Médecins Sans Frontières

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Médecins Sans Frontières is an international independent medical-humanitarian organization, which offers assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict, without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation.

MSF is a civil society initiative that brings together individuals committed to the assistance of other human beings in crisis. As such MSF is by choice an association. Each individual working with MSF does it out of conviction and is ready to uphold the values and principles of MSF.

The MSF movement is built around five operational directorates supported by MSF’s 21 sections, 24 associations and other offices together worldwide. MSF OCBA is one of those directorates. The operations are implemented by field teams and the coordination teams based at capital level; together with the organizational units based in Barcelona, Athens and decentralized in Nairobi, Dakar and Amman. The field operations are guided and supported by 5 Operational Cells, the Emergency Unit and other departments supporting operations, including the Medical Department.


In close collaboration with the HoM and the Medical Department, the main objective of the medical coordinator is defining and implementing the medical strategy of the mission and being responsible for the planning and coordination of all medical activities and resources in the mission, according to MSF’s charter, policies, and ethical principles with consideration of international and national laws, in order to ensure the delivery of quality medical care for patients and their communities as well as to improve the health condition and humanitarian living conditions of the target population.


  • Being responsible for defining, monitoring and updating the medical content of the MSF country policy, medical strategy, annual plan and budget, translating the identified health needs into a medical strategic vision and project objectives, priorities and resources needed in order to cover the medical and humanitarian needs of the population at risk, and ensuring that the objectives and goals set in the Mission’s annual plan, CPP and project plans are achieved.
  • Being overall responsible for the appropriateness and quality of medical interventions conducted by MSF projects and being expected to identify and work on removing barriers to better patient safety, effective medical care, and better patient-centred activities.
  • Continuously monitoring the medical and humanitarian needs in the Mission country through exploratory missions, the use of health information systems, monitoring and reviewing project proposals, determining necessary re-sources in order to cover medical and humanitarian needs of the population at risk.
  • Being responsible for the supervision and monitoring of the medical technical aspects, humanitarian needs and in coordination with the Logistics Coordinator, the material aspects of the programmes through regular field visits, analysing difficulties during the implementation and reporting deviations as they appear, in order to proactively provide the necessary solutions and achieve operational results.
  • In close collaboration with the HR Coordinator, participating in the planning, definition and sizing of the health-workforce in the mission and supervising the associated processes (recruitment, validation of medical staff, training/induction, evaluation, potential detection, development and communication).
  • Coaching and directly supporting project coordinators and medical teams in the implementation of the medical activities.
  • Together with the HR Coordinator, defining, updating and implementing the Mission’s Health and Safety Policy Framework including medical insurance, social packages and repatriation policy. Ensuring the guarantee of the highest possible level of medical related security issues (mental and physical health and safety in the workplace) and monitoring the psychological status of all Mission’s staff, suggesting solutions to help improve mental health related issues.
  • Being responsible for defining and sizing other resources (pharmacy and medical equipment management in collaboration with logistics) and timelines, procedures and protocols. Ensuring preparation of all medical orders in collaboration with the Logistics Department and the submission of all medical purchase requests to HQ. Being ac-countable for the proper management of the pharmacy in the Mission, including projects.
  • Providing reports on the mission’s evolution from the medical perspective, as required, and is responsible for the Medical Library of the Mission. Informing the medical field staff of all materials available, and keeping all medical documents updated in the database.
  • Representing MSF before local medical authorities and keeping regular contact with other counterparts in the mission (NGOs, local organizations, donors, authorities) in order to broaden the medical-humanitarian situation analysis, strengthening the impact of the medical intervention and supporting advocacy actions to raise humanitarian awareness.


  • Degree in medicine or other paramedical studies. Specialization in tropical medicine or a degree in Public Health would be an asset.
  • Working experience of at least two years in relevant jobs and previous humanitarian experience in MSF or other NGOs in developing countries.
  • Knowledge of mission language is essential; local working language would be an asset.
  • Basic computer literacy (Word, Excel and internet).


  • Induction process to the organization and the position.
  • Salary & Secondary Benefits determined by previous professional experience and MSF OCBA’s rewards policy. Paid leave of 25 days per year and R&R (rest and recovery) long weekends according to MSF OCBA’s policy.
  • Private insurance covering medication and hospitalization, disability, as well as any type of evacuation.
  • The chance to develop professionally in an international organization. A profile manager from the HR department will guarantee a proper onboarding according to your first assignment considering your previous professional experience. This person will also monitor your professional development (career path, training, etc.) within the organization and will offer you different tools to guarantee the best possible experience; induction, coaching or mentoring, depending on the needs.
  • A dynamic set up with opportunities for multicultural exposure. The position collaborates directly to MSF’S social mission, which is providing medical care, alleviating suffering and helping those most in need.

How to apply

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter:

Closing date: March 29th, 2023, CET (Central European Time).

MSF is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, race, nationality and culture. Individuals as women, BIPOC, people with disabilities, LGBTQIAP+ and other related collectives, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We are committed to achieving a balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply.

Deadline: 29 Mar 2023