Project Coordinator (m/f/x) Jakarta Indonesia

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Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides assistance in more than 90 countries to populations in distress, to victims of natural or manmade disasters and to victims of armed conflicts, without discrimination and irrespective of origin, religion, creed or political affiliation.

MSF Operational Centre Brussels is looking for a: PROJECT COORDINATOR (m/f/x) in Jakarta, Indonesia


Since 2017, MSF (OCB) has been working in Indonesia within Adolescent Reproductive Health in the Banten Province and parts of Jakarta under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Health (MoH) Family Health Department. Since 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, MSF has engaged in COVID-19 response in the same two provinces linked to the MoH Crisis Centre.

A new MoU was signed in 2021 with both the MoH Family Health Department regarding Adolescent Health and as a new initiative the MoH Crisis Centre regarding Capacity Building in Emergency Preparedness and Response.

Indonesia is located in a disaster-prone area with an increase in events every year since 2015. In 2020 January to 4th December, the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) recorded 2,694 natural disasters (earthquake, volcanic eruptions, flooding, landslides etc.). These disasters affected more than 5.7 million people, directly damaging 38,834 homes and 2,082 public buildings while submerging more than 700.000 others.

Based on the experience of the Aceh tsunami intervention 2004/2005 the Government of Indonesia changed its approach to disaster preparedness and response management in Indonesia, establishing the BNPB (Badan National Penanggulangan Bencana): The National Disaster Management Authority. In 2007, a Disaster Management Law was created, focusing on emergency response to be based on a national decentralized approach with local actors taking the lead and with less-to-no room for international actors to engage. Since then, most other traditional international emergency response organizations have decided to focus on local capacity building instead of bringing in foreign aid and to establish themselves as national foundations instead if INGO’s.

In relation to emergency preparedness and response, MSF engages mainly with the Centre for Health Crisis (PKK) in the Ministry of Health who is heading the Health Cluster.

In 2018 MSF responded to 3 emergencies in Indonesia. Following the interventions, an informal overall evaluation was facilitated which identified gaps in both MSF response capacity within Indonesia and the response capacity of the Indonesian Government.

In 2020, MSF had a brief intervention, responding to an influx of Rohingya refugees, landing in Aceh. In 2021, MSF responded to an earthquake in West Sulawesi, where once again many of the same gaps were identified both within MSF and externally, though some improvement were seen. One improvement was in our coordination and engagement directly with the MoH Crisis Centre.

Training initiatives so far have been related to methanol poisoning, where since 2018, MSF has facilitated sessions on methanol poisoning (knowledge and management), in cooperation with MSF Norway, the University in Oslo, Norway and Universities in Indonesia. In 2021, we facilitated a training on PFA at a workshop for psychiatrists in the Western part of Java.

Both MSF and the Government of Indonesia are interested in closing the mentioned gaps (and others) focusing on capacity building within emergency preparedness and response.

The MoU that we have with the MoH Crisis Centre describes an ambition of:

  • Together with the Health Crisis Center, provide training on disaster and health crisis preparedness and management for health and non-health workers
  • Facilitating the implementation of regular coordination meetings and discussions to strengthen coordination, collaboration and partnership
  • Providing technical support in developing practical guidelines, technical instructions, instruments, recommendations and other knowledge products in technical areas related to disaster and health crisis preparedness and management
  • Disaster and health crisis preparedness and management training for community groups
  • Disaster and health crisis preparedness and management training for MSF staff, association members and peers in Indonesia

The ambitions of MSF Indonesia are stretching from:

  • Capacity building of our own MSF Indonesian staff, Indonesian Associative members and Peers to respond professionally to any relevant emergency in Indonesia
  • Capacity building of MoH Crisis Centre set-up from national level to first responders in the local disaster area
  • To create an Emergency Preparedness and Response Capacity Building Hub managed from Jakarta supporting both MSF in the region and the MoH Crisis Centre (and possibly the AHA Centre)
  • To create a standard capacity building package that can be adopted and implemented in other parts of Indonesia and possibly the region


  • Responsible for project planning and management of the development, implementation and coordination of the capacity building program for emergency preparedness and response of MSF and PKK/MOH. This will include participate in defining the project design, setting up the implementation plan, participate in defining the training curriculum, target population, needs and materials for the trainings / capacity building and run the program going forward.
  • Work in close cooperation and coordinate as relevant with mission staff, OCB L&D, OCB E-pool, MSF-HK OSU, Yayasan (OCBA), SEEAP, MSF ASEAN representative and other MSF sections in the region.
  • Ensure strong networking and close cooperation with relevant external stakeholders: Government, local authorities, INGO/NGO’s, CSO’s etc.
  • Under the management of the Country Director and Medical Coordinator, coordinate MSF Indonesia’s emergency response activities. If an ongoing training is taking place at the time of a disaster it will be decided between the Country Director, Medical Coordinator and the Project Coordinator who will continue the training activity and who will coordinate the emergency response.
  • With support from the Medical Activity Manager, ensure surveillance of disasters and health crisis events and participating in the analysis of epidemiological data (meetings, reports, articles, etc.) in coordination with relevant government agencies (MOH, PKK, BNPB and others).
  • Ensure that the mission has an updated emergency preparedness and response plan in place.
  • Responsible for project reports, analysis and discussions of plans and activities related to the capacity building program for emergency preparedness and response.



  • University degree in Project Management or HR Management
  • Medical or paramedical degree desirable


  • Minimum 7 years’ experience in similar leadership/ management positions in a humanitarian organization or relevant similar fields with MSF or with other NGOs
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and strong focus on teamwork, inclusion and team development
  • Demonstrated experience working with various high levels of authorities, community, local NGOs and other relevant stakeholders
  • Demonstrated experience in planning, implementation, executing and monitoring of emergency preparedness and response
  • Demonstrated experience in report writing and producing good quality reports for internal and external use, with external use focus on authorities / government reporting
  • Experience in training or learning and development
  • Proven record in successful management of projects, finance, operations, including safety and security, and personnel, including staff wellbeing and supervision
  • Essential computer literacy (O365 suite and applications)
  • International experience working in different contexts


  • Leadership and management skills
  • Strategic vision
  • Networking
  • Training/Learning and Development
  • Languages: English


  • Expected starting date: 1 January 2022
  • Contract type: 12-month fixed term contract; based in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • No family position
  • Salary according to MSF-OCB salary scale
  • Adhere to the MSF principles and to our managerial values: Respect, Transparency, Integrity, Accountability, Trust and Empowerment
  • Adhere to the MSF Behavioral Commitments

How to apply

Online applications to submitted by 2nd December 2021 latest via the following link. When clicking on this link, you will be directed to our online application tool.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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