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Regional Chief of Operations Advisor Asia - Local position based in any regional office (Delhi, Bangkok, Jakarta or Manila)

MSF currently has an Asia regional coordination office based New Delhi (Asia Unit) which oversees the medical activities of MSF in the region (India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia and Philippines).


Number of posts available: 1 full-time position.
Location: Local position based in any Asia Unit office in the region: Delhi, Bangkok, Jakarta or Manila
Starting date: August 1st 2021
Availability: 12 months, with possible extension.
Salary: according to the country rewards policy .
Last application date: July 15th 2021.
Applications to be sent:


Main Purpose
Together with the Asia Regional Chief of Operations and the Coordination Team participates in the analysis and follow up of humanitarian context and security situation. Advising, participating, and when requested, representing the Chief of Operations with regards to relevant national partners/stakeholders. Support the Asia Unit in understanding the present and the evolving environment, power structures and changing dynamics. Support in the development, implementation and maintenance of a networking and communication strategy, ensuring contacts with authorities, local communities and external actors. Participating and advising the Regional Chief of Operations in the preparation of the overall planning of operations, including the review and update of the country policy, action plan.


Main responsibilities

  • Undertake regional level actor mapping looking at national, provincial and regional (as relevant) authorities and conflict dynamics and support Regional Director with context analysis.
  • Develop and maintain a network of contacts in order to share information on the context, follow trends, identify new risks and threats.
  • Gain an understanding of how MSF is perceived by health professionals, population and relevant actors (political, armed groups, religious authorities…).
  • Produce context analysis briefings highlighting the latest social, economic, political and security trends with (potential) impact on the security and humanitarian contexts.
  • Map armed actors, community key-individuals and (ethnic) groups customary and political structures.
  • Analyse impact of local dynamics on project staff’s safety and security as well as impact on population at large.
  • In his/her advisory capacity, review, propose updates and advise the Regional Director in implementing the Country Security Plan, risk analysis/risk reduction measures, in accordance with MSF Security Policy.
  • Assist the Regional Director in dissemination of relevant context information to the coordination team, regularly inform them on key issues, update general information on the context for MSF internal documents, and advise on cultural appropriateness of organizational activities and individual behaviors.
  • Support the Regional Director in official representation. Upon delegation, represent MSF in meetings.
  • Participate actively to the negotiation of access, identify gaps that prevent MSF to operate.
  • Liaise with local potential stakeholders and help the Regional Director to create, reinforce and maintain links with local leaders, tribes, authorities, armed forces.
  • Advise on and be involved in the negotiations, finalization and maintenance of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between MSF and the Government / any other institution involved.
  • On request of the Chief of Operations, fill gaps and participate to the elaboration of different mission strategic documents, contributing to the mission´s strategic planning and objectives.
  • Raise security awareness among the staff through regular meetings on security context
  • Write up reports on each security incident affecting MSF personnel and monitors its aftermath.
  • Introduce actor-mapping methodology that can be independently maintained (regularly updated and improved) for each project.
  • Support and coach Coordination team members and Project Coordinators, on culturally sensitive manner of representation to local contacts, provide advice and support as needed evolution/challenges faced.
  • Support the Chief of Operations in the legal process of MSF registration in different countries in South East Asia, linking with the senior government authorities and lawyers when needed.
  • Participates or leads exploratory projects in any of the countires in the region and replaces the Project Coordinators in case of gap.



Education:      University degree. Medical or paramedical or public health related education is an asset.


  • Essential previous experience of at least two years required in the field of humanitarian aid.
  • Demonstrated capacity for analysis, networking and negotiation.
  • Preferred experience working with MSF as Humanitarian Affairs Officer, Project Coordinator or Operational Advisor.


Other requirements:

  • Essential being a citizen of the country you are applying in (India, Thailand, Indonesia or Philippines).
  • Availability to travel 50% of the time to project locations in the region.
  • Essential excellent representation and public speaking skills in English.
  • Being able to work autonomously, with a minumin supervision and work remotely.
  • Good analytical skills, at ease with figures and economics data.


Languages:       Essential excellent spoken and written (formal) English.



  • Strategic Vision L2
  • Leadership L2
  • People Management and Development L3
  • Service Orientation L3
  • Teamwork and Cooperation L4


Please send your CV and cover letter (in a single PDF file only), with the subject Ref: Chief of Operations Advisor to on or before 15th July, 2021.


Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders Spain is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women and minority group candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Contact :

ผู้ประสานงาน / Coordinator


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