Being an human resources/finance administrator is a fun and varied job.

In an emergency, you may be required to arrange to triple the workforce in a project in a matter of weeks, while in a regular project you may work on building training programmes for the national staff.

You’ll take care of much of the day-to-day running of the project, from payroll to managing the international staff compound. Ultimately, you will be responsible for ensuring that the project has the right people to ensure its success.


As an HR/finance administrator you act as a support to the entire international team, managing their accommodation and food, supporting the project coordinator and liaising with the capital office to ensure that the project is run in line with local laws and customs.

In smaller projects, you may also manage the supplies for the project.​

Management of local staff

As an HR/finance administrator you work very closely with the local staff - arranging for their recruitment, training, accommodation, contracts and payment as well as dealing with disciplinary cases.

A large part of your work is to build the capacity of these local staff as well as ensure safe and fair working conditions.

Day to day tasks

Our HR/finance administrators come from a wide range of backgrounds, from management and social sciences to finance and HR professionals.

They are usually based in the projects, and their tasks over the month may include some or all of the following:

  • Arranging payroll for all national staff
  • Managing payment and administration of daily workers
  • Working with the domestic staff to ensure that the accommodation bases are in good order
  • Planning the HR for the project and arranging recruitment or terminations as necessary as the project evolves
  • Working with the department heads to ensure that national staff are managed well, from ensuring they have access to the training they need through to delivering disciplinaries where required
  • Managing the project budget
  • Support the project coordinator with the security and coordination of staff

It can involve long hours and hard work, but is a wonderful opportunity to work closely with the staff across all departments, ensuring that the impact of MSF as an employer on the local community is a positive one.

Stories from the field 

To read first-hand stories from HR/finance administrators working overseas with MSF, visit our blog.


​Skills and expertise in the following areas:

  • Basic bookkeeping 
  • HR management 
  • Proven ability as a manager or team leader 
  • Office and supply management experience are also desirable
  • Previous overseas volunteer experience within a humanitarian setting 
  • Available for a minimum of nine months
  • Minimum of three months’ work, volunteering or travel experience in developing countries
  • Willingness to work in unstable areas
  • Adaptable and able to work in a multicultural team
  • Flexible and able to manage stress
  • Able to provide training and supervision to others
  • Previous experience in training and supervising others 
  • Fluency in English and a minimum of B1 level in French (according to CEFR)


MSF is currently looking for HR/finance administrators with good Arabic skills. If you speak Arabic to a level where you can be placed in an Arabic speaking mission such as Syria or Yemen, you are much more likely to be accepted onto the MSF register.

Please note, your language level may be tested during the recruitment process.

before you apply

Your safety and security 

We take safety and security seriously. This video explains the risks our staff face and the lengths we go to keep them safe.

Please watch this before you decide whether or not to apply for this job.


What's it like working with MSF? 

In most projects you'll be living and working in stressful conditions without many of the things you may take for granted at home.

Please watch this short video and reflect on why you want to work with MSF before starting your application. 


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