Learning & Development Advisor


Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) intervenes in emergencies and crises, to relieve human suffering from unmet medical needs and to create a space for humanity. MSF works to provoke a social and political response that meets the essential needs, and respects and protects the dignity, of people in danger. MSF strives to innovate and incite change through its medical action, its “témoignage” and its active reflection on the situation of populations in danger. Respecting its Charter and shared principles, MSF is an independent movement of citizen associations that are integrated and open to their societies. In a spirit of volunteerism, acting in proximity to and in solidarity with assisted peoples, MSF’s members adhere to humanitarian principles and respect for medical ethics.

Artsen zonder Grenzen (MSF-Holland) is an Association of (former) field and office employees, with a Board keeping oversight. MSF-Holland has a partnership with MSF offices in the UK and Germany. This partnership, known as ‘MSF Operational Centre Amsterdam’ (MSF-OCA), operates medical humanitarian interventions in about 25 countries. Annually, MSF-OCA deploys approximately 800 international staff and employs 10,000 national staff.

With the ultimate goal to provide quality care to our beneficiaries, the Learning & Development (L&D) Department seeks to offer quality, effective and efficient support by analyzing and responding to learning and development needs of all OCA staff. 

The L&D Department is looking for an enthusiastic new colleague per 15 October 2019 until 30 April:

L&D Advisor


Maternity leave replacement  6.5 months

– Based in Amsterdam –

Place in the Organization

Reporting to the L&D Head of Department and working closely with the other L&D advisors, L&D Specialists, L&D Officers, external trainers/facilitators, HR Office and managers and individuals at HQ

Objective of the Position

To advise stakeholders in the PHD/OPS/OSCAR departments on how to address the learning needs of all staff most effectively through proven L&D methodologies and aligned with the OCA Strategic Plan.


  • Builds and maintains effective working relationships with counterparts in and outside MSF. The assigned portfolio for the current position is to work with PHD/OPS/OSCAR on L&D related topics;
  • Initiates and coordinates information sharing between counterparts on learning needs and solutions. Supports the L&D Officers with communication when needed;
  • Planning of upcoming L&D offer, including new learning solutions, course delivery practicalities and L&D brochure;
  • Designs, builds and pilots new L&D interventions as agreed in the Annual Plan, in close collaboration with the L&D specialist;
  • Is content owner of assigned L&D modules, analyses and improves content with support of L&D specialist;
  • Coordinates the delivery of and maintains a central database of course content for courses linked to the above-mentioned departments;
  • Supports, coaches, prepares, debriefs and evaluates learning facilitators and module trainers of these courses;
  • Promotes the use of L&D principles and standards for existing interventions;
  • Has an overview of the learning interventions currently taking place across departments and/or sections and is able to connect learning needs to existing interventions where possible;
  • Reviews and evaluates L&D interventions, in close collaboration with the L&D specialist, and consequently proposes and executes improvement plans;
  • Manages and promotes our MSF-OCA coaching and mentoring programme



  • With senior management, Technical Referents and HR in headquarters and in the field on learning and development needs and solutions;
  • With L&D Specialist to define approaches to enhance use of blended learning programmes, new methodologies and respond to trend and opportunities;
  • With other L&D advisors for consistency in approach.


  • With intersectional colleagues on course content, collaboration and possible synergies;
  • With external providers and learning institutions on learning and development trends and opportunities.


  • University degree preferably HR or Humanitarian or Medical profile;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in L&D;
  • At least 3 years of experience in a relevant professional context;
  • Demonstrated humanitarian field experience;
  • Demonstrated ability to cooperate and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated communication skills, oral as well as written;
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Ability to take the lead and proactively steer topics;
  • Ability to transfer knowledge effectively;
  • Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision and under pressure;
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in a diverse work environment;
  • Experience in facilitating workshops is a plus;
  • Knowledge on new L&D technologies (incl. e-learning) is a plus;
  • Excellent English skills. French and/or Arabic a plus;
  • Personal characteristics that include pro-activity, resilience, flexibility, patience, the ability to prioritize and a sense of humor;


  • A challenging and exciting position in an international environment.
  • A gross monthly salary in scale 6 between € 2,737 and € 3,909 (depending on professional experience, based on a fulltime appointment).
  • Other benefits include 30 holidays based on a fulltime appointment and a premium-free pension plan.

Information & Application

If you are interested and would like to have additional information, please contact Ute Jansen – Head of Learning & Development on phone number +31 (0) 20 8408567 or email ute.jansen@amsterdam.msf.org

If you believe that you fit the profile, you can upload a letter of motivation and Curriculum Vitae in English as one combined document.

The deadline for this vacancy is :  10  September 2019.


*** Acquisitions regarding this position are not appreciated ***

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Learning & Development Advisor

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