International Logistics Coordinator

Location: one of the five MSF operational centers (Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, Barcelona or Geneva)

Contract: Permanent – 100%

Starting date: 1 April 2016

Deadline for applications: 29 February 2016

This position is only opened to internal candidates and former MSF staff.


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.


The position of International Logistics Coordinator has been created in 2008. At that time and like in all other international platforms, it was recognised that in order to achieve further cooperation, exchange of information and reduced duplication between the Logistics Departments of the 5 Operational Centres a dedicated coordinator was needed.


  • The ILC reports to the International General Secretary.
  • The ILC coordinates the Logistics Director and other related platforms.
  • The ILC is a full member of the IO Management team


The DirLog platform develops and proactively coordinates the implementation of MSF’s international logistics (technical) strategy, ensuring efficiency, interoperability and the necessary technical coherence whilst also encouraging targeted innovation. The DirLog ensures that all initiatives serve to optimise support to MSF’s social mission, are in line with the MSF International Vision and adhere to MSF’s principles and values.

The ILC chairs the Logistics Director platform as well as the Logistics Operational and the Technical platforms. The objective of the position is to coordinate and facilitate further cooperation and reduce duplication between the Logistics Departments of the 5 Operational Centres.


Chairing/platform coordinator

The International Logistics Coordinator will be the chair/facilitator of the DirLog and related platforms and will:

  • Prepare and guide discussions in order to achieve concrete actions or decisions and mediating disagreements between members.
  • Actively participate in the discussion and put forward his / her opinion while facilitating a final platform decision
  • Support the Logistics Platform in fulfilling its TORs as described in the Executive Governance
  • Coordinate international Logistic planning and budgeting.
  • Ensure that all relevant data is available for meetings.
  • Coordinate activities between meetings, distributing tasks, engaging capacities and representing MSF logistics as agreed by the DirLog.
  • Project Manage joint international technical projects.
  • Lead the liaison with other platforms and the ExCom via other international coordinators or the Secretary General.
  • Consolidate meeting outcomes/actions/minutes and ensure appropriate distribution of all information to the logistics network and coordinate feedback/inputs from them.
  • Have the duty to proactively bring issues to the attention the secretary general, especially where ExCom support may be needed.


  • Coordinate the International Technical Working Groups (ITWG): Transport (mobility), Energy, Communication, Construction & Shelter, Field IT, Biomed, Cold Chain and Applied Security.
  • The ILC is a member of the ITC Steering Committee.
  •  The ILC is a member of the Codification Steering Committee.
  • Undertake any other project as required by the International General Secretary Represent MSF externally concerning matters related to Logistics.


  • Ample MSF field experience in one or more of the technical fields (Logco, COTL).
  • A minimum of 3 years MSF HQ logistics management experience preferably at director level.
  • Strong inter-personal skills and ability to interact with broad range of actors in a diplomatic and efficient manner.
  • Strong organisational skills and ability to work under pressure with deadlines.
  • Team management skills/experience, ability to set priorities and self-directed.
  • Knowledge of and experience in project management is a serious advantage.
  • Team player, self-motivated and enthusiastic.
  • Fluent in English; other languages are an asset.
  • Computer literate.
  • Willingness to travel regularly (mainly within Europe)
  • Minimum commitment of 3 years.

Starting date: 1 April 2016

Contract: permanent (minimum 3 years commitment)- 100%

Location:  one of the five  MSF operational centers (Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, Barcelona or Geneva)

Deadline for applications: 29 February 2016

Planned date of interviews: 9 March 2016

This position is opened to internal candidates and former MSF staff.

Please submit all applications only by email to: stating “International Logistics Coordinator” 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.