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MSF-OCBA is looking for a Sexual Violence Regional Advisor (Permanent position based in Amman)

Amman (Jordan)

  • Organization: MSF - Canada
  • Location: Amman (Jordan)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Gender-based violence
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Drugs, Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism and Human Trafficking
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: 2020-08-31

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Médecins Sans Frontières is an international independent medical-humanitarian organization, which offers assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict, without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation.

The MSF movement is built around five operational directorates supported by 23 sections and offices worldwide. MSF OCBA is one of those directorates. The operations are implemented by field teams and organizational and support departments in Barcelona and decentralised in Nairobi, Dakar and Amman. The field operations are guided and supported by 5 Operational Cells, the Emergency Unit and other departments including the Medical Department working closely with the Middle East Unit.

The Middle East Unit (MEU) is a decentralised structure whose role and purpose is to support operations with the most adapted technical expertise, promoting research, learning, innovation and collaboration with others on the key transversal humanitarian challenges populations are facing in the region and globally.

The MEU is composed of:

  • The OCBA Operational Cell 1 (Middle East) with current portfolio including missions in Turkey, Syria, Palestine and Yemen.

  • The Center for the Advancement of Humanitarian Medecine (CAHM), including advisors providing Medical Operational support to the field on access, telemedicine, health Surveillance and epidemiology, mental health, sexual violence, learning, Advocacy and Networking.


The successful applicant will have as a main objective to increase MSF access and impact on Sexual Violence in the Middle East Region & Asia and as well above, being strongly connected with the global portfolio of MSF OCBA. The primary focus for this role is to adapt MSF responses to fit with the contexts, providing strategic and technical support to missions and projects, ensuring that SV responses are prioritized as immediate life-saving priorities and are implemented in a successful way.

This will involve the development of people centred approach, in an integrated, comphensive and transversal logic involving the following core areas: Context analysis and anthroplogy, community engagment, medical, mental health, psychosocial, data analysis and surveillance, protection, legal, advocacy & partnership. Networking and partnering with impactul SV actors from the region and above is a key component to absob the successful know-how of others. Adapting to the COVID19 challenges will be a key component of the role.

The work will be carried out in the framework of the Strategic plan OCBA 2020-2023, the operational policy and the SV / Violence roadmap annual plan as well as the Medical department and the Middle East Unit plans, working in close collaboration with other technical advisors involved to contribute to improve impact through a more adapted, transversal, integrated an holistic support to the cells and the field.


The Referent will be hierarchically accountable to the Head of Middle East Unit and functionally accountable to the Medical Departement (Allocated Head of Referents). Functionally linked and supporting Medical & Operational polyvalent (TESACO/ Desk in Amman), Medical Coordinators & HoMs (missions) and Project Medical Referents & Field-Co (projects), as the rest of the referent advisors of the Medical department, Operations and Humanitarian Affairs and the Middle East Unit.

The referent will develop a strong proximity with the field and will aim to spend time on missions to be support them at least 40% of the time (according to movement restriction realted to COVID19). While in the field, he/she works under the regular hierarchical and functional structures of the missions, while keeping communication with the Middle East Unit and the Medical Department.

This strategy behind this position in Amman is to work as much as possible in an intersectional spirit, sharing expertise and collaborating with others MSF entities present in the region.


