Title: HDT MENA Deputy Representative
Location: Duba i
Duration: Open ended position – a commitment of minimum 3 years is expected
Contract: Full-time position – 100%
Reporting to: HDT MENA Representative
Starting date: ASAP
Deadline of applications: 7th January 2018
I. MSF INTERNATIONAL
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural disasters. MSF offers assistance to people based only on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.
MSF International is the legal entity that binds MSF’s 21 sections, 24 associations and other offices together. Based in Geneva, MSF International provides coordination, information and support to the MSF Movement, as well as implements international projects and initiatives as requested. MSF International also provides administrative support to the MSF Access Campaign.
II. POSITION BACKGROUND
The Humanitarian Diplomacy Team (HDT):
The Humanitarian Diplomacy Team provides support to the MSF operations through linkages and actions to and from external networks (political, humanitarian, medical, and civil society). It is managed by the International Operations and Humanitarian Diplomacy Coordinator (IOHDC). The HDT maintains active relations with its network and continually informs the MSF operations of the relevant analysed information. The HDT influences its network through specific actions for the benefit of the MSF programs and MSF operations’ goals. In carrying out its actions, the HDT responds to direct requests from the operational program managers (desks and heads of missions – HoM) and others at MSF (general directors, directors of operations, etc.). Longer term positioning and actions are also co-ordinated within the HDT team and again are directed by the MSF operations at the headquarters and field level. The HDT maintains active and effective internal links to co-ordinate its work. These include the reflection and advocacy centres of the operational sections, the MSF Access Campaign and partner sections (regarding their relations with their own host governments and regional networks – e.g. South Africa, Germany, China, Australia, etc.), International President, Secretary General, International Medical Secretary & Medical Co-ordinator, medical working groups + others as necessary. The HDT interacts with the field missions of MSF (HoM level) in order to improve the overall quality of the support to operations.
The HDT MENA Representative’s role: Initially, a first HDT position opened (in 2010) to develop and implement advocacy and representation towards a variety of actors in the Middle East & North Africa Region:
Multilateral organisations (Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation, League of Arab States, Gulf Cooperation Council, Islamic Development Bank)
MENA States (with a particular focus on Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, Qatar)
Non-state actors (armed groups, religious leaders, NGO’s, charities, Red Crescent and Red Cross societies, medical associations, think tanks, etc.) One of the key added values of the HDT in the region is to ensure that access to key interlocutors is available to all OC’s.
HDT MENA Representative’s focus in the next few years will be the following:
o Continue support intensively the Yemen and Syria crisis, as well as Iraq
o Reinforce MSF’s engagement with Riyadh (opening of a liaison office) and Abu Dhabi, as a support to MSF’s operations in Yemen and beyond (Syria, etc.) and with the GCC countries in general;
o Reinforce MSF’s engagement in Turkey/Ankara in complement and interaction with the MSF Representative in Turkey;
o Further explore and develop MSF’s strategic engagement with Teheran, in close collaboration with the Operational Centre Paris operations;
o Increase the support to MSF operations in Libya and Egypt;
o Investigate and monitor opportunities for MSF’s engagement with Maghreb countries.
Operational exchange and networking:
o Continue to support the operations through facilitation / identification / activation of external contacts
o Upon request of operations, contribute to the development of a technical capacity to support contacts, database, networking strategies, stakeholders mapping at intersectional level for state and non-state actors; service to MSF missions in the region.
Facilitate and support the inter-desks meeting:
o Organize, prepare, chair the inter-desks meetings
o Ad hoc support to the priority dossiers identified by the inter-desk for the intersection
Facilitate and support advocacy efforts in the region:
o Organize and chair regular meetings with advocacy people in the region;
o Ensure the connection with Operations and Communication;
o Upon request of operations, stimulate and support
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