Staff health medical doctor

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) intervenes in emergencies and crises, to relieve human suffering from unmet medical needs and to create a space for humanity. MSF works to provoke a social and political response that meets the essential needs, and respects and protects the dignity, of people in danger. MSF strives to innovate and incite change through its medical action, its “témoignage” and its active reflection on the situation of populations in danger.

The office of MSF-Holland located in Amsterdam hosts more than 350 employees, offering direct support to MSF-OCA operations. For the human resources department, with immediate effect we are looking for an:

Staff health medical doctor (80%)

Based in Amsterdam


You are part of the staff health unit, which oversees the delivery of staff health services for MSF staff working in field missions. You will report to the coordinator of the unit and work together with another staff health medical doctor as well as psychosocial care specialists.

On a daily basis, you are in contact with many stakeholders: the company doctor, the medical and HR coordinators in the field, the staff who need your support, as well as colleagues in the human resources – or the public health department. You also liaise with the other MSF staff health units and external entities like International SOS.


As the staff health medical doctor every working day will be different: One day you might be talking to a colleague that needs a referral, you provide advice to the health advisors (who work on public health programming for our projects) and you write policy for work health related problems such as ‘Working with a chronical disease in the field. The other day you are working on the implementation of another policy that you developed (e.g. health screening), and a medical coordinator from the field calls for your support in a medical evacuation. In the afternoon you talk to a patient in which project he can work given his medical condition. The next day you are giving a training to medical coordinators and you are debriefing one of them as well, you are also providing advice to the company doctor for a staff member who has a chronical disease. And receive several emails on how to be well prepared health-wise for a specific mission.

One day a sudden chronic, highly infectious disease is identified in the field. You support the medical coordinator in the implementation of a special system to manage the good health of the staff working in these settings.

You do not see a lot of patients, only in case of a medical evacuation, but you are a consultant for your staff health responsible colleagues. So we do require an up to date medical license registration and there is space to keep up your medical registration as well.

Clinical leadership

The position is relatively new so we are searching for seniority in clinical leadership (min. 5 years of work experience as registered medical doctor), preferably on a consultancy level; you are comfortable enough with staff health, public health, tropical medicine, infectious disease control and well-being topics to champion them. It is an asset if you have experience working on occupational health topics in context similar to MSF mission countries. In the coming year the team aims to establish:

  • alignment of the staff health services with the overall OCA staff vision
  • the organisational structures and processes needed to support delivery of staff health services.

Policy development

  • You develop policies that ensure occupational and labour legislations are interpreted in a clear, effective and cost efficient way
  • You develop and update clinical guidelines and frameworks to ensure
    • Appropriate staff health and wellbeing standards
    • Accurate and up-to-date pre-departure health information, screening and preparation
    • Clarity of staff health responsibilities in the field, and between the field and OC and/or contracting sections
    • Efficient medical evacuation communication (and repatriation) protocol

Practical support to staff and staff health colleagues

  • You are medical focal point for staff members that need to leave their mission country for medical reasons (medical evacuation or repatriation). You are well able to keep all stakeholders updated: HR colleagues in HQ, International SOS, Health advisor for the relevant country in HQ, medical coordinator in the mission country. You arrange diagnostic assessment, drug prescription, referral documents as needed
  • You also ensure routine support for the staff health focal points in the missions (approximately 26 countries)
  • You implement and maintain sick leave procedures for (returned) field staff including third party ‘fit to work’ screening
  • You advice the company doctor on field related conditions to facilitate return to work after illness or in case of chronic health issues
  • You do monitoring and analysis and you maintain a data collection system in order to flag trends and health risks in missions and offices
  • You are available for regular 24/7 on call duties

Your profile

If you are the flexible medical professional with experience in occupational health topics, we very much welcome your application. MSF experience on medical coordinator level is desirable, so are Dutch language skills. Our working language is English so fluency is essential. You have a high degree of work autonomy as well as management capacity and monitoring and evaluation comes natural to you. You focus on providing a good service to your staff health colleagues in the field and towards HQ colleagues you are solution and results oriented partner with strong advising and networking skills.


  • A challenging and exciting position in an international environment
  • A contract for one year with a renewal option (subject to satisfactory performance)
  • A gross monthly salary between €3,559 and €5,082 depending on professional experience, based on a fulltime appointment
  • Other benefits include 30 holidays based on a fulltime appointment and a premium-free pension plan


If you are interested in this post and would like additional information, please contact Kaz de Jong , Coordinator Staff Health Unit at

Deadline for application is 2 February 2020. Preferred starting date is asap.

