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Project Medical Referent (Medical Team Leader) at Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) – Holland

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is an international, private, non-governmental, non-profit humanitarian organization. Our organization offers assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters, to victims of armed conflict, without discrimination irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation. We have been working in Nigeria since February 1996. A Memorandum of Understanding between Medecins Sans Frontieres and the Federal Government of Nigeria facilitates this. We are at present co-operating with the Federal Ministry of Health, State and Local Government departments of health on various health projects.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Project Medical Referent (OCA: Medical Team Leader)

Location: Sokoto Town (MSF OCA, NOMA Project)
Job Type: – Full time (Indefinite)

Main Objective and Responsibilities of the Position

  • Participate in defining, planning and monitoring medical activities and programs in the field in accordance with MSF protocols as well as coordinate human and material related resources needed in order to ensure the quality of care provided by MSF.

Description of the Responsibilities / Activities

  • In collaboration with the Project Coordinator and the rest of the team, the Medical Coordinator and MoH partners, defines, implements and monitors medical activities according to MSF project plan, standards and protocols. This implies the following:
  • Be responsible for medical data collection, analysis and reporting to the Medical Coordination in the capital, to ensure a proper monitoring of the program
  • Participate in the development of the project policy, annual plan, project proposal, budget review and project reports to donors.
  • Participate in exploratory missions / situation assessments and define medical operational priorities when needed.
  • Ensure regular contact MoH, and other local medical actors.
  • Monitor activity in the different medical specialties, as well as providing technical support to medical personnel in the field through self-knowledge and policies to help MSF medical activities in the field. In this sense, includes monitoring and ensuring compliance with the protocols of MSF medical activities.
  • Coordinate, supervise, coach and support medical team members’ performance to improve the medical components of the project and ensure compliance wi th MSF protocols and standards as well as MoH protocols.
  • Plan and supervise, in close coordination with the Project Coordinator, the associated processes (recruitment, training, induction, performance evaluation, development and internal / external communication) of the medical staff of the project in order to ensure both the sizing and the amount of knowledge required, improve people capabilities.
  • Supervise an efficient management of the MSF field pharmacy and medical equipment, in conjunction with the Logistics area, and monitor consumption follow-up and preparation of drug orders to avoid stock shortages and provide drugs at all circumstances. ; also consider program directions and protocol changes.
  • Implement the health policy for international and national staff, providing all prophylactic and preventive necessary measures, structures and emergency plans, managing any medical evacuation in order to ensure MSF staff health.
  • Supervise medical team: Pharmacy Technician, Nursing Activity Manager, Mental Health Supervisor, WatSan Supervisor, Data entry Supervisor

MSF Section Specific Accountabilities

  • MSF-OCA is supporting the Noma Children Hospital in Sokoto city since March 2014. The project aims to support the hospital in clinical case management of Noma patients as well as through a specialized international or national surgical team which undertakes a two week surgical intervention 3 – 4 times / year.
  • This project targets patients from all of the country with a special focus to the 4 north-western states of Nigeria (Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger and Zamfara) for the outreach program.

The Project Medical Referent (MTL) will be expected to carry out the following:
Program planning / Strategy / Implementation:

  • Ensure critical program review and contribution in project evaluation and strategic discussions.
  • Participate in the CMT meetings and together with the PC give an update of project activities to the CMT members
  • Participate in developing Noma Annual Plan in accordance with the relevant MSF Policies and guidelines and contribute to the SCP/ACP project proposal documents.
  • Translate the medical policy and objectives of the project proposals into a work plan together with the medical team
  • Supervise the medical and surgical activities in the Noma Children’s Hospital Sokoto. This includes translating MSF-OCA policies & standards into implementation strategies, guiding the quality of the activities and giving meaning to the MSF principles and values.
  • Review and revise strategic documents as per departments on an annual basis.

