Mobile emergency medical coordinator (m/f/x) – MSF Belgium

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides assistance in more than 60 countries to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict, without discrimination and without distinction. origin, religion, creed or political affiliation.

Mobile emergency medical coordinator (m/f/x) – MSF Belgium


The Emergency Pool Unit (E-unit) is part of the Operations Department of MSF OCB (Operational Center Brussels). Its primary function is to intervene with medical activities directly and quickly in crisis situations such as conflicts, epidemics, epidemics and natural disasters while guaranteeing the quality of interventions. As such, the E-Cell is responsible, everywhere and at any time, for monitoring and identifying crises that may arise.

The emergency pool consists of 1 emergency pool coordinator and 3 emergency coordinators based in Brussels with technical referents in supply, logistics, HR and finance.

It also includes a Mobile emergency team several Mobile Emergency Coordinators (Head of Mission), Project Coordinators, Medical Coordinators and Project Medical Referents, who are responsible for the implementation and coordination of emergency response activities in the field.

MSF is currently looking for Mobile Emergency Medical Coordinators as part of the emergency team intervening in the various missions of the Emergency Cell with the aim of responding to humanitarian and medical emergencies.

Mobile emergency medical coordinators as part of the emergency team can be deployed in the field for up to 80% of the working time – either in an emergency or roaming. Emergency team members can be deployed to start a new intervention in a crisis context or to support existing MSF missions in countries in their emergency response or preparedness activities.

Mobile emergency medical coordinators have the essential responsibility to assess, design and implement the response to meet the immediate health needs of populations in precarious situations. They may also be asked to provide specific support or training to the teams in place. MSF’s missions are diverse in terms of contexts as well as types of responsibilities.

The Mobile Emergency Medical Coordinator is quickly deployed in the field for missions lasting up to three months. 80% or more of the year would be field-based and non-field-based activities, such as briefings/debriefings/trainings/report writing/assistance on specific files, tools, etc., can be up to 20% at home (or possibly during visits to head office).


During emergency missions, the mobile emergency medical coordinator reports directly to the responsible mobile emergency coordinator in the field and to the emergency coordinator in Brussels. In specific circumstances, the Emergency Medical Coordinator may report to the National Coordination Management Team (CMT) at the capital level. Sometimes the emergency medical coordinator reports directly to the emergency pool coordinator in Brussels.


The primary purpose of the Emergency Mobile Medical Coordinator is, together with the Emergency Coordinator, to identify emergencies, prepare assessments and initiate emergency response. Be responsible for the planning and coordination of all mission medical activities and resources, as MSFthe charter, policies and ethical principles of the , taking into account international and national laws, in order to ensure the delivery of quality medical care to patients and their communities as well as to improve the state of health and the humanitarian living conditions of the target population.


Within the Emergency Mobile Team, the main responsibilities of the Emergency Mobile Medical Coordinator are:

  • Ensure high quality and timely integrated health assessments of medical needs during exploratory and emergency missions
  • Design medical emergency responses and strategies and lead the implementation of health emergency interventions
  • Identify health workforce needs for emergency response and ensure rapid recruitment, induction and training of new medical staff
  • Ensure consistent monitoring and analysis of outcomes to improve the efficiency and quality of emergency medical interventions
  • Provide reports on mission medical progress as required and is responsible for the mission medical library. Inform the field medical staff of all available equipment and keep all medical documents up to date in the database
  • Represent MSFwith the local medical authorities and maintaining regular contact with the mission’s other counterparts (NGOs, local organizations, donors, authorities) in order to broaden the analysis of the medico-humanitarian situation, to strengthen the impact of medical intervention and support advocacy actions for humanitarian awareness
  • Closing emergency interventions including the transfer of medical activities to other actors and ensuring the proper archiving of medical files at the end of an intervention



  • Essential: medical degree or other paramedical studies
  • A degree in tropical medicine or at least one year of work experience in a tropical setting is a strong asset
  • Strong technical skills related to primary health care, maternal and child health, reproductive health, communicable diseases, immunization, malnutrition, emergency preparedness and response


  • Minimum of 3 years of MSF field experience (or other NGOs) in developed countries
  • Minimum of 1 year of MSF field experience (or other NGOs) as project medical referent and/or medical coordinator in emergency interventions


  • Strategic vision
  • Dynamism, rigor and responsiveness
  • Resistance to stress, ability to adapt to different contexts
  • Leadership (able to set priorities, make choices and take responsibility for decisions)
  • Diplomatic and negotiation skills (intra and extra MSF)
  • Strong networking skills
  • Experience in supervision, capacity building, coaching and training being a strong asset
  • Strong communication skills – both written and spoken
  • Flexibility – Autonomy


  • English is essential
  • French and/or Arabic is an asset


  • Expected start date: As soon as possible
  • Location: Carried out mainly in the field (all contexts) – More than 80% in the field; Based in the country of residence without being in the field
  • Type of contract: Fixed-term contract
  • Duration of contract: 12 months – Full time
  • Salary according to the MSF Field salary grid
  • The contractual terms, conditions and salary will be established according to the official residence of the selected candidates and in compliance with the standard MSF function and salary grids.
  • Medical insurance covered 100% according to the international package – 45 paid holidaysachievement bonus 1.5 months salary at the end of a 12 month contract
  • No family position
  • Prioritization of training at MSF (external training also considered)
  • A dynamic and stimulating work environment alongside multicultural colleagues
  • Adhere to MSF principles and our managerial values: Respect, Transparency, Integrity, Responsibility, Trust and Empowerment
  • Adhere to MSF behavioral commitments

How to register

Deadline for applications: 24/08/2022

How to register?

Please send your CV and cover letter to [email protected] mentioning “Emergency Mobile Medical Coordinator – OCB Epool Unitin the subject line of your email.

Only selected candidates will be contacted.

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