Deputy Medical Coordinator
Medecins sans Frontieres

MSF - Swizerland - Sudan

Médecins sans Frontières is a private international medical emergency organisation. It provides assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflicts, and does so irrespective of race, religion, creed or political convictions.

 Vacancy No: 004/2024
 Section/Unit: Medical and Paramedical
 Grade Level: 13 (base salary: 3940 USD per month)
 Supervisor: Medical Coordinator
 No. of Post: 1
 Duty Station: Port Sudan
 Duration: Six months with three months of trial period
 Closing Date: 18 July 2024


Main Purpose:

Supporting the Medical Coordinator through delegated tasks and responsibilities including defining, leading and coordinating the entire medical scope of the mission, according to MSF protocols, standards, policies and values, in order to ensure the quality of the medical care given to the targeted population and thus improving their overall health and living conditions. Fully assuming the medical coordinator's responsibilities in case of absence

 Duties and responsibilities:

Key Responsibilities:


  • Supporting the Medical Coordinator in defining, monitoring and updating the medical content of the MSF country policy and annual plan, by scanning health needs and translating them into objectives, priorities and resources needed in order to cover medical and humanitarian needs of the population at risk.
  • At the request of the Medical Coordinator, representing MSF before third parties concerning medical issues, ensuring its good public image and the alignment with the mission interests, through regular contacts with other actors in the country, negotiating with authorities when necessary, and informing on MSF charter, values and principles.
  • Participating and contributing in the definition and update of the country policy, annual plan and budgets in order to develop the projects and programs aimed at addressing humanitarian issues at stake ensuring its efficiency and quality ( i.e. monitoring the project implementation, assisting the Project Coordinator and the medical teams in drafting the project proposal and follow up, identifying priority needs, other potential areas of action and emergency situations and collaborating and assisting in the production of medical reports)
  • Coaching, training and motivating the teams in the mission in order to align all field staff with MSF values and ethics, and ensuring their capability to carry out their job achieving MSF quality standards (i.e. induction, briefing/debriefing, training, potential detection, evaluation)Â
  • Collaborating, together with the logistics department and according to project needs, in the pharmacy management in order to ensure enough and quality supply of drugs and medical material (i.e. review of medical orders and monitoring of medicines consumption and stock levels of the different projects)
    Assisting in defining and implementing the staff health and security policies for international and national staff in order to ensure its overall safety (i.e. monitors both physical and mental health state of staff, promotes compliance of all related protocols and procedures and collaborates in the update of issues regarding the security context)
  • Ensuring the Medical Coordination in the Mission and fully assuming the Medical Coordinator’s tasks and responsibilities in case of absence/gaps.


Specific Accountabilities:


Sudan has been a war-affected country since Apr 2023. The health system struggles to function, while war affects 12 out of the 18 Sudanese states. The country is bound to different disease outbreaks involving more than 10 states, including Malaria, measles, Cholera, Haemorrhagic fevers, mainly Dengue, malnutrition and Pertusses. MSF Switzerland, operating from Port-Sudan, is running different projects in Khartoum, Gedarif, and West Darfur, besides ongoing emergency assessment and responses.


The Deputy medical coordinator scope of responsibility will include but not be limited to


Exploratory mission/Situation assessment/project formulation


  • Know and apply rapid assessment tools and procedures (e.g., population count, etc.)
  • Carry out analysis of data collected, calculating indicators.
  • Know and apply sample collection and shipment protocols.
  • Define the target population of a future program.
  • Define medical operational priorities and strategies in the development of a project proposal.
  • Write the plan of action and build the logical framework.


Project implementation, follow-up, and monitoring


  • Collaborating with the team, challenge/adapt medical operational priorities and strategies through the annual plan of action and logical framework writing.
  • Monitor the program through frequent visits, data analysis, and exchange of medical information with the team.
  • Report data and data analysis to the hierarchy through regular reports. Put in perspective the difficulties encountered and the context of the project.
  • Participate in the capitalization of experience (through the relevant documentation and reporting)
  • Ensure continuity of the mission in keeping the history of the mission.
  • Carry out an efficient pharmacy and medical equipment management of the project (e.g., medical orders) in collaboration with the project pharmacy manager at the coordination and field level.




  • Ensure all MSF protocols are applied, and any other relevant agreed protocols.
  • Monitoring closely health situation with MoH, UN agencies and other actors
  • Represent MSF to different authorities upon delegation.
  • Filling gaps in medical department and project level.
  • Involved in weekly and monthly mission data analysis and reporting.
  • Any other relevant tasks.
  • Follow up with the National staff policy implementation for the mission.

 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:




Essential degree on medicine or other paramedical studies. Training in tropical medicine or Public Health will be an asset



Essential 2 years’ experience in relevant jobs, in MSF or other NGO’s in developing countries



Mission working language essential: Arabic and English required



Essential computer literacy (word, excel and internet)




  • Strategic Vision L2
  • Leadership L2
  • People Management and Development L3
  • Service Orientation L3
  • Teamwork and Cooperation L4

Application in English language must include:


  • Cover letter, explaining your motivation for the position
  • Complete CV, copies of relevant certificates and diplomas mentioned in the CV
  • Updated contact details (candidate’s phone number and a backup phone number)
  • Contact information of the previous employer/s for reference



Incomplete applications will not be contacted



Application to MSF-Switzerland Office in Port Sudan, Labour office, HAC, or Sudan Job web page before 18th of July 2024 only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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