  • S/he is the SV referent to field missions/cells polyvalent staff (medical and operational), concerning any technical problem / questions that arise from the field while providing sexual violence care services.
  • S/he, together with the relevant colleagues in the MEU, Medical Department and Operations, promote and stimulate the development of SV programs within MSF OCBA and follow the implementation of the Sexual Violence care activities to contribute to the improved access and quality of care for SV, including in emergencies
  • S/he identifies key priorities issues which need to be invested in (operational research, transversal approaches, adaptations, change management, key SV related questions).
  • S/he work in collaboration to support the field teams to better understand the challenges and adapt the overall approach and technical advices accordingly.
  • S/he conducts field visits / supports when needed (including emergencies) under the responsibilities, functions and tasks described in the field visit’s terms of reference.
  • S/he will provide the fields missions/cells with adapted support according to the needs and requests, providing direct an immediate response or/and searching actively for the needed answers through research (literature review, seeking advice of specialists in the matter) and though strong networking and partnership to provide the best available solutions, based always in good practices and international standards. S/he will remain updated on scientific knowledge and evidence published in her/is areas of expertise.
  • S/he will develop approaches to enable a “Journey of change” of MSF teams in the region, exploring Values and attitudes towards SV and contextualisation
  • S/he provides support to enhance quality of care in the missions through protocols and guidance concerning technical program set up and clinical procedures, as well as through follow up visits.
  • S/he Participates in the follow up, monitoring & evaluation of the quality implementation and reajustments of Sexual Violence components
  • She/he will work on adapted packages and protocols for emergency and conflict settings- for Middle East region and above
  • S/he participates in discussions on design, development, implementation, review and modification of specific projects, together with the cell and other referents of the medical department.
  • S/he actively will participate in the planning and implementation of assessments and will be involved in the development of proposals for potential operational interventions;
  • S/he contribute to the transversal analysis of our projects and capitalizing on experience through strategic documents, technical recommendations and guidelines; Participate in the knowledge dissemination by preparing presentations in an adapted format (presentations in the field / HQ/external);
  • Briefing and debriefing of staff to discuss and orient in main responsibilities, approaches, guidelines policies, data collection and reporting. Absorbs the concerns expressed by the colleagues coming from the field and makes effective use of the lessons learned proceeding to realize the necessary adjustments.
  • In case there is/are a MIO (Mobile Implementor Officer) in the domain, s/he will provide technical and functional support and coordinate with the MIO to make sure the support is provided timely and effectively.
  • S/he will prepare presentations and participate in colloquiums and seminars on sexual violence subjects
  • Contributes to review and update protocols, guidelines and policies in her/is fields of expertise, including its preparation and dissemination in OCBA missions and in the MSF movement.
  • Support with the learning unit and other MSF entities the development and implementation of adapted SV /Safe Abortion Care training content in a wide range of learning materials both medical and non-medical.
  • S/he will have an important focus on creating a Sexual Violence Community of Practice with others, capitalizing on successful approaches to overcome barriers in the Middle East

  • Networking and Partnerhsip: Overall, support missions, the Operations, Medical Departmement, MEU by contributing to the establishment of a network of prionners contacts throughout the MENA region and above to support MSF objectives on Sexual Violence: academics, researchers, community-based organisations, women movements, activists, institutions developing programs or policies related to this field, to inform or get informed on recent / ongoing developments in and outside of MSF (programs, research, initiatives, introduction of new approaches and tools) and use those info to feed internal discussion on SV to promote innovation; Design, according to the above, a Networking & Partnership strategy and action plan to create relevant agreements and collaboration with successful actors.

  • S/he will produce together with the relevant colleagues the reports needed for the SV activities throughout the year, taking into account intersectional agreements on reporting where applicable

Selection Criteria:

Education, Experience and desired attributes

  • University Master on Social Sciences, Anthropology, Law, Public Health, Medical, Paramedical, Psycho-social
  • Education and /or experience in Sexual Violence program design and implementation
  • Education and /or experience in Community based approaches
  • Excellent knowledge of MENA Region and cultures
  • Experience in the implementation of safe abortion care in field projects is an asset (EVa facilitator will be an asset).
  • A minimum of 2 years programme experience in SVin humanitarian and conflicts in the region
  • Strong experience in design and project management
  • Sucessful Experience in Networking and Partnership in the region
  • Fluent in English and Arabic - it's a must.
  • Knowledge in computer: Excel, Word and PowerPoint programmes.


  • Pedagogical certificate or training and communication skills highly appreciated.

  • Willing to travel abroad, including conflict settings , with short notice.

  • Competences:

  • Commitment to MSF’s Principles

  • Cross-cultural Awareness and Mediation

  • Behavioural Flexibility

  • Analytical Thinking

  • Strategic Vision

  • Results and Quality Orientation

  • Service Orientation

  • Initiative and Innovation

  • Teamwork and Cooperation


  • Position based in Amman at the MSF decentralised HQ Middle East Unit with regular field visits (estimated to up to 40-50 % of time)

  • Regular regional and international meetings

  • Full time job

  • Annual gross salary (divided in 12 months payments) + secondary benefits, based on MSF OCBA reward policy

  • Starting date: ASAP

MSF OCBA is a people-focused humanitarian organization that offers a diverse, collaborative, and inclusive work environment. We believe this approach enhances our work and we are committed to equity in employment. We embrace diverse backgrounds of people working together to exhibit their passion in action for the social mission of MSF.

Médecins Sans Frontieres, as a responsible employer, under article 38 of “Ley de Integración Social del Minusválido de 1982 (LISMI)” invite those persons with a recognized disability and with an interest in the humanitarian area to apply for the above-mentioned position.

  • How to apply :

  • all applicants should please attach their CV and cover letter over the application process

  • Closing date: August 31st 2020, 23:59 Central European Time (CET)

  • Candidates should submit their applications ASAP as all submissions will be reviewed upon receipt . the recruitment team will contact the potential candidates directly if deemed to meet the recruitment criteria.

  • Replies will only be sent to short-listed candidates.

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