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Médecins Sans Frontières is an international independent medical-humanitarian organization, which offers assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict, without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation.
MSF is a civil society initiative that brings together individuals committed to the assistance of other human beings in crisis. As such MSF is by choice an association. Each individual working with MSF does it out of conviction and is ready to uphold the values and principles of MSF.
The MSF movement is built around six operational directorates. MSF OCBA is one of those directorates. The operations are implemented by field teams and the mission coordination teams; together with the organizational units based in Barcelona and decentralized in Nairobi, Dakar and Amman. The field operations are guided and supported by 5 Operational Cells, the Emergency Unit and other departments supporting operations, including the Medical Department.
The MSF Medical Department of the Operational Centre Barcelona-Athens (MSF-OCBA) is composed of three units: the Health Services Unit, the Medical Specialities Unit and the Medical-Operational unit. Each of these units has a Head, and the head of the Medical-Operational Unit is also the Deputy Medical Director. The Medical Director is in charge of the overall management of the department with the support of the Heads of the three units and an Assistant. The Medical Director, the 3 Heads of Unit and the Department Assistant make up the Management Team of the Medical Department.
The main objective of the Tropical Disease Referent is to support the organisation when developing policies and to provide technical and strategic support for all projects to respond to Tropical Diseases (including Tropical Neglected Diseases) in the field. This general objective involves the following core areas:
1. Malaria Protocols, Policy and Strategies (following MSF Malaria Policy: Preventive, Curative and Emergency Response Strategies).
2. Neglected Tropical Diseases Protocols, Policy and Strategies linked with Access Campaign and DNDi strategies (Advocacy, Operational Research and Clinical Trials).
3. Clinical management of Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers, Meningitis (in adults) and other diseases with epidemic potential both emerging and remerging, in close collaboration with the Emergency Care and Internal Medicine advisor.
4. Contribution to transversal topics where these diseases are relevant.
The successful applicant will be based at one of the MSF OCBA hubs. This job will be carried out in the framework of the Strategic Plan 2020-2023, OCBA Annual Plans and Medical Department Multiyear Plan, working in close collaboration with other technical advisors in the Department and health advisors in Operations (Tesacos) to contribute to a more transversal, integrated and holistic support to MSF OCBA interventions.
The Referent will be hierarchically and functionally accountable to the Head of Medical Specialties Unit, together with other referents. She/he will support MSF medical activities and programs through a close collaboration with operational health advisors (TESACO/Desk HQ), Medical Coordinators (missions) and Project Medical Referents (projects), as the rest of Medical department referents.
While in the field, he/she works under the regular hierarchical and functional structures of the missions, while keeping communication with the Medical Department.
Medical Department development:
Education, Experience and desired attributes:
To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter:
Closing date: September 11th, 2022, 23:59 CET (Central European Time)
MSF is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, race, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We are committed to achieving a balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply.
All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. MSF provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. MSF does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo reference checks.
Médecins Sans Frontieres, as a responsible employer, under article 38 of “Ley de Integración Social del Minusválido de 1982 (LISMI)” invite those persons with a recognized disability and with an interest in the humanitarian area to apply for the above-mentioned position.
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