logs prepared.
  • Adherence to MSF USA’s various financial policies and code of conduct.
  • That all non-donations related filings are accurately, completely and timely filed.
  • Ensure timely and accurate processing of specialized AP activities including but not limited to: telecommunications; travel; benefits; and credit card accounts.
  • Oversees inter-sectional billing and payments and defines the adequate tariffs in relation with International Staff re-billing. Ensure timely reconciliation of intra-company accounts.
  • Supervises production of cash position reports to monitor cash position and identify problems. Also responsible for recommending transfers of funds to investment accounts when cash position in bank accounts permits and requesting ForEx purchases when needed.
  • Oversee the payroll process, including but not limited to timely payment of payroll, updating of payroll changes, recording of payroll related activities in the general ledger system, reconciliation of accounts. Serves as a back up to the Payroll Manager as deemed appropriate and ensures that when such action is required that internal control process is not put in jeopardy.
  • Delegate authority, consult with and guide staff to achieve goals. Provide ongoing feedback in a context of mutual respect. Hold regular unit meetings to coordinate activities.
  • Is an active participant in the preparation of annual budget and reforecast.

Management & Administration (25%)

  • Participate in planning and implementation of Finance Department strategies, policies, and procedures.
  • Make 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.
  • Ensure effective internal controls paying a special attention to segregation of duty, coordinating with the Revenue Manager as needed.
  • Conduct orientations of new staff to help them learn finance department procedures.
  • May be assigned to cross-departmental working groups as lead non-donation finance representative to review business processes and recommended changes to processes or vendor practices.
  • Maintain awareness of all laws and regulations applicable to MSF USA on non-donation related activities. Ensure adherence to such laws and regulations.
  • Develop and maintain an effective, cohesive professional partnership with the Revenue Manager.

Consolidation of International MSF Accounts (5%)

  • Manage the finance team in the extraction and restatement of US financial data to meet international accounting standards.
  • Manage, in close coordination with the Revenue manager, the generation of reports for use by International Office for the annual international combined financial statement.
  • Contribute 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.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Supervise the work of one associate and one assistant who carry out varied finance, accounting, and administrative duties. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include planning, assigning, directing work, reviewing direct and indirect reports’ work product for accuracy and completeness, ensuring adherence to organization’s policies and procedure, and appraising performance.

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Contribute substantially to accuracy and completeness of all non-donation related reporting activities.
  • Has access to all financial data of MSF USA through use of accounting software and on-line banking, as well as confidential HR information (e.g. payroll).
  • Audit certain field expenses.

Extent of Public Contact

  • Works with staff of all US departments on a regular basis
  • Works with finance staff at partner sections and the International Office on a regular basis
  • Works with auditors and other consultants (e.g. pension record keeper)
  • Works with banks and other financial services vendors

Physical Demands

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit for long periods and to concentrate on work, including typing, and turn out heavy volumes of work accurately, within the context of a moderately noisy office with many interruptions. Must be able to proofread own work accurately so that only minor corrections are needed on an infrequent basis.
  • To travel to the field (usually in the developing world), the employee must attest to physical fitness to endure physically difficult, high stress situations which may include the necessity to walk long distances, carry a backpack or other equipment of up to 50 pounds, to ride long distances over very poor road conditions, to eat a limited diet and/or to reside in potentially uncomfortable housing or tents.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions, Travel and Environment

  • The duties of the job require regular attendance 5 days/week for a minimum of 35 hours. The candidate must be available to work before 9:00 am, after 5:00 pm or on weekends, as required.
  • The candidate must be able to travel as required for standard domestic and international business travel as well as to MSF field projects. While performing the duties of this job in the field, the employee may be exposed to precarious settings under high security and/or very basic living conditions and outside weather conditions, as well as to infectious diseases.