Interviews will be held 13 and 20 February 2020. Please note that there will be two rounds of interviews and an assessment.

–Acquisition is not appreciated–

Deputy Medical Director

Effective immediately the OCA Public Health Department of Médecins Sans Frontières is looking for a:

Deputy Medical Director (100%)

Based in Amsterdam –

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent, medical, emergency relief organisation that provides assistance to people worldwide, regardless of their background, religion or political convictions. Above all, we aim to save lives and to offer medical care to victims of disasters, wars and epidemics. Working together with local staff, we give direct support to the population. MSF also appeals to those in power, including governments and international organisations, and speaks out about the abuses we encounter in the course of our work.

The Public Health Department (PHD) of Operational Centre Amsterdam (OCA) supports the overall purpose of MSF, providing medical and public health leadership for the organisation. The department is responsible for providing strategic direction and integrated advice on medical and public health issues to the field and headquarters. The PHD plays a key role in developing and maintaining the medical humanitarian identity and image of MSF-OCA, and in continuing to develop and improve intervention strategies so as to be relevant and effective.

The PHD is made up of a group of senior (director level) and middle management (coordinators), generalist Health Advisors (based in Amsterdam and Berlin) and clinical and public health specialists (based in Amsterdam, Berlin and London) providing expertise across a range of fields including infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, mental health, nutrition, paediatrics, and vaccination as well as epidemiology, health promotion, laboratory, pharmaceutical quality/medical supply, and water/sanitation.


This position reports to the OCA Medical Director is a member of the senior leadership group in the OCA PHD (Amsterdam, Berlin and London) which comprises the OCA Medical Director and the two Deputy Medical Directors.


  • Lead the senior support to execution and implementation of the medical ambitions as set out in the OCA Strategic Plan (2020-2023)
  • Contribute to strong medical leadership through effective medical line function throughout OCA (from field to headquarters)
  • Ensure the effective and coordinated management across the OCA Public Health Department (PHD)
  • Cultivate an environment to foster medical innovation across the organisation
  • Ensure an effective, collaborative and integrated working relationship with operations and other functional departments (human resources, logistics, finance and information technology)
  • Represent the organisation towards external clinical, academic and research institutions a required


Together with the Medical Director and the London based Deputy Medical Director:

  • Direct and oversee the implementation of the strategic direction (SP 2020-2023) for PHD
  • He/she is responsible for leading the implementation on specified dossiers of work (to be determined depending on the profile of the successful candidate)
  • Support the relevant departmental annual plans and priorities including oversight of feasibility and resources required to execute ambitions, for approval by the OCA Management Team
  • Demonstrate strong medical leadership in order to contribute to the effective function of the medical line function throughout OCA (from field to headquarters)
  • Provide leadership to ensure a cohesive team functioning within the OCA PHD
  • Embed best practice of geographically dispersed team working
  • Ensure a positive working culture and effective communication across the wider department
  • Cultivate an environment to foster medical innovation across the organisation
  • Maintain an integrated working relationship with other functional departments (human resources, logistics, finance and information technology) as required
  • OCA lead for MSF telemedicine as a support tool across MSF
  • On behalf of the Medical Director, represent OCA in MSF intersectional forums, working groups and platforms plus external engagements with global health institutions and networks
  • He/she will either lead or contribute to assigned inter-sectional dossiers of work
  • Undertake field visits as required to review program impact, including but not limited to quality of care and progress on strategic plan objectives


  • Management including oversight of financial and HR requirements for Public Health Unit (Amsterdam)
  • He/she will line manage approximately 3-4 coordinators in the Amsterdam office
  • Along with PHD coordinators, ensure an effective level of holistic management for all Amsterdam staff working across OCA Public Health Department
  • Ensures adherence to established HR policies and management practices


  • Internal: Representation as required as senior PHD leadership
  • External: Develop and strengthen relationships with a range of key Holland based institutions (academic, government etc) to advocate for funding, research and sharing of medical expertise in order to raise the standards of our medical operations, ensuring these relationships are in line with our strategic objectives

When needed, represents MSF towards the media, donors and other NGOs



  • Health qualification (doctor, nurse, paramedical) with a minimum of 5 years’ experience as an independently accredited operator in their field of expertise
  • Proven experience and skills in people and team management, able to provide performance management
  • Masters’ Degree in Public Health/Epidemiology
  • MSF experience (field and/or headquarters) at co-ordinator level
  • Proven  field implementation experience including programme execution, monitoring and evaluation and reporting
  • Good analytical and communication skills are essential as well as an excellent command of the English language (oral and written communication);
  • Willing to live and work in the Netherlands;


