Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – Training & Learning Unit Lead.

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Training & Learning Unit Lead

Location: Nairobi

Application deadline: December 6th 2022

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organisation that provides assistance to people affected by war, conflict, natural disasters, outbreaks and epidemics or healthcare exclusion. The organisation now works in more than 70 countries around the world, with significant projects across East African countries including in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. 

MSF Eastern Africa is the regional institutional office for MSF. The office focusses on representation and networking, recruiting and supporting staff from the region, communications and fundraising, as well as on other dossiers of importance to MSF such as Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI), mutualization, trainings, medical operational support and environmental health. 

MSF EA has identified key transversal areas of focus in its two-year strategic plan 2022-2023. This will enable the Section to grow and provide strategic support to the operations while building its capacity for future operational ambitions. One of the areas identified is on capacity building and training opportunities in/from the region.


The Training & Learning Unit Lead is responsible for devising the organizational learning strategy, overseeing its implementation, and assessing its outcomes. They will work with various stakeholders to identify learning and developmental needs and drive suitable training programmes which will enhance employee skills, performance, productivity, operational excellence and ultimately, the goals of the Section.

The role holder will report to the Director of HR/Admin. They will manage a team consisting of Learning, Leadership and Talent Development specialists and L&D Officers. They will also work closely with trainers/facilitators, advisors, pool/career managers, recruiters, support departments at HQ and training units of other MSF sections.


Essential 80%

  • Creates and executes a strategy and plan for learning and development for the Section.
  • Leads all learning and development activities of the Learning and Development Unit.
  • Drives consistent, effective design and implementation of learning and development programs aligned to the Section’s operational goals, guiding principles and strategy.
  • Develops a comprehensive annual learning and development plan for technical and soft skills development for improved operations and delivery of the Section’s ambitious goals.
  • Develops and drives relevant metrics that produce valuable insights to guide MSF EA’s strategies and measure the impact, engagement and transfer of learning of the Section’s learning and development programmes.
  • Provides a broad range of learning solutions, including digital/e-learning, virtual and instructor-led programs;
  • Responsible for designing, curating, leading, and evaluating L&D programmes at all levels;
  • Ensures MSF EA and MSF International core principles and values are the foundation of all L&D initiatives;
  • Manages the Section’s L&D budget;
  • Develops and implements a set of minimum standards for the Section’s learning and development initiatives, including content, annual training plans, processes, procedures, delivery, reporting, budget, and structure
  • Monitor and report on L&D initiatives, costs and performance.

Essential 20%

  • Build relationships and influence the management teams and colleagues to address issues that inhibit effective learning.
  • Support Talent Development initiatives.
  • Foster and develop a learning culture within the organization.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.



  • Master’s degree in Human Resources or related field.
  • Learning and development, certified professional in training management, learning and performance and similar courses.
  • Learning and development professional with extensive experience, with at least 5 years experience in Human Resource Management and at least 3 years leading or managing a team/unit/department. 
  • Experience working for an international medical humanitarian or development not-for-profit organization (preferred).
  • Committed to and experience in advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
  • Highly strategic, strong conceptual thinker.
  • A fast and effective learner – identifies relevant gaps in knowledge, does research and masters a new skill/area of expertise quickly.
  • Keeps pace with change – acquires knowledge/skills as the industry changes and develops
  • A commitment to MSF’s mission and values.


  • Extensive knowledge of adult learning principles and modern training techniques (mentoring, coaching, on-the-job or in-classroom training, e-learning, workshops, simulations etc).
  • Expertise in Microsoft Office Suite, including PowerPoint, Outlook, Word, and Excel required.
  • Communication skills, including written and presentation.
  • Proficiency in English (both writing and speaking), and French will be an advantage.
  • Skills to prepare meaningful management information and reports
  • Skills to deliver impactful and relevant training.
  • Ability to lead, manage and communicate effectively with diverse teams.


A full time employment contract as soon as possible through MSF East Africa Section Office in Nairobi.  An annual salary of KES 5,181,181 based on a fulltime appointment.

Global benefit package; includes school fee benefit/support for dependents and other allowances ranging between KES 75,000-140,000/month based on individual & administrative status. 

Other benefits include: 25 days of annual leave, Employer Pension contribution, Relocation support for non-Kenyan residents etc based on MSF EA terms/conditions.

How to apply

If you recognize yourself in this profile and meet the requirements, we welcome you to apply directly via the link provided below

Applicants are required to upload a letter of motivation + Curriculum Vitae (in English) as one combined PDF document (only applications with motivation will be included in the process).

The closing date for applications is December 6th 2022.

Please note that only candidates that fully meet the requirements of the position will be taken into consideration. Women and persons with disability are highly encouraged to apply.



 We apologize that due to the volume of application we receive only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Incomplete applications will not be considered

***Acquisition is not appreciated***




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