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Executive Manager

Médecins Sans Frontières
  • 9  months  fixed-term  contract / 3-days per week part-time)

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation founded in 1971 that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural disasters. MSF offers assistance to people based on need alone, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. MSF Australia and NZ (MSFA) is one of 23 offices and operational centres in Europe, Asia, Africa, America and Australasia, providing funding, expertise and staff for field operations. Around 3,000 people volunteer their skills every year to work as international staff and the organisation also employs around 27,000 locally in project locations around the world.  

MSF Australia has undergone significant planned growth over the past eight years, achieving a range of strategic ambitions whilst consolidating its position as a leading International not-for profit in the Australian sector. With this growth timely investment to address a range of emerging internal management priorities was undertaken. Among these investments it was planned to support the office of the Executive Director with the high workload associated with a range of responsibilities. However, the creation of an executive management role was deferred in 2018 and 2019 due to budgetary constraints. As change-over in the Executive Director role is now planned at the end of 2019, this role has become increasingly important to support the management of the executive workload, strengthen an important transition period, and provide a focal point for some specific complex projects requiring strong change management in liaison with Domestic HR within MSFA.

The current model of executive management has been reviewed, and organisational alternatives designed to increase management capacity next to the Executive Director were developed in a process of consultation with key stakeholders. Work has also been undertaken on the development of a clear executive transition plan for 2019-2020. This includes an overview of key activities planned during 2019-2020, a timeline for trialling a new part time Executive Management role, and the delivery of a range of key organisational priorities.

It is the intention of the Executive Director to engage highly skilled support in the delivery of a range of key strategic priorities, whilst trialling a support role within the current organisation set up and structure. This role will be subsequently evaluated by the incoming Executive Director in mid-2020 and may then develop into a permanent role depending on outcomes and requirements at that time.  

This is an essential role within the office of the Executive Director, leading on select portfolios and working with the Leadership Team and Managers across the organisation to ensure MSF Australia and New Zealand operate, adapt and evolve efficiently and effectively to meet targeted strategic priorities of the organisation. This requires oversight of several important projects that require guidance and facilitation, particularly regarding change management requirements including strong communication, collaboration and stakeholder management. It is anticipated that lessons can be learned from these developing projects that can feed into our understanding of how we can prepare, equip and support individuals to successfully adopt change in order to drive organisational outcomes in the future.  

This newly created role has been developed to meet the increased and growing demands in the office of the Executive Director. It is anticipated that a decrease in overall workload for the Executive Director will result from delegation, oversight and supervision by this role on specific dossiers and task areas. This role intends to reduce an unnecessary bottle neck in supervision, support and decision making linked to the development of new initiatives. It will also separate some inward from outward facing responsibilities, allowing the Executive Director more time for areas that are currently neglected. It is essential that this role maintains a strong level of communication and engagement across the Leadership Team in general and particularly with Domestic HR in relation to the support of individual staff and teams.  

Médecins Sans Frontières Australia is committed to creating an inclusive workplace for all our staff. We believe that a diverse team helps us better serve those most in need, and we encourage people from a wide range of backgrounds to apply for this role, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and people with disabilities.

For a copy of the job description including the full selection criteria, please see the attached job description or visit the MSF website: www.msf.org.au.

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