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23 Aug 18 04 Dec 18

Who We Need: Engineers, Camp Managers and Construction Supervisors

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) also needs you!

Little-known fact: it takes more than doctors to deliver high-quality care to MSF’s patients around the world. Every year, close to 350 Canadians are hired by MSF to work in one of our hundreds of medical projects in close to 70 different countries. Half of this number are non-medical professionals.

To ensure the best quality of care to our patients and to allow our teams to work in safe environments, MSF needs a wide range of professionals. Technical Logisticians provide support to our medical teams and ensure the smooth operation of our facilities and equipment. Successful technical logisticians are recruited from several different professional backgrounds, including the following:

Engineers

Jeff is a mechanical engineer from Montreal who worked with MSF as a Technical Logistician in Central African Republic.

Engineeers provide technical knowledge that allows them to manage a variety of logistical activities. Experience in project management, from planning to reporting, is also valuable to work with MSF. 

Construction Supervisors

Simon is a construction professional from Quebec who worked with MSF as a Technical Logistician in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Construction supervisors often have specific knowledge that can be extremely valuable in the field, since the building and maintenance of healthcare infrastructure is an integral part of many MSF projects.

Remote Camp Managers

Salameh is a tree planter and crew boss, from Ontario, who worked with MSF as a Technical Logistician in various countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Remote camp managers who work in the silviculture (including tree planting) or extractive industries often face a host of practical challenges not so different from those that come with providing health care in remote or challenging contexts. Whether it be securing water, managing supply chains or organizing security, remote camp managers can develop skill sets that help make them great logisticians for MSF. 

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It could be you

Hospitals need to be renovated, or rebuilt completely. Cars and ambulances require regular maintenance. The electrical system and cold chain equipment also need management. Providing energy, IT and radio communications to our projects is of vital importance. Water and sanitation activities also need to be planned, coordinated and implemented by professionals.

Logisticians often need to be jacks of all trades. For example, they will hire and supervise the local staff responsible for many key priorities, including the management of water and sanitation facilities, vehicle fleets, and information and communications technology. They also contribute to security policy and transportation planning. They have frequent contact with local authorities and agencies, and other non-governmental organizations.

Do you have what it takes?

The need for logisticians is increasing, and our ability to recruit qualified personnel is crucial for the success of our medical projects. Our professional international staff members provide essential expertise that greatly improves the overall quality of care we provide to our patients. They also contribute to improving working conditions and play a critical role in training and sharing knowledge with local staff.

Whether you are a young professional, approaching the end of your career or somewhere in between, if you have a minimum of two years relevant work experience; can commit to at least two years of overseas work, during which you will complete two to four field assignments; have already travelled or worked in a developing country or remote parts of Canada; and if you always dreamed about making a difference where it's needed most, then MSF is definitely an option for you. 

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