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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. Respecting its Charter and shared principles, MSF is an independent movement of citizen associations that are integrated and open to their societies. In a spirit of volunteerism, acting in proximity to and in solidarity with assisted peoples, MSF’s members adhere to humanitarian principles and respect for medical ethics.

Artsen zonder Grenzen (MSF-Holland) is an Association of (former) field and office employees, with a Board keeping oversight. MSF-Holland has a partnership with MSF 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 800 international staff and employs 10,000 national staff.

At Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) / Artsen zonder Grenzen, we are committed to an inclusive culture that encourages and supports the diverse voices of our employees. Our diversity fuels our innovation and connects us closer to our beneficiaries and the communities in which we work.  We welcome applications from individuals of all genders, ages, sexual orientations, nationalities, races, religions, beliefs, ability status and all other diversity characteristics.

The Public Health Department (PHD) 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 to be relevant and effective.

With immediate effect, our Public Health department is looking for 1 year for a:

Health Advisor (100%) 

Based in Amsterdam 


The Health Advisor reports to the Health Advisor Coordinator and is a member of the Public Health Department of MSF-OCA. Functionally manages the Medical Coordinators for each mission within his/her designated country portfolio. Works in tandem with the Operations Manager to ensure MSF-OCA interventions effectively address the unmet health needs of the populations we serve. Within this tandem the Health Advisor will provide medical and public health leadership.

Main Responsibility

  • Ensure each country has a medical vision and strategic medical direction;
  • Prioritization and de-prioritization of strategic medical choices;
  • Be an active member of the operational support team (OST) – leading discussions on medical strategy;
  • Ensure Country policies align with the direction as set out in the MSF-OCA strategic plan;
  • Ensure a periodic assessment process to (a) re-assess strategic direction (b) horizon scanning to ensure awareness of emerging or changing health needs;
  • Support implementation and delivery of health programs with a focus on safeguarding quality and standards;
  • Provide direction, support and coaching for Medical Coordinator(s);
  • Enable an effective working collaboration with relevant medical specialists;
  • Support design and development of relevant and effective health programming;
  • Ensure missions have in place a working quality assurance system;
  • In conjunction with relevant medical specialists, monitor the different dimensions of health programme quality –
    • Through periodic field visits,
    • Review of programme data at control cycle points,
    • Initiating and leading discussions on red flags and deviations within the OST and with Medical Coordinators.
  • Ensure the medical incident policy is implemented in all missions and every reported incident is followed up;
  • 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 constraints;
  • Reviewing/approving key HR appointments (Medco, MTLs, etc.) for field projects, and briefing/debriefing of field staff;
  • Encourage and support field teams to develop and investigate key research questions;
  • Encourage and support field teams to consider innovation initiatives to improve health programming;
  • Actively engagement in the MSF-OCA Public Health Department and its several forums with discussions, presentation, debate or positioning in medical topics of relevance for the organization;

Candidate Profile

Education, qualification and experience

  • Registered health professional (includes medical doctors and nurses) with up to date clinical skills;
  • Broad knowledge and experience in international Public Health (an MPH or comparable degree would be an advantage);
  • Three to four years field experience with a medical-humanitarian organization, where in the case of MSF preferably in a medical coordinator role;

Capacities and Skills

  • Proven strategic and analytical skills in medical programming (key requirement);
  • Proven ability to provide strong leadership and vision in project/programme management;
  • Knowledge and experience in the medical-humanitarian world; commitment and passion for the goals and work of MSF;
  • Ability to provide emergency support to field programmes for up to six weeks per year at short notice (i.e. 48hrs);
  • Proactive in sharing successes, challenges and dilemmas with other health advisors and specialists
  • Is available outside working hours according to the ‘On- Call Protocol’;
  • Flexibility to travel and support projects (up to 30% of the job may be spent on project visits);
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills;
  • Excellent command of the English language (oral and written). French, Arabic, or Spanish is an advantage.

We Offer

  • A challenging and exciting position in an international environment
  • A contract for 12 months with a possible renewal option (subject to satisfactory performance/department needs) based on a fulltime appointment (40 hours/week).
  • A gross monthly salary in scale 8 between € 3,775 and € 5,388 depending on professional experience, based on a fulltime appointment.
  • 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, please contact Martins Dada, Coordinator, Health Advisors at

If you believe that you fit the profile, you can react directly via the ‘Ik stel me kandidaat’ button, with following link:

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

Deadline for application is 14 June 2019.

Expected start date is 15 August 2019.

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

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