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About MSF and MSF Germany

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a private and independent international medical aid organisation. It was founded in 1971 by a group of French doctors and journalists. MSF provides medical aid in more than 70 countries worldwide. Whether it is war-wounded people in Yemen, displaced populations in South Sudan or patients with tuberculosis in Central Asia. The projects are targeted especially at people in need who do not have access to sufficient medical treatment or who are barred from aid. The German Section of MSF, ÄRZTE OHNE GRENZEN e.V., contributes to MSF through human resources, communication and advocacy work, support to field operations and fundraising. In 2018, it raised just over 158.1 million Euros in income and is currently employing more than 200 staff in Germany and contributing with around 300 employees departing to the field every year. MSF Germany has the ambition to continue to grow fundraising income and raise its in-country profile while playing a key role in MSF’s humanitarian responses worldwide.

I. Terms of Reeference Position:

Position: General Director
Job location:  Ärzte ohne Grenzen, Berlin
Start date: 1st June 2020
Type of contract:  6 years; not renewable 

II. About the Role

Within MSF-Germany, the General Director is:

  • Responsible for strategically steering and developing MSF-G as an organisation, whilst ensuring high contribution of the organisation to the medical humanitarian work of MSF.
  • The official representative and spokesperson of MSF-G together with the President of the Board.
  • Directly reporting and accountable to the Board (and via them, to the association).
  • Responsible for leading the German Management Team (MT) consisting of four Heads of Department (Finance & IT, Communications, Fundraising and HR) and the Operations Manager.
  • Responsible for the internal management of the GD department, such as the Heads of the Berlin Advocacy and Medical Units, as well as the Head of the MSF Moscow branch office.
  • A member of the Management Team of the Operational Center Amsterdam (OCA) and, as such, accountable to the OCA Council for field operations in OCA and representing MSF-G on the international platform of all General Directors. 

III. Purpose of the Role

Three major trends will affect the work of MSF-Germany in the next 6-8 years. The General Director will provide overall leadership in these areas of impact:

  1. MSF in Germany, contexts and actors: The changing political and public context in Germany, Europe and the world necessitates MSF-Germany to act in an environment increasingly shaped by counterhumanitarian narratives. Climate change will have an increasingly stronger impact on MSF’s humanitarian efforts. Germany has increased its importance as a foreign and global health policy actor and a humanitarian donor.
  2. MSF movement and Operational Centre Amsterdam (MSF OCA): Within the MSF Operations Centre Amsterdam (MSF-OCA), MSF-Germany, MSF-Holland and MSF-UK share ownership and responsibility for operations of field missions. This includes that operational units of OCA and specific functions serving OCA are based in the German office. The complexity of MSF as a movement is high and continuously increasing. It will be crucial to shape MSF internationally in light of its growth, organizational agendas and changes in the operating environment. MSF-G would like to see a more equal distribution of power within the MSF movement, its structures and platforms and toward less duplication. This ongoing organisational development takes place whilst maintaining the organisation’s humanitarian values.
  3. Develop MSF-Germany as an organisation to be fit for the future: The changing German supporter and labour market strongly affects how MSF-G needs to function as one organisation. The way MSF-G interacts and collaborates internally and externally requires the constant adaptation and development of structures, processes and working culture, as well as upholding of the values and principles.

IV. Main Responsibilities 


  • Leading the organisation to ensure its strong performance is based on the MSF principles and strategic directions.
  • Taking the lead in formulating the necessary vision and strategy together with the Management Team for approval by the Board, and ensure a productive working relationship with the Board. 
  • Leading, enabling & coaching members of the MT and Heads of Departments. 
  • Leading the continuous development of an inclusive organisational and leadership culture, which respects and values the diversity of all MSF-G employees and members. 
  • Adapting the organisational structure to changing needs and fostering mutual understanding and ownership of goals amongst all staff and departments. 
  • Promoting staff awareness and understanding of the MSF social mission and foster debate about major issues affecting the movement. 
  • Contributing to efficiency, synergy and effectiveness discourse for sustainable management of financial, human, and other resources. Overall responsibility for the financial management and budget control.

Operational Centre Amsterdam (OCA) & International Contributions 

  • Representing MSF-G within the international movement, working towards a more equal power distribution within MSF movement and efficient structures. 
  • Participating in the strategic leadership and management of the OCA as part of the OCA MT. 
  • Ensuring that MSF Germany makes relevant and timely contributions to the work of the OCA based on agreed strategies and resource allocations. 
  • Contributing to the positioning of the MSF movement with respect to the climate crisis, and assessing and reducing MSF’s environmental footprint. 
  • Developing links to other MSF sections as appropriate in order to contribute to improving the quality of operations and the overall performance of the MSF movement.
  • Primarily through the Berlin Medical Unit, maintain strong executive links with the Operational Centre Geneva marked by a spirit of cooperation. 
  • Realising the potential of the MSF Moscow branch office.

External Representation and Communication 

  • Acting as an MSF-G media spokesperson and maintaining a high level of brand awareness and the good image of MSF in Germany.
  • Ensuring that MSF is known and recognised as the foremost international medical humanitarian organization among key stakeholders in Germany such as government, parliament, other humanitarian actors, other NGOs and the media. 
  • Leading humanitarian discussions in the public and political environment. 
  • Advocating for and communicating on MSF priority topics agreed internationally and in Germany. 
  • Representing MSF-G in relevant meetings and/or events on the political and diplomatic level.

