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Médecins Sans Frontières recruits 01 Deputy Cell Manager

Médecins Sans Frontières recruits 01 Deputy Cell Manager in charge of medicine M/F

Médecins Sans Frontières, an international medical and humanitarian association founded in 1971, provides medical assistance to communities faced with crises endangering their survival. These crises typically take the form of armed conflict but also include epidemics, natural catastrophes and even exclusion from healthcare. The French section of MSF is present in some thirty countries worldwide.

MSF is currently looking for a Deputy Cell Manager in charge of medicine.

The Tokyo Cell is under the responsibility of the Operations Director part of the Operational Centre Paris (OCP). The Tokyo Cell currently supervises 8 programs in the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Cambodia for an overall budget of 16.7 M EUR and more than 850 staff.
The regional positioning of the cell allows closer interactions with the fields of operations and regional interactions with MSF actors present in the region. Moreover the cell is monitoring the region for response to emergencies in coordination with the Emergency Cell based in Paris.
The cell is made up of seven people who cover all of the services (operational, medical, financial, HR, communication and logistics).

Main responsibilities
Under the hierarchical responsibility of the Cell Manager (CM) and the functional responsibility of the Deputy Medical Director, you support the CM in the management and definition of the medical projects of the cell and missions. You guarantee the consistency of the medical component and the quality of its implementation. You are in charge of representing and carrying the interests of MSF and help define cell strategies.

1/ You contribute to the definition of the medical and operational strategies by:

  • participating in the elaboration of the medical and operational strategies in line with the orientation of the OCP strategic plan,
  • verifying the implementation of the strategies through field visits
  • providing an analysis of the regional medical context and potential operational avenues,
  • networking with regional actors (internal and external) when needed.

2/ You make the link between the field, the cell and the medical department by

  • developing and following the medical research projects of the cell,
  • participating in the promotion and coordination of medical communication from the cell countries,
  • being responsible for the consistency of the component medical projects taking into account field constraints and medical policies,
  • providing your medical expertise in the definition and adequacy of the means and their follow-up,
  • guaranteeing, respecting and monitoring medical policies, processes, protocols and tools and
  • ensuring the implementation and dissemination of the team health policy;
  • disseminating the information between the medical referents, the Medical Coordinators based on needs.

3/ You provide support for the cell’s projects. In this context you are responsible for

  • monitoring and analyzing medical activities by providing support to the Medical Coordinators, in writing the priority medical projects of the cell,
  • Validating the choice of indicators for the projects and by ensuring that medical data (HIS, other medical indicators) are brought up by the field and that their analysis are done by the project. Through this monitoring, you ensure that adjustments and possible medical or operational reorientations take place in a timely manner.

4/You are responsible for sizing and monitoring the resources allocated to medical activities by:

  • Participating in the preparation of the budget and reviews of the cell’s projects, in bringing expertise in the dimensioning of needs and in the strategy of supplying medical inputs in line with the activities of the cell’s projects.
  • Final validation of medical orders.
  • Implementing and monitoring of pharma and biomedical management procedures.
  • Participating in the recruitment of medical senior staff for projects in support of Human resources officer of the cell.
  • Managing and coaching the medical coordinators. You participate in the orientation (roadmap) and the evaluation of their work in collaboration with the Head of Missions. You support them in achieving the objectives defined in their roadmap.

Finally you manage the Cell and the projects and oversee internal and external communications in the absence of the Cell Manager.

Expériences / Formation

Medical profile: Medical Doctor,
Broad knowledge and experience in international Public Health, MPH preferred
Good knowledge of the Asia Pacific region is an asset
Proven ability of leadership and vision in program management
Proven strategic and analytical skills in medical programming
MSF field experience, including:

  • Minimum of 2 years in position at coordination / HQ level
  • Exposure to highly political environments and humanitarian crises

Skills and competencies:
Good management skills.
Strong interpersonal and written and oral communications skills in English. French is an asset.
Ability to synthesize complex and sensitive material, and communicate it effectively to others.
Flexibility to travel extensively and/or to serve in the field for several weeks at a time.


Contractual terms:
Employment period: three years from start date.

Salary conditions:
Starting 7.8 million JPY to 8.8 million JPY annual gross.
Social insurance (health insurance and pension insurance) arranged.
24 paid leaves per year.
Administrative costs, procedures for your visa and the return ticket are covered by MSF.
Temporary accommodation before move into apartment (up to one month).
Relocation allowance – apartment contract related fee covered by MSF.

Location: Tokyo – Japan with frequent travels between fields and headquarters.

Personne contact

Please submit your application (CV and cover letter) online. Deadline for application is February 24, 2020.

Please note that only selected candidates will be contacted.

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