Contract:                    Fixed-term contract

Duration:                    6 months full-time or 12 months at 50%

Location:                     MSF Office in Brussels or Amsterdam preferably

Starting date:             ASAP



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.



A manual was developed by a member of the MSF Water & Sanitation Working Group (WatSan WG) on hazardous waste management generated by our medical activity, which has been validated by the Pharma network and the medical directors. Besides this manual, a list of > 1,000 medical drugs and other products have been established by the WatSan WG in collaboration with the Pharma Network with precise indications on how to handle drug waste. 

However, to date no standardized information is available on how to handle MSF laboratory waste. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) require development for the safe handling of laboratory products and waste which need to be developed for all laboratory standard items for use in MSF.



The laboratory waste management advisor works functionally under the guidance of the Leader of the MSF intersectional “Diagnostic Network” and hierarchically under the International Medical Coordinator.



The objective of this position is to have waste management SOPs for each standard laboratory test and chemical currently used in MSF.



Develop waste management SOPs according to following structure:

1.    General use of chemical solution /test

2.    Classification and labelling of all components in the tests

3.    Description of exposure controls and personal protection equipment

4.    Description of Post Exposure Procedures (PEP)

5.    Firefighting measures

6.    Standard Operating Procedures for handling hazardous waste

a)      Description on different hazardous waste groups

b)      Description on handling of chemical waste

c)       Description on waste storage

d)      Description on disposal

The waste management advisor for laboratory waste shall extract the information on points 1-5 from the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) and other databases for all standard laboratory tests and chemicals used in MSF (based on the MSF laboratory catalogue, volume 4) using .

Based on this work, step 6 needs to drafted and be presented to (and potentially be revised with) with the Water & Sanitation Working Group representative.

Approximately, 300 standard laboratory items are in the catalogue that require a SOP (most items contain a number of chemical components and the extraction needs to be done for each chemical component). 



Professional training

·      Chemist, pharmacist, engineer, or laboratory expert with relevant experience in laboratory waste and safety management.


Work experience

·      Background in waste management for laboratories: laboratory waste management, laboratory chemicals safety, environmental waste management

·      Experience in developing standard procedures or guidelines and policies

·      Familiarity with MSDS sheets, GHS, ADR, etc.

·      Ideally, at least 1 year working experience with laboratory programs in resource-limited settings with MSF or an equivalent organization   


Specific skills

·      Excellent networking and communication skills

·      Proven ability of report & SOP writing in English also for non-native English speakers

·      Computer literacy: Microsoft office is essential

·      Fluent in English (reading and writing); French is an asset



Deadline for applications: May 31, 2017

Please submit all applications only by email to: stating “Waste Management Advisor” in the subject

Please submit only ONE file containing your CV and cover letter and name the file with your last name only.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.