V. Skills and Experience

  • International & field experience: Ten years' experience in international humanitarian aid or development context, including experience working in the field. 
  • Internal leadership: Track record in leading, enabling & coaching staff members at senior level – as well as empowering, delegating and bringing people across departments together as a team. 
  • (Change) Management: Solid understanding of the mechanisms and processes relevant to organisations, such as human resources and finance leadership. Ability to lead organisational development to be fit for the future. 
  • Strategy: Demonstrated ability to translate a holistic vision into a meaningful and implementable strategy. Ability to guide/oversee strategic decision-making for core priorities of the organisation with international reach. 
  • External leadership, networking & negotiation: Track record in fostering, influencing and negotiating (diplomacy) with a wide range of actors, including governance bodies and international partners.
  • Representing, communicating & negotiation: Demonstrated public speaking and representation skills with media, governmental institutions & the public. Essential: fluent in German and English. 
  • Ability and willingness to quickly learn about the medical dimension of MSF work.

How to apply

To apply for this role, please prepare your CV (in English) and a motivation letter (one page) that summarises how your profile aligns with the key requirements, skills and abilities of this role. Both files should be submitted latest by 16th December 2019 as Word documents via this form The respective reference is Reference: MSF-GD-D.

For any questions, please contact Katja Schramm via [email protected].

After submitting your application, you will receive an automated confirmation. If you do not receive this or have general questions about submitting your application, please write to [email protected].

As an internationally operating organization, we welcome diversity, open-mindedness and mutual respect. We only analyze the professional qualifications in the applications, regardless of ethnical and social origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation or age of the applicant.  


Die Fundraising-Abteilung von Ärzte ohne Grenzen Österreich in 1020 Wien sucht ab sofort Verstärkung für die Programmleitung Direktwerbung (w/m/d), 30-40 Wochenstunden, unbefristet

Ihr Verantwortungsbereich umfasst die Planung und Weiterentwicklung unserer Stand- & Haustürwerbung und die Leitung des Direktwerbung-Teams. Gemeinsam mit ihren derzeit drei Mitarbeiterinnen setzen Sie alle Kampagnen um und sorgen für einen kontinuierlichen Ausbau der Aktivitäten. Darüber hinaus arbeiten Sie eng mit der verantwortlichen Stelle für die Betreuung der geworbenen Spender zusammen.  Sie sind Teil eines dynamischen und erfolgreichen Teams, arbeiten eigenverantwortlich, und unterstehen direkt der Bereichsleitung.

Ihre Aufgaben:

  • Strategische und inhaltliche Weiterentwicklung sowie Ausbau der Aktivitäten 
  • Erstellung von Jahresplanung, Budgets und laufenden Evaluierungen
  • Führung des Direktwerbung-Teams
  • Endverantwortung für Gestaltung, Produktion und Weiterentwicklung aller benötigten Materialien (print und digital) in Absprache mit Spezialistinnen und Spezialisten im  Fundraising- und Kommunikationsteam
  • Endverantwortung für alle Teil-Strategien (Rekrutierung der Kampagnen-MitarbeiterInnen, Personalentwicklung, Vergütungsschema, MitarbeiterInnenbindung) sowie für die Erreichung der Ziele
  • Unterstützung Ihres Teams bei der operativen Umsetzung der Kampagnen
  • Beratung und Unterstützung des anderen Fundraising-Teams bei der Weiterentwicklung und Optimierung von Betreuungsprogrammen für Dauerspender
  • Fachspezifische Vernetzung in- und außerhalb der Fundraising-Abteilung, mit anderen österreichischen NGOs und dem internationalen Netzwerk von Ärzte ohne Grenzen

Ihre Qualifikationen:

  • Mehrjährige Erfahrung in der Entwicklung und Umsetzung von Direktwerbe-Maßnahmen (bevorzugt Standplatz und/oder Haustürwerbung)
  • Eigenverantwortliche, strukturierte Arbeitsweise
  • Konzeptions- und Umsetzungsstärke
  • Erfahrung in Personalführung
  • Flexibilität und Ergebnisorientierung
  • Kommunikationsstärke und Freude am Umgang mit Menschen
  • Praktische Standplatz- und/oder Haustür-Werbe-Erfahrung von Vorteil 
  • Ausgezeichnetes Deutsch in Wort und Schrift sowie gutes Englisch
  • Gute Microsoft Office Kenntnisse 
  • Identifikation mit den Zielen von Ärzte ohne Grenzen

Wir bieten:

  • Verantwortungsvolle Stelle in einem unserer wesentlichsten Wachstumsbereiche 
  • Möglichkeit, das Fundraising in einer der größten und anerkanntesten Nichtregierungsorganisationen Österreichs aktiv mitzugestalten und weiterzuentwickeln
  • Einbindung in unsere internationalen Fundraising Netzwerke
  • Einblick in die weltweiten Hilfsprogramme von Ärzte ohne Grenzen
  • Gehalt gemäß dem Gehaltsschema von Ärzte ohne Grenzen Österreich. Mindestjahresgehalt 45.400,- Euro brutto p.a. auf Basis von 40 Wochenstunden mit der Bereitschaft zur Überzahlung, abhängig von Qualifikation und Berufserfahrung bis max. 54.500,- Euro brutto p.a. auf Basis von 40 Wochenstunden
  • Jahreskarte für die Wiener Linien

Entspricht dieses Profil Ihren Stärken und Interessen? Dann freuen wir uns auf Ihre Bewerbung mit Lebenslauf und Motivationsschreiben bis spätestens 24. November 2019 an [email protected]