URGENT FIELD NEED - Legal Advisors

Every day, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) aid workers from around the world provide assistance to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe—treating those most in need regardless of political, religious, or economic interest. Whether an emergency involves armed conflicts or epidemics, malnutrition or natural disasters, Doctors Without Borders is committed to bringing quality medical care to people caught in crisis.

The field legal advisor analyses administrative constraints on MSF’s operations in the field, and coordinates the implementation of legal and political solutions.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The field legal advisor applies their legal skills to reduce administrative, financial and political blockages to MSF’s day-to-day activities, in areas typically including, among others:

  • tax and finance law

  • supply and contract law

  • employment law

  • immigration law

  • regulation of medical practice

The field legal advisor uses their organizational and management skills to coordinate implementation of identified strategies and legal tools by field teams.

In collaboration with legal advisors in the headquarters, the field legal advisor may be responsible for any of the following tasks:

Evaluate the applicable legal framework and practices of MSF field teams

  • Identify and analyze the legal obligations applicable to MSF under the national legal framework and monitor changes to the framework

  • Identify and analyze legal, financial and administrative risks arising from the practices of each MSF section in the field

  • Coordinate consultation by local lawyers to obtain specialized advice on local laws and adapt external advice to MSF’s objects and practices

Recommend legal and political solutions and develop implementation tools

  • Identify and determine the best legal and political options and strategies to improve the legal and administrative framework of MSF field missions

  • Design an action plan for the implementation of recommended strategies  

  • Develop, and keep updated, internal guidelines and policies to support MSF field teams to implement identified solutions

Coordinate harmonized responses by different MSF sections

  • Coordinate unified implementation of defined strategies by all MSF sections, including by leading intersectional meetings  

  • Provide training to MSF Coordination teams (including staff responsible for logistics and supply, finance and human resources) in relevant areas of law

  • Set up intersectional platforms to facilitate effective communication and unified approaches by all sections

Manage compliance with administrative procedures

  • Oversee administrative steps to secure MSF’s registration with local authorities and maintain up-to-date registration documentation

  • Ensure effective archiving procedures for all documentation

  • Monitor compliance with reporting and other obligations under the local regulatory framework and applicable agreements

Carry out networking and negotiations with local authorities

  • Identify key political actors and persons of influence and design a networking strategy to enhance MSF’s operational space

  • Alongside other MSF representatives, build coalitions and undertake negotiations with key actors to secure MSF’s operational objectives.

CRITERIA

Experience
2 years of professional experience including at least 1 year of legal practice.         

In-house experience managing financial and administrative risk is a plus.

Some missions may require specialization, in tax law, contract law and commercial litigation.

Availability
9 to 12 months.

Skills

  • French (B2 and above)
  • Excellent legal analysis.
  • Interpretation of legal texts.      
  • Ability to prioritize and organize.              
  • Ability to manage a team.           
  • Strong written and verbal communication.          
  • Ability to reach negotiated outcomes.   
  • Ability to work with multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams. 

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HOW CAN I APPLY

Please submit a cover letter and CV (Subject: MSF Legal Advisor application) to melissa.bieri@newyork.msf.org

Only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview

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The MSF-USA Field HR Recruitment Strategy reflects MSF-USA’s strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion to ensure a highly skilled and culturally competent workforce.