OCBA

Applications for the September 2020 and January 2021 intakes are now closed!

Please note, the next application round will not open until January 2021.

Who is it for?

LEAP is aimed at MSF’s current and future leadership, and those who will become decision makers.

We therefore look for people 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.

LEAP is open to you, whether you are national, international and headquarters’ staff, or whether you are medical or non-medical. Staff are required to have at least 12 months of professional work experience with MSF to apply.

The Universities’ 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 do not have an undergraduate degree but have developed your skills through your professional experience in the humanitarian sector, you will also be considered.

Your application will need to emphasize the different elements of your professional experience and demonstrate your ability to produce written work.

How will we prioritise applicants?

The selection process will be based on people’s potential, motivation and relevant experience, as reflected in their application. Applications will be assessed by a selection committee made of MSF representatives.

There will be a limited number of places for the September 2020 and January 2021 entry points.

Please be aware that OCBA will only consider applications made for the Postgraduate Certificate. There is, however, the possibility for candidates who complete this pathway successfully to continue to a PG Diploma or a full MSc. This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and only once candidates are approaching the end of their postgraduate certificate.

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?

There will be an annual selection committee for the two semesters. As the application round for the next two intakes (September 2020 and January 2021) is now closed, the next opportunity to apply won't be until January 2021.

The selection process includes two steps, one through MSF OCBA and one through the Universities. Following successful selection by OCBA, candidates will be guaranteed funding for the programme and will need to apply to the university directly – with whom we work closely to make sure the people we select fit the Universities’ entry criteria.

For further guidance on how to apply, you can watch a recording of the LEAP application webinar which was hosted by the LEAP team in August 2020.

Contact Details

If you are part of OCBA and would like more specific information about the conditions, please contact 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