Program Manager HR Information Systems (HRIS)

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Médecins Sans Frontières en Suisse

Why Join MSF?

For more than 50 years, Médecins Sans Frontières has been providing medical assistance to people caught up in crises that threaten their survival: mainly armed conflicts, but also epidemics, pandemics, natural disasters or lack of access to healthcare. All these situations require specially adapted medical and logistical resources.

Independent of all political, religious and military powers, after assessing a given population’s medical needs, MSF acts with impartiality. More than 97% of MSF’s funding is provided by private donors, which ensures the organization’s operational independence and flexibility.

The Swiss section of Médecins Sans Frontières was founded in 1981. Operational Centre Geneva (OCG) employs approximately 450 people in Headquarter roles based primarily in Switzerland, but also in other offices around the world, most significantly in Dakar and Amman. There are also over 6,000 employees in around 30 countries of field operations.

Why this role?

MSF has grown significantly in the last decade, but the HR department has managed this expansion with ad-hoc tools. To better support ongoing demands and the global workforce, OCG has launched an HR transformation initiative which includes the implementation of an HR Information System.

Given the increased operational demand and complexity, MSF OCG needs improved systems to better manage people and data. The program will span several years, with incremental rollouts to different populations within in the field and HQ, covering various modules across the employee lifecycle. Currently in the final stages of software selection we are looking for an experienced Program Manager to accompany the organisation through the design phase to implementation phase.

Are you an experienced program manager skilled in driving strategic change initiatives? Do you excel in improving the employee experience with new tools and collaborating seamlessly with HR and IT teams? If you can navigate the complexities of a global organization and lead project teams to deliver complex technology-based changes, we want to hear from you.

Reporting to the HR Transformation Lead, this newly created role will be a key member of this strategic change team.

Description of Activities

  • Lead the HRIS program and team, including direct line management of the Business and IT project managers and indirect management of their teams.
  • Drive digital innovation in HR, implementing solutions to enhance global HR processes across Career Management, Learning & Development, Recruitment, Onboarding, Payroll, and Termination processes and HR Data Management,
  • Develop and execute strategies for technological solutions in alignment with HR Transformation project objectives and activities
  • Foster a data-driven culture and business analytics for strategic direction
  • Evaluate and enhance organization design projects and processes
  • Be accountable for program and project management activities, including budget oversight, planning and execution of plans and management of external consultants
  • Collaborate with the project management office for seamless integration and alignment with the organization’s project portfolio management
  • Engage stakeholders in strategy development through coordination, feedback, scheduling, and collaboration with external consultants

Experience / Skills

  • Do you have broad experience in project and program management, leading complex multi-million € initiatives?
  • Do you get excited seeing the opportunities new tools bring to an organization and can spread that excitement throughout the team?
  • Are you a natural leader, confidently navigating international matrix organization, building high performing teams in a program context, and motivating cross-functional teams to coalesce towards a common goal?
  • Are you a problem solver, focused on over-coming obstacles, bringing people together to address issues?
  • Are you fluent in Hybrid project methodology (certification preferred), change management, transformation?
  • Experience in implementing international HRIS programs, or similar IT projects is required
  • Experience with MSF or similiar international organisation is an asset

If you recognize yourself, this role is for you. Join the team on an exciting challenge and strategic program and help us shape the MSF HR organization of the future.


  • Fluent in both French and English

Terms of Employment

  • Fixed-term contract: 24 months with possibility to extend
  • Based in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Ideal start date: As Soon As Possible
  • Gross annual salary: from CHF 118’776.- to CHF 133’272.-(salary commensurate with equivalent experience and internal salary grid)
  • Paid vacation: 25 days per year, prorate temporis, plus any Swiss public holidays falling within the contract period.
  • Pension plan: pension contribution covered 3/4 by MSF, 1/4 by staff member
  • Relocation package if moving to Switzerland from abroad

How to apply

Candidates submit their application following the requirements: CV 2 p. max. – letter of motivation 1p. max. – in French or English.

Deadline for application is May 28th, 2024

We reserve the right to close the position early if we consider the number and quality of applications received to be sufficient.


All applications will be treated confidentially.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Only applications submitted on our recruitment platforms will be considered.

Please note that we do not wish to use the services of recruitment or placement agencies.

At MSF, we are committed to an inclusive culture that encourages and supports the diverse voices of our staff members. We strive to create workplaces where teams of people with diverse backgrounds, characteristics, perspectives, ideas and experiences work together for the social mission of MSF to create better outcomes for our patients and the communities we work with.

We welcome applications from individuals of all genders, ages, sexual orientations, ethnicities, background, religions, beliefs, ability status, and all other diversity characteristics.

MSF does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo reference checks.

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