“It is BIG. It is a real M-E-S-S. And we don’t want you to get bored.”

Sultanate of Oman. © Ruoxiang Chau, all rights reserved.

Sultanate of Oman. © Ruoxiang Chau, all rights reserved.

Since the age of 7, I know that I want to be a ‘Médecin sans Frontières’.

Maybe because I come from a family with a medical background. But as a child, I wanted more than anything else, become a medical doctor, work in the humanitarian field, help populations in distress, and go to the most remote and barren regions on Earth. 23 years later, I did not become a physician, but a general manager with 13 years’ experience in International trade development, strategy, organisation and coordination of teams and operations in a multi-cultural environment.

By May 2008, I feel ready to tackle another path in my life and the urge of fulfilling my own dreams. So, I send my application and CV to the French section of MSF and go on holiday, having in mind that like any recruitment process in France, it will take 3 weeks to 3 months for recruiters to react. Much to my surprise, I receive a call in the middle of the Omani desert from Laure, inquiring if I can be available for an interview on the following day. Not tomorrow but definitely once l set foot in Paris.

My first interview with the HR recruiter is rather tensed as she is not the one who selected me initially and I am not giving her the blabla she is expecting from someone who applies for a humanitarian mission, but she gives me the credit to be interviewed by the Finance recruiter on the technical aspects. The same day, I meet Malo in the afternoon and we click immediately. For someone who is supposed to judge me on my technical knowledge, she utilises much subtleness and interpersonal skills. From that moment on, everything goes very quickly. On the second day, I am asked to come and collect my self-training material and start the June session of  ForCoFiRH in the days to come.

At the end of two weeks of intensive training, I cannot be more thrilled when Ed and Malo, call me into their office and assign me a field administrator position for a vast project: “It is BIG. It is a real M-E-S-S. And we don’t want you to get bored.”

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