Diagnostic Imaging Advisor

Title: Diagnostic Imaging Advisor

Location: MSF Operational Centre location - Amsterdam , Barcelona, Brussels, Geneva or Paris

Duration: 7 months 100% position  

Reporting to: Leader of the MSF Intersectional 'Diagnostic Network'



Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural disasters. MSF offers assistance to people based only on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

MSF International is the legal entity that binds MSF?s 21 sections, 24 associations and other offices together. Based in Geneva, MSF International provides coordination, information and support to the MSF Movement, as well as implements international projects and initiatives as requested. MSF International also provides administrative support to the MSF Access Campaign.


The main objectives of the Diagnostic Network are:

  • Improve the quality of clinical practice in the field
  • Support diagnosis and monitoring of more complex clinical conditions as well as common morbidities, and diseases of epidemic potential incl. those requiring imaging diagnosis
  • Influence the development/adaptation of new diagnostic methods appropriate to MSF settings and ensure their implementation and use in MSF programs?

The MSF diagnostic imaging working group (DIWG), a part of the Diagnostic Network, has standardized the way of selecting, procuring and implementing new diagnostic imaging tools into MSF.  Regular trainings, product revisions, support of imaging in the programmes, quality assurance, radiation safety etc. are a routine.



The diagnostic imaging advisor works hierarchically and functionally under the guidance of the Leader of the MSF intersectional 'Diagnostic Network'.

While in the field s/he is accountable to the Medical Coordinator.



  • Support the translation of the recommendations regarding DI into action.
  • Increase DI capacity, quality and availability in MSF?s field programs.
  • Act as diagnostic imaging advisor for medical/public health departments and field staff for all MSF sections.
  • Collaborate with the team of biomedical engineers for the selection and follow-up of use/performance of DI equipment.



  • Report regularly to the DN leader on progress and activities and upon request to Medical Directors and relevant WGs.
  • Motivate and support health advisors/medical department staff and field teams on the implementation of the diagnostic strategy and DI recommendations.
  • Promote and ?market? the role of diagnostic imaging in MSF to Operations and Medical Departments.
  • Undertake field trips to evaluate the planning, use and quality of radiography and ideally also ultrasound in MSF projects and provide on-site training to field teams.
  • Support and train field staff on safe use of radiology equipment and production of high quality images.
  • Provide updated overview on international research and development on diagnostic imaging progress relevant to MSF programs.
  • Develop and implement a training strategy to address radiographic and radiologic training needs in DI.
  • Continue the development and implementation of quality assurance systems for DI in MSF.
  • Participate with the intersectional group for the selection, availability, and best price of quality equipment and advise procurement as needed in collaboration with International Catalogue (ITC) and biomedical engineers.
  • Promote and facilitate the use of teleradiology in MSF field sites.



Professional training

  • Radiographer/Medical Imaging Technologist with full current board certification.
  • Ideally >5 years working experience; minimum 3 years working experience

Work experience

  • Experience in radiography (i.e. plain X-rays) of both children and adults (fluoroscopy an asset)
  • Experience working with CR equipment; ideally also with traditional film/ chemistry image production
  • Experience in training and coaching
  • Familiar with Quality Assurance systems in radiography
  • Ideally experience with basic IT and networking of digital imaging equipment
  • Ideally experience in ultrasound; particularly in obstetrics
  • Ideally experience in working in resource-limited settings

Specific skills

  • Excellent networking and communication skills including proven ability of report writing
  • Ability to motivate and lead medical colleagues
  • Application of radiation safety principals
  • Ability to translate strategy and policy into operational practice in the field
  • Proven strategic and analytical skills in order to provide strong leadership and vision in DI
  • Flexibility to travel and to spend up to 80 % of time on work related travel to project sites and European headquarters
  • Enthusiastic, motivated and independent; able to work with minimal supervision in challenging contexts
  • Ability to work in a diverse international team
  • Knowledge of the humanitarian world; commitment and passion for the goals and work of MSF
  • Computer literacy: Microsoft Office is essential
  • Fluent in English and optimally in French (reading and writing)
  • Prior research experience is desirable


Expected time period & location

7 months contract full-time. If the budget is approved and the needs confirmed, the position may be continued in 2016 at a lower work percentage (approx. 60-80%). The position may be based at any of the MSF medical departments: Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Geneva or Barcelona.

Field visits and regular travel to the other medical departments are required.


At level of a health specialist, to be contracted with section where s/he is posted.


Start date: 1 July 2015

Contract:   7 months at 100%

Location:   MSF operational centre location (Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, Brussels or Geneva)

Deadline for applications:    14 May 2015      

Please submit all applications only by email to IO-recruitment.gva@msf.org stating 'Diagnostic Imaging Advisor' in the title.

Please submit your CV and letter of motivation in ONE file and name the file with your LAST NAME.

-Only short listed candidates will be contacted -