Deputy Medical Coordinator


Doctors Without Borders (DWB)/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters and exclusion from healthcare in more than 70 countries. Médecins Sans Frontières is neutral, impartial, independent, and not linked to any political party or governmental body. MSF offers assistance to people based on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.    

MSF has worked in India since 1999, providing free-of-charge essential healthcare to people in remote areas, and specialist care for people affected by HIV/AIDS, malnutrition, hepatitis C, tuberculosis, kala azar, and sexual and gender-based violence. We also respond to natural disasters and other emergencies, provide mental healthcare and advocate for the development of more effective and affordable medicines to improve access to treatment for people everywhere. 

We currently run projects in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Manipur, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh. 

MSF was awarded the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development in 1996 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.  


Position: Deputy Medical Coordinator 

Job Location: New Delhi 

Duration: 12 months (renewable) 

Start Date: ASAP 

Application closing date: 20 February 2019

 Purpose of Post  

Supporting the Medical Coordinator through delegated tasks and responsibilities including defining, leading and coordinating the entire medical scope of the mission, according to Doctors Without Borders India (DWBI) protocols, standards, policies and values, in order to ensure the quality of the medical care given to the targeted population and thus improving their overall health and living conditions. Fully assuming the medical coordinator's responsibilities in case of absence. 

 Functional And Hierarchical Lines 

Hierarchically and functionally accountable to the Medical Coordinator. 


  • Supporting the Medical Coordinator in defining, monitoring and updating the medical content of the DWBI country policy and annual plan, by scanning health needs and translating them into objectives, priorities and resources needed in order to cover medical and humanitarian needs of the population at risk.
  • At the request of the Medical Coordinator, representing DWBI before third parties concerning medical issues, ensuring its good public image and the alignment with the mission interests, through regular contacts with other actors in the country, negotiating with authorities when necessary, and informing on DWBI charter, values and principles. 
  • Participating and contributing in the definition and update of the country policy, annual plan and budgets in order to develop the projects and programmes aimed at addressing humanitarian issues at stake ensuring its efficiency and quality (i.e. monitoring the project implementation, assisting the Project Coordinator and the medical teams in drafting the project proposal and follow up, identifying priority needs, other potential areas of action and emergency situations and collaborating and assisting in the production of medical reports).
  • Coaching, training and motivating the teams in the mission in order to align all field staff with DWBI values and ethics, and ensuring their capability to carry out their job achieving DWBI quality standards (i.e. induction, briefing/debriefing, training, potential detection, evaluation). 
  • Collaborating, together with the logistics department and according to project needs, in the pharmacy management in order to ensure enough and quality supply of drugs and medical material (i.e. review of medical orders and monitoring of medicines consumption and stock levels of the different projects). 
  • Assisting in defining and implementing the staff health and security policies for international and national staff in order to ensure its overall safety (i.e. monitors both physical and mental health state of staff, promotes compliance of all related protocols and procedures and collaborates in the update of issues regarding the security context). 
  • Ensuring the Medical Coordination in the Mission and fully assuming the Medical Coordinator’s tasks and responsibilities in case of absence/gaps. 

 Context Specific Accountabilities 

 Medical Policy and Planning 

  • Supports the Medical Coordinator (Medco) on National health system and medical policies, medical education and research followed in India. 
  • Supports Medco in writing the mission health strategy/policy. 
  • Keeps updated on the emerging medical policies of both MoH India and the DWBI Public Health Department. 

 Representation, Communication and Positioning 

  • Represents DWBI-OCA for medical related issues at all levels (official medical authorities, other NGOs, national and international organisations, other DWBI sections) in coordination with the Medical Coordinator. 
  • Provides insights and guidance in the Indian networking environment 
  • Supports the Medical Coordinator to compile reports or data for advocacy actions. 
  • Knows and disseminates DWBI charter, principles, policies as well as any documents related to medical work of DWBI, i.e. protocols. 
  • Keeps field medical staff up-to-date with new medical literature 
  • Participates actively in raising awareness on medical ethics and quality of care.

