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Being an all-round logistician with MSF is a great job for a ‘jack of all trades’.
From human resources and finance through to management of communications equipment, vehicle maintenance and sometimes even water and sanitation, our all-round logisticians are often found on smaller MSF projects in which a limited team is required.
All-round logisticians, by nature of the position, come from a variety of backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common - flexibility.
In a high-security context where only a team of four can be sent, all-round logisticians will usually be part of the team.
In a small project which is winding down and being handed over to a local authority, it is an all-round logistician who will manage all non-medical aspects of the work.
This makes it a fun and diverse job but requires people who can turn their hand to anything needed.
It’s an exciting role and you would be responsible for some or all of the following:
- Managing a team of labourers, supply assistants, technical logistics assistants, administration assistants, book keepers, waste zone operators and various others
- Planning supply needs
- Setting up aeroplane runways, managing expat accommodation and ensuring security measures are managed
- Ordering food and supplies for both the expat compound and the health facilities
- Managing security on exploration missions
- Siting and constructing hospital buildings
- Managing hospital waste
- HR, Finance and performance management for national staff
- Supervising hygiene promotion
- Assisting the PC with budget management
- As well as any other non-medical tasks needing to be done
As in all positions, training, supervising and managing local logistics staff is a key responsibility, and an all-round logisticians will often manage all non-medical departments, so may have quite a few staff in their team and need to delegate much of the work to them.
They will need to build the capacity of these local staff in order to manage their departments, as well as ensure safe and fair working conditions and manage the administration of the departments.
Stories from the field
To read first-hand stories from logisticians working in the field with MSF, visit our blog.
- Significant experience in at least some of the following: logistics, HR, construction, sanitation and finance
- Experience in preventative maintenance of equipment including vehicles, generators and other equipment used in our energy set-ups, biomedical equipment, and communication equipment (e.g. HF, VHF, Sat-phones, V-SAT, Mobile phones)
- Experience in supervising and training staff involved in technical installation and minor repair works of generators, cabling, chargers/inverters as well as vehicle management,
- Experience in management of contracts and daily labourers
- Skills in management of IT equipment including provision of internet services
- Experience in building design including planning of financial and human resources
- Awareness of water and sanitation issues
- Good negotiation skills
- Experience of overseas building projects and experience with negotiating with local authorities is an asset
- Available for a minimum of nine months
- Minimum of three months’ work, volunteering or travel experience in developing countries
- Willingness to work in unstable areas
- Adaptable and able to work in a multicultural team
- Flexible and able to manage stress
- Able to provide training and supervision to others
- Fluency in English
MSF is currently looking for all-round logisticians with good French or Arabic skills.
If you speak French or Arabic to a level where you can be placed in French or Arabic speaking missions such as Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad or Yemen, you are much more likely to be accepted onto the MSF register
before you apply
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What's it like working with MSF?
In most projects you'll be living and working in stressful conditions without many of the things you may take for granted at home.
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