Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders – Deputy Medical Coordinators.

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Deputy Medical Coordinators

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an independent international medical humanitarian organization providing assistance to people affected by armed conflicts, epidemics, natural or non-natural disasters or persons excluded from access to health care. The organisation has health projects in more than 70 countries.

Work Location: Nairobi-Coordination

Start date: Immediately

Length of contract: Fixed term (1year) 100% with three to six months’ probation period.

Main Purpose:

Supporting the Medical Coordinators through delegated tasks and responsibilities including defining, leading and coordinating the entire medical scope of the mission, according to MSF protocols, standards, policies and values, in order to ensure the quality of the medical care given to the targeted population and thus improving their overall health and living conditions.

Other tasks include, but not limited to:

  • Supporting the Medical Coordinators in defining, monitoring and updating the medical content of the MSF country policy and annual plan, by scanning health needs and translating them into objectives, priorities and resources needed in order to cover medical and humanitarian needs of the population at risk.
  • At the request of the Medical Coordinators, representing MSF before third parties concerning medical issues, ensuring its good public image and the alignment with the mission interests, through regular contacts with other actors in the country, negotiating with authorities when necessary, and informing on MSF charter, values and principles.
  • Participating and contributing in the definition and update of the country policy, annual plan and budgets in order to develop the projects and programmes aimed at addressing humanitarian issues at stake ensuring its efficiency and quality ( i.e. monitoring the project implementation, assisting the Project Coordinator and the medical teams in drafting the project proposal and follow up, identifying priority needs, other potential areas of action and emergency situations and collaborating and assisting in the production of medical reports)
  • Coaching, training and motivating the teams in the mission in order to align all field staff with MSF values and ethics, and ensuring their capability to carry out their job achieving MSF quality standards (i.e. induction, briefing/debriefing, training, potential detection, evaluation)
  • The deputy medical coordinator is an active team member of the medical coordination of all activities in Somalia and Somaliland by MSF. He/she works closely well with the other specialists in the medical team to provide a coherent and cohesive medical approach in country.

Data collection and reporting

  • Responsible to write the monthly medical report – highlighting issues arising from the month/weeks
  • Provides the mission with epidemiology support and surveillance, including analysis of the (disease) trends and recommendation to the projects for improvement and response to a specific situation (i.e. Project contingencies for emergencies)
  • Together with the Advocacy Manager and OPS determine which (medical) data need to be collected to steer and support the mission advocacy and communication strategy

Emergency Planning and Preparedness

  • Lead the scanning/surveillance of selected regions known prone for emergencies as per mission EPP
  • Specific scanning/surveillance of emergencies with specific focus in locations outside MSF project location
  • Setting up surveillance systems for emergencies (including conflicts) that can capture alerts of the common EPP scenarios.
  • Build an active and complete network regarding emergencies in the country/region
  • Together with mission pharmacist responsible for mission EPP Stocks Management
  • Monitor expiry date status – put replenishment or swap plans with projects such way that minimized waste of the medical supplies and increases the accountability (close engagement with the logs in the mission)
  • Plan placing regular or ad hoc EPP orders in coordination with supply team, and pharmacist
  • Identify, develop and keep relevant the mission HR E-Members, including training
  • Support projects in contingency planning and response initiation at project level; monitor threshold and recommend MT to take over from projects and activate EPP response.
  • Annual review of EPP strategy and scenarios – organize EPP learning and orientation workshops for mission and projects.

Emergency Response

  • Lead the initial phase of the assessment, compile the report and share clear recommendation to the MT
  • Avail oneself to travel in short notice to areas of interventions
  • Actively participate in response strategy discussions and brainstorming
  • Take an active part during the implementation of any medical response to work as clinician or any other practical job assigned deem necessary.



  • Essential: Degree in medicine, public health or other paramedical studies. Training in tropical medicine will be an asset.


  • Essential: 2 years’ experience in relevant jobs, in MSF or other NGO’s in developing countries.


  • Essential: Fluent in English & Somali (written & spoken).
  • Desirable: Fluency in Swahili (written & spoken).


  • Essential: computer literacy (word, excel, internet).


  • Strategic Vision
  • Leadership
  • People Management and Development
  • Service Orientation
  • Teamwork and Cooperation

If you meet the above requirements, please email your CV & motivation letter as a single file by 5th January 2022 under the subject “Deputy Medical Coordinator” to jobs@somalia.msf.org.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

(MSF is an equal Employer and does not charge any application/recruitment or training fee)





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