Compensation & Benefits Referent M/F

  • Contractor
  • France

Médecins Sans Frontières

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization created in 1971 that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural disasters. MSF is one of the largest independent medical humanitarian organizations in the world, with projects located in 65 countries worldwide. Its work is based on the humanitarian principles of medical ethics; the goal of MSF is to provide emergency care and to offer assistance to people based only on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. The French section is present in around 30 countries.

In the context of a temporary support, we are looking for a Compensation & Benefits Referent M/F.

The Field Policies and Tools Unit referred to as POT (Politiques et Outils Terrain) in French, supports Operational HR teams at Field and HQ level, in local HR administration and management by providing them with the required guidance, tools and expertise. The team includes a wide range of HR experts and is currently composed of a HR Policies Referent and a Mobile Support Officer, 2 Compensation & Benefits Referents, 2 Homère Referents (HR software) and a Head of Unit. The Compensation & Benefits Referent provides support and advice to operational HR teams within their scope (functions classification, staff compensation and benefits) and contributes actively to the development, maintenance and diffusion of compensation and benefits policies and tools.

Since several years, MSF has engaged in rewards review to ensure MSF has the global workforce it needs to meet the humanitarian challenges of the future. This Rewards Review is developing rewards policies and tools that contribute toward a more equitable, transparent, and consistent approach to rewarding staff. The project has entered the key phase of detailed design and roll-out of first decisions. At the same time, day-to-day activities require more resources, within a background of global inflation, acute and continuing crisis, increased frequency of salary reviews and transition management.

Therefore, MSF France is temporarily strengthening its team of compensation and benefits referents with an additional referent.

Main responsibilities:

As a technical referent on compensation and benefits topics, you will provide HR operational teams technical support and advice on salary grids reviews and issues related to remuneration, contribute to develop HR teams’ knowledge and guarantee the implementation of MSF policies, taking into account institutional objectives and operational needs. You will also contribute to the development of remuneration policies, through the Rewards Review and projects related to compensation and benefits.

Reporting to the POT (Field HR policies and tools) head of Unit, and collaborating with other compensation and benefits referents of the team and of MSF international movement:

You will provide technical support and advice to HR operational teams within your scope, with regards to remuneration issues (functions classification, compensation, and benefits):

  • You provide day-to-day support and guidance to HR operational teams within your expertise area.
  • You analyze HR managers’ requests and needs and propose solutions.
  • You support and advise them on recurrent activities related to compensation and benefits: benchmarks analysis, salary grids reviews, benefits reviews, functions grading…
  • You oversee the proper implementation of compensation and benefits institutional policies.

You will be an internal technical referent within your area of expertise:

  • You are the focal point, force of proposal and provide autonomously recommendations, analysis and answers to your interlocutors at internal and intersection (international) level, with regards to matters in your area of expertise.
  • You analyze, support and oversee compensation and benefits policies implementation.
  • You contribute to the development and evolution of compensation and benefits policies and tools, based on your expertise, institutional direction given and lessons learned from experience.
  • You represent Operational Center Paris (OCP) in intersection meetings and platforms you attend.

You contribute to HR teams’ skills development in compensation and benefits area:

  • You create, update, and make available reference documentation (guidance, procedures, tools…) according to the needs.
  • You update the HR/SharePoint toolbox.
  • You brief HR cells and HR coordinators, and other interlocutors according to the needs.
  • You contribute to design, review and facilitate training modules.
  • You contribute to HR teams skills development through day-to-day advice and field visits.


Experiences and education:

  • Previous experience in a compensation and benefits position OR 5 years of experience in HR administration management, in one or several INGOs or international companies.
  • Exposure to compensation and benefits issues in an international environment.
  • Experience with MSF in a HR and/or finance management position (field or HQ) is a strong asset.
  • Degree in HR management / Administration

Skills and aptitudes:

  • Compensation and benefits.
  • HR administration.
  • Economics basics.
  • Pack Office – a good level in Excel is required – and IT agile.
  • Knowledge of HR software Homère appreciated.
  • Knowledge of Hay functions’ grading system appreciated.
  • Organization and autonomy.
  • Collaborative work – Diplomacy – Negotiation skills.
  • Capacity for analysis – Rigor.
  • Discretion and confidentiality in handling sensitive data.

Languages: English C1 required (oral & written) – French B2

Status: Full-time fixed-term contract of 12 months. Based in Paris, possible location in another MSF entity, depending on feasibility (for instance Nairobi, Dubai or Dakar).

Conditions :

If based in Paris: 46.78K€per year based on 13 months.

22 days of RTT/year. Complementary health insurance (100% covered by MSF). Restaurant vouchers – unit value 11€ (60% covered by MSF). 50% contribution to public transport subscription. Work from home policy applicable.

If based in another location: Remuneration and work conditions according to local package.

Expected starting date: As soon as possible.

Our wish is to promote inclusion and diversity. We also wish to improve the representation of people with disabilities in our workforce.

How to apply

Applications (CV + motivation letter) to be sent by May 19th included on

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Deadline: 19-May-24