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Operational Cell4-based Health Advisor Latin America (LATAM) (Position based in Barcelona)


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.

MSF is a civil society initiative that brings together individuals committed to the assistance of other human beings in crisis. As such MSF is by choice an association.
Each individual working with MSF does it out of conviction and is ready to uphold the values and principles of MSF.

The MSF movement is built around five operational directorates supported by MSF’s 21 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 decentralised in Nairobi, Dakar and Amman. The field operations are guided and supported by 5 Operational Cells, the Emergency Unit and other departments supporting operations.



MSF OCBA Strategic Plan 2014-2019, strongly reassert the continuity of the course to a decentralized operational management, delegating authority to country management teams with different models defined according to the diversity of context OCBA works.

The decentralization model proposed for LATAM is based on the transfer of responsibility and accountability from the HQ to the MCT, by removing the current cell supervision function; assuming that MCT will respond taking a clear ownership of the roles and responsibilities already assigned, while HQ departments will not confront a dramatic increase in missions support demand.

The main objective of the Health Advisor position is to define and orient the OCBA medical strategy in Latin America, mainly related to OSV/Other Situations of Violence that are related to transversal areas like internal displacement, sexual violence, forced migration, forced disappearance, urban violence, civil unrest or torture. Thus Mental Health, Sexual Violence and ToP, Torture and Community interventions support are crucial in LATAM portfolio.

He/she is hierarchically accountable to the LATAM Operations Manager (Cell04), while functionally linked to the Head of the Operational Medical Unit of the Medical Department.



  1. To lead the innovation of medical strategies associated to Other Situations of Violence (OSV)
  • Detect opportunities and propose innovative solutions to enrich medical response in OSV contexts within LATAM missions or in other contexts, including continuum of care through pre-hospital, mobile clinics and distance care by use of social media/phone
  • Support LATAM Operations Manager in the development of strategic dossier of OSV/OSV Road Map, with emphasis in Mental Health (both MHPPS and MH-Gap), Sexual Violence, Termination of Pregnancy on Request, Community Engagement/Health Promotion and Torture/Ill-treatment Care.
  • Coordinate and consolidate medical referents support according to context.
  • Incorporate strategic advice to develop medical referents support.
  • Contribute to potentiate OSV networking, including MSF entities in LATAM.
  • Contribute to develop collaboration with regional medical resources.
  1. Provide strategic and technical support to field teams in LATAM and other OSV contexts
  • Collaborate with and give technical support to the teams in the field in all phases of the project cycle (design of project proposal, planning, monitoring and evaluation, project re-orientation, expansion or closure), for regular, exploratory, and emergency missions.
  • Define and justify the medical strategy of the projects within portfolio, ensuring it is aligned with both Operations and Medical Dept’s objectives.
  • Assist in establishing networks with national health actors and medical academia.
  • Support missions with medical advice when drafting the annual planning of the projects, in close collaboration with the rest of the members of his/her cell and the support of the Medical department.
  • Provide medical technical support to the assigned portfolio, taking into account operational orientations and the input from support services.
  • Support emergencies when needed, to ensure effectiveness of our response.
  • Contribute to capitalize LATAM Emergency Preparedness and Response in Natural Disasters and OSV-Urban context picks of violence
  • Contribute to create and sustain LATAM inter-mission medical support platforms
  1. Supervise and support implementation of policies and plans
  • Ensure that the Organization’s medical principles, guidelines, and policies are implemented, as well as the recommendations mentioned in the different medical evaluations. Identify report on, and challenge situations in which their implementation is not viable or may hinder the achievement of operational objectives.
  • Ensure compliance to Medical Local Purchase Policy in all LATAM missions, including validation of Medical Orders by TESACO
  • Contribute to implementation of the annual operational plan in the projects within portfolio, according to medical policies.
  1. Follow up projects and support reporting
  • Analyze the fulfilment of operational and medical objectives, and feed medical-operational monitoring and analysis.
  • Follow up of the achievement of the General Objectives and Expected Results of the projects in the medical area through field visits and technical reports.
  • Analyze and follow up through Managerial Dashboard of the key medical performance indicators generated at mission level (HMIS).
  • Support Mission Coordination Teams, with focus on Mission Medical Coordination Team, on analysis and monitoring of operational and medical objectives of their mission
  1. Internal communication/training
  • Carry out medical operational briefings and debriefings of all members of Mission Coordination Teams.
  • Carry out technical briefings and debriefings of Medical Coordinators, Deputy Medical Coordinators and PMRs in his/her cell, involving the Technical Referents of the Medical Department when needed.
  • Participate in internal and external courses/information sessions imparted by MSFE/OCBA or other entities in agreement with his/her corresponding RECO.
  • Maintain good networking and exchange of information with MSF entities and medical partners in the region like BRAMU, CAMINO or other health advisors.
  • Promote and support exchange of information between medical platforms currently functioning in LATAM portfolio.
  1. Others
  • This position is member and contributes to the TESACOs Platform. Upon request and according to availability, represents the Platform providing input and guidance to strategies/dossiers related to other situations of violence.
  • Manage the communication channels with the teams in the field and /or the Medical Department, for issues that affect assigned portfolio.
  • Consult support services for sparring and as technical content providers when needed.
  • Organize regular exchanges with other operational units managing different portfolios and other relevant stakeholders
  • Agreeing with the Medical Department and provide support/recommendations on any operational research and surveys conducted in the field.
  • Participate in the medical on-call system in HQ.
  • Participate in the operational backups.
  • Ensure that knowledge management policies are implemented at his/her level of responsibility (e.g. ensure that the History of the projects with regards to technical aspects is preserved).
  • Provide input, review and approve external medical advocacy reports



