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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. 

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 300 employees, offering direct support to MSF-OCA operations.

The Logistics department plays a key role in ensuring logistic performance for the benefit of the programs conducted in the various project countries. The department consists of the Procurement Unit and the Field Support Unit. The Procurement Unit (22 staff) is responsible for processing the orders from some 26-project countries and delivering a wide assortment of medical and non-medical goods to the projects within the required timeframe. A part of the assortment is strategically held in stock while the rest is procured on an as need basis. Due the size and complexities of the program interventions, the stocked assortment is rapidly expanding.

From 15 August 2019 until 31 December 2019 our Logistics department is looking for a

Operational Procurement Officer (100%)

(Operationeel Inkoper)

Based in Amsterdam

Temporary position for 4.5 months ( 15 August 2019 until 31 December 2019)


Together with your colleagues, you are responsible for an effective and efficient purchase and transport process towards a number of project countries. As a team-member, you cover the major part of the process from order intake to the timely delivery of the goods to the field (including all administration). You cooperate closely with logistic coordinators in the field with regard to contents and timing of deliveries and with colleagues in the department as far as availability of the items requested is concerned. You furthermore are in regular contact with our logistic service provider for warehousing and transport arrangements. Support during emergencies might be part of your work. You represent countries from a Procurement perspective in operational meetings with other stakeholders. Additionally you will be giving administrative and system support to the Stock Managers where necessary.

In the near future, the traditional role of the Operational Procurement Officer as sole responsible for order processing and transport for a specific portfolio of countries is going to disappear. The current OPO group will be split in two functional groups, each responsible for part of the process but without specific links to countries. The two functional groups that will be headed by an operational team leader are:

  • Operational Procurement Officers (OPOs): responsible for receiving and processing field orders to purchase orders (to suppliers) or stock requests; and
  • Operational Freight Officers (OFOs): responsible for ensuring delivery of ordered items from logistic service provider warehouse to project countries.


We are looking for an enthusiastic, flexible person with an HBO-level education in a commercial or logistical direction or with comparable experience. You have worked at least 2 years in procurement and/or export & transport and ideally are familiar with automated order processing systems (we work currently with Oracle, but with Microsoft Dynamics 365 in the near future). Good communication skills and fluency in English are essential. Understanding the Dutch language is preferred. You furthermore are organized, service-oriented and result driven, next to a team player with initiative and good follow-up attitude.

Work experience in the humanitarian relief sector (in for example Africa or Asia) is considered an advantage because of the close cooperation with the projects.


  • A challenging and exciting position in an international environment.
  • A contract for 4.5 months based on a 100% appointment (40 hours/week).
  • A gross monthly salary in scale 5 between € 2.429,- and € 3.469,- per month depending on relevant professional experience for this position, based on a fulltime appointment (40 hours a week).
  • 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 Mrs. Suzanne Stové-Michels, Operational Team Leader on phone 020-5208739.

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

Deadline for your application is 15 August 2019.

The closing date for this post may be brought forward or extended depending on the volume and strength of applications. Please note that the first round interviews will take place in week 34 (19 – 23 August 2019).

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