The main purpose of the Medical Coordinator is to plan, design, lead, coach and coordinate the implementation of the overall medical content, strategies, activities and resources in the missions in order to facilitate the delivery of quality medical care for patients and their communities as well as to improve population health condition, its humanitarian living conditions and disease prevention. Guarantee the appropriate implementation and management of medical aspects of MSF projects in the mission, ensuring the achievement of the objective set. This will be done in close collaboration with the Head of Mission, the Medical Department and other local authorities and following the corporate MSF ethos and values, health policies, protocols, and operational plan; and monitoring medical and humanitarian situation in the country..
Be responsible to define, monitor and update the medical content of the MSF country policy, annual plan and budget, by scanning health needs through exploratory missions and implementation of health information system, elaborating, monitoring and reviewing project proposals, determining, necessary resources in order to cover medical and humanitarian needs of the population at risk. This will be done ensuring linkage with the community, its proximity by safe-guarding medical ethics and the quality of medical programming (ie. Relevance, effectiveness, safety, accessibility and appropriateness of MSF’s medical interventions, as well as “best practices” clinical management of patients.).
Be accountable to ensure that the objectives and goals set in the Mission’s annual plan, CPP and project plans in regards to the medical activities carried out by MSF are achieved.
In close collaboration with the HR Coordinator, participate in the planning, definition and sizing of the health-workforce in the mission to ensure the implementation of medical activities in the mission.
Be responsible to define and size other resources (pharmacy and medical equipment management in collaboration with logistics) and timelines, procedures and protocols in order to efficiently achieve the medical objectives in the mission.
Be responsible to coach, and directly support project coordinators and medical teams in the implementation of the medical activities, translating the MSF health policy and identified health needs into project objectives and activities in order to ensure high quality health assistance to population and that mission medical objectives are achieved.
Be responsible to evaluate medical team through regular appraisals and detect training and developing needs in order to manage talent and increase medical staff contribution.
Be responsible for the Mission’s Health Policy and Medical Repatriation Policy. Together with the HR Coordinator, define, update and implement an appropriate health policy framework, including medical insurance and social packages, for international and national staff, providing all prophylactic and preventive necessary measures, structures and emergency plans, managing any medical evacuation in order to ensure MSF staff health.
Be responsible for preparation of all medical orders in collaboration with Logistics Department, ensuring they are done according to guidelines and on time, and ensuring fulfillment of all procurement policies adhered to.
Be responsible for the submission of all local medical purchase requests to HQ.
Be accountable for and supervise the medical technical aspects and, in coordination with the Logistics Coordinator, the material aspects of the programmes (quality of drugs, safety and quality of health care facilities, consumptions, etc.) through regular field visits as well as analyze difficulties during the implementation (on district, provincial and national level) and report deviations as they appear (amongst the local authorities, the capital coordination team, field project teams and headquarters), in order to proactively provide the necessary solutions and achieve operational results.
Be responsible to promote communication, exchanging information and active participation of all medical staff in the mission’s development as well as remind and underline MSF values and philosophy to improve team motivation and engagement.
Be responsible to monitor the psychological status of all Mission’s staff, and suggests solutions to help improve mental health related issues.
Be accountable for the proper management of the pharmacy in the Mission, including projects.
Be responsible to ensure security related to medical issues (Bio-security, universal precautions and health and safety in the workplace) is guaranteed to the highest possible level, by implementing all MSF policies, protocols and procedures (i.e. Use of condoms, needle accidents, etc.)
Be responsible and supervise all medical team at capital level.
Be responsible for the Medical Library of the Mission, informs the medical field staff of all material available, and keeps all medical documents updated in the database.
Represent MSF before local medical authorities and keep regular contact with other counterparts in the mission (such as other NGO’s, local and international organizations, donors, civil and military authorities and other MSF sections in the country) in order to broaden the medical-humanitarian situation analysis, strengthen the impact of the medical intervention and support advocacy actions to raise humanitarian awareness.
Be responsible to contribute to the proper induction of all staff, ensuring that medical briefings and debriefings are done to all MSF staff.
• Essential, degree in medicine or other paramedical studies. Specialization in tropical medicine or a degree in Public Health would be an asset.
• For OCB: A diploma/specialization in Tropical medicine is essential.
• Essential, working experience of at least two years in relevant jobs and previous humanitarian experience in MSF or other NGOs in developing countries.
• High Level Portuguese and English
• Essential computer literacy (word, excel and internet)