  • Good understanding and knowledge of medical issues and challenges in MSF fields essential
  • Experience in research strategy development and governance
  • Good knowledge of recent developments in the field of humanitarian relief and public health;
  • Additional Language skills – French and/or Arabic desirable;

Should be prepared to spend approximately 20% of his/her time on work related travel


  • A challenging and exciting position in an international environment;
  • A contract for three years, based on a full time appointment for 40 hours per week (100% labour percentage, spread over 5 days one week).
  • A gross monthly salary in scale 10 between € 4,927 and € 7,034  depending on professional experience, based on a fulltime appointment (40 hours per week);
  • Other benefits include 30 holidays per annum (based on a fulltime appointment) and a premium-free pension plan.


If you are interested in this post and would like additional information , please contact Melissa McRae, incoming Medical Director, by email:

If you believe that you fit the profile, you can react directly via the ‘Apply’ button:

Please upload a letter of motivation and Curriculum Vitae in English as one combined document.

Deadline for application is:  10 September 2019

*** Acquisitions regarding this position are not appreciated ***

HIV/TB/Hep Implementer

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent, medical, emergency relief organisation that provides assistance to people worldwide, regardless of their background, religion or political convictions. Above all, we aim to save lives and to offer medical care to victims of disasters, wars and epidemics. Working together with local staff, we give direct support to the population.
MSF also appeals to those in power, including governments and international organizations, and speaks out about the abuses we encounter in the course of our work.
MSF coordinates operations through collaborations between global offices. ‘Artsen zonder Grenzen Nederland’ (MSF-Holland) has a partnership with offices in the UK and Germany. This partnership, known as ‘MSF Operational Centre Amsterdam’ (MSF-OCA), operates medical humanitarian interventions in about 25 countries. Annually, MSF-OCA deploys approximately 1,100 international staff and employs 7,000 national staff. The office of MSF-Holland located in Amsterdam hosts more than 250 employees, offering direct support to MSF-OCA operations.

With immediate effect our Public Health department is looking for a

HIV/TB/Hep Implementer

Based in Amsterdam or London, that functionally reports to the HIV/TB/HEP Advisor based in Amsterdam


Working as part of the Public Health Department the main objective of the role is to support HIV/TB/Hep advisor for Myanmar and Afghanistan in the implementation of  HIV/TB/HEP related activities to progress the aims of the OCA HIV/TB and Hepatitis strategies in those missions.  The successful applicant will spend approximately 80% of the time in the field and 20% in headquarters.  Up to 30% of the field allocation may be dedicated to specific implementation support for other MSF OCA HIV/TB/Hepatitis projects, if required.

Main responsibility

  • Works in close collaboration with the HIV/TB/HEP Advisor, Health Advisors and field teams to identify areas of intervention, which will progress the aims of the OCA Strategic Plan;
  • Together with the TB/HIV/HEP advisor supports the provision of high quality TB, HIV, HEP care through coaching, training and clinical case support for project medical staff;
  • Alongside the Medical Coordinator, TB/HIV/HEP advisor, epidemiologists and project teams supports implementation of research study projects, including establishment of operating policies and procedures, submission to the national ERBs, etc;
  • Plans, implements, and maintains data collection systems to support routine operations and operational research projects;
  • Monitors the progress of research activities; develops and maintains records of research activities, and prepares periodic and ad hoc reports, as required by investigators, mission administrators, and/or regulatory bodies;
  • Supports the missions’ medical advocacy objectives through the provision of technical expertise;
  • In collaboration with the project teams and TB/HIV/HEP advisor maintains and updates the programmatic clinical guidelines when required;
  • Promotes MSF objectives in national, regional and international meetings, trainings and conferences, through facilitation and dissemination of MSF operational experience;
  • Develops and supports implementation of the new operational TB, HIV and HEP strategies, e.g., adherence, drug resistance testing, decentralization, etc;
  • Assists in the update of HIV/TB/HEP country specific guidelines whenever needed;
  • Supporting the revision of MSF OCA TB, HIV and HEP training modules and clinical guidelines;
  • Offers technical assistance to the TB projects in missions to strengthen pharmacovigilance for DR-TB drugs in their programs;

Candidate Profile


  • Medical doctor with at least five years post graduate experience.
  • Candidates with strong clinical experience in TB, DR-TB, HIV and Hepatitis.
  • Experience in management and implementation of HIV/TB programs.
  • Previous experience in research activities.
  • Knowledge of epidemiology and/or public health.
  • Proven experience of working independently under minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrable experience of working and constructively participating as part of a multi-cultural team.
  • Fluency in written and oral English.
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively and work overseas.
  • Demonstrable organizational and communication skills, including attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Strong ability to stick to deadlines and influence others to do the same.
  • Previous MSF or equivalent experience with a commitment to the aims and values of MSF.


