Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) – Tax Legal Advisor

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MSF entities face a complex and fast evolving set of tax-related risks. The most complex of these risks are shared across MSF entities. This is primarily because MSF entities operate in comparable contexts, or even the same countries. It is also because substantial and diverse economic and financial flows exist between MSF entities. Examples of shared taxation risks include VAT-related risks in Europe, tax liability on the remuneration of international mobile staff in each country or issues with import duties.

By the same token, the legal and taxation environments in which MSF entities operate differ. A solution that can be found for one entity may not be equally suitable for another.

A legal resource is required to provide strategic legal advice and guidance, share relevant expert knowledge, assess risks and support the implementation of mitigation measures related to tax issues faced by the MSF entities within MSF Movement).


The tax legal advisor is part of the Intersectional legal Department (ILD).

He/she reports to the Unit 4 Manager of the ILD providing support on the “Administrative and legal framework of missions” (which is extended to HQ/international entities and initiatives) and to the International Finance Coordinator on behalf of the FinDir platform (the representative body of the finance directors of all MSF entities).

He/she will also connect with:

  •  other groups in the finance community (such as the Tax Working Group) or with other relevant platforms or interlocutors (such as supply, etc).
  •  ILD Unit 4 legal advisors in charge of providing support to MSF missions (offices in countries where MSF implements medical programs) (including on tax related issues)


The purpose of the position of tax legal advisor is to support the movement to mitigate tax risks and support the implementation of necessary measures to that extent.

  • This specifically includes:
  •  Coordinate tax risk identification and assessment as well as the implementation of mitigation measures with specific entities within the MSF movement;
  •  Liaise between the FinDir platform and MSF entities to ensure proper implementation of the agreed tax strategy and recommendations;
  •  Provide technical legal support and counsel on selected tax matters within MSF entities and/or ILD.


Provide legal tax expertise and guidance

  •  Provide technical support and guidance related to tax matters whenever required, mainly on VAT, transfer pricing, payroll taxes for international mobile staff and custom duties and taxes
  •  Define solution-oriented strategies to mitigate tax risks for MSF entities
  •  Assess and analyze tax risks applicable to legal/administrative frameworks in the countries for which such analysis is requested
  •  Support the implementation of identified solutions to reduce the risks
  •  Develop processes to mitigate the risks and notably to ensure that emerging tax risks that may impact more than one MSF entity can be detected in a timely manner, primarily by surveying MSF entities but also through networking
  •  Regularly assess progress and report to stakeholders on the specific issues as needed
  •  Liaise and collaborate with the FinDir platform to support its members with the definition of intersectional and international tax strategies by communicating on risks and options to them
  •  Operationalize/translate tax legal recommendations into processes that are appropriate for MSF entities
  • Coordinate knowledge management
  •  Train MSF teams and build capacity on relevant tax issues
  •  Ensure that clear documentation of risks and recommendations is produced in line with ILD processes and is continuously accessible
  •  Organize regular webinars to raise awareness of the risks and potential solutions
  •  Ensure that focal points in the relevant MSF entities are aware of developments and recommendations at all times
  • Manage external counsels
  •  Identify and coordinate a portfolio of tax dedicated external counsels and service providers, ensuring optimal arrangements that provide best value for money for MSF
  •  Support the definition of needs for external services
  •  Manage performance of external advisors
  •  Liaise between MSF teams and external advisors and make sure that the advice provided by them are well understood by MSF teams and can be implemented by MSF entities

Job requirements

  •  Master’s degree (or equivalence) in tax law
  •  Relevant experience (more than 5 years) in similar positions in a multi-national environment, including in a tax advisory firm
  •  Experience with EU tax law; exposure to Swiss tax law is an asset
  •  MSF or humanitarian experience is an asset
  •  Strong communication skills. Proven capacity to explain complex legal information in simple terms to different stakeholder groups (Legal, Finance, Management, field or HQ)
  •  Ability to work in a team
  •  Capacity for autonomy
  •  Ability to set priorities and strong organizational skills,
  •  Excellent command of English (written and spoken) required, good command of French is an asset.

Deadline to Apply : 01  October 2023