Representing your mission at the 2015 OCB Gathering

Every FAD elects a representative to attend the OCB Gathering.  It is a valuable opportunity for members to play a direct part in a key moment in the life of the association, to appropriate it, to give it a new breath of life, and above all, express their ideas and concerns about MSF.

Who can be a Mission Representative?

Most mission representatives tend to be national staff but it's not excluded that it can be an international staff. In any case, mission representatives are expected to participate in the full program organized for mission representatives in connection to the OCB Gathering.

The FAD representative must have participated in associative meetings and be a member of an OCB section before elected (if you have questions about membership, please contact and be prepared to take an active role during and after the Gathering. 

What is expected from a FAD Representative?

During the Gathering

Representatives commit to be active participants in the OCB Gathering and to prepare and present any motion from the FAD. This means participating in the workshop preceding the Gathering together with all the other mission representatives (starting the morning of Wednedsday May 27, and ending on June 1, 2015).  The schedule is yet to be finalized, but it will roughly look like this:

  • May 27-28 are spent together with the other Mission Representatives conducting workshops, presenting the various missions and FAD outcomes and other activites.  
  • May 29-30 is dedicated to the Operational Research Day and OCB Gathering. 
  • May 31 is a day off, and:
  • June 1 is wrap up and lessons learned. 

After the Gathering

Representatives are expected to take an active part of the Associative life in the mission upon their return, and they are responsible for debriefing all members in the mission about the Gathering, what was decided, motions voted on etc. It is crucial that FAD representatives and coordinators debrief on the Gathering as soon as they get back in the field.

Full information will be sent to all FAD representatives well in advance of the OCB Gathering.


Only members of an OCB Section can participate in the election of the FAD representative. The election can take place during the FAD or during any other associative meeting held prior to the FAD and organized by the mission. As the OCB Gathering will take place June 13-14, 2014, and given the fact that sometimes we need at least 2 months or more to procure a Schengen Visa, depending on when the FAD is scheduled it can be wise to hold the election earlier to ensure that the representative have a chance to go to Brussels.

Questions?  Contact Rebecca or Monica

By: Rebecca Cederholm