Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Artsen zonder Grenzen is an international, independent medical humanitarian organisation. We provide medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare. We are a non-profit, self-governed, member-based organisation. MSF was founded in 1971 in Paris by a group of journalists and doctors. Today, we are a worldwide movement of more than 67,000 people.

MSF coordinates operations through collaborations between global offices. The ‘MSF Operational Centre Amsterdam’ (OCA) is a partnership that is composed of the partners MSF-Canada, MSF-Germany, MSF-SARA, MSF-Sweden, MSF-Holland and MSF-United Kingdom. MSF-OCA operates medical humanitarian interventions in about 25 countries with more than 11,000 staff.

The Emergency Support Department (ESD) is part of the Operations Department and plays a fundamental role in responding to medical and humanitarian emergencies: The ESD conducts exploratory and assessment missions; initiates and manages large scale emergency interventions; supports emergency interventions managed by regular desks; provides support to the organisation and existing missions in promoting and guarding emergency response capacity; and supports the management of operations in highly insecure environments. The ESD consists of a headquarter-based Emergency Desk (5 permanent staff) and an Emergency Team for deployment in the field (approx 20 positions).

At Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), we are committed to an inclusive culture that encourages and supports the diverse voices of our employees. Our diversity fuels our innovation and connects us closer to our beneficiaries and the communities in which we work. We welcome applications from individuals of all genders, ages, sexual orientations, nationalities, races, religions, beliefs, ability status, and all other diversity characteristics.

The E Desk is accepting open applications at any time for any position. With immediate effect, the E Desk is particularly looking for:


Logistics coordinator


  • Overall: reports to the Head of Emergency Support Department in Amsterdam.
  • During field assignments the reporting line maybe under the Head of Mission of the country management team (CMT), the Emergency Coordinator (EmCo) or directly to the Emergency Manager in Amsterdam, depending on the situation.
  • There is a functional line to the HQ based advisor for logistics as well.


To provide emergency response capacity for the field. This could be starting up new interventions but often consists of providing support within existing missions/projects, either to support in key positions or respond to emergencies within those missions.


The main responsibility is preparation and implementation of emergency missions/new projects. You will find yourself functioning as a logistics coordinator in countries dealing with emergencies.

Flexibility and adaptability is key in this role. We are looking for an all-rounder who can do what is necessary. You may carry out exploratory missions, you may be asked to function in other supportive roles in logistics (according to your experience) at project or coordination level for start-up projects or gap-fill in challenging projects.

You therefore need to be able to:

  • Carry out assessments and exploratory missions focusing on logistics in health structures and populations at risk
  • Support in closing projects/missions when necessary
  • Contribute to the development of an intervention strategy in emergency project or country responses
  • Function as the coordinator at capital level (part of country management team) in emergency projects or existing projects (interim management)
  • Prepare, plan, implement, monitor and report on logistics interventions
  • Represent MSF as part of internal and external coordination platforms and bodies
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of training programs for emergency and non-emergency staff
  • Contribute to the further development of learning and development kits (organisational level) and other innovations
  • Contribute to evaluations/reviews carried out of emergency intervention projects
  • Contribute to the maintenance, development and implementation of guidelines, in liaison with the different support departments at HQ
  • Emergency Team members spend about 90% of their work days (excluding holidays) in field locations and the remaining working time at HQ for briefing/debriefing/trainings/desk work or other tasks.



  • At least 18 months field experience with one of the MSF sections in at least two different projects, of which at least one emergency project or a med/high security setting, and at least one in a coordination position (LogCo)
  • Knowledge of Logistical support in humanitarian programs.
  • Ability to adjust logistical support setup to changes in context/operations.
  • Ability to critical reflect on existing setups.
  • Experience of logistics in emergencies, with a strong focus in supply management and security
  • An understanding of and experience with most of the below logistical/program specialties;
  • Supply
  • Cold chain
  • Transport
  • Communication / ICT,
  • Security management
  • Construction
  • WatSan
  • Energy
  • Proven organizational skills, diplomatic skills and experience with the representation of MSF in order to develop community participation strategies and engage other actors (internal and external)
  • Ability to prioritise work, demonstrable (people) management skills
  • Have a “can do mentality” with the capacity to motivate a team into action and communicate clearly your vision and decisions
  • Maintain a positive outlook and attitude
  • A flexible and solution oriented mentality and the ability to be decisive in chaotic circumstances
  • Knowledge of standard software within MSF-OCA (Word/Excel/Outlook)
  • Willingness to travel to any required area, frequently at short notice
  • Fluent in English
  • Proven flexibility and solution-oriented mentality;
  • Ability to work independently and be decisive in chaotic circumstances;
  • Positive, can-do attitude. Focuses on the win’s and not barriers to success;
  • Willingness to travel to any required area, frequently at short notice;
  • Able to work in teams and under stressful conditions;


  • Experience in logistical management of a variety of MSF response to emergencies. At least in one of the more general settings which include response to meningitis, measles, cholera, ebola or malnutrition, in displacement settings, camp settings, natural disaster or conflict & violence settings.
  • Experience with NFI/Food/Targeted distributions, WatSan community programs
  • Experience in closing or opening a MSF project or mission
  • Experience in collapsed states (CAR, South Sudan), heavy administrative missions (Ethiopia, Middle East, Asia) and/or high security (Yemen, Syria etc.)
  • French speaking and/or Arabic speaking
  • Extensive knowledge and experience using OCA standard data tools, incl. Unifield


  • A fulltime appointment for 1 year with a potential option to renew;
  • Salary is the same at the regular Logistics Coordinator position according to the field function grid. It thus depends on three factors: domicile, level of responsibility and experience on the job. Candidate’s domicile determines which MSF section will act as employer;
  • 45 holidays per year;
  • Completion bonus of 1.5 month of extra salary after completion of every 12 months commitment;
  • Prioritisation for trainings in MSF (external trainings additionally and considered)
  • A challenging position within a stimulating, professional working environment in a major international organization


Additional information about the vacancy can be requested from

Adeline Degratet +34 935 213 051

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The application deadline is 02 May 2021.

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