Qualifications

Required:

  • Five to ten years experience in a senior-level finance or accounting position
  • CPA or equivalent
  • Experience supervising staff
  • Demonstrated knowledge of accounting, spreadsheet, and fundraising software
  • Demonstrated experience in business process analysis
  • 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
  • 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/or Revolution Online software strongly preferred
  • Fluent French and/or Spanish a strong plus 
English

The NY office of MSF-USA is seeking a seasonal fundraising systems assistant to provide general support to the fundraising operations team during our busiest time of year. Assignment to last through February 2015.

Position Responsibilities

  • Data entry into fundraising database including data hygiene, merging accounts, adjustments, etc.
  • Assist with acknowledgement (donor gift receipt) processing; quality control of acknowledgement files through the use of Excel
  • Data clean-up projects
  • Filing
  • Assist with incoming and outgoing mail
  • Print and mail donor letters

Skills Required

  • Excellent typing skills with the ability to produce high-volume, high-quality data.
  • Computer literate with strong skills in word processing and spreadsheets, familiarity with databases and Excel.
  • Organized, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize and work under pressure.
  • Fundraising software experience a strong plus.
  • Keen attention to detail with ability to track multiple projects at one time.

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.

Send cover letter and resume to employment.msfusa@newyork.msf.org, Attn.: Seasonal Fundraising Systems Assistant.

We are looking to fill this position asap. Candidates are encouraged to apply, first consideration will be given on a rolling basis.

English

Reports to: Interim Head of Communications, MSF Access Campaign

Type of position: Intern, paid

Time Commitment: 20 hrs/week

Duration: 3 months

Location: New York City

Objective: Provide administrative, research, writing and editing support to the interim Head of Communications for the MSF Access Campaign while providing practical learning experience to an applicant interested in communications and campaigns on global health and the access to medicines movement.

Overview: Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a leading international, independent, medical, humanitarian organization, dedicated to providing medical humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations in times of conflict or disaster. In 1999 MSF created the MSF Access Campaign, made up of a team of medical, legal, pharmaceutical, policy and communications specialists, to improve access to existing drugs, diagnostics and vaccines that are unaffordable, and to stimulate the development of newer better medical tools that people in countries where MSF works urgently need. Information on the Access Campaign’s work can be found at www.msfaccess.org and www.facebook.com/MSFAccess

The MSF Access Campaign is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, but while a new Head of Communications is being recruited, this internship position has been created to support the interim Head of Communications in New York. The Access Comms Intern will work closely with the interim Head of Communications, offering day-to-day research, communications and administrative support and meeting project-based needs as they arise.

This internship is ideal for anyone with a strong interest in communications and campaigning the crisis of access to essential medicines, diagnostics and vaccines in the developing world. 

Duties: The Access Comms Intern will work closely with the interim Head of Communications, offering day-to-day research support and meeting project-based needs as they arise.

  • Contribute to the writing, editing and production and updating of electronic and printed materials on Campaign-related topics (25%)
  • Provide general administrative support including taking meeting minutes, setting up meetings and conference calls, coordinating projects, organizing files, etc. (25%)
  • Assist with project coordination and production of publications and other materials, including coordination with external vendors (printer, distribution house, design firm, etc) and internal stakeholders (25%)
  • Support communications initiatives as they arise in response to developing global health landscape, including conducting research and summarizing relevant information (25%)

Skills: Applicants should have:

  • Bachelor’s degree. Relevant experience in public communications and a technical field such as medicine, science and/or global health
  • Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills, and experience in developing different types of content for different audiences and mediums
  • Graphic design and layout skills a plus, including familiarity with Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop.
  • Ability to work independently on a number of separate, simultaneous tasks in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Excellent attention to detail, organization and coordination skills.
  • Strong research skills and proficiency in drawing relevant information from highly technical content
  • Full command of Microsoft Office suite of products;
  • Commitment to the public interest, with an interest in medical humanitarian aid and the struggle for access to essential medicines in developing countries

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

English
FAQ category: 

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: 3 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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