Project HR/Finance managers

All our projects require competent personnel to support the medical staff and keep activities running from an administrative perspective.  As the person responsible for project finances and/or human resources (HR), you will undertake one of the most diverse and challenging roles within a Médecins Sans Frontières team.

HR/finance managers require a mix of finance and human resources experience. The role is more often combined whereby you cover both finance and HR, but in some larger projects you may be asked to be responsible for only HR or finance. 

As a finance manager you will be responsible for project accounts, cash management and security, budget control and financial reporting.  As HR Manager you will be responsible for the implementation of Human Resource policies in the project and the correct Administrative Management of all staff working in the project. Your skills in cross cultural human resource management and communication will also be important, as your role requires supporting both international and local staff.

You will liaise with local authorities and service providers in relation to all project finance, human resources issues, and local labour laws. You will be part of the project management team, contributing to discussions and decisions around project direction. 

For experienced HR and finance professionals MSF has the role of HR and/or Finance Coordinator. This is a role within the country management team and a career progression for MSF managers, having completed at least one manager role based in a project.  It is rare that new fieldworkers will be validated at this level however, in certain cases MSF may consider this on an individual basis.

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  • Degree in finance, management, HR or administration
  • Minimum 2+ years professional experience in one or both of the following:
  • Accounting, budgeting, financial planning, financial control, financial reporting OR
  • Human Resource Management and policy principles in areas such as recruitment, performance management, staff payroll, tax, labour law 
  • Available to work infield for a minimum of 9 months


  • Knowledge of financial and reporting guidelines of major funding institutions
  • Ability to understand and function in different legal environments
  • Available for longer-term commitment of 12 months or more 

NOTE: Individuals recruited in this capacity may be required to undertake internal training prior to their first field placement. The course outlines specific finance, human resources and administration policies, procedures, tools and software used by Médecins Sans Frontières in the field.

All Australian and New Zealand field worker applications are processed through our Sydney office.


The essential criteria is an overview of the minimum requirements for international staff. Please note, these can change without prior notice in response to organisational needs. To work overseas with MSF, every applicant must meet the following requirements:

Work in a diverse team

The ability to work and live in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams in contexts that are often complex, unstable and isolated, requiring strict respect for the local culture, teams and security rules in force.

Experience working in remote, low resource and low tech settings

Clinical/working experience in environments with limited human resources, materials and equipment.  Access to electricity can be unreliable, running water may not be available, medical and other equipment may be in short supply and computer systems may be basic.

Management experience

Most assignments will involve supervision or management of teams and will require experience in: capacity building, training, planning and administration and performance management.

Commitment to the goals and values of MSF

Adhere to the MSF Charter and to our managerial values: Respect, Transparency, Integrity, Accountability, Trust and Empowerment.

Commitment to a career with MSF

Commitment for 2+ assignments. We are looking for people that want to commit to multiple assignments and a long-term career in humanitarian aid. Hiring and training an employee is a major investment for MSF and we want to hire international staff who want to grow within the organisation. 

Ability to cope with stress

Many MSF projects are located in or near conflict areas. The environment is often chaotic and you will face various challenges. International staff must be able to cope with stress in a difficult and unpredictable environment.                  

Flexibility and adaptability

Contexts, environments, team composition can change quickly. Flexibility and adaptability are critical for a successful MSF assignment.        

Work independently and use initiative

MSF assignments are demanding and every staff member must be able to manage their responsibilities and workload in a professional manner, with minimum direction.     


Language skills

Knowledge of French or Spanish, or willing to learn. 
Other languages including Portuguese, Russian or Arabic are an asset.


Please apply if your skills and experience match the profile requirements and essential criteria above. Note: all Australian and New Zealand applications are processed through our Sydney office.

Allow approximately 1 hour to complete to application. Before starting the application, please prepare the following:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • Skills assessment form (below)

Use our guide on how to write a CV (below) to help you prepare your application.

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