Kenya: Operational support

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Organization: Médecins Sans Frontières
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 22 Aug 2018

Médecins Sans Frontières Spain – OCBA (Operational Centre Barcelona-Athens) is looking for a
Operational Support – Cell 5

(Based in Nairobi)


Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international independent medical-humanitarian organization that offers assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict, without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, or political affiliation.
The MSF movement is built around five operational directorates supported by 24 sections and offices worldwide. MSF OCBA is one of those directorates. Its operations are implemented by field teams and the mission coordination teams; together with the organizational units based in Barcelona, Athens, Buenos Aires, Nairobi and decentralised in Dakar and Amman. The field operations are guided and supported by 5 Operational Cells, the Emergency Unit and other Units supporting operations.
The Nairobi Branch office hosts one of the Operational Cells (Cell 5) whose mandate/scope covers countries within the region; Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Ethiopia.


Hierarchically reports to the RECO (Cell responsible) in NBO (Cell 5).

The main objectives and activities are mentioned below:

a. Cell 5 missions management

  • Regular follow up of mission operations (emergencies, dossiers) on request from the RECO, and depending on area of expertise.
  • Context / humanitarian situation follow up
  • Participate in briefings / debriefings of staff
  • Field visit as per the needs

b. Security Management contributions :

  • Contributions to missions security documents (FTRs, guidelines, etc)
  • Security back up of the Reco in his absence
  • CIMT (Critical Incident Management Team) participation if required.

c. Annual Plan coordination & contributions

  • Coordination role in the cell Team
  • Coordination role with the missions
  • Contribute to different views/discussions on the cell 5 annual plan processes.
  • Compile and finalize Annual Plan documents with DirOps, Cell and mission.

d. Representation and networking

  • Coordination with other internal departments when required.
  • Attendance to external meetings in the region.

e. AOB

  • Any other point that require his/her support during this period.
  • Due to the limited timelines for the engagement, specific tasks and objectives can be adjusted depending on the candidate areas of expertise and operational need.

Requirements and selection Criteria:
Education, skills, and experience:

  • Previous experience with MSF at field level as HOM and Fieldco in MSF (minimum 3 years). Working experience in HQs will be an asset.
  • Experience in operation management of the Region ( East Africa) minimum of 6 months
  • Experience in Security management, participation in Simulation for crisis management.
  • Good knowledge of MSF structures and functioning both at the field and HQ level
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, with the ability to represent MSF in high-level internal/external meetings
  • Proven excellence in written English, with a track record of reports, proposals and position papers


  • Commitment to MSF’s Principles
  • Cross-cultural Awareness
  • Strategic Vision
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Results and Quality Orientation
  • Initiative and Innovation
  • Teamwork and cooperation
  • Security awareness and management

• Highly motivated and interested in the humanitarian sector
• Availability to travel
• Flexibility with working hours

Job Conditions
• Location: Based in Nairobi, at the MSF Spain Nairobi Branch office with foresee travel to the field.
• Temporary position lasting until December 2018
• Annual gross Salary of KES 3,465,673 paid on a monthly basis for the duration of employment.
• Benefits will be compensated in KES based on the Nairobi Branch Office secondary benefits package.

How to apply:

Applicants should send their curriculum vitae and cover motivation letter as a single file by 22nd August 2018, under the reference ‘OPS support’ to

Please note that MSF will only contact short-listed candidates.

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