OCB

Applications for the September 2020 intake are now open!

Closing date: 28/02/2020

Who is it for?

LEAP is here to support MSF’s current and potential leaders, with an emphasis on ensuring the program is accessible to those who would otherwise not have the means to pursue a postgraduate level qualification.


For OCB, we have based our selection criteria on the following:

  • Majority of students must originate from countries where OCB have operations
  • All students must have at least 12 months’ prior MSF field experience
  • Gender balance will be strongly represented
  • Staff should be in the field or in an active pool


The Universities’ standard entry requirement is an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree (2:1) or international equivalent, and a proven C1 level of English Language.

If you have developed your skills through professional experience in the humanitarian sector, you will also be considered, even if you do not have a university degree.

Your application should emphasize the relevant 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: non-medical coordinators and deputies/assistants, supervisors, activity managers and medical profiles who have interest to become a generalist management profile (fieldco, hom ...). People who have an interest to become Medical Coordinators can refer to the Medical Academy programme.

How will we prioritize applicants?

Candidates will be selected based on their potential, motivation and relevant experience, as reflected in their applications. These will be assessed by a selection committee of MSF representatives mid-March 2020. There will be a limited number of places each session: 5 places are available in September 2020. There will be an emphasis on ensuring the programme is accessible to those who would otherwise not have the means to pursue a postgraduate level qualification.

OCB candidates will be eligible to pursue either the postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or the full Masters programme.

Applications for short courses will not be considered.

How to apply?

If you wish to apply for the LEAP programme, please read the application instructions and provide:


Please see the first page of the attached application form for more information.

We strongly recommend that you inform your DA, HRDev, HRCo and line manager about your application. If you are shortlisted, they will be informed and if you are successful in your application you will need to agree your study time and modules choices with them to ensure they are feasible for your mission. The more they are on board, the higher the likelihood is you will receive their support!

NB: Incomplete applications will not be considered.

There are two phases in the selection process: an internal MSF process (from mid-February to mid-April 2020) and then one at the University of Manchester / Liverpool (from May to July 2020). If you are selected by MSF, you will be informed and then invited to apply directly to the University of Manchester, who will make the final decision on your application, At this point, will also need to take a certified English test if you not meet the standard English requirements for the programme. Please see further information here.

Due to the large amount of applications, only applicants that were selected will be informed. However, if you have questions on your application, do not hesitate to contact the OCB LEAP email address.

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

If you would like more information about the OCB conditions for LEAP or about your application, please contact: leap-ocb@brussels.msf.org.

For questions related to the academic content of the LEAP courses and for queries about your specific academic background and eligibility please email: leapmsf@manchester.ac.uk.

For all general queries please email leap@london.msf.org.