MSF is an international, independent medical humanitarian organisation. We provide medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare. We are a non-profit, self-governed, member-based organisation. MSF was founded in 1971 in Paris by a group of journalists and doctors. Today, we are a worldwide movement of more than 63,000 people.
MSF coordinates operations through collaborations between global offices. The ‘MSF Operational Centre Amsterdam’ (OCA) is a partnership that is composed of the partners MSF-Canada, MSF-Germany, MSF-SARA, MSF-Sweden, MSF-Holland and MSF-United Kingdom. MSF-OCA has a team of more than 11,000 staff working in 115 emergency projects in about 31 countries.
The office of MSF-Holland located in Amsterdam hosts more than 400 employees, offering direct support to MSF-OCA operations. Around 50 staff focus on recruitment, communication and fundraising in The Netherlands (MSF-Holland) and 350 staff are focused on supporting MSF-OCA operations.
At Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Artsen zonder Grenzen , we are committed to an inclusive culture that encourages and supports the diverse voices of our employees. We encourage applications from individuals of all genders, ages, sexual orientations, nationalities, races, religions, beliefs, ability status, and all other diversity characteristics.
MSF is a civil society initiative that brings together individuals committed to the assistance of other human beings in crisis. As such, MSF is by choice (Chantilly) an association. Each individual working with MSF does it out of conviction and commitment and is ready to uphold the values and principles of MSF.
Position within the organisation
The Legal Officer is part of Control Unit and reports directly to Legal Counsel. The Control Unit is a department that reports to the General Director and the Board and comprises of the Controller, Legal Counsel, Compliance and Risk Management Officer, Internal Auditors, Data Protection Officers and IT Security Officer.
Objectives of the position
To primarily support the MSF OCA Operations department field and head office and including its field missions with legal advice and management of legal issues. Specific focus of support will be on keeping an overview of the legal status, and registration, partnership agreements and court cases of MSF OCA missions in countries of operations as well as drafting and advising on commercial agreements for the head office Memoranda of Understanding and statutory registrations (especially taxation).
Provide legal assistance and to keep an overview of MSF-OCA registrations and partnership agreements;
Keep an overview of all legal cases;
Support on general legal issues mainly concerning liability and commercial contracting for the head office;
Provide legal assistance to MSF-OCA missions related to administrative issues.
Ensure timely and quality legal assistance to the MSF-OCA operations in the field and head office;
Conduct legal research and make briefs on questions of public international law, principles of national laws (e.g., tax and employment law in MSF-OCA missions), commercial or contracting law in the Netherlands and other areas of law;
Draft and advise on agreements between MSF and service providers for the head office;
Prepare or assist in the preparation of advice on agreements between MSF and governments of the project countries, other NGOs or service providers for the field;
Assist in the provision of legal analysis and advice on (potential) disputes or court cases in the field as well as on possibilities for the legal set-up of missions in project countries;
Support the creation of strategies to solve or prevent potential future constraints for our operations in a project country;
Keep track of legal risks;
Maintain solid administration and filing of all legal cases;
Support and keep an overview of protection of MSF trademark and logo.
A university degree (Bachelor’s or Master’s degree) in law;
At least 2 years of relevant work experience in international organisations or corporations;
Excellent contract drafting skills;
Effective organizational skills and multi-tasking capabilities;
Ability to get acquainted with different fields of law and legal systems swiftly;
“Getting things done” mentality, persistent and persuasive;
Strong in creating liaisons between different disciplines and organisational levels;
Strong analytical and problem solving skills;
Excellent communication skills, oral as well as written and at ease with cultural and language nuances;
Ability to work independently and takes initiative;
Demonstrated ability to deliver in an international and multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
Fluency in English required. Fluency in Dutch is highly desirable. French, Spanish and/or Arabic language skills are an advantage.
A challenging, diverse and exciting position in an international organisation;
Opportunity to experience the dynamics of a globally operating, leading humanitarian healthcare organisation including travel and work in a project country;
The benefits of working within a smaller unit, whilst at the same time working with colleagues from different departments, with different specialisms and based in different locations;
We offer you a Dutch employment contract, based on 40 hours per week. A gross monthly salary in scale 6 between €3,105 and €4,200 depending on professional experience and based on a 40-hour working week;
A contract for one year with renewal option, based on a full-time appointment for 40 hours per week (100% labour percentage);
Other benefits include 30 holidays per annum (based on a fulltime appointment) and a premium-free pension plan.