Field Orientation

This project was closed.

How can MSF field projects better induct and integrate new staff?

MSF’s operating model – which includes both long-term, generally locally hired staff, and short-term, generally internationally mobilised staff –means we have regular departures and arrivals of new personnel in field projects. However, despite this routine turn-over, we had no systematic on-boarding process.

Drawing on our specialisation in organisational and systems design, the Japan Innovation Unit was asked to create an orientation programme that all new field workers can receive within their first month of arriving in a new field project. That procedure will become a part of the broader Global Induction Project to ensure all staff obtain the full support they need when taking on new field assignments.


To create the field orientation toolkit as a solution that can be used at any MSF field projects.

Progress so far

The field orientation toolkit was delivered to the client.

Organisational/System Design
MSF Operational Centre Paris, MSF Japan
MSF Operational Centre Paris - Learning & Development Unit, MSF Operational Centre Geneva - Learning & Development Unit

Last update: July 2020


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