Editor intersection internal guidelines

Location: One of the MSF Office (Paris, Geneva, Brussels, Amsterdam, Barcelona)

Contract: Full-time position

Reporting to: Guidelines project manager

Application deadline: 19 February 2016


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, and implements international projects and initiatives as requested.


MSF has produced medical practice guidelines for more than 25 years. These guidelines are mostly based on MSF field experience and scientific evidence and most of them target non-specialised staff. Their objective is to disseminate adapted and specialized knowledge to teams working in the field who are not specialized in the subject matter. MSF Guidelines can be produced at Operational Center (OC) (OC Guideline) level or may involve all MSF OCs, i.e. international guidelines (formerly called intersection Guidelines). The international guidelines may be for either MSF internal distribution (internal GL) or public diffusion (public GL).

Nowadays, there are 22 international MSF guides, 9 of which were selected for public distribution. Around 50 000 guides were distributed in 2014, 75% to external customers.

These customers (international agencies such as WHO, UNICEF or NGO’s) are working in the same medical environment as MSF, and so consider MSF as a reference in terms of medical and public health practices.

The editor supervises the MSF international internal guidelines production. She/he also supervises the printing and distribution of the guidelines. Her/his works concerns the internal guidelines since they are the bulk of the collection.


The editor for intersection internal guidelines is under the supervision of the guidelines project manager. Collaboration with the guidelines project team members is essential.


The objective of this position is to ensure the quality of the content of the MSF internal guidelines and make sure they are scientifically sound, approved by the medical directors, relevant and adapted to MSF operational environment.


Editorial tasks

Editorial management

  • Helps establish the planning of publication project to the medical directors with the project manager.
  • Helps establish the annual budget with the project manager.
  • Establishes the publication timetable, participate to the selection of writers and supervises writers, recruits other collaborators (proof-readers, illustrators, etc.).
  • Oversees the global coherence of the collection and ensures the respect of the editorial line.
  • Coordinate the editorial committees.

Editorial secretary

  • Writes the texts or finalizes the texts with the authors.
  • Supervises the editorial lay out and signs the “pass for press copy”.
  • Ensures the follow-up of printing cost and timetable.
  • Set up the traceability of changes in guidelines.
  • Prepare the necessary briefing/documents for writers and coordinators guidance.

Web platform (with the help of the webmaster)

  • Supervises and controls updates, versioning, validation workflow on the web edition platform.
  • Manages the web version of the guidelines and the digital format according to outcomes of consultancy.


  • Selects newly released reference documents in relation with the guidelines.
  • Archives documents used for the guides, to help answer any question from the field.


  • For texts in French and English: Proofreads and modifies the text if necessary (grammar and spelling corrections); maintains an editorial coherence if several authors collaborate.
  • For texts in, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, etc.: Reads and compares the translations (with assistance of the guidelines project translator, depending on the language), looks for and corrects mistakes; ensure that all language versions concur.

These verifications may also concern the translations coming from the field.

The proof reading concerns the context and is not limited to the form (pertinence in relation to the objective of the guide, exactitude of the information, dosage verification, etc.).

These tasks are supported by the translator of the guidelines project.

Fabrication and distribution

  • Supervises the CAP (computer assisted publication) operator, planning follow-up, quality control, etc.).
  • Ensure the follow up of the implementation guides for mobile devices.

Other tasks

  • Oversees the feed-back from MSF staff.
  • Relationship with ITC: contribute to the coherence between information given in the guides and the medical catalogue.
  • Ensures that the CAP operator updates the contact list for diffusion and informs the MSF users.



  • Medical diploma (MD or nurse)
  • Working experience in the humanitarian sector is an asset
  • Strong capacity to document scientific evidences
  • Strong technical writing skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with different stakeholders
  • Excellent English and French speaking and writing skills
  • Computer literacy with the web environment.


Starting date: As soon as possible

Contract: Full time

Location: One of the MSF Office (Paris, Geneva, Brussels, Amsterdam, Barcelona)

Deadline for applications: 19 February 2016

Please submit all applications only by email to: IO-recruitment.gva@msf.org stating "Editor intersection internal guidelines" in the title.

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

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.