Flying Nutrition & Paediatrics Officer

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Switzerland
Organization: Médecins Sans Frontières en Suisse
Closing date: 15 Apr 2021


As recently stated by DirMed platform, our field projects are optimised where there is a strong medico-operational collaboration, where technical advisors can contribute not only to technical questions but also to the development of programme planning and project objectives with their medcell/health advisor colleagues. Regular input by technical referents in project design would improve delivery of quality services.

In order to also replace more the decision-making power at the projects level flying positions, in collaboration with technical advisors, would improve front-line support and give to