Medecins Sans Frontieres requires HR officer

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 02 October, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 02 October, 2004, 12:00am

A unique human resources role that gives new meaning to the words 'exciting' and 'challenging' has arisen at Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).

The first non-governmental agency to provide emergency medical assistance and publicly bear witness to the plight of suffering people is looking for a replacement human resources officer for its Hong Kong office.

Awarded the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize, MSF delivers emergency medical aid to victims of wars, epidemics and natural or man-made disasters and to those without essential health care due to geographical isolation or discrimination.

Chief duties of the job include the recruitment and placement of volunteers. The successful candidate will also promote working with MSF in seminars, campaigns and bimonthly recruitment talks, and establish and maintain contacts with medical associations and networks.

Candidates should have experience and the ability to work under pressure. A bureaucratic mindset is a big minus.

'People working with MSF need to be open minded and flexible. There are a lot of steps involved from recruitment to placement, and there are often last-minute changes,' said Billy Leung, MSF's HR assistant.

MSF Hong Kong executive director Dick van der Tak said the candidate should be an all-rounder. 'The challenge is not only to motivate more people from Hong Kong to get involved in humanitarian work with MSF, but also to find the right person for the right position in the right context.'