OCA

Applications for the January 2020 intake are now closed!

Please check back at the beginning of next year for September 2020 requirements.

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 have, as a minimum, 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.


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

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.

There will be a limited number of places each year: approximately 15 places available in in January 2020, for those looking to do the Post Graduate Certificate . You can also apply for stand-alone modules, which can be chosen from the core or the optional module lists.

OCA are not accepting applications for the Postgraduate Diploma or full MSc programme at this time.

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.

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 eligibility please contact the University of Manchester: leapmsf@manchester.ac.uk.