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Infection Prevention and Control MIO (for francophone missions & Temporary post)

Médecins Sans Frontières is an international independent medical-humanitarian organization, which offers assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict, without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation. The MSF movement is built around five operational directorates supported by MSF’s 24 sections, 24 associations and other offices together worldwide. MSF OCBA is one of those directorates. The operations are implemented by field teams and the mission coordination teams; together with the organizational units based in Barcelona, Athens and decentralized in Nairobi, Dakar and Amman. The field operations are guided and supported by 5 Operational Cells, the Emergency Unit and other departments supporting operations, including the Medical Department1.


The Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) MIO is hierarchically accountable to the Head of Operational Medical Unit. S/he is functionally linked to the IPC/ Nursing Referent and with previous discussion with the correspondent Health Advisor (TESACO) when implementing plans for/in specific missions.

While in a mission, s/he works under the regular hierarchical and functional structures of the missions, in close cooperation with her/his colleagues in the field from Hospital Management, Watsan, Biomedical Referent, etc.



Health Care Associated Infections (HCAIs) are the most frequent and most severe complications in healthcare structures and a great concern for patient safety. Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) is a practical, evidence-based approach preventing patients and health care workers from being harmed by avoidable infections and hospital outbreaks.

In line with MSF-OCBA Executive Plan, Operational priorities, and with the Medical Department Plan, the quality of the medical care remains a challenge in terms of field implementation and follow-up.  In this frame, IPC measures have taken an essential role.






1 The MSF Medical Department of the Operational Centre Barcelona-Athens (MSF-OCBA) is composed of two units: the technical advisor unit which is formed by referent advisors of different areas and specialties; the medical-operational unit which is formed of polyvalent Cells-based health advisors (functional link) and mobile implementer positions. The Medical director is in charge of the overall management of the department with the support of the heads of the three specialists’ teams.



The IPC MIO will ensure the implementation and respect of MSF standards, protocols and good practices related to the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAIs) in MSF OCBA projects. The aim is to ensure the safety of patients, caretakers and staff in the health structures.

The IPC MIO will visit the priority missions according to 2019 Annual Plan. Visits planning and specific visit Terms of Reference (ToR) will be done in conjunction with Head of Operational Medical Unit, IPC/Nursing Referent, Operational Cell-based Health Advisor (TESACO) and MCT of the Mission. ToR could include several of the tasks described below or others according to identified needs.

During the field visits, s/he works under the regular hierarchical and functional structures of the missions, by keeping its communication with the different Departments as explained above.

The field visits should normally not exceed 6-8 weeks. It has to be noted that this is a field position; the larger proportion of the time (minimum 80 %) will be spent in the field, with HQ tasks in  between the missions. Visit planning could always be modified according to prioritized needs.




  • Participate in meetings at department and service level as well as in other in- house discussion forums.
  • Participate in training sessions (PPD/MMC and HoM/Medco co-days and others upon request) and other national and international events as required by her/his direct and functional managers.
  • Participate in updating and adapting the existing tools under his/her domain.



  • Implement or re-inforce the functioning of the “IPC Committee” in the health structures, as an interdisciplinary forum to promote good IPC practices and monitoring
  • Perform IPC assessments in the healthcare facilities of the projects, using existing tools: infrastructure and organization, human resources, adherence to IPC measures in all services including support services (sterilization unit, laundry and kitchen).
  • Support the IPC Committee in the development of IPC action plan, based on the priorities identified.
  • Provide technical support and guidance to ensure the implementation of the main IPC pillars, according to MSF IPC policy: (1) Hand hygiene, (2) Environmental cleaning and treatment of reusable medical devices, (3) Transmission-based precautions.
  • Provide technical support in the design of correct clean and dirty flows inside the health structure in collaboration with multidisciplinary team
  • Provide technical support and expertise to ensure compliance to aseptic care techniques. Ensure correct use of antiseptics/disinfectants/detergents
  • Provide technical expertise, support, training and guidance to staff on IPC related issues using existing or new tools


Human resources:


  • Provide direct field support to teams in the identification/recruitment of a national IPC supervisor in the project
  • Provide support and guidance to the IPC supervisor in the daily activities, in the use of standardized tools for monitoring and surveillance
  • Provide on the job training/coaching to the IPC supervisor, Nurse Supervisors, sterilization technician, and to other staff related with IPC practices: cleaners, laundry and kitchen staff.


Surveillance and monitoring:


  • Provide technical expertise and support in the implementation and follow-up  of HCAIs (especially surgical site infections and catheter  related  bloodstream infections) through data collection, surveillance tools, bundles and checklists
  • Provide technical support and guidance to teams in the occurrence of hospital outbreaks in collaboration with medical referents involved (IPC/Nursing, ABR focal point, Diagnostic referents)
  • After field visits, reports regarding the progress of status and quality of the integration of the IPC component will be provided, as well as debriefings / presentations of the Missions performed.



  • Required profile: Nursing degree
  • Master in Infection Prevention and Control is an asset
  • Significant experience in hospital environment in low resource settings with MSF or other NGOs
  • Previous experience in Infection Prevention and Control field / programs
  • Reporting skills.
  • Good computer user skills (Microsoft Office Word and Excel)
  • Fluent in French is compulsory. English, Spanish, Portuguese and/or Arabic are an asset.


  • Commitment to MSF Principles
  • Cross-cultural awareness
  • Behavioral flexibility
  • Stress management
  • Analytical thinking
  • Results and quality orientation
  • Planning and organizing
  • Service orientation
  • Teamwork and cooperation


  • Willingness to travel at short notice, to whatever context MSF is working in. Mission visits not exceeding 2 months in principle.



  • HQ Temporary post based in each home base with frequent travelling and supervisions to the projects (minimum 80% at field level and 20% in HQ/ or working from home)
  • Contract: determined period of 6 months, with possible extension depending on the evolution of the assigned portfolio.
  • Full time job
  • Annual gross salary: 26.981,33 € (divided into 12 monthly payments) + secondary benefits based on MSF OCBA Reward Policy.
  • Practical working conditions while in the field are as per the MSF-OCBA guideline.
  • Starting date: ASAP




  • To apply, all applicants should please send their CV and cover motivation letter under the reference “MIO Infection Prevention and Control” to 
  • Please submit your CV and cover letter in ONE file and name the file with your LAST NAME
  • Closing date: February 20th 2019
  • Replies will only be sent to short-listed candidates.


Médecins Sans Frontieres, as a responsible employer, article of “Ley de Integración Social Minusválido de 1982 invite those persons with a disability and with an interest in the humanitarian area to apply the position.