Does experience on programs such as the Australian Volunteers Program reduce the Indemnity period? Can you help me understand why not? I was under the impression that indemnity related to the Spirit of Volunteering.
Volunteer opportunities are not accepted towards work experience as it is hard to assess the quality of the individual contribution and specific program relevant to humanitarian aid work consistently across the globe. This is a rule for the organisation as a whole and not isolated to the Australian Section. This is not to say these volunteer experiences are not important, valuable or educational.
When assessing past experience with relation to pay and conditions, we aim to compare a person’s various work experiences to MSF jobs and assess what would be considered as being in the same position. We are looking for evidence of both professionalism, commitment, and accepted positions of accountability by the candidate, and this also excludes short engagements, internships, summer jobs, etc.
From these experiences, both the type of work and type of organisation are considered. The Candidate must have been working and living in largely unfamiliar contexts, in the location where the work was conducted. We are also looking at how long the person was stationed in the location in question, whether for the full duration or only part of the experience.
For the purposes of indemnity scaling, MSF only considers experience with those organisations filling all the following criteria:
• Not-for-profit organizations, institutes or associations
• Working at a local, national, regional or international level; and
• Operational in humanitarian, relief, aid or development programs.
We do acknowledge each case is different and are happy to discuss further.