Human resources administrators

HR admins define, plan, and supervise the implementation of human resources policies on MSF missions

Tamanna Akter, a recently recruited MSF health promoter, is learning how to screen children in the community with a more experimented health promotion women (PLW) starts.<br />In the Kamrangirchar slum of Dhaka - on the banks of one of the most polluted rivers in the world - MSF runs a primary healthcare centre that provides care to children under five and pregnant and lactating women. Nearby, MSF also runs a therapeutic feeding centre. Through a largely home-based programme, these children are being fed with Plumpy Nut, a thick nutrient-rich peanut paste which helps children regain normal body weight. Kamrangirchar is one of Dhaka's many slum areas, a product of the urban mass migration that makes this capital the world's most rapidly expanding city. Development of public services and infrastructure has struggled to keep pace, and access to affordable health care is very limited. Formerly used as a dumping ground for the city's rubbish, the Kamrangirchar peninsula only started to become heavily populated over the last few decades. Covering just three square kilometres, the area is now home to 400,000 people. Through its presence, MSF hopes to bring its expertise and experience in treating malnutrition so that more children and their mothers can continue to live and grow up healthily.
BANGLADESH 2010 © Julie Remy
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All our projects require competent personnel to support the medical staff and keep activities running from an administrative perspective. As the person responsible for project human resources, you will undertake one of the most diverse and challenging roles within a Médecins Sans Frontières team.

Your skills in cross cultural human resource management and communication will be important, as your role requires supporting both international and local staff. You will liaise with local authorities and service providers in relation to all project human resources issues and local labour laws. You may also be part of the country management team, coordinating Human Resources for a number of field projects at the same time and contributing to discussion and decisions around project direction.

Human resources positions are based either in the capital city of countries in which Médecins Sans Frontières operates, with regular visits to field projects in order to better understand the local context and provide effective support to the field-based teams, or in field projects themselves.

Click here to see a generic job description and potential career path with MSF.


  • Compliance with Essential Requirements for all potential candidates
  • Commitment to work in the field for a minimum of 9 to 12 month assignments
  • Previous experience in a low resource setting (priority given to those with experience working in a humanitarian context)
  • Professional experience supervising, managing or training staff
  • Minimum of two years professional experience working with:
    • Human resources management
    • Human resources planning and strategy
    • Development and implementation of human resources policies
      (e.g. recruitment, performance management)
    • Staff development and training
    • Human resources administration
      (e.g. payroll, benefits, contracts, databases)
    • Labor law and relations
    • Facilitation of work permits, visas, traveL


  • French or Arabic language (B2 or above)
  • Relevant diploma, preferably an advanced degree in human resources management
  • Experience in revising salary grids and implementation of other HR projects
  • Experience in bookkeeping, payroll, financial planning and accounting

How to apply