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HR Director (m/f/x) – Brussels – MSF Belgium

  • Médecins Sans Frontières
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: April 16, 2024
  • Médecins Sans Frontières
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: April 16, 2024
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The MSF Operational Center of Brussels (OCB) employs over 10,350 staff, with over 90% working in countries of operations across 37 countries. Of the 500 staff performing headquarters functions, 110 are part of the HR department. This HR department staff is primarily based in Brussels, Kinshasa, and Abidjan.

The Human Resources department is divided into 4 complementary hubs: the Operational HR Hub (recruitment and staffing issue in our countries of operations), the People Development Hub (staff development, Learning and Development (L&D) solutions, deployment and innovation), the People Deployment Hub (administration, international mobility, staff health and rewards) and the HR Information System Hub (IT systems development and data analysis). The HQ HR management is under the supervision of the Deputy HR Director.

As the HR Director, you are responsible for the advancement of MSF’s medical humanitarian action by establishing OCBs HR vision and strategies, overseeing the implementation of the HR function and leading the HR Department. The HR vision and strategy will be renewed in 2025 for the MSF operational Center of Brussels, as a new strategic plan will be defined. You take a leadership role in developing a culture that enables employees to perform in accordance with MSF’s objectives and OCB Management Values. You contribute to the development and implementation of the safeguarding policy.

As a member of the executive committee of MSF-OCB you have transversal responsibilities across the whole organization.


  • Define and implement the OCB staff vision and strategies, using a collaborative leadership approach;

  • Ensure the definition, relevance, implementation, and quality assurance of the HR policies including duty of care, staff well-being, and their empowerment;

  • Ensure a culture of work based on the global workforce approach that ensures equitable staffing policies.  Lead and promote work on anti-racism, diversity and inclusion including a gender lens;

  • Act as a strategic partner for the management team on all HR matters;

  • Oversee the management of the Human Resource department: appoint and manage the coordination team of the department teams and define the overall objectives of the department to support the operations priorities. Define and monitor indicators and outputs of the department;

  • Define and monitor the department budget, including the prioritization of financial contributions for operations;

  • Represent OCB in international platforms and actively collaborate with all MSF Sections and Operational Directorates. Contribute pro-actively in the development of international dossiers identified as priorities by International Directors HR platform (IDHR platform). Chair and steer the OCB HR directors’ platform (HR12) and ensures coherence and mutual accountability in the collaboration with the sections of the OCB group;

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of a new safeguarding policy for OCB. Promote, respect, and apply the legal framework and OCB Management Values in the management of the staff and be part of the decision-making authority for all integrity issues;

  • Contribute and participate in the strategic decision making of the Operational Directorate as member of the management team.


Education and experiences

  • Master’s degree in HR management or equivalent by experience;

  • Minimum 5 years' experience in coordination / leadership position;

  • Extensive experience in HR management;

  • Experience with MSF or similar NGO is a valuable asset.


  • Strong leadership and people management skills;

  • Strategic vision in volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity environment (VUCA);

  • Demonstrable understanding and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, cross-cultural awareness;

  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving capacity;

  • Dynamic and proactive, creativity and initiative;

  • Good inter-personal and communication skills;

  • Resistance to stress and ability to set priorities;

  • Motivation and interest to work in a humanitarian organization, and more particularly with MSF.


  • Proficiency in English and French mandatory;

  • Dutch and/or other commonly used languages in MSF (Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese) are an asset.


  • Expected starting date: 2nd of September 2024;

  • Location: Brussels (Belgium);

  • Mobility: flexibility in working hours and availability for travel (to the MSF projects and other MSF sections);

  • Contract type: Open-ended contract with a 4-year mandate (extendable for max. 2 more years) – Full-time;

  • Salary according to MSF-OCB HQ grid;

  • Meal Vouchers - Hospital Insurance (DKV) – Pension Plan – 100% reimbursement for public transportation costs;

  • Adhere to the MSF principles and to our managerial values: Respect, Transparency, Integrity, Accountability, Trust and Empowerment;

  • Adhere to the MSF Behavioral Commitments.

Deadline for applications: 16th of April 2024


Please, send your CV and cover letter to and mention “HR Director” in the subject of your email.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

MSF values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of disability, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, race, color or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

The protection of your personal data is important to MSF. By submitting your application, you consent to MSF using your personal data. For more information, consult our privacy notice to job applicants.
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