Training and experience

  • Health/ medical physician having good knowledge of health management of humanitarian projects, knowledge of public health, mental health and epidemiology.
  • Operational background on Other Situations of Violence. Preferably in Latin America.
  • Experience of minimum 2 years in field medical-humanitarian projects, preferable with MSF.
  • Previously experience as Medical Coordinator and/or Head of Mission in MSF or a similar humanitarian organization is highly valued.
  • Fluent in English and Spanish, French is an asset.
  • Advanced knowledge of Windows setting as a user (mainly Word and Excel).


  • Commitment to MSF’s Principles
  • Cross-cultural Awareness
  • Strategic Vision
  • Results and Quality Orientation
  • Service Orientation
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Initiative and Innovation
  • Teamwork and Cooperation
  • Leadership


  • Availability to travel frequently and on short notice.
  • Flexibility with working hours.



  • Position currently based in Barcelona at the Médecins Sans Frontières-OCBA HQ with frequent travelling and visits to the field projects abroad (aprox. 25 %).
  • This position might be delocalized in a Latin American country as part of MSF OCBA decentralized process. Country and date pending to be defined.
  • Desirable commitment with the position of 3 years. Minimum commitment is for the period of the post based in Barcelona.
  • Full time position.
  • Annual gross salary: € 44,405.32 (divided in 12 monthly payments) + secondary benefits, based on  MSF OCBA reward policy
  • Starting date:  01/09/2019



  • To apply, all applicants should please send their CV and cover motivation letter under the reference “Health Advisor LATAM” to
  • Closing date: 26th July 2019
  • Replies will only be sent to short-listed candidates.
  • MSF OCBA is a people-focused humanitarian organization that offers a diverse, collaborative, and inclusive work environment. We believe this approach enhances our work and we are committed to equity in employment. We embrace diverse backgrounds of people working together to exhibit their passion in action for the social mission of MSF.Ç
    Médecins Sans Frontieres, as a responsible employer, under article 38 of “Ley de Integración Social del Minusválido de 1982 (LISMI)” invite those persons with a recognized disability and with an interest in the humanitarian area to apply for the above-mentioned position.