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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 on smaller MSF projects in which a limited team is required.

Responsibilities  

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.  
 
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 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 
  • 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 

Apart from the Basic Requirements the successful candidate should fulfill the following criteria:

Essential

As in all positions, training, supervising and managing local logistics staff is a key responsibility, and an all-round logistician 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 administration of the departments. 
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  • ​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​ is essential, and Arabic or French language skills are an asset  

Apply now