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  • The medical deputy CO is responsible for the medical strategy of the missions in his/her portfolio, together with the Operations’ Coordinator
  • Deputy to the CO
  • Medical leadership, strategy and coordination
  • Guides the Medco in his/her responsibility to implement the projects (coaching, mentoring)

The Medical Deputy CO belongs to the operation department, and is managed hierarchically by the CO and is functionally linked to the Medical Department.Strong relationship CO/deputy CO is important in order to speak as one voice. Strong relationship Deputy CO/Medical officer is important in order to speak as one voice.

In general, this position is not tied to any specific context. Countries are indicative, as a re-shuffling of the portfolio within the operations department occurs on a regular basis. Nevertheless, the Medical Deputy CO of this vacancy is responsible for the medical strategy of the missions of a new cell the department of Operations intents to create. This new cell should cover mostly the region of the West Asia and North Africa region (WANA).

In the portfolio of programmes of the future cell, there should be the operations of MSF in Lebanon, Turkey, Syria, Libya, Tunisia and Iraq – those operations are currently managed by the Emergency Unit. Exploratory missions in several countries in the region are foreseen. The members of cell will be based in Brussels.


· Develops a strategic vision for each country under the lead of the Operations Coordinator, together with the Head of Mission (HoM) and Medical coordinator (Medco)

· Responsible to develop, a medical vision for each country with the MedCo

· Responsible for the Strategic choices and objectives of the projects, according to the Decision Making process document.

· Ensures the medical pertinence and adequacy of the projects with the Medco.

· Takes co-decision with the CO to make operational decisions congruent with the needs, the medical identity (prospects) & the medical policies.

· Replaces the CO in his/her absence

· Chooses the design teams and support teams as per the Operation Decision making process document

· Validates the final design of activities and resources as per the Operation Decision making process document

· Ensures de medical quality of the projects

· Supports the Medical coordinator in his/her responsibility to implement the projects (coaching/mentoring)

· Ensures the cost-awareness regarding medical choices

· Interacts with experts on strategy, pertinence and adequacy as per the Decision making process document

· Balances the humanitarian drive in the OPS with the Medical approach

· Matches the medical & political vision (theory) with the operational reality in the field (adaptability, feasibility)

· Contributes to the development of medical policies and strategies by sharing context-specific experiences and by checking their field adequacy.

· Ensures that all projects have a pertinent medical advocacy agenda, possibly with an OR agenda. Coordinates the strategy and activities with AAU, OR unit and Medical coordinator.

· Communicates medical matters (regarding the projects) to the COM dept & occasionally to the media (medical advocacy)


— Medical degree in Medicine

— Basics in Public Health and/or Humanitarian law is an asset

— English speaker, Arabic is a strong asset

— Minimum 3 years of experience with MSF

— Minimum 1 year as Medical Coordinator with MSF

— Knowledge of the Middle East context is an asset

— Strategic vision (level 4)

— Leadership (Able to set priorities, make choices, and assume decisions) (level 3)

— Teamwork and Cooperation (Team spirit) (level 3)

— Capacity to negotiate (Good communication skills) (level 4)

— Planning and Organizing (Management skills) (level 3)

Based in Brussels with extensive field visits.

Being flexible, having an open mind, thinking out of the box are essential ingredients for this position as the countries of this new cell are a-typic compared to the “normal” MSFs field of intervention. All of the countries are middle income countries, where humanitarian needs are not always evident, not always visible and not easily accessible due to complex context specifications. The MSF action can change from hands on to remote management to giving support to local capacity building etc.

Development and maintenance of alternatives / out of the box / flexible approaches to respond to the specificities of the WANA context is required.


§ Open-ended contract, full-time, based in Brussels

§ Hospital Insurance (DKV) – Pension Plan – Canteen

§ Deadline for applications is 12/06/2016

§ Starting date for position is 01/08/2016

Interested candidates should send a letter of motivation and curriculum vitae by e-mail to Géraldine Pellegrin,, with the following reference: “Deputy Medical Coordination of Operations Cell 6 – job found on XXX (name of the channel where you found this vacancy).

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: MSF - Médecins Sans Frontières
  • Location: Brussels | Brussels
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medicine
    • Medicine
  • Closing Date: 2016-06-12

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