 Project Management 

  • Participates in the definition and update of annual project planning and budgets. 
  • Supports the formulation and follow up of medical orders in collaboration with the Logistics department according to guidelines, both in the projects and in the Capital. 
  • Participates, together with Medical Coordinator, in the technical support of project medical staff.
  • Participates, together with Medical Coordinator, in the definition of human and material medical resources needed to ensure the correct implementation of activities. 
  • Keeps medical documents in database updated and easily accessible. 

 Support Monitoring and Reporting 

  • Together with the Operational Research Coordinator:
    • Assists and informs the Medco regarding the development, monitoring and assessment of the ongoing medical programs. 
    • Participates in data analysis and research discussions - Collates and finalises medical reports, received from the projects, as discussed with Medical Coordinator. 
    • Participates in analysis and narrative interpretation of data in the form of internal and external reports. 

 Emergency Management and Preparedness 

  • Participates actively in the follow-up of potential medical emergencies in mission country. 
  • Participates in the periodical update of the Emergency Preparation Plan (EPP) with MedCo along with other section when applicable. 
  • Proposes exploratory missions based on detected medical or humanitarian needs to Medical Coordinator. 
  • Participates in emergency activities or exploratory visit in or out of the DWBI area of work, leading medical activities or assessment. 

 Human Resources Management 

  • Participates in the proper management of medical staff according to OCA HR vision, policies and values. 
  • Helps in updating job profiles of medical-related staff and participates in the selection and follow up of medical-related staff. 
  • Contributes to the proper induction of all new staff. 
  • Carries out the technical briefing and debriefing of national staff (and expat in the absence of Medco) medical team members (including watsan etc.). 
  • Supervises, coaches, and supports the national staff medical team with technical information and in achieving/maintaining good quality healthcare (both preventative and curative) and health facilities (incl. minimum water, hygiene and sanitation standards and universal precautions). 
  • Promotes communication and active participation of all medical staff in the development of mission as well as in DWBI values and philosophy. 
  • Promotes confidentiality among medicals staff and warranties in medical cases and records.

 Staff Health 

  • Implements the DWBI national staff health policy and supports the medical team in projects to implement the policy. 
  • Makes/Facilitates appointments for expats and national staff with identified health care facilities when needed. 
  • Is responsible for maintaining office pharmacy, emergency box and house first aid kits. 
  • In absence of Medco provides (personal) health briefings to international staff. 
  • Manages, with support from Medco, the DWBI Internal Staff health policy requirements.



  • Essential: MBBS degree with valid medical council of India or any state medical council registration. 
  • Desirable: Postgraduate training in Community Medicine, Public Health / Public Health management 


  • Essential: 2 years’ experience in relevant jobs, in DWBI or other NGO’s in developing countries 


  • Proficiency in English


  • Essential computer literacy (word, excel and internet) 


  • Strategic Vision
  • Leadership
  • People Management and Development
  • Service
  • Orientation
  • Teamwork and Cooperation

 HR & Benefits 

  • Salary Gross (INR): 139846/- per month (non-negotiable)
  • 18 days annual leave; 12 days paid leave as per the specified list of holidays; Sick/Casual leave of 12 days as per the calendar year (pro-rated based on hire date). 
  • Contributions made for statutory benefit programs such as Provident Fund. 
  • Covered under accident insurance. 
  • DWBI provides medical reimbursement for employees and their dependents as per health care policy. 
  • A stimulating, professional environment in an international organisation.

 Application Procedure 

To apply for the above position please clearly state which position you are applying for and send CV and letter of motivation to apply for this position (with phone number) not later than 20 February 2019 to .

Application without motivation letter will not be accepted. 

Due to a high volume of applicants, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. 

Note: We do not use any external recruitment consultants.


New Delhi

Application Closing Date
Wed, 02/20/2019