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Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization created in 1971 that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural disasters. MSF offers assistance to people based only on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. The French section (Operational Centre Paris) is present in around thirty countries.

MSF OCP consists of four partner sections (Paris, New York, Tokyo and Sydney) as well as an office in Dubai. MSF OCP carries out operations according to a common strategic and medico-operational plan.

The Sydney Medical Unit is part of the MSF OCP Medical Department and is responsible for medical support of operations in the field of Women’s and Child Health and response to Sexual Violence.

In 2018, to provide improved regional support to the projects in West and Central Africa, the MSF OCP operations department decided to move some operational capacity (an operational cell) from Paris to Dakar. Two other operational centers (OC Geneva and Barcelona) have also shifted some of their medico-operational support structure from their respective headquarters to Dakar to West Africa, and future collaboration and synergies between OCs are desired where feasible.
The MSF-Operational Centre Paris (MSF-OCP) Medical Department is seeking a replacement for a:

Paediatric Advisor M/F


The overall purpose of the medical department is to achieve MSF’s social mission by its leadership, expertise and advocacy through:

  • The co-creation of medico-operational strategies and priorities
  • Pertinent, context-adapted medical support
  • Leading/oversight of/support for continuing improvement of quality of care and respect for medical ethics
  • Conducting operational research and new medical approaches
  • Internal and external advocacy based on field needs, our experience and the results of our research
  • The development of links between MSF and the medical world

Under the responsibility of the Head of the Medical Unit Sydney (who is under the hierarchical responsibility of the Medical Director of MSF OCP), you will contribute to the improvement of care of patients in MSF projects, the care of the severely sick child, including neonates or children with specific diseases prevalent in MSF contexts (malaria, other infectious diseases like HIV/TB, chronic diseases, etc). You will work on developing medical strategies of care including prevention, primary and secondary care and continuum of care.

Based in Dakar, you will work alongside a team of other colleagues: child health and women’s health experts (based in Sydney, Australia) and other medical colleagues specialized in related fields (based in Paris, New York, Dakar etc). S/he will have an overview over programs providing paediatric care, with an emphasis on countries in West and Central Africa.

Your main responsibilities:

1/ Provide advice and support to cells and missions:

  • You will predominantly be providing support to field projects in sub-Saharan Africa including the ones of the Dakar cell and other cells of MSF OCP.
  • In conjunction with cell teams, actively participate in the development and monitoring of paediatric and neonatal activities.
  • Support the field and headquarters’ managers in decision-making related to paediatric and neonatal care and ensure good practice, taking into account specific context constraints.
  • Ensure that guidelines, protocols and tools to guarantee quality of care, are available to field teams.
  • Be responsible for alerting the operational managers and the medical directorate in case of non-application of procedures, strategies or protocols.
  • Provide (de-) briefings to headquarters and field personnel related to her/his specialty.
  • Visits field projects to support teams and evaluate the projects.

2/ Participate in the Medical Department activities:

  • Participate in the definition of medico-operational policies, aligned with the MSF OCP strategic plan, by contributing their specialist expertise and supporting their implementation.
  • Participate in the creation of the action plan of the Medical Department.
  • Participate in the definition of training content and participate in the trainings as facilitator.
  • Participate in defining the indicators needed for monitoring and reporting on paediatric and neonatal care; analyse the data for all missions; and regularly share the results of this analysis with the coordination teams and medical managers.
  • Participate in the drafting of the annual analysis of MSF’s medical activities.
  • Write protocols and guidelines.
  • Participates in the field placement of expatriate staff.
  • Collaborates closely with other members of the Medical Department.

3/ Maintaining and overview of her/his specialty:

  • Monitor R&D and technical developments in paediatric and neonatal care in order to develop innovative practices and standards.
  • Develop and propose new tools according to developing medical standards: medicines, materials, strategies, techniques, procedures, protocols, guidelines (including budget data).
  • Propose, develop and monitor operational research projects in her/his domain, at the field level, in collaboration with the cells, Epicentre and other research partners.
  • Develop a network of medical and research actors, humanitarian actors and others in her/his specialty.

4/ Be the contact person in her/his field of activity within and outside of the MSF movement:

  • In collaboration with child health colleagues, share technical advances, methods and background material with other MSF operational section counterparts.
  • Represent MSF-OCP in her/his specialty outside the movement at the request of the medical direction.

Profile requirements

Education and Experience:

  • Medical doctor with degree or board certification in paediatrics
  • A Master’s degree in Public Health or International Health is a plus.
  • Required field experience with MSF, preferable with OCP. An experience in Coordination positions (project manager, medical team leader …) and/or at the headquarter is a plus.

Languages: Excellent communication skills in English and French (written and oral). Other languages an asset.


  • Ability to work in a team, with other specialists, as well as independently
  • Organizational skills, solution-oriented thinking, initiative and good communication skills.
  • Ability to negotiate and convince.
  • Ability to anticipate and plan.
  • Skills in analysis, interpretation of medical data and publications.
  • Ability to write well-structured, concise reports.
  • Willingness and capacity to travel on short notice for several weeks at a time to the field, Europe and MSF offices (including Australia).
  • Willingness to be based in Dakar, Senegal.

Status: Full time – fixed term – 18 months – French contract. Based in Dakar with regular travel overseas.

The location of the position will be formally evaluated regularly and, if judged necessary, after the 18 months of contract, the position could be relocated to a different location.

Salary: € 48.8K gross annual over 13 months. Health coverage. Housing allowance. Payment of tuition fees.

Start date: ASAP (August 2019).


Kindly submit your application (cover letter & resume) online on: https://www.msf.fr/en/get-involved/work-with-us/all-employment-opportuni…

Deadline for application is 6th August 2019

Please note that only selected candidates will be contacted

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