Medical Adviser - Non communicable Diseases

Closing date


In 2013, an internal review led to the endorsement of a new frame for medical support inside OCG, leading to further emphasize the Medical Departments role in the following key areas:

  • Being at the vanguard of evolving trends, new challenges and technologies in the field of medical practice and science and linked with external clinical, academic and research institutions
  • Providing technical capacities to fulfil the medical ambitions of the 2012-2015 OCG Strategic Plan, in particular those in relation to the Operational Policy, innovation and research
  • Addressing the field support needs in their response to medical and public health challenges, with the required flexibility and adaptation of priorities when facing emergencies or difficult conflict situations
  • Creating a better integrated work between Operations and the Medical department through collaborative work platforms, focusing on precise medical operational challenges, selection of standards and improvement of practices.

The role of the Medical Department also includes, in relation with other involved Departments, a critical role on knowledge transmission to field medical staff through adapted trainings and fast access to key reference documents/tools, as well as recruitment strategies.

Medical Advisers will be working in the Medical Department.


Through delegation from the Medical Leader and based on the roadmap established for the period, the Medical Adviser develops medico-operational solutions requiring specific medical skills and/or in-depth investment, answering to recognized needs set in the medical ambitions. In that perspective, he/she is proactively monitoring emerging scientific and medical issues that might shape OCG medical practices and ambitions.

Your responsibility

The Medical Adviser is responsible and accountable for achievements of the objectives for his/her domain of expertise and to this aim:

  • Support to the medical responsible of cells (RMP) with regards to complex technical issues linked to their domain, and with strategic and programmatic advice.
    • Answers questions and provides feedback on proposals, reports and relevant documents needing specific technical input (PoA e.g.)
    • Involvement in project definition regarding technical medical issues
    • Participation in assessments and surveys whenever the Medical Adviser technical input is needed
    • Development of proposals for medico-operational strategies on critical challenges.
    • Follows up data and reports on his/her thematic activities provided by the field and the cell
    • Technical field visits
  • Respond to complex and technical issues requiring expertise or/and development:
    • Support the field by answering direct clinical questions, if identified as the best medical expert in the provided list of technical expertise.
    • Promote the use of Telemedicine in their medical domain.
    • Develop solutions (e.g. protocols, simplified algorithms, syndrome approach, training modules, minimum standards, innovative tools, guidelines checklists and kits as appropriate) that are timely, relevant, contextual, concerted, consolidated and consistent.
    • Translate medical operational requests in projects: provide analysis and advice to improve the requirements, term of references, objectives, deliverables, planning, implementation phases, contributors (HQ, regional, partnerships), definition, project committee and risks definition.
    • Lead or animate thematic forums/collaborative platforms and medical seminars, contribute to transversal projects.
    • Whenever developing tools fieldproof them to be more consistent to OCG field reality.
    • Write medical report on all achievements for his/her projects and domain of expertise
  • Strengthen the skills and competencies of MSF staff through capacity building in their domain:
    • On-line access for the field to all fundamental documents (knowledge management)
    • Contribution to definition, design, validation, implementation and/or evaluation of specific training(s) in collaboration with the Training Unit.
    • Support to the definition of job profiles and competencies
    • Briefing and debriefing if appropriate
  • Develop the expertise related to their medical area and integrate external knowledge into MSF practices:
    • Develop good synergies and collaborations through the coordination and animation of partnerships, the maintenance of networks, internal (Working Groups, etc.) or external to MSF; including experts, medical societies, research and scientific institutes and universities.
    • Identify new cutting-edge topics in the medical humanitarian context to update OCGs health and medical ambitions.
    • Overview and analyze his/her own domain through capitalization of the medical experiences;
    • Selection, compilation and classification of relevant documentation as part of the Knowledge Management Project and beyond it.
    • Ensure technical surveillance and adapt external knowledge to MSF contexts.
    • Enable and contribute to high level advocacy in order to enhance the chosen agendas e.g. Access Campaign
  • Support the implementation of innovation and operational research projects:

    • Properly identify MSF added value compared with existing resources and expertise in their medical domain, to initiate development and research projects
    • Participate in the projects’ objectives and protocols. Define, analyze, capitalize, document, develop the internal appropriation, publish and disseminate OCG medical experience
    • Promote medical policies and the different strategies related to it:
    • Exchange, provide and receive technical support and advices to and by the different departments or field experts to complement their area of domain.
    • Participate in design, writing, review of publications submitted by field teams.

    Education * Medical degree is mandatory. * Specialization/experience in the medical area of NCDs is essential. * Public/International/Epidemiologic degree is an asset

    Languages * Fluent in English (oral and written). * French, basic knowledge/passive understanding is required

    Technical competencies * Medical project management * Understanding of medical humanitarian work with regards to the medical-technical and the political dimensions. * Ability to analyze medical and structural issues. * Excellent writing skills.

    Personal Qualities * Experience with field research in resource poor settings is an asset * Proven affinity with advocacy * Good analytical and synthesis skills * Results, innovation and quality oriented * Problem solving and service oriented * Strong interpersonal skills, team spirit, networking and communication skills * Able to travel

    Experience * Field experience with MSF or medical organisation. * Knowledge of recent developments in the field of humanitarian relief, international public health and tropical medicine.

    Terms of Employment * Fixed-term contract 6 months, 100% * Based in Geneva * Ideal Starting date: 16.08.2021 * Gross monthly salary: from CHF 8’168.- to CHF 9’311.- (salary commensurate with experience and internal salary grid)

How to apply

Only applications submitted on the recruitment platform will be considered. Applications must contain CV 2 p. max. – letter of motivation 1p. max. – in French or English.

Closing date for application is 24th June 2021


The applications will be treated confidentially.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted**.**