  • Masters in Epidemiology / Public Health.

We Offer

  • A challenging and exciting position in an international environment.
  • A-contract for one year with renewal option, based on a fulltime appointment for 40 hours per week (100% labour percentage, spread over 5 days one week).
  • A gross monthly salary in scale 6 between € 2.811 and € 4,015 depending on professional experience, based on a fulltime appointment (40 hours per week).
  • Other benefits include 30 holidays per annum (based on a fulltime appointment) and a premium-free pension plan.

Information and Application

If you are interested in this post and would like additional information, you can contact:

If you believe that you fit the profile, please upload a letter of motivation and Curriculum Vitae in English.

Deadline for application is 27 August 2019

Medical Operations Manager

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a private and independent international medical aid organisation. It was founded in 1971 by a group of French doctors and journalists. Whether it is war-wounded people in Yemen, displaced populations in South Sudan or patients with tuberculosis in Central Asia: MSF provides medical aid in more than 70 countries worldwide. The projects are targeted especially at people in need who do not have access to sufficient medical treatment or who are barred from aid. ÄRZTE OHNE GRENZEN e.V. in Germany is one of the 24 membership organisations of MSF. The main focuses of our work lie in the management of field projects, recruitment of field personnel, raising awareness about humanitarian issues, and fundraising. In 2017, ÄRZTE OHNE GRENZEN e.V. collected roughly 153 million Euros in private donations and other income and is currently employing more than 200 staff in Germany.

In the MSF Operations Centre Amsterdam (MSF-OCA), MSF-Germany, MSF-Holland and MSF- UK share ownership and responsibility for Operations in the field missions. This  is  expressed in programme portfolios managed by Operations Managers (OM), in close collaboration with the Health  Advisor(s). Currently,  three portfolios  of field missions  and  the Emergency Desk are managed from Amsterdam, and two portfolios from Berlin. Each portfolio of missions is supported by a team of advisors (the Operational Support Team, OST), led by the (M)OM. The HQ teams managing a portfolio of field missions are referred to as “Desks”

The Desk headed by the MOM is different from the structure of the other Desks in OCA, combining the operational and medical leadership into one function. We seek to create a mindset and environment conducive to the identification, development, implementation and successful completion of innovative medical projects. This medical innovation could range from piloting new health interventions, new models of care or supporting medical dossiers where we have an organisational change agenda. The overall volume of programs as well as the associated support teams are adapted to allow for space and dedicated attention on innovative and medically complex operations.

The Berlin portfolios are composed of the field projects in Chad, CAR, Ethiopia and Yemen managed by one OM and with the Medical Operations Manager responsible for the projects in the Russian Federation, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Belarus and Sierra Leone.

For the Operations department we are looking for a Medical Operations Manager, starting from Mid August 2019:

I.   Terms of Reference:

Medical Operations Manager (m/f/d)

Job location:          MSF-Germany, Berlin

Job dimension:     100% (40 hours per week)

Starting Date:        preferably Mid August 2019

Duration:                max 6 years

Deadline:                 applications can be handed in until June 2nd     2019

Place within the organisation

The Medical Operations Manager (MOM):

  • Reports to the MSF-OCA Director of Operations
  • Line-manages Heads of Mission, and the Operational Advisor
  • Functionally manages the Medical Coordinators in his/ her function as Health Advisor within the portfolio and is a member of and has in this regard functional responsibility to the Public Health Department in Amsterdam
  • Directs operations of his/her portfolio through supervision and management of its Heads of Mission and Operational Advisor, and direction/steering of the members of the Operational Support Team
  • Is member of the Operations Platform, and the Health Advisor / Medical Managers Platform

Overall objective of the position

  • Overall management and realisation of the portfolio of (field) operations in the various countries of the portfolio. Within his/her portfolio s/he has the end-responsibility for quality and implementation of field operations, policy and strategy, security, communications, logistics, human resources, finance as well as of initiative, response, observation, closure, monitoring and evaluation of field
  • As the focus of this portfolio is on medical innovation, he/she will ensure the strategy, programme design and required HQ support will have optimal chance of successfully completing intended objectives and

