Medical Director

Médecins Sans Frontières
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Full time Staff

About Medecins Sans Frontieres - Operational Centre Amsterdam

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent, medical humanitarian and emergency relief organisation that provides assistance to people worldwide, regardless of their background, religion or political convictions. 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
  • 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
  • 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 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


  • 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
Closing date: 
8th May 2019