As of 1 January 2021, the Public Health Department (PHD) of MSF-OCA has a vacancy for the position of Medical Director.
MSF 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 office of MSF-Holland located in Amsterdam hosts more than 400 employees, offering direct support to MSF-OCA operations. Around 50 staff focus on recruitment, communication and fundraising in The Netherlands (MSF-Holland) and 350 staff are focused on supporting MSF-OCA operations.
At Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Artsen zonder Grenzen, 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.
Public Health Department
The OCA Public Health Department (PHD) is a diverse multi-disciplinary team of specialists and health advisors working across the OCA partnership. Health advisors are currently located in Amsterdam and Berlin and are integrated into the operational desks. Specialists, providing direct support through Mission Medical Support Teams (MSTs), research and innovation management, and within project teams, are currently dispersed across Amsterdam, Berlin and the Manson Unit in London. The purpose of the department is to provide medical leadership and direction for MSF-OCA, in order to contribute to the MSF social mission. This is achieved through:
As of 1 February 2021, the Public Health Department of MSF-OCA has a vacancy for the position of
Medical Director (100%)
Located in Amsterdam
Position within the organisation
As Medical Director, you will lead the senior leadership team of managers in the OCA PHD and report to the Chair of the OCA Management Team (MT). You are a member of the OCA MT and the MSF Holland MT (legal entity of OCA).
Objectives of the position
The main objectives of the position of Medical Director are:
Strategy & Leadership
Quality assurance health
Cooperation and networking
MSF and MSF-OCA in transformation
Our strengths continue to be our determined humanitarian spirit, our sense of common purpose, our capacity to scale up our responses and our adaptability.
We fully realise that the coming years we need to transform our organisation. The direction is set in our Strategic Plan 2020-2023: from a European rooted organisation to a global organisation, within which all staff are valued and respected, and do not face structural barriers to communication, mobility and professional development. Our leadership will be representative of our global workforce, bringing with it diversity of thought and perspective. We will ensure that our organisation develops in ways that empower all of our staff, bringing support and learning closer to where they live and work. We will develop and expand our MSF OCA partnership into a global network. Senior leadership in regional hubs will connect with local networks to deepen our engagement, knowledge and ability to influence. We will embrace our global capacity in support of our social mission.
We are looking for
An inspirational medical leader, with the compassion, motivation, technical competence and medical vision, to lead a complex, diverse and networked medical department, across multiple locations, to deliver high quality medical support to meet the evolving healthcare needs in humanitarian settings. Being at a crossroad in our organisation of almost 50 years of age, we are looking for a leader who will guide the transformative organisational development together with the OCA MT.
A medical doctor with a proven track record of leading significant organisational change. With a Master of Public Health, international public health specialisation, or similar post-graduate qualification, and at least 4 years humanitarian-medical field experience with MSF or a comparable organisation. You are be able to demonstrate strong, proven skills in management, leadership qualities, and have at least 4 years senior medical/health management experience. You have proven expertise in strategic and conceptual thinking, policy development, financial and human resource management, planning and monitoring of results. You will lead change through people i.e. have the ability to communicate the vision and rationale for change, and engage others, facilitating collaborative working.
Furthermore, you have an up to date knowledge of recent developments in the field of humanitarian relief and international public health and tropical medicine. In addition, you have proven affinity with advocacy, and experience with field research in resource poor settings. Good analytical and communication skills are essential as well as an excellent command of the English language (oral and written communication). It would be highly appreciated if you are able to speak French.
You must be willing to live and work in Amsterdam and be prepared to spend approximately 20% of your time on work-related travel.
A challenging position within a stimulating, professional working environment in a major international organisation.
A Dutch employment contract from 1 February 2021, based on 40 hours per week. The contract is for three years with renewal option.
A gross monthly salary of a minimum of € 6,487 and a maximum of € 9,264 for a full-time appointment based on relevant work experience.
Attractive secondary benefits (premium free pension, 30 holidays).
Information & application
If you are interested in this post and would like additional information about the recruitment procedure, please contact:
Marleen Boers (Coordinator Recruitment) at Marleen.Boers@amsterdam.msf.org.
For more information about the position, please contact:
Melissa McRae: Melissa.McRae@amsterdam.msf.org (current Medical Director)
Nelke Manders: Nelke.Manders@amsterdam.msf.org (Chair of the OCA MT)
The closing date for applications is 31 October 2020.
Selection will be by means of two interviewing rounds. The first interview round takes place in the week of 23 November 2020, the second and final interview round in the week of 7 December 2020. A test/case may be part of the process.
If you believe that you fit the profile, you can react directly via the 'Apply' button. Please upload a letter of motivation and Curriculum Vitae in English as one combined document.
***Acquisition is not appreciated***