II.   Tasks:

  • Providing strategic steer and support to country managers and medical coordinators to ensure humanitarian and health priorities and ambitions are translated to effective operational strategies
  • In absence of a health advisor, he/she will work in collaboration with the relevant medical specialist advisors to ensure the most appropriate medical strategy and implementation support set up is in place to achieve the medical innovations planned in this portfolio
  • Ensuring that  MSF-OCA  field  practice  meets  internationally  agreed  medical   ethics standards and laws (quality of medicines, treatment protocols, transport of biological and pharmaceutical materials), given contextual
  • To actively contribute to policy and strategy related to both the MSF OCA Operations as well as the support processes of the organisation
  • To contribute  proactively  to  debate,  critical  reflection/learning  within  the  Operations- and Health Advisor Platform and the wider OCA
  • To actively contribute to policy and strategy related to both the MSF OCA Operations as well as the support processes of the organisation
  • To steer the Operations Support Team (OST) based in Berlin
  • Visiting each country/project to review programme direction, quality, and develop strategies, on a regular basis
  • Stimulating awareness of emerging health problems in populations in countries and in ensuring an appropriate response;

German Section Responsibilities

The Medical Operations Manager is expected to engage with the German office team in order to foster the co-ownership of Operations. Upon request from the GD she/he may also be requested to carry out representation tasks or other activities related to the German home society. The MoM will have a role within the management of the German MSF, mainly  in case of absence of the permanent Operations team representative in the MSF- Germany MT

III.   Profile:

  • At this time we are seeking a candidate with a strong sense of the MSF mission and at least 3 years of field experience in emergency (medical) aid in complex humanitarian contexts with MSF (or a comparable organisation) and at least 2 years in a relevant management
  • Relevant medical academic qualifications (e.g. Master of Public Health);
  • S/he is able to demonstrate strong proven skills in management and leadership and should be capable of directing people of various disciplines and cultural backgrounds over time and
  • S/he is capable of conceptual and analytical thinking and has proven skills to translate concepts into
  • S/he is required to have gained experience with a range of issues and responsibilities within the respective organisation, such as security management, policy formulation, financial and human resource management. S/he is result oriented and can act as a coach and inspire
  • S/he takes initiatives and decisions and comes up with a vision based on his/her own judgment.
  • Good communication skills, including media and presentation skills, are essential, as well has an excellent command of English, French or Russian would be an asset
  • The candidate must be willing to work long and irregular hours and travel as needs be and on short
  • A medical background is required, preferably a Medical Doctor and relevant academic qualifications (e.g. Master of Public Health);
  • Knowledge and experience in a specialist area, preferably epidemiology, health research or a clinical specialty (e.g. tropical medicine, infectious diseases, paediatrics);

VI. We offer:

  • The position is based in Berlin, with frequent travels to the missions in the portfolio (up to 5 or 6 field visits per year) as well as frequent travel to Amsterdam for planning and accountability
  • Payment in accordance with internal salary structure; in this position according to group X,  starting  gross  salary  from  min.  4.237  to  ma  5.361  Euro,  depending  on individual relevant working experience
  • Benefits: 30 days of annual leave per year, 13th salary, subsidized public transport ticket, regular increases in salary according to salary structure, company pension as well as free drinks and fruit
  • Meaningful and diversified work within a respectful and positive organization culture
  • Possibility of taking an active part in shaping the organization through cross- departmental working groups, regular staff surveys
  • Personal development through in-house trainings and the support of individual training programs
  • Support on work-life-balance through working remotely, health promotion and an external psychological employee assistance offer
  • In case of relocation to Berlin we financially support the moving
  • An office that is located centrally in Berlin with excellent connections to public transport.

As an internationally operating organization, we welcome diversity, open-mindedness and mutual respect. In accordance with our values, we only analyze the professional qualifications in the applications, regardless of ethnical and social origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation or age of the applicant.

We’re looking forward to receiving your application until 02.06.2019. Please submit your complete written application (incl. a letter of motivation in English, CV without photo, certificates) by E-Mail (exclusively to and integrate all documents into one file (pdf, max. 5 MB).

Further information (about this position) can be obtained from: Marcel  Langenbach, Director of Operations:

For more information about the labour terms and conditions please contact Jutta Eich, HR Berlin, +49-30-700130215.

Please note that as a donor organisation we don’t cover the travel expenses for a first round interview in Berlin. Thank you for your understanding.