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    Médecins Sans Frontières is a private, non-profit international humanitarian organization dedicated to providing medical assistance to populations in crisis, without discrimination and regardless of race, religion, creed or political affiliation.

    Emergency Team Project Coordinator


    Main Responsibilities

    Emergency Team Project Coordinator Is responsible for MSF operational response in the Project. In close collaboration with the capital team, define and plan the Project objectives and priorities, identifying population’s health and humanitarian needs, analyzing the context and the humanitarian issues at stake, the risks and constraints and calculating human and financial needs.
    Coordinate, in close collaboration with the Head of Mission, its implementation in order to efficiently ensure the goals as well as to improve targeted population’s health conditions and humanitarian situation,

    Job Description

    • Represent MSF within project limits. In close consultation with the Head of Mission and the Medical Coordinator, develop institutional contacts with national partners at project’s level (civil society, civil and military authorities, local NGOs, Ministry of Health representatives, etc.) as well as with media in order to obtain all information and agreements necessary for the integration of MSF’s programmers in the local context and improve the targeted population’s awareness on them.
    • Together with the project team, evaluate needs by identifying the population’s health status, by analyzing the context (environment, actors involved, negotiations for access etc.) and associated risks and constraints in order to define priorities and projects goals and to calculate material, human and financial resources needed.
    • Propose and carry out exploratory missions, according to Head of Mission’s and/or Medical Coordinator’s indications, in order to better comprehend context, priorities, constraints and population needs.
    • Ensure a data collection and epidemiological surveillance system, in prior agreement with the Medical Coordinator, in order to define medical and technical programs and preventative protocols for the targeted population.
    • Steer and supervise the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the programmers in collaboration with the team, by collecting information and comparing it with the objectives, schedules in order to monitor progression and early detect deviations and propose corrections.
    • Provide reporting to the coordination team on project’s evolution and propose corrections if needed,
    • Elaborate the Project’s institutional memory, keeping written records (and file them) on its development, in order to broadcast MSF achievements and improve awareness.
    • Monitor the risks and threats around the project(s), documenting the situation and analyzing the consequences of political decisions or negotiations in course, in order to bear witness of and to render the populations’ distress public.
    • In coordination with the Medical Coordinator, Administration Manager and Activity Managers, plan and organize the organizational charts, plan and distribute tasks and workload among the teams, guiding their understanding of the issues linked to the Project and the Mission through regular working meetings and feedback, in order to ensure an efficient deployment of the resources and the achievement of the expected goals.
    • Inform the Emergency team on field missions on the instructions given by the Capital promoting fluent, smooth written and oral communication and information flow and ensuring confidentiality and full compliance with security rules and medical ethics.
    • Supervise full implementation of safety and health protocols, reporting to the Medical Coordination on risky behaviours, in order to ensure safe working conditions for the project staff.
    • Be responsible of the proper application of HR policies and associated processes (recruitment, training, briefing/debriefing, evaluation, potential, detection, staff’s development and internal communication) in order to ensure both the sizing and the amount of knowledge required for the activities he/she is accountable for.
    • In coordination with the Medical Coordinator and Administration Manager, identify training needs, provide individual follow up and coaching, carry out end of mission evaluation of the team members and lead internal communication initiatives in order to facilitate people’s integration and professional development and to maximize their capabilities and commitment to MSF values and project’s goals.
    • Supervise the project material resources put at MSF’s disposition in order to ensure a correct use and its longevity.
    • Supervise all orders (medical and logistical) and the Project’s purchases as well as the financial indicators, with the support of the capital referents, in order ensure efficiency and early detect deviations and its causes.
    • Define and regularly update, in close collaboration with the Head of Mission, the Project’s security policy and strategic response to emergencies, reporting any concerning issue, in order to improve risk working conditions and to ensure staff’s full adherence to security rules and protocols. Manages the security in the project, ensuring that all necessary security measures are in place for the safety of MSF staff and its operations


    • Education: University degree from a recognized medical school
    • Experience: (A) Essential working experience of at least two years in relevant similar jobs in other NGO’s, or previous field experience with MSF in different contexts. (B) Essential working experience in developing countries.
    • Languages: Essential, mission working language.
    • Knowledge: Essential computer literacy (word, excel and internet)


    • Strategic vision
    • Leadership
    • People Management & coaching
    • Planning
    • Report writing
    • Teamwork

    Work Location
    The Emergency Team Coordinator will be based in Abuja with frequent travel throughout Nigeria, particularly Northern East part of the country. (30% MSF Abuja Office and 70% Field).

