Détails de l'annonce
Organisation : Médecins Sans Frontières - Artsen Zonder Grenzen
Site web : https://www.msf-azg.be/en/job/head-of-mission-belgium
Adresse email : Recruit-HQ-Operations@brussels.msf.org
Lieu de l'emploi : Brussels /
Fichier : ops_belgiumheadofmission_aug2020.pdf
Type d'emploi : Contrat à durée déterminée
Type de contrat : Temps plein
Fonction : Coordination
Date de publication : 17/08/2020
Date limite : 31/08/2020
• University degree. Particularly in medicine, public health or paramedical or the field of international relations is a plus.
• At least two years in management positions in humanitarian aid.
• Essential experience with MSF or other NGOs
• Essential experience in Migration Project and Context. Outbreak management is a plus
• Desirable experience in developing countries
• Fluent in French, Dutch and English
• Essential computer literacy (word, excel and internet)
• Strategic Vision: Ability to plan actions geared towards achieving objectives.
• Leadership: Capacity to encourage, engage and motivate people.
• Networking: Ability to optimize interaction between MSF and its environment.
• Cross-Cultural Awareness: Capacity to develop actions which stimulate integrating behaviours.
Adherence to MSF principles and to our managerial values: Respect, Transparency, Integrity, Accountability, Trust, Empowerment and to the MSF Behavioural Commitments.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides assistance in more than 60 countries to populations in distress, to victims of natural or manmade disasters and to victims of armed conflicts, without discrimination and irrespective of origin, religion, creed or political affiliation. To develop this work, the Operations Department is looking for a:
Head of Mission Belgium (m/f/x)
- Migrants/asylum seekers
- Mental health support in reception centers
After the unprecedent arrival of asylum seekers in Europe in 2015, MSF decided to start projects for migrants/asylum seekers in countries of arrival based on the fact that MSF is present in the majority of the countries of origin (Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq….) and also along the road (Greece, Balkan…). Mental health was identified as an important gap all along the journey of asylum seekers included in host countries. MSF set up a pilot project in Sweden and after in Belgium in 3 reception centers (Roeselare, Charleroi, Jumet) with the objective to define a model for psychological first aid that could be endorsed by different actors.
The aim of the model has been to show that by intervening at an early stage, with not only specialized mental health staff, the mental health for asylum seekers and refugees can improve and reduce the burden of the primary and secondary health care. The activities currently consist of screening for mental health problems, and offering low threshold activities such as Psychological First Aid (PFA), Psychoeducation, Health Promotion, Group interventions and Individual counseling sessions (e.g. mental health assessment interview before referral
After end of the project ends a further advocacy follow-up will need to be guaranteed. A tool box based on the experience in the different reception centers is to be written. After validation, a strategy on how to share this tool box with different actors is to be designed. The strategy could include workshops, on the spot coaching.
- Mental health support for migrants in transit
Since September 2017 a stable number of +/- 700 irregular migrants group is in Brussels. Most are waiting to cross to the UK. Although we are dealing with a circular population, the demographics of the people in Brussels stay more or less the same. Most of the people come from Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq.
They are all left without any assistance of the Belgian authorities. These people are in need of shelter, food, medical and psychosocial care and access to objective information about asylum procedures and their rights.
Several Belgian NGO's and civil society actors have put their efforts together and are providing a series of humanitarian services in a common project, the humanitarian HUB, with the objective of responding in a comprehensive manner to the needs of these people. The HUB offers medical care, mental health care, family tracing services, clothes distribution, social and legal assistance, and phone charging and phone call possibilities. Médecins Sans Frontières is providing mental health care in this set-up and participates actively in the management of the project.
It is important to note that there are common objectives discussed and decided upon between the different partners of the project. On top of that every organization has other objectives more specific to the field of work that they perform within the common project.
All partners in the HUB agreed upon following set of objectives:
• Respond in an integrated way to the needs of migrants and refugees in transit
• Develop a model of intervention that could be duplicated in other cities or areas that face a similar transiting migrant population
• Develop a model of intervention that could be taken over by the Belgian authorities.
• Facilitate the mobilization of civil solidarity towards the most vulnerable migrant population
Who are the partners?
• Legal advice: Plateforme Citoyenne with support from Ciré and Vluchtelingewerk
• Medical consultations: Médecins Du Monde
• Mental health: MSF
• Non Food: Plateforme Citoyenne
• Family link tracing and overseas phone calls: Red Cross
• Social services: Plateforme Citoyenne /SOS jeunes
Second line clinic for mental health support
At the HUB, the mental health support is dedicated to psychological first aid but as in a certain amount of cases the need for more comprehensive care was observed by the team, MSF decided in 2019 to set up a clinic in an autonomous place to start follow up mental health consultations when needed.
