OCBA

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

OCBA will not be reopening applications until July 2022.

Please indicate in your application form if you are applying to start in January or September 2022.


Who is it for?


The LEAP programme is aimed at MSF’s current and future leaders in the organization, and those who will become decision makers. It is open to all staff, medical and non-medical, Locally Hired Staff (Programme & HQ) and International Mobile Staff.

We particularly encourage applications from those who 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.

If you do not have an undergraduate degree but have developed your skills through your professional experience in the humanitarian sector, you may also be considered. For the basic academic requirements please see here.


In line with OCBA commitment to ensure inclusive learning opportunities that can contribute to the diversity of our teams, there will be an emphasis on ensuring the LEAP programme is accessible to those who would otherwise not have the means to pursue a postgraduate level qualification and we strongly encourage applications from women in frontline positions.



How will the modules be delivered?

The modules will be delivered online and face-to-face. The length and delivery method of each module will vary. For information about these modules and the academic content of each one, please visit the official partner website.

Please note: as a LEAP student you will spend a minimum of 2 weeks (typically twice a year in November and March) studying face to face in Manchester or Liverpool in order to complete your chosen pathway. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the face to face period may need to be delivered online and it will be replaced with an intensive two week online studying period. Though the face to face may be cancelled, students will still be required to fully participate in their modules on a full-time basis during these two weeks.



How will OCBA prioritise applicants?


Candidates will be selected based on their professional potential in relation to MSF’s operational challenges, motivation and relevant experience, as reflected in their application.

In addition, the Selection Committee ensures that the selection process takes into account the need to promote access to staff groups that have traditionally had less opportunities to participate in this kind of learning programmes.

If you wish to apply for the LEAP programme, please:

  • Complete the OCBA LEAP Application Document and send it to the OCBA LEAP email address: LEAP.BCN@barcelona.msf.org by 15/09/2021 at the latest [indicate if you are applying to start in January or September 2022]


  • Provide the results of a free online English Language test (EF SET test) proving a minimum level of C1 will need to be copied with the OCBA application. Please note, if your application is successful you will have to take an official English Language test as part of the university application process. Please view the official English Language guidance document for further information.

If your OCBA application is successful, you will then have to apply to the University of Manchester as they make the final decision on your application. Information on how to apply to the University of Manchester will be communicated to successful applicants in due time.


Successful OCBA candidates will initially be enrolled on the PG Certificate pathway with the possibility of extending this to a PG Diploma or an MSc (master) in the future. Permanence Commitment after completion PG Certificate: 12 months.


Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For more information


MSF UK held an information webinar on 29 July 2021 to provide information to better understand the application process. Please click on the links below to watch the recording:

LEAP Application webinar recording 29 July 2021

LEAP Application webinar slides


Contact Details

If you are part of OCBA and would like more specific information about the conditions or you have questions about your application, please email LEAP.BCN@barcelona.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