Project Implementer for Patients and Populations as Partners Initiative At Médecins Sans Frontières en Suisse

Flying contract, 12 months, 100%


The OCG strategic plan clearly emphasises putting the needs and realities of individuals and populations at the centre of care delivery.

This position, focused on community approaches in 2021, is created to help us achieve these objectives.

One of the pillars of the OCG 2020-2023 Strategic Plan is Patients and Populations as Partners (PPP). In working towards placing the needs and wants of individuals, their communities and the populations we are trying to assist at the center of our action we need to ensure field teams are adequately equipped and supported.

The Flying PPP position aims to:

  • Promote the development of the community-based health approach by all those who are playing a key role at MSF level and community level
  • Support community-based care approach on promotion, prevention, treatment, care and follow up
  • Highlight/promote the attention to the essential role that community involvement approach plays in all phases of project management (from explo to closure)
  • Provide hands-on support to field teams to define and implement initiatives that will contribute to develop a partnership with patients and populations adapted to the context and specificity of the medical programs.


The Flying PPP Implementer works under the hierarchical supervision of the chronic conditions team leader and technical supervision of the PSEC/HP Advisor in the Chronic Conditions Unit. More specifically, operational generalists and/or specialists constitute a pool of specific competences based either in HQ, in regional support offices or among flying implementers. They will keep a certain degree of versatility. The required competences cover the identified priorities with respect to implementation support. Approximately 80% of the time will be spent in field projects. The setup will be flexible and these positions will evolve according to operational priorities.

Main responsibilities

  • Ensure that medico-operational objectives and medical services are integrating the approach of people and population as partners (concept and framework) and empowerment to take a more active role in the design and implementation of care delivery.
    1. Supports the project team in the analysis and understanding/diagnosis of context and communities: Organization of qualitative assessments and surveys (anthropology, health-seeking behaviour, perceptions, population needs, satisfaction of MSF services), role of other actors, in order to understand patient and population perspectives.
    2. Support the team in co-creation with the community to ensure that the medical services implemented are adapted to the patient and population needs
    3. Support the co-creation with the community of objectives, methodology and tools to monitor the project activities
    4. Support the inclusion of these objectives in the project logframe
    5. Support the definition of the integrated health promotion and community engagement component of the project, ensuring the PPP approach, and co-developing a roadmap for their implementation
  • Support the implementation process integrating the PPP
    1. Ensure that team’s care and behaviors/practices place the individual and the population at the center of services as a person of trust, respect and a key actor in their own care.
    2. Support the team to take responsibility and to become a bearer of the PPP concept (including health promotion and community engagement.)
  • Contribute to the development of the general PPP, HP-CE approach in OCG
    1. Capitalize on experiences and lessons learned in the field to improve practices in the PPP-focused HP/CE approach.
    2. Identify new cutting-edge topics that may need further research, development and innovation
  • Support to emergency response and new projects.

Respond to the needs of emergency projects through rapid deployment on the ground during the first phase of an emergency to ensure the integration of patient and population perspectives

Your profile


  • Nursing or paramedical background
  • Ideally training in health promotion, community approach or similar


  • Minimum 2 years’ experience with MSF
  • Professional experience in HP and community approach.
  • Experience in evaluation techniques, leadership.
  • Experience in training an asset.


  • Fluency in English and French with good working knowledge of each.
  • A third language would be an asset.

Technical Competencies

  • Fluency in managing the process of group facilitation and listening skills:
    1. diplomacy
    2. Excellent writing and computer skills
    3. Organizational skills and ability to prioritize
  • Training skills
  • Analytical and organizational skills
  • Reporting skills
  • Evaluation skills (project- team.)

Personal qualities

  • Patience
  • flexibility
  • resourcefulness
  • ability to work with multidisciplinary and multicultural people
  • speed of action and decision-making
  • openness
  • curiosity
  • team spirit

Terms of Employment

  • Field-based position with visits to HQ in Geneva.
  • Practical working conditions while in the field are as per the MSF OCG volunteer handbook.
  • Fixed-term contract of 12 months with an occupancy of 100%
  • Ideal starting date: 15th July 2021
  • Gross monthly salary: CHF 5’500.- for 100% position (proportional to occupancy rate)
  • Social Benefits: Health insurance and living costs in the countries of intervention and at HQ, paid according to internal regulations.

How to apply

Candidates submit their application following the requirements: CV 2 p. max. – letter of motivation 1p. max. – in French or English.

Deadline for application is 18th of July 2021.

Apply here

The applications will be treated confidentially.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted**.**

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