Th outbreak started in Belgium in February/March 2020. In Belgium, the health system is of course very well developed, but it has little experience with large-scale outbreaks of infectious diseases. Outbreaks such as that of Covid-19 ask for adaptations in the use of protective equipment, triage, patient flow and staff flow. This is the expertise MSF can share with its colleagues in Belgian health facilities, based on decades of experience with outbreaks management including for Ebola, measles and cholera.
During the first wave MSF decided to work on 3 pillars:
- Support to shelters for homeless /migrants with outreach teams to deliver health promotion messages, to provide infection control advices, to give ad hoc material when needed. Set up a center where homeless /migrants with COVID symptoms could be confined and received a proper follow-up.
- Support to nursing homes to help them with implementation of infection control measures, reorganization of the structure according when needed, the care of suspected cases, psychological support to the staff.
- Support to some hospitals in emergency rooms, ICU, post ICU services with patients flow, infection control measures, donation of material, training
Advocacy was done all along the response at different level regional, federal with a huge focus on the lessons learnt for the nursing homes.
Since July an increase of the number of COVID cases is observed, MSF decided to restart an outreach team to continue a support to the shelters for migrants/homeless, an outreach team to support the nursing homes and to start in Antwerpen some contact tracing activities in collaboration with the local actors.
Being responsible for MSF’s operational response in the Mission. In collaboration with the emergency pool unit, defining the mission operational strategy. Coordinating MSF’s program execution, identifying humanitarian challenges, representing MSF’s interests before third parties. Ensuring compliance to MSF’s charter, ethical standards and policies as well as international and national laws and regulations, in order to realize organizational objectives and reach quality targets for the Mission.
Develop the necessary analysis and networks (political, humanitarian, medical, and civil society) to pass MSF overall messages on migration and COVID and influence Belgian authorities, policy-makers and the wider public. Gain influence on Belgium as an EU member state and as a host country to refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants. Further develop and implement the advocacy strategy in link with migrant’s policy, mental health and migration, COVID.
Objective 1: Initiate and lead the operational strategy; including country policy, annual plan, budget and policy frameworks.
Objective 2: Monitor and analyze the political, humanitarian and medical situation in Belgium for migrants in transit and in general regarding the COVID outbreak. Provide the project(s) with timely analysis about migration, mental health, the asylum reception system in which we operate. Follow the evolution of the COVID outbreak and propose ad hoc interventions when needed. Maintain a level of emergency response capacity for migrants as well as for COVID
Objective 3: Develop and maintain a network of relevant contacts for MSF operations with all the actors involved in both problematics and with regional and federal levels
Objective 4: Develop & maintain advocacy strategies in collaboration with the projects, including stakeholders and power mappings, data collection systems.
Objective 5: Ensure regular information sharing and collaboration with our partners, other MSF missions and all other relevant actors in the field of migration (including volunteer groups) and also in link with COVID response
Objective 6: Represent MSF and defend MSF's positions on migration and on COVID response towards the Belgian authorities on the basis of operational realities, through selective attendance to relevant meetings, strategic interactions with officials, briefings of relevant contacts, high-level correspondence, etc.
- Lead the team translating the strategic objectives into operational activities. Monitor developments in MSF’s general policies and strategies and adapt the annual plan of the mission accordingly
- Integrate an internal and external communication policy for the mission to advocate for change
- Evaluate the progress and outcomes of activities to ensure that objectives are achieved
- Implement Human Resources policy and ensure that MSF acts as a responsible employer in terms of working conditions and reduction of security and health risks
- Ensure the associative character of MSF is reflected in the briefing of all MSF staff
- Keep staff and HQ informed and updated of context and security related issues
- Produce all required planning and program performance reports in line with the HQ reporting cycle
- Support in expanding networks and contacts for analysis, advocacy and operational purposes
- Analyze and increase the knowledge of MSF on current policy issues in Belgium around asylum and migration as well as around COVID outbreak and response.
- Disseminate MSF advocacy messages and adequately convey MSF concerns to the relevant interlocutors
- Contribute and provide input into communication material
- Act as a spokesperson for MSF in Belgium
- Participate and represent MSF at conferences and meetings in link with migration and COVID
- 1 year fixed-term contact – full time – Brussels
- Hospital insurance (DKV) - Pension plan - 100% reimbursement for public transportation costs
- Expected starting date: September 15, 2020
Deadline for applications: August 31, 2020
CV + cover letter to be sent to Recruit-HQ-Operations@brussels.msf.org - Rue de l’Arbre Bénit, 46 - 1050 Brussels mentioning “Head of Belgium Mission ” in the title.
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