Planetary Health Coordinator
Médecins Sans Frontières Suisse
Genève, GE, CH
vor 2 Tg.


Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a non-profit medical humanitarian organisation that intervenes in crisis and conflict situations.

In accordance with its charter, MSF delivers aid to populations in need, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and of armed conflicts, regardless of race, religion or political beliefs.

Founded in 1971, MSF has become a worldwide movement of 25 associations, 21 sections and 5 directorates based in Geneva, Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Brussels, which directly manage MSF’s humanitarian assistance programmes.

Since its creation by a few volunteers in 1981, MSF Switzerland, the Swiss association of the movement, and the Operational Center in Geneva (OCG) have grown significantly.

Today, the MSF Operational Centre in Geneva is responsible for medical assistance programmes in more than 20 countries and the OCG network includes MSF partner sections (Austria, USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, Japan), branch offices (Czech Republic, Mexico and Central America, South Korea) and regional offices (West Africa Dakar).

At MSF, we are committed to an inclusive culture that encourages and supports the diverse voices of our staff members. We strive to create workplaces where teams of people with di-verse backgrounds, characteristics, perspectives, ideas and experiences work together for the social mission of MSF to create better outcomes for our patients and the communities we work with.

We welcome applications from individuals of all genders, ages, sexual orientations, nationalities, races, background, religions, beliefs, ability status, and all other diversity characteristics.

MSF does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment.

All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo reference checks.

There is momentum across the MSF movement to take seriously Planetary Health concerns, with OCG leading on the need to future-proof MSF’s ability to implement its medical humanitarian action.

This is now a key moment in the evolution of the organisation to begin to seriously address both operationally the impacts of Planetary Health concerns and our own contribution to them.

This must be seen through multiple time-scales planning short (

Main tasks

Lead the implementation of the Planetary Health workplan of the OCG Strategic Plan 20-23

  • The PH Coordinator will coordinate actions under the three pillars of the PH Workplan : carbon footprint reduction, Medico-Operations adaptations and Advocacy .
  • He / she will liaise and coordinate with internal and external partners to drive key actions create and implement to the OCG Roadmap to 2030 according to the agreed timeline.
  • He / she will identify priorities that are in line with key objectives defined in the SP, and ensure the suitable action is taken in a timely manner.
  • The PH Coordinator will continually revise the PH WorkPlan based on results, opportunities and resources available.
  • The PH Coordinator will ensure that the driving force for the PH strategy is finding a balance between aspirational innovations versus pragmatic, solution focused initiatives .
  • Lead and coordinate OCG Planetary Health working group

  • Drive strategy implementation, transversality, networking, knowledge sharing, transparency, internal communications and change management, and to make sure the OCG group cross fertilises with other strategic focus groups, ensuring that former departmental silos are not subsitituted for thematic silos.
  • Ensure that all progress is beneficial not only to OCG but to the MSF movement, supporting other MSF entities (OCs, PS, IO, IB etc) to mainstream planetary health concerns and catalyse action across the movement.
  • This includes building or participating in and driving intersectional working groups as relevant. Monitoring and accountability of workplan to line manager and working group

    External representation and partnerships

  • Represent and / or organise appropriate representation of MSF at external events, platforms, (Gov., UN / NGO, networks, conferences,)
  • Nurture and maintain existing external partners to MSF, ensuring good coordination with internal OCG teams, regular communication and complementarity of efforts.
  • Education

  • Master’s degree in environment sciences, environmental engineering, sustainable energy in health facilities or studies relevant to climate and health adaptation and mitigation actions
  • Experience

  • Experience in leading large scale organizational change processes in carbon footprint reduction, impact of health & environmental degradation and / or climate change
  • Field experience with MSF or a humanitarian organization, an asset
  • Experience in project management at a distance
  • Competencies

  • Ability to lead, engage and support a team
  • Oral and written (cross-cultural) communication skills (external representation level)
  • Excellent public presentation skills
  • Analysis and synthesis of complex information
  • Participative, flexible, learning-oriented, solution oriented, pragmatic
  • Ability to drive positive change
  • Ability to manage and drive change
  • Languages

  • French and / or English, oral and written
  • Other languages, an asset
  • Personal qualities

    Participative, networking, innovative, flexible, passionate, supportive, independent, pragmatic

    Terms of Employment

  • Fixed-term contract 24 months, 100%
  • Based in Geneva, with field visits
  • Starting date : immediately
  • Gross annual salary : from CHF 115’068.- to CHF 129’108.- (salary commensurate with experience and according to internal salary grid)
  • How to apply

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

    Closing date for application is November 28th, 2021.

    The applications will be treated confidentially.

    Only short-listed candidates will be contacted .

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