    208 working hours per month and roster flexibility required.

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    (Reference No. 06_DY16)

    Responsibilities and Tasks

    • Ensure the implementation and continuity of antenatal and postnatal care, family planning, obstetrical care (BEmONC 1 and CEmONC 2), neonatal and comprehensive abortion care, management of victims of sexual violence, reproductive tract infections and Fistula care in accordance with MSF Reproductive Core Package of Activities and reinforce the implementation of standardised protocols.
    • Where PMTCT is implemented, ensure implementation of the PMTCT protocol in the ANC/delivery and PNC consultations (pre counselling, test and post counselling
    • Collaborate with the medical doctor and /or nurse in the management of Sexual Violence cases
    • Assess the feasibility for referral of pregnant women form the TBAs to the OPD/MCH for medical evaluation and/or complicated deliveries.
    • Ensure hygiene and sterilization criteria (including universal precautions) are met according to MSF specifications.
    • Guarantee a regular and ongoing supply of drugs and equipment required for maternity activities (including monitoring/consumption control/ordering of orders.
    • Properly follow up all newborn babies from delivery until discharge, informing mothers and relatives about importance of breast feeding, vaccination and possible complications resulting from harmful traditional practices.
    • Ensure patients’ right to privacy and confidentiality is respected
    • Supervise that administrative procedures of admissions and hospitalizations comply with MSF protocols , as well as verify patients are properly informed and receive the documents required (birth certificate, vaccination card, etc
    • NB: The responsibilities mentioned above are not exhaustive and other work can be required according to the needs of the mission.
    • Mobility is requested from MSF staff, including short term assignments from their usual place of work


    • Education: Essential midwifery qualification or specialization. Desired Bachelor in Midwifery
    • Experience: Essential working experience of at least two years in midwife activities related jobs Essential Desirable.
    • Languages: Essential, English, Hausa and Kanuri language would be an asset.


    • Results
    • Teamwork
    • Flexibility
    • Commitment
    • Service

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    Emergency Team - Nurse Supervisor


    Main Purpose

    Plan, organize, and evaluate the activities concerning his/her field of action in Nursing and the team associated, according to MSF values, policies and protocols and universal health standards, in order to warrant the quality and continuity of the health care and the development of the plan of action.

    Job Description

    • Carry out the functions and tasks associated to his/her specialty, i.e. perform as a nurse, midwife, whenever required or needed, in order to optimize the resources, contributing with his/her knowledge and experience.
    • Implement all the protocols and hygiene procedures, and supervise his/her team follow the same standards, in order to warrant the quality of the care and service in his/her speciality.
    • Organize and coordinate the activities of his/her team (week’s schedule, annual leave, absences, etc.), evaluate their performance and define and ensure the needs for training of staff, in order to ensure the coverage of the human resources needs and maintain high standards of quality.
    • Carry out and/or supervise the ( decentralized) pharmacy and medical equipment management (drugs orders, follow-up of the stock, storage conditions, inventories, follow-up of expired drugs and their destruction, drugs consumption, etc.) in his or her department, in order to satisfy the needs of material with efficiency and effectiveness.
    • Carry-out and/or coordinate administrative (exit-paper, transfer-paper, etc.), information and data collection (patient files, forms, statistics, etc.) tasks, and elaborate regular reporting, in order to have updated and reliable information about the day-to-day activity in the project, output/ outcome and support decision-taking.
    • Give feedback/ reports to medical focal point.


