Deputee Head Of Mission At MSF – Holland

Purpose :

Support the Head of Mission through delegated tasks and responsibilities, manage the day-to- day functioning of the capital office and team, ensure contacts with local authorities, in order to contribute to the optimal functioning of the mission. The Deputy Head of Mission replaces the Head of Mission in his/her absence.


The Head of Mission can delegate ad hoc any responsibility to the Deputy Head of Mission depending, and taking into consideration sustainability in the treatment of different dossiers. Below there is a non exhaustive list of the responsibilities that in general the Deputy Head of Mission may undertake. Upon request of the HoM, represent MSF at all levels to negotiate terms of collaboration, defend MSF positioning, principles and values. Participate in the definition, monitoring and analysis of all aspects of MSF projects in the country / mission in accordance with MSF operational strategies, namely

Participate in the analysis of the social, political and humanitarian situation of the country, the consequences of a potential MSF intervention, evaluating the risks undertaken by MSF in the field. **

Participate in the definition of the programs in terms of objectives, activities, indicators, financial, material and human resources needed. **

Support the Head of Mission in the preparation of project proposals. **

Provide support to all project coordinators in project management, preparation of project reports **

Coordinate and activate the emergency response procedure when necessary, participate in exploratory missions. **

Provide individual follow up to the Management Coordination team (guidance, support, advice and appraisals, identification of training needs, debriefings and end of mission evaluations ) **

Participate in the definition of the mission’s security policy and check compliance of security rules, maintaining a network of information allowing the monitoring of developments in risks and threats

Support the HoM to ensure the continuity and consistency of the implementation in Project(s) in Libya.

Ensure effective networking and representation of MSF operations in Libya and Tunisia, understanding of key stakeholders for MSF humanitarian representation for smooth engagement ;

Upon delegation by HoM, to act as the representative of MSF towards authorities in Libya at national level;

Activity reporting: Ensure timely and appropriate reporting, including regular operational reporting on the Mission’s work to local authorities (Libya and Tunisia) as well as project reporting ;

Support the communication regarding operations; upon request by HoM, act as the spokesperson on behalf of MSF towards Arabic media channels

Upon request by PC, or as per required by HoM when necessary, provide support to Project(s) in Libya in these areas:

Mediate cultural gaps between International and National staff

Sensitisation of and refresher to all staff on the MSF humanitarian principles and values

Ensuring the continuity and stability of the project, including covering the PC gap.

In coordination with the Project, Support in facilitating & negotiating the access for the Project(s)’ operations through official channels and/or any other relevant networks developed;

Liaise on behalf of the Coordination in Tunis with the lawyers and/or legal advisor(s) in Libya for issues including but not limited to registrations, visas, labour disputes, taxation, etc.

Requirements and Competencies


University degree.


+10 years living experience in Libya

Operation experience in MSF or other INGOs highly preferable


Arabic (modern and Libyan) is a must; English is mandatory


In-depth and up-to-date political, military, and cultural dynamics of Libya


Libyan or individual with Libyan working permit

How to apply


Interested candidates should submit their applications in English before 5th April 2021 with a CVmotivation letter and supporting documents (certificatesdiplomas etc.) to Médecins Sans Frontières, via E-mail [email protected]

The subject line of the email must state ‘your name _ Deputee Head of Mission Application’ in English in order to be accepted

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