Applications for the January 2021 intake are now closed.

OCG will not be opening applications for the September 2021 intake. Information on the January 2022 intake will be shared at a later date.

Our vision for LEAP

The OCG vision for LEAP is built on the values of diversity, inclusion and gender-equality. This follows on from the ‘People, people, people’ statement published by the ExCom in October 2017, which affirmed that MSF needs to more strongly embrace the diversity of the organisation and foster an environment where staff can realise their full potential.

The goal of LEAP is to ensure we develop a talented workforce and future leadership that reflects the great diversity of the organisation. We want to ensure all our staff have access to world-leading universities, particularly those who otherwise would not have the means to pursue this level of education outside of MSF.

Who is it for?

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

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

  • 90% of students must originate from countries where OCG have operations

  • All students must have at least 3 years’ prior MSF experience in the last 7 years

  • Medical profiles and gender balance will be strongly represented in our final selection

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: medical and non-medical coordinators and deputies/ assistants, supervisors, activity managers, doctors, nurses and paramedical staff.

Course delivery and study pathway

The courses will be delivered through a blended learning programme, combining face-to-face teaching (including intensive courses taught over 1-2 weeks) with content delivered remotely through an online learning platform. Please visit the external LEAP Website for more information on the course content.

OCG staff will be eligible to take the postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma. You can also take short course options (individual modules) related to your professional interests. For further information on the structure of each pathway, please visit the external LEAP Website.

NB: Please note, due to the current pandemic situation the delivery format for the semester starting in January 2021 may be exclusively online, with content delivered through an online learning platform. The universities are closely monitoring the pandemic and will make a definitive decision on this in the coming months.

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?

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

And submit your application to your HRCO (for those in the field), your Pool Manager (for those between missions), Lauren Bell (for HQ staff); and also send it to your direct line manager for information (field or HQ level).

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

For the minimum academic and English language level requirements, please see the LEAP English Language Guide.

Please, kindly also read the OCG 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.

For all the questions you may have:

- Recording of the LEAP application webinar which was organized by MSF UK in July 2020.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

There are two phases in the selection process: an internal MSF process (in September 2020) and then one at the University of Manchester (October 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.

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of the internal MSF selection process at the end of September.

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.

There will be a limited number of places each year.

Practical Information for those managing LEAP students

If you are an HRCo or line manager responsible for the management of LEAP students, please review the HR Information section of the LEAP website for further information on the expected study time commitment for LEAP students and what resources the mission/HQ will need to provide. Please, read also the “OCG Conditions and Student Commitment Guidance Document” attached.


The course fees (university tuition) are covered by a grant from the Transformational Investment Capacity (TIC) for the first three years of the programme (2019-2021). Attendance costs for staff (visas, accommodation, travel, per diem, etc) will be fully covered by OCG and MSF UK.

Students who start on the course during this time will continue to have their tuition fees supported.

Contact Details

For questions about your application please contact OCG: learning.gva@geneva.msf.org

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

For general questions about the LEAP Programme please email leap@london.msf.org.