X-ray Technician - Radiographer


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 19 sections, 23 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


In 2007, an MSF intersectional working group on diagnostics was formed including a subgroup focusing on Diagnostic Imaging (DI). The working group determined key recommendations and is currently seeking an MSF intersectional radiographer who can support in the implementation of the following key recommendations:

  • Ultrasound for diagnosis in hospitals where MSF supports obstetrics/gynaecology and/or surgical programs
  • X-ray access in TB/HIV programs
  • X-ray access in all surgical programs with orthopaedic focus


  • Reports to the Diagnostic Network (DN) leader who in turn works under the International Medical Coordinator
  • While in the field is accountable to the relevant Medical Coordinator


  • Support the translation of the DI recommendations into actions
  • 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
  • Stimulate debate within MSF (Operational Centers and field) by discussing key issues/questions raised regarding DI
  • Collaborate with the team of biomedical engineers for the selection and follow-up of use/performance of DI equipment.

Specific tasks

  • Report regularly to the DN leader on progress and activities and upon request to Medical Directors and relevant WGs
  • Attend and contribute in internal platforms as MSF radiographer (e.g. diagnostic imaging, surgical, reproductive health, TB working groups)
  • 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
  • Establish and maintain contacts/networks between MSF and international health authorities (e.g. World Health Organization), industry and other relevant stakeholders for technical issues linked with DI
  • Undertake field trips to evaluate the planning, use and quality of ultrasound and radiography 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
  • Identify key research priorities in diagnostic imaging for MSF together with the disease specific working groups and propose to the Medical Directors operational research protocols to address these priorities.
  • Act as radiation protection focal point for MSF: liaise with health advisors (HA)/polyvalent and Medical Coordinators regarding adherence to local radiation law in countries where MSF operates and develop guidelines for all aspects of radiation protection relevant to MSF
  • 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
  • Extend and coordinate a well functioning network of volunteer radiologists and radiographers to undertake field trips for training and providing teleradiology services
  • Develop and identify resource materials available for field and headquarters
  • Promote and facilitate the use of teleradiology in MSF field sites


Professional Training

  • Radiographer/Medical Imaging Technologist

Work experience

  • 5 years working experience
  • Experience in radiography (i.e. x-rays) of both children and adults
  • Experience in ultrasound; particularly in obstetrics
  • Experience in training and coaching
  • Familiar with Quality Assurance systems in radiography
  • Ideally experienced in working in resource-limited settings

Specific skills

  • Excellent networking and communication skills including proven report writing ability
  • Ability to motivate and lead medical colleagues
  • 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 30% of time on work related travel to field sites or European headquarters
  • Enthusiastic, motivated and independent; able to work with minimal supervision
  • 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

Starting date: As soon as possible

Contract: 100% - Fixed term 24 months with possible extension

Location: Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Geneva or Barcelona

Salary: Salary equivalent to a health specialist / senior health expert in the section where the position is based

Deadline for applications: 31 August 2013 

Please submit all applications only by email to: IO-recruitment.gva@msf.org stating “X-ray Technician-Radiographer” in the title

Please submit only one zip file containing your CV and cover letter and name in ONE file with your last name.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.