Medical Director

Full Time
Amsterdam, Europe
Posted 3 weeks ago

Médecins Sans Frontières - Operational Centre Amsterdam (OCA)

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent, medical humanitarian, emergency relief organisation that provides assistance to people worldwide, regardless of their background, religion or political convictions. Above all, MSF aims to save lives and to offer medical humanitarian care to victims of conflict and epidemics. MSF staff in the field projects consists mainly of locally recruited staff, but with the values of international humanitarian solidarity in mind, national and international staff work side by side, ensuring the provision of direct medical humanitarian support to people in need. In the past 40 years, MSF has gained a strong position as an independent, medical humanitarian organisation working worldwide.

MSF coordinates operations through collaborations between global MSF offices. ‘MSF Operational Centre Amsterdam’ (MSF-OCA) is a partnership between ‘Artsen zonder Grenzen Nederland’ (MSF-Holland), MSF-UK and MSF-Germany. MSF-OCA operates medical humanitarian interventions in about 25 countries with about 80 projects. Annually, MSF-OCA deploys approximately 800 international staff and employs 10,000 national staff.

The Role

  • S/he is responsible for ensuring that MSF OCA has an organizational medical vision and priorities that allows the organisation to remain relevant and responsive to the health needs of current and future patients and communities where MSF operates
  • Together with the Deputy Medical Directors, ensure the organisational medical vision and ambitions are embedded into each new OCA Strategic Plan
  • S/he will ensure the links with the external world through collaborations, to learn from each other, and to fill gaps in expertise and know-how
  • The Medical Director, in conjunction with the Director of Operations, is responsible for the overall composition of the OCA medical operational portfolio
  • S/he will, in conjunction with the Director of Operations, reinforce a culture of quality improvement to assure the health interventions delivered are as safe, effective and have the most optimal positive impact as possible
  • S/he will ensure the implementation of a clinical governance framework for OCA, which focuses on patient safety and clinical risk management, clinical effectiveness, patient and community participation and an effective medical workforce
  • Together with the two Deputy Medical Directors (Amsterdam and London), provides overall leadership and oversight for the functioning and well-being of the OCA Public Health Department (PHD)
  • S/he works in close cooperation with the other MSF Medical Directors as well as the other Directors of Operations, to improve intersectional coherence and coordination, to increase collaboration, and to optimize resources and functions between the different sections
  • S/he is part of the OCA Management Team. S/he works with his/her fellow OCA Directors as a real, inclusive team, taking ownership for the vision and strategy of the entire organization and its operations, staff and resources as a whole
  • S/he will be a part of the MSF Holland Management Team and work closely with fellow Directors to take ownership of the vision and strategies for MSF Holland

Person Specification

  • Group Leadership
  • Delegation
  • Vision
  • Situational awareness
  • Initiative
  • Result Orientation
  • Transformation management expertise
  • Collaborative and pro-active working style


  • Medical doctor with a Master of Public Health, International Public Health specialisation, or similar post-graduate qualification
  • Substantial humanitarian-medical field experience with MSF or a comparable organisation
  • Strong proven skills in management and leadership qualities
  • Substantial senior medical/health management experience
  • Proven expertise in strategic and conceptual thinking, policy development, financial and human resource management, planning and monitoring of results
  • Ability to communicate the vision and rationale for change and engage and facilitate others to work collaboratively
  • Knowledge of recent developments in the field of humanitarian relief and international public health and tropical medicine
  • Proven affinity with advocacy, and experience with field research in resource-poor settings
  • Excellent command of the English language (oral and written communication). Highly appreciated if the candidate speak French
  • Willing to live and work in Amsterdam and be prepared to spend approximately 25% of his/her time on work-related travel

Job Features

Job CategoryNGO
Closing Date8th May 2019

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Job Features

Job CategoryNGO
Closing Date8th May 2019

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Yolanda Weldring

Associate Director - Europe