Deputy Medical Director at Médecins Sans Frontières

Médecins Sans Frontières, an international medical humanitarian association founded in 1971, provides medical aid to populations whose lives are threatened: mainly in cases of armed conflict, but also epidemics, pandemics, natural disasters or exclusion from care.

MSF WACA (West and Central Africa) was created in 2019 and aims to bring a change in the dynamics of the MSF movement.

WACA is driven by a significant number of Doctors and humanitarians from Médecins Sans Frontières West and Central Africa who want to be heard, contribute and above all proactively take on the humanitarian mission of the organisation. WACA reflects a humanitarian identity, an aspiration for MSF, a truly inclusive movement of people who share the values of empathy for others. Its strength lies in the other MSF associations and its associative fibre is amplified by concrete operational objectives.

As part of the overall strategy of the MSF WaCA section, and under the responsibility of the Operations Director, the Deputy Medical Director plays a leading role in the association. S/he is at the heart of the social mission, in an approach of close collaboration with MSF’s operations and improvement of medical practices. S/he is responsible for defining MSF WaCA’s medical strategy, putting it into policy and monitoring its implementation after validation by the associative bodies. S/he is responsible for the medical quality of MSF’s actions and bring the necessary expertise to the field.

Responsabilities :

-Co-define MSF WaCA’s medical action strategy and policy with Operational Director

-Co-define MSF WaCA’s medical strategy and policy with Operational Director

-Co-define strategic medico-operational plans with the Director of Operations

-To define this medical strategy in terms of major issues, to set general and specific objectives by medical field and to set them out in annual plans within the medical directorate.

-Co-define MSF WaCA’s operational research strategy (conducted with Epicentre and other African institutions).

-Validate the scientific quality of research projects led and supported by MSF WaCA and be the privileged interlocutor with the MSF ERB.

  • Analyze and report on the medical activity of MSF WaCA.
  • Initiate, monitor and evaluate medical records
  • Promote major projects and medical records and personally manage certain strategic files.
  • Set the specifications of the medical records, monitor their evolution, monitor their execution, check the conformity of the achievements.
  • Ensure reporting to the operations department on the completion of the files and their progress.
  • Communicate internally on the implementation of medical records.
  • Participate in the validation and monitoring of MSF movement research projects.
  • Ensure all or part of the interface with the other departments and the international movement, ensure the interface with the DNDi, the CAME and the Access campaign
  • Be the guarantor of medical quality and the adequacy of the medical response to operational needs
  • Ensure medical quality and adequacy of needs
  • Ensure the quality and effectiveness of the support and medical expertise provided to the field
  • Stimulate debate, identify, analyze, capitalize and disseminate good medical practices. Be co-responsible (with the human resources department) for the health management policies of national and international teams
  • Stimulate the development of medical advocacy and testimony actions Contribute to the identification of public speaking topics and the development of main messages.
  • Contribute to MSF’s visibility: Contribute to the development of medical communication as part of the MSF WaCA communication strategy
  • Represent and carry MSF WaCA’s interests within the international movement (especially in the DirMed and MedOp platforms)
  • Hierarchically manage the strategic operations analysis unit, the medical coordinators and their teams
  • Recruit, supervise, advise, support, motivate, federate its teams and develop the skills of its employees.
  • Set directions, define objectives, evaluate work.
  • Ensure the good contribution of the medical department to transverse/inter-departmental projects/works.
  • Functionally manage the decentralized medical teams of the partner sections
  • To guide and evaluate their work with the DirMed-OPE or medical directors of the sections concerned, to support them.
  • Follow up on medical records of innovation within WaCA and participate in regional and African discussions on health issues
  • Integrate the CDC into its medical product research and production component
  • Disseminate medical policies, good practices and tools.
  • Be responsible for defining the medical training policy and contribute to its implementation with the HR department and other relevant departments
  • Be responsible for the budget for medical activities
  • Develop, manage and monitor the budget


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• Professional skills Diploma in medicine (or paramedical with a Master’s degree in Public Health)


• Field responsibility experience in an international medical organization required

• A path of responsibility within an NGO headquarters and a Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology or humanitarian studies are assets

• Leadership/management experience of medical teams

• Skills in developing and implementing medical strategies/programs.


• English and/or French


• Good knowledge of the required computer tool (Word, Excel, internet)


• Ability to lead and provide vision and leadership for a large team

• Good knowledge of medical and epidemiology concepts and techniques

• Good team management skills

• Financial knowledge to establish and monitor budgets

Contract : 2 years**

Expected start date : asap

How to apply

Please send your application (motivation letter and CV) to :

no later than 26 July 2021 17:00PM (Abidjan Time)

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.