Médecins Sans Frontières

Description de l’offre d’emploi

Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), an international medical humanitarian association founded in 1971, provides medical assistance to populations whose lives are threatened: mainly in cases of armed conflict, but also epidemics, pandemics, natural disasters, or exclusion from care.

MSF WACA (West and Central Africa) was created in 2019 and aims to bring about a change in the dynamics of the MSF movement. WACA is driven by a significant number of doctors and humanitarians of Doctors Without Borders from West and Central Africa who wish to be heard, to contribute and above all to proactively assume responsibility for the humanitarian mission of the organization. WACA reflects an identity of humanitarians, an aspiration for MSF, a truly inclusive movement of people who share the values of empathy for others. Its strength is based on other MSF associations and its associative fiber is amplified by concrete operational objectives.

Why join us?

You will find yourself a rich multicultural environment embellished with many relaxation areas to exchange or just create. The opportunity to test and learn. Every idea is welcome, your comments and opinions will be appreciated at all levels of the organization. The chance to be a key player in a growing and highly qualified team. And most importantly, great colleagues in a healthy work environment… (yes, yes…)


Department: Operation

Direct Manager: Emergency Mission Responsible

Number of Team members to manage: 3 to 4

Working %: 100%

Position based in: Field

Mobility: Yes

Type of contract: Fixed Term Renewable

Duration**:** One year

Position to be filled on: As soon as possible

General Objective

To fulfill its mission of assistance to victims of conflicts, epidemics or natural disasters, MSF-WaCA is about to set up an Emergency Pool, of which members are experienced individuals capable of evaluating a situation, opening and coordinating projects.

The candidate is expected to

  • work in all contexts set by the Operations Department
  • have the flexibility to work in different positions depending on his/her profile
  • work in emergency contexts with and fill gaps in regular projects if needed.

Main responsibilities

  • Implementation of and Participation in exploratory missions and evaluations, on the request of Operations Department.
  • Definition, implementation (or modification) of the operational strategy of an emergency mission.
  • Identification and management of the means necessary for the implementation of an emergency intervention.
  • Coordination of the medical mission in collaboration with the FCO/PMR/medco/Desk: evaluation of needs and situation, definition of strategy and activities.
  • Coordination and supervision of staff (emergency) in the mission.
  • Management of material and financial resources.
  • Management of mission security.
  • Reporting on the interventions.
  • According to the decision taken by headquarters, the Emergency Coordinator can be asked to coordinate an activity, which is under the responsibility of a Head of Mission in the country where WaCA is already active.
  • The Emergency Coordinator can be asked to intervene within the framework of certain MSF trainings and to take part in international meetings.

Duty Station

All countries where the emergency desk opens activities, which require an urgent response. On call, the Emergency Coordinator should be available within 48 hours for rapid and short interventions. He/she is part of a core group of medicals, para-medicals and support staff responsible for responding to:

  • Epidemic outbreaks
  • Nutritional crises
  • displaced populations and/or refugees’ camps
  • Conflict context
  • Natural disasters
  • Exploratory missions
  • Short gaps filling in the field on regular missions


Education / Qualification / Pre-requisites

  • University degree

Professional experience required

  • 24 months of field experience with MSF in a coordination role (12 months in a HOM role) and at least one mission in an emergency context with MSF.
  • Or expatriates from other humanitarian organizations, with 24 months of field experience in emergency contexts in a HOM role, who have carried out at least one mission in an emergency context with MSF.
  • Medical / Paramedical background ideally.
  • Expertise in analyses of unstable contexts / crises situations
  • Capacity to quickly evaluate an emergency on ground and to propose an appropriate strategy of intervention
  • General knowledge of MSF in emergency management
  • Experience in Public Health programs
  • Proven management skills with emphasis on team-leadership/human resources
  • Knowledge and experience in security management in insecure contexts
  • Commitment to the aims and values of MSF
  • Knowledge and affinity/belief in advocacy role of MSF
  • A flexible and solution-oriented mentality and the ability to be decisive in chaotic circumstances,
  • Proven skills in negotiation, diplomacy, and decision-making skills
  • Proven capacity for coordination and organization
  • Ability to prioritize work, manage teams and clearly communicate decisions
  • Capacity to work in a volatile, insecure context and deal with stress
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team
  • Availability, flexibility, mobility
  • Fluency in both French and English is essential
  • Local languages in the region are an advantage
  • PSP training

Langages skills

  • English (excellent)
  • French (excellent)

Computer skills

  • Good Knowledge of Microsoft Office Package


In a dynamic work environment, MSF offers equal recruitment and development opportunities without any form of discrimination based on gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, geographical origin, profile, physical disability or any other discriminatory ground.

Female candidates who meet the requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

N.B.:This job description provides a framework for the main responsibilities and primary activities of the position. It is not exhaustive. Therefore, the responsibilities and activities of the position may differ from those described in this job description due to organizational and operational needs.

Deadline: 24/10/2022 at 18:00 GMT Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

How to apply

Kindly Apply via this link: EMERGENCY COORDINATOR (recruitee.com)