Effective immediately the Logistics Department of Médecins sans Frontières is looking for a:
Flying BioMed management advisor / technician (90% time spent in the field)
The overall purpose of MSF is to preserve life and alleviate suffering while protecting human dignity and seeking to restore the ability of people to make their own decisions. MSF accomplishes this through the provision of medical aid and a personal commitment to act as witness to events surrounding populations in danger. This work is essentially performed in periods of crisis, when a situation is no longer held in balance and the very survival of a population may be threatened. The underlying basis for realising its objectives is respect for medical ethics, humanistic ideals, human rights and international humanitarian law. The Logistics Department (LogD) supports the overall purpose of MSF, providing excellent logistics and technical support to the OCA field operations. The department is responsible for providing strategic direction, integrated advice and hands on support to logistics and technical issues in the field. The department is made up of the Field Support Unit (FSU), the Amsterdam Procurement Unit (APU) and the Nairobi Supply Centre (NSC). The FSU consists of a group of generalist Front Officers (based in Amsterdam and Berlin) working directly with operations in HQ and the field and a group of technical/expert Back Officers who are responsible to provide specific support in a number of disciplines. The advisors of the Field Support Unit make regular field trips, produce tools and guidelines, provide (de)briefings and develop training for logistical/technical staff of MSF. They do so in close co-operation with the logistics/technical/procurement departments of the other MSF sections.
Position within the organisation The Flying BioMed management advisor/technician resorts under the Head of the Logistics Department and reports directly to the Co-ordinator of the Field Support Unit. He/she will be functionally managed by the FSU Back Officer BioMed and Cold Chain. He/she co-operates closely with the members of the Field Support Unit (Front & Back office), the Procurement Unit, other support departments, and logistics Co-ordinators in the field.
Main objectives of the post • Support implementation of the MSF-OCA BioMed policy in OCA missions by o analysing the current situation in the field and designing and implementing improved strategy and systems where needed o Asses the local market for availability of quality spares and equipment o Asses the quality of local service providers • Support local BioMed management and techical capacity by providing on the job training to MSF BioMed Technicians, technical logisticians, technicians and medical counterparts. • Perform maintenance and service activities on BioMed equipment. • On request do the above for other MSF-OC’s making use of their policies and standards.
Core responsibilities and tasks • Assess BioMed management systems in MSF projects (use of logbook, periodical checks and maintenance, workshop administration, spares administration and -control, use of genuine spares, spares stock levels and -ordering, responsibilities and organogram) according to MSF standards. • Assess local (sub-)contractors for quality of services • Write improvement plans to the BioMed Policy as well as with the related job descriptions , planning, organogram and budget • Supervise established and on-going technical work • Help selecting local technicians • Perform maintenance and service activities on BioMed equipment in support to the local technicians and for those types of services which can only be performed by certified staff • Assist the BO BioMed and Cold Chain of the FSU in improving field tools based on experience gained in this job
Candidate profile and qualifications Education and experience • Work experience in MSF is an asset, preferably as techlog or all-round log. However people in a similar job outside MSF is more than welcome to contact as well. • Proven BioMed technical skills and knowledge either through a relevant education or work experience • Proven training skills • Good communication skills • Willingness to spend approximately 90% of his/her time in the field on assignments of around 1-2 months each and 10% in the Amsterdam office • A high degree of work autonomy is required • Fluency in English (written and spoken); good working knowledge of French is an advantage • Willingness to travel and work in insecure areas.
We offer A 100% appointment for a period of twelve months with the possibility to chose for a part-time appointment (minimal 80%) with the possibility of extension. A part-time appointment will result in full-time work while in the field. • Training on the MSF standard BioMed management systems and MSF standard BioMed equipment • A gross monthly field salary in scale B between € 1,456.40 and €3,282 depending on relevant professional work experience. • A stimulating, professional working environment in an international organisation
More information? If you are interested in this post and would like additional information, please contact Olaf Pots, Coordinator of the FSU, at: +31 (0)20 520 8015 or Lizette van der Kamp, BO Biomed of the FSU, at +31 (0) 20 520 8992.
Application Please send your letter of application and CV before asap to the attention of Ms Miriam Heman (Personnel Officer HQ) by email to mentioning “Flying BioMed” in the subject line.