Applications for the September 2022 and January 2023 intakes are now closed.

What is the OCA vision for LEAP?

OCA intends to develop talented and well-rounded future leaders. When selecting for the LEAP, OCA will consider a person’s capacity for strategic vision, innovation and critical reflection. We ask you to think about how participating in LEAP would contribute to your career aspirations and your own vision on leadership. We look to complement operational humanitarian experience with academic expertise in both medical and non-medical subject areas.

Our intention is to empower our staff to learn, innovate, share and stay curious, as it is crucial to fulfill our mission and to best serve the people and communities we work with. We also seek to ensure that there is equitable, needs-based access to development opportunities for all our staff with leadership and management potential, with a positive focus on those who have benefited least historically.

Who is it for?

LEAP targets current and potential leaders regardless of staff category (both medical and non-medical) – international and national staff in the field, in between missions, and those working at HQ/in partner sections/branch offices. If you do not have an undergraduate degree, but have developed your skills through your professional experience in the humanitarian sector, then you will also be considered. Your application should emphasise different aspects of your professional experience and demonstrate your ability to produce written work.

We particularly encourage applications from those who, as a minimum, have some management experience within their role, and/or those who are technical specialists. This includes - but is not limited to: medical and non-medical coordinators and deputies/ assistants; supervisors; activity managers; doctors, nurses, and paramedical staff. The final selection will be representative of MSF’s global workforce and will ensure that there are, as a minimum, equal places for locally recruited and international staff.

Staff interested in applying should have as a minimum 2 years of MSF work experience.

Candidates will have to prove a minimum level of C1 English. Please read the English language requirements document carefully for further information.

Course delivery and study pathway

LEAP courses are usually delivered through a blended learning programme, which combines face-to-face and online teaching (including intensive courses taught over 1-2 weeks). The course delivery for the next semesters will be revised according to UK travel guidelines. Please visit the LEAP Website for more information on the course content.

OCA applicants are eligible to apply for either the postgraduate certificate or MSc pathway. If you are interested in short standalone modules, please visit the dedicated webpage for further information on how to apply.

How will we prioritise applicants?

Candidates will be selected based on their potential, motivation and relevant experience, as reflected in their application. Applications will be assessed by a selection committee of MSF representatives. Please be aware that the LEAP programme has become a competitive programme over the years, and we only have 12 places available across both intakes (Sep 2022 and Jan 2023).

English Language Information

It is essential that your English language level is at a C1 minimum to take the LEAP.

You can take an online E F SET test, free-of-charge, to give you an idea of your level.

The results of this test will be required for your application.

For a full guide on the English language test equivalents, please see this document.

How can you apply?

Please note that the application process has changed. Staff can now apply directly via the online LEAP application form you can find here. This means that your application does not need to be sent by your HRCO or Career Manager. Instead, the L&D department will ask for advice and contact the referee once your application has been submitted.

If you wish to apply for the LEAP programme, you must provide:

• A short motivation video

• Online application form

• CV

• Results of a free English language test

Please do send your CV, results of your English language test and video separately to Amsterdam.DevelopmentOfficer@amsterdam.msf.org. If the video file is too large, please send it to the same email address via WeTransfer.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please, kindly also read the OCA Conditions and Student Commitment Guidance Document attached, to be aware of the commitment required. This form will have to be signed if your application is validated.


OCA HQ will cover all attendance costs for LEAP students. *Attendance costs we will cover: flights, accommodation in the UK, per diems, visa fees (if applicable) and English language tests (if applicable).

Contact details

For questions about your application please email the L&D officers Amsterdam.DevelopmentOfficer@amsterdam.msf.org: or the MSF UK LEAP inbox: leap@london.msf.org

For questions about academic content, or your academic eligibility please contact the University of Manchester: leapmsf@manchester.ac.uk.