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An MSF HR Coordinator goes through a batch of applications with a colleague in Conakry, Guinea. Caption
An MSF HR Coordinator goes through a batch of applications with a colleague in Conakry, Guinea.

Our human resources coordinators provide essential expertise to ensure that our staff are happy in their work.

Whether going out to the projects to provide training and support for the HR field staff or working in the capital city developing a national staff HR policy, HR coordinators provide the essential technical expertise to ensure that Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) national and international staff enjoy a safe and fair workplace and build successful careers with MSF.

This page gives a general overview of the role of HR professionals in MSF's work overseas, including HR managers and HR policy specialists.


Our HRCOs often work in the capital, managing administration teams in all the projects in that country.

It’s a diverse and stimulating role and you would be responsible for some or all of the following: 

  • Working with senior management team in country, providing HR advice on a wide variety of HR issues
  • Working closely with HR teams in HQ to ensure resourcing needs for medical programmes in country are met (both national and international staff)
  • Creating and reviewing HR policies and processes and overseeing their implementation across all projects
  • Supporting and advising on learning and development of staff
  • Ensuring MSF operates within local labour laws in the project country
  • Managing, training and supervising locally recruited HR staff
  • Supporting proper management of HR across the board and assuming full responsibility of all administration and legal issues in the mission

Application guide

Read our guide on the application process for all overseas roles

Role requirements

  • Educated to degree level and CIPD qualified (or equivalent)
  • Significant experience in a generalist HR role, preferably within a multicultural context and multidisciplinary teams
  • Ability to communicate at a variety of levels and with diverse groups
  • Ability to adapt HR practices to very different working environments
  • Good interpersonal skills, particularly listening, persuading, influencing and motivating; flair for building and maintaining good relationships
  • Good time management combined with strong organisational skills, and ability to multi-task and work under pressure
  • Ability to demonstrate creative solutions to problems and effectively manage change
  • Demonstrable experience in conflict management
  • Experience in training, coaching, mentoring and supervising
  • Willing to work in unstable areas and ability to cope in a difficult and unpredictable environment
  • Available for a minimum of nine to twelve months
  • Minimum three months’ work, volunteering or travelling experience  in developing countries
  • Fluency in English​


We're currently looking for HR coordinators with good French or Arabic skills.

If you can speak French or Arabic you're much more likely to be accepted onto our register.

Your language level may be tested during the recruitment process.

Obstetric Nurse, Arby Atta Maiga, at a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) health centre in the Mbera refugee camp for Malian refugees in Mauritania on 3 March 2013.

In March 2012, following the influx of thousands of refugees, MSF has begun providing medical and nutritional activities for refugees and local populations in the district Bassikounou in Mauritania. MSF offers free primary health care, secondary and antenatal care. By installing two health centers in  Mbera camp Mbera andsupporting health posts in Fassala and Mberavillage, medical teams have provided more than 85,000 consultations, 200 deliveries and supported about 1,000 severely malnourished children. Knowing that the nearest hospital is located about more than 200 km, MSF has installed an operational theater in Bassikounou village to allow prompt medical care and stabilization of severe cases before referral to Nema hospital . Protecting children from measles is also a health priority in the camps where MSF teams involved. Indeed, a measles outbreak can be devastating for children who live in crowded camps and often suffer from chronic malnutrition. That is why, in support of health authorities, MSF has vaccinated nearly 10,000 children since March 2012.

In their own words

Get eye-witness accounts from MSF HR Coordinators on our blogs site.

Before you apply

Make sure you read our application process guide for an overview of what to expect when you apply for an overseas role with the UK.

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Apply to be an HR coordinator

Please only apply if you meet all of the requirements below. 


I have read and understood the role description, and feel I can fulfil this role


I have spent at least three months travelling or working in low- and/or middle-income countries


The UK is my place of residence and I have the right to live and work in the UK


I have a valid passport


I have managed a team of people


I am available for a minimum of nine to 12 months