Specialised Technician at Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) - Holland



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 supported by MSF’s 21 sections, 24 associations and other offices together worldwide. 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, Athens and decentralised in Nairobi, Dakar and Amman. The field operations are guided and supported by 5 Operational Cells, the Emergency Unit and other departments supporting operations.


The Logistics Technical Unit (LogTech) is part of the Logistics and Supply Chain department and consists of supporting the missions of MSF OCBA regarding their logistics’ needs. The unit comprises a diverse expertise, to ensure that it can support all different aspects of MSF´s logistics for both regular missions and emergency interventions related to: construction, shelter, fleet, energy, HVAC, facility and cold chain management, general and biomedical equipment management and WHS (water, hygiene, sanitation and vector control). The focus of the unit is to ensure appropriate support and guidance to MSF OCBA’s missions regarding their logistics, in collaboration with other relevant departments/units (operations, medical, financial, HR, projects & IT…).

The Biomed and Cold Chain Referent is based at OCBA hub, as part of the LogTech Unit and is accountable to the Head of LogTech Unit. The main objective of the position is to ensure full integration and consecution of OCBA ambitions related medical equipment and cold chain support, s/he will lead the BM & CC support group related to both the regular and emergency missions. On behalf of LogOps or LogTech, s/he is functionally responsible for the Mobile Support Technicians, Mobile Implementation Officers, Project Managers and/or Officers; sets priorities for the team and ensures that needs of operations are met. S/he ensure that quality and consistent execution of field support and procedures.

Additionally, s/he leads the team’s efforts to support the development of our human resources in the field and HQ. S/he maintains dialogue with other departments/units or entities within MSF to ensure alignment of priorities.


1. Expert reactive support to field questions:

  • Ensure reactive technical advice to the field teams, cells and departments that require functional expertise.

2. Expert and proactive support to logistic activities and projects:

  • Ensure proactive support to the main logistics projects that requires her/his area of expertise.
  • Ensure hands-on support during start-up phase of interventions that have a heavy component of the functional expertise.
  • Give on-site expert advice by the mean of planned field visits.

3. R&D:

  • Assess internal and external technical possibilities and new trends that may be relevant for MSF and propose/share them within OCBA and the rest of the sections as appropriate. Collaborates in transversal projects and dossiers with other technical referents across OCBA and the movement that requires her/his area of expertise.
  • Initiate, plan, lead and manages R&D initiatives.

4. Base of knowledge:

  • Ensure a coherent documentation (processes, procedures and other knowledge assets/tools) is available for field teams.
  • Actively participate in training efforts related to her/his functional expertise (design training modules, facilitates trainings…).

5. Staff management:

  • Manages, on behalf of the head of Operational Logistics and/or the head of Technical Logistics, the staff under her/his responsibility (MIO, MST, PM, Officers): supervision, monitoring and evaluation of performance, planning visits, etc.
  • Ensures clear prioritization and distribution of tasks in alignment with operations priorities and Log&SC improvement agenda.
  • Ensures quality and consistent execution of field support, as well as application of up-to-date procedures in the field.

6. Transversal, intersectional and external duties:

  • Represent MSF OCBA in the Intersectional Working Groups and participates to the tasks related to the groups.
  • Participate in the Logistics Department’s backup system based on the organization’s needs.
  • Assists HRM in the maintenance of the pool of specialised logistic staff.
  • Becomes available for (short) field deployment on technical and/or emergency assignments.
  • Actively participates to the internal processes of the logistic department including planning, forecasting and reporting.
  • Define with the team the annual objectives, priority portfolios and overall planning of the group activities. Follow up these activities through the year with clear mid-term objectives and action plan.
  • Definition of technical policies, tools and standard procedures to be applied in field missions.


  • Knowledge and working experience in the field of Biomedical and Cold Chain equipment as technician or engineer.
  • Technical background in vaccination / hospital logistics is a strong plus.
  • Experience in training is a plus.
  • IT Knowledge as a user.
  • Project management experience.
  • At least two years of Biomedical and Cold Chain management experience.
  • Fluent written and spoken English. Additionally, French and/or Spanish would be an asset.


  • Commitment to MSF Principles.
  • Cross-cultural awareness.
  • Behavioural Flexibility.
  • Analytical Thinking.
  • Strategic vision.
  • Results and Quality Orientation.
  • Service Orientation.
  • Planning and Organising.
  • Initiative and Innovation.
  • Teamwork and Cooperation.
  • People Management and Development.


  • Position based in any MSF OCBA Hub (Barcelona, MSF-Spain delegations, Amman, Dakar or Nairobi). Final location will be subject to the employability of the preselected candidate (residency, work permit, etc).
  • Full-time job.
  • Minimum commitment with the position of 3 years.
  • Annual gross salary: HQ-4A (divided in 12 months payments) + Secondary benefits based on OCBA Reward Policy. Subjected to local conditions.
  • Starting date: October.

How to apply

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter:

Closing date: August 21st, 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 Frontières, 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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