    • Nurse Supervisor must be a qualified, registered Nurse with at least 2 years of experience. Adheres to the deontology of the Nigerian Nursing Council.
    • Reactivity in the face of emergency.
    • Capacity to live and work in precarious conditions and as part of a team with people of different competences and cultures
    • Capable to be simultaneously “present” in the field in the practical sense (pragmatic, reactive, etc.) and have enough detachment from the situation (consider the dynamics of an epidemic, pertinences of the solutions proposed, etc.)
    • Capability of supervising teams.
    • A great deal of flexibility and a capacity for adaptation.
    • MSF field experience as well as a working Knowledge of MSF tools (organization, medical protocols, national/international orders, etc.) would count as an added advantage..

    Work Location
    The Emergency Nurse Supervisor will be based in Abuja with frequent travel throughout Nigeria, particularly Northern East part of the country. (20% MSF Abuja Office and 80% Field).

    208 working hours per month and roster flexibility required.

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    Logistic Coordinator Assistant


    (Reference No. 003_ABJ16)

    Position in the Organization Chart

    • Hierarchically and functionally accountable to the Logistic Coordinator (LogCo).

    Objective of the Position

    • Assist the logistics coordinator in specific activities and assume some delegated tasks, according to his/her instructions and complying with MSF standards, in order to ensure a proper logistic management in capital and provide support to logistic activities in the projects.

    General Requirements

    • As a humanitarian organization involved in emergency programs all national and international MSF staff is expected to be flexible and available for emergency response activities.
    • S/he should be willing to undertake other tasks as necessary and not specified in the job description, supporting the mission activities in the response to potential emergencies and cover HR gaps or needs at field level.

    Required Skills

    • Education: B.ENG, HND or B.SC. Further training desirable.
    • Technical Knowledge in: Transport, Energy, Construction, ICT highly recommended
    • Experience: Essential two year previous experience in similar job. Desirable working experience with a health related International NGO.
    • Languages: Essential English and local language
    • Knowledge: Essential computer literacy (word, excel and internet)


    • Due to the nature of MSF operations, flexibility is indispensable
    • Committed to humanitarian principles

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    Deputy Logistic Coordinator


    Job Description

    • Support the Logistic coordinator through delegated tasks and responsibilities and replace the LOGCO’ in his/her absence.
    • In general terms, the Deputy Logistics Coordinator will participate and collaborate with the Logistics coordinator in the definition and implementation of all technical and logistics strategies and support to the field. This implies ensuring the pertinence and coherence of logistics programs, the adequacy of the means provided and the compliance of MSF standards and protocols in order to enable the development of the mission in perfect working conditions and optimize the impact of the medical projects.
    • The Deputy Logistics Coordinator specialized in supply will elaborate supply strategies and coordinates the implementation of an efficient mission supply chain, according to MSF protocols and standards
    • Participate actively in the definition and update of annual project planning and budgets and the Emergency Preparation Plan, defining strategy and advising the Logistics Coordinator in the translation of the identified logistical / technical needs into objectives, priorities and resources needed for intervention.
    • Monitor implementation of logistics/technical activities in the mission (construction and rehabilitation, stock and supply of medical and non-medical material, transport, communications, water and sanitation, vehicles and engines, equipment/installation and infrastructures, etc.) ensuring compliance of MSF standards, protocols and procedures, and reporting to the HoM on the development of the ongoing programmes and proposing reorientation strategies when needed.

    Required Skills and Conditions

    • Essential technical/logistics degree/diploma.
    • Computer literacy.
    • Essential working experience of at least two years in relevant jobs, experience with MSF or other NGOs in developing countries.
    • Leadership
    • Team management
    • Good negotiation capabilities
    • English both in spoken and written
    • Hausa and French and added advantage.

    Method of Application

    Submit your CV, qualifications and a cover letter with contact details to the MSF Admin’ Office in Abuja (“Application Box” at the Watchmen Desk). (With Reference EPREP PROJECT COORDINATOR)

    Applications can be submitted in person or by email to:

    Deadline for the submission of applications: 12th February 2016.

    Please make sure to submit your application on or before this date.

    NB: only successful applicants will be called for interview.

    Notice: No monetary transactions, neither demands of favours in kind, nor other types of favouritism will be tolerated in the recruitment process.

    MSF reserves the right to refuse hiring of a candidate having benefitted from such acts. All illicit demands of these types may be pursued through the judicial system.

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