Job Description

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) provides life-saving emergency relief and longer-term medical care to some of the most vulnerable and excluded communities around the world. As an independent medical humanitarian organisation, we deliver care based only on need, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, religion or political affiliation.

MSF relies on donations from private individuals and organisations for the majority of its income. This private funding gives MSF the freedom to respond where needs are greatest and to speak out publicly, free from any political interference.

MSF has around 40,000 local and international staff working in over 70 countries, in some of the most challenging places in the world. Our medical humanitarian projects are supported by teams in 32 countries, including the UK, spread across Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and Australasia.


At MSF UK/IE, we support MSF’s operations by building relationships with our supporters, increasing awareness of our work, raising funds, providing specialist medical expertise, catalysing change on medical humanitarian issues, and recruiting field staff. MSF UK/IE personnel are dynamic, hard-working, enthusiastic and committed to MSF’s values and aims. In addition MSF continues to build upon its presence in Ireland to become a widely recognised, accepted and respected humanitarian organisation among Irish audiences, and within the Irish humanitarian and political sector.


Hours: 40 hours per week

Duration: Permanent

Salary: £38,826.96 per annum (£35,326.96 p.a. non-London weighting)



The Office of the Executive Director exists to ensure the proper and ethical governance of MSF-UK and Ireland (MSF-UK/IE) in order to enable and support the organisation to deliver its charitable objectives and assure a section and branch office that is fit for the challenges of the future.

Collectively, it is responsible for strategy and accountability; governance; safeguarding, compliance and risk management; ensuring effective leadership and management; change and innovation; relationships with the Operational Centre Amsterdam and wider MSF movement; and the overall health of MSF-UK/IE.

The Safeguarding Officer will primarily be focused on supporting the delivery of MSF UK’s safeguarding strategy and commitments in the UK with a particular focus on delivering training, providing clear safeguarding communications and awareness raising initiatives and aiding the developing of strong, survivor centred responses to safeguarding concerns.


An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the growing Safeguarding Team at MSF UK. The Safeguarding Officer will provide support to the Safeguarding Lead to develop MSF UK’s safeguarding practice and implement MSF UKs strategy for embedding safeguarding in its work. The Safeguarding Officer will support the development, roll-out and socialisation of MSF UK and the wider MSF movement’s safeguarding policies and procedures; support Programs and Funding teams to integrate safeguarding and accountability issues into program design and project proposals; and lead on the design and delivery of training of MSF UK staff and development of the MSF UK Focal Point Network.


The successful candidate should be comfortable working independently and forming judgements in the complex operating environment presented by MSF UK’s work and able to provide technical guidance to staff seeking support for, what can be, sensitive issues.


This is an opportunity to take on a challenging and exciting role, working on safeguarding primarily focused on the UK but with the opportunity to develop international experience through working with MSF UKs operational partners across our movement and support ongoing collaboration with sector-wide initiatives.This is a developing area of work for MSF so the position comes with a significant opportunity for the successful candidate to undertake considerable professional development, particularly in delivering safeguarding initiatives in an international development setting, as the role would suit someone looking to move in to this area as a next step.

Please download the job description and person specification below for full details of the role.


Essential knowledge, skills and expertise:

  • Demonstrable knowledge and/or experience of safeguarding or child safeguarding
  • Experience of developing safeguarding resource materials, including guidance, awareness raising material, internal communications and electronic communications
  • Experience in designing and delivering training and/or workshops or other capacity building initiatives.
  • Experience developing and implementing organisational policies and procedures
  • Ability to deal with confidential and sensitive information and experience of applying survivor centred approaches.
  • Commitment to MSFs mission, purpose and values
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills in order to deal tactfully and sensitively with a wide range of people in a large organisation, often at a distance.
  • Highly organised and able to work to deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently to balance a range of priorities and maintain focus.

Other information

MSF UK/IE is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to diversity and creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We encourage applications from all sections of our diverse community.

Please can you complete our anonymous Equity, Diversity & Inclusion form here.


Please apply on our website by submitting a copy of your CV together with a letter of motivation by the closing date.

Recruitment timetable:

  • Closing date for applications: 5 June 2022, 11.59pm (BST)
  • Interviews: w/c 13 June 2022