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General Logistician

Julie Remy

Being an all-round logistician with MSF is a diverse job!

From human resources and finance through to management of communications equipment, supply management,  vehicle maintenance and sometimes even water and sanitation, our all-round logisticians are often found in smaller MSF projects in which a limited team is required.

In summary, the role of a general logistician is to plan, coordinate and monitor all logistics related activities in the project area including all non-medical assistance related activities (shelter, food, water hygiene-sanitation and essential non-food items) and provide support to medical assistance activities, according to MSF protocols and standards in order to ensure an optimal running of the project.


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, an all-round logistician 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. 

As in all positions, training, supervising and managing local logistics staff is a key responsibility, and an all-round logistician will manage all logistics activities at field level and may have to work with a small team. There will be need to build the capacity of these local staff in order to keep all the logistics activities running.

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, , waste zone operators and various others
  • Planning supply needs
  • Setting up airplane runways, bunkers and managing expat accommodation
  • 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
  • Performance management for national staff 
  • Supervising hygiene promotion
  • Budget management
  • As well as any other non-medical tasks needing to be done
Essential Requirements
  • A technical university degree in engineering field would be more preferable but a degree in logistics or related studies with significant experience in at least some of the following: logistics, HR, construction, sanitation and finance would suffice.
  • 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  
  • 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 
  • 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
  • Fluency in English is essential
  • Knowledge of other working languages e.g French, Spanish, and or Arabic
  • Experience working in developing countries
  • Experience working with similar NGOs
  • Security management


MSF is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge any application, recruitment, medical examination or training fees. 

MSF is committed to giving staff working in their home countries opportunities to take their valuable experience to work in our projects overseas.

If you are an MSF member of staff working in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia or Sudan who is interested in working outside of your home country, please approach your HR coordinator for details. They will be able to advise on the process, the criteria and where to apply – via our website or directly with the headquarter office you are currently working for.