Project Medical Program / Medical Quality:

  • Support, coordinate, train, and coach the project medical team. This includes supporting the team in managing the different medical / surgical components: surgical schedule, pre- and post-operative care, nutrition rehabilitation, laboratory, WatSan, mental health and outreach activities.
  • Ensure medical quality of all the medical and surgical activities according to MSF protocols and guidelines
  • Ensure follow-up of IPC measures in the hospital, SIPCA, hand-hygiene protocols, MSFAT improvement plans are made and implemented.
  • Ensure medical incident reports (MIRs) are done and reported in a timely fashion.
  • Follow-up with increased awareness among project medical team on person-centered care and the implementation of exit surveys/interviews as a measure of improved quality of medical care.
  • Responsible for clinical performance of all medical team members in the project
  • Overall responsible for adherence to MSF protocols including surgical protocols and to immediately bring any issues to the attention of the PC and (Deputy) MedCo
  • Coordinate specialist surgical team surgery planning: rotations, daily schedules, etc.
  • Networking with the MOH and other actors to better understand medical-humanitarian impact and respond to needs
  • Collaboration with the MOH management team to ensure smooth running of the medical program within the Sokoto Children’s Hospital.
  • Medical focal point for liaison and communication with the specialist surgical team, (Deputy) MedCo, PC and the medical team.
  • To maintain contact between MSF and the Noma children hospital authorities to initiate and to stabilize contacts and to stimulate co-operation

Medical Supply / Orders / Pharmacy:

  • Responsible for the 3M, 7M and 11M medical forecasting exercise for the project together with the medical coordination team and the international medical order
  • Responsible for ensuring proper medical supply budgeting during the SCP / ACP process and review and adjust together with PC on a monthly basis in the BCR
  • Responsible for ensuring the routine departmental filling of consumption data in the consumption tool, TSR analysis on a monthly basis, reviewing of project pharmacy orders from warehouse.

Data / Reporting:

  • Supervision of quality data collection of noma patients into the HIS and the Noma data tool and ensure quality data improvement of the patient files.
  • Ensure data analysis of program data is done on a routine basis.
  • Ensure collation of monthly medical reporting per department and submitted within the first week of new month to PC and (Deputy) MedCo
  • Contribute to the six monthly reporting done at project level for the coordination submission to the Federal Ministry of Budget and National planning and the Sokoto State Ministry of Health

Staff Health:

  • Responsible for national and international staff health at the project level. End responsible is the MedCo.
  • Implements staff health policies, contributes during reviews and highlights challenges on staff health to the (Deputy) MedCo / MedCo support.

Human Resources Management:

  • To assist the PC in updating the Job Profiles and Descriptions of the medical team
  • To support, supervise and coach the medical staff in collaboration with the PC
  • To be involved in hiring new medical staff together with HR department
  • To advise the PC regarding the performance of the medical team members before they have mid-term and end-of-mission evaluations.

Requirements (Qualifications)

  • Medical Doctor or Paramedical degree. Desirable specialization or training in Tropical Medicine or related studies.


  • Essential 2 year working experience related to the diploma/degree and previous experience in MSF in the field.


  • Mission and local language essential.


  • Essential computer literacy (word, excel)


  • Results and Quality Orientation L2
  • Teamwork and Cooperation L2
  • Behavioural Flexibility L2
  • to MSF Principles L2
  • Stress Management L3

Deadline: 30th March, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their Application Letter, latest CV and photocopies of all necessary Credentials with telephone contact details (daytime) in an envelope (Specify on the envelope “Application for the post of Project Medical Referent (OCA: Medical Team Leader) – NOMA Project) “) to the address below:
FIN / HR Manager,
NOMA Project,
Medecins Sans Frontieres – Holland
Garba Duba road,
PMB 2346,
Opposite Runjin Sambo Jumaat Mosque,
Sokoto State.

Send applications via e-mail to: with “Project Medical Referent (OCA: Medical Team Leader) NOMA” as email subject


  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • MSF is an equal opportunities employer and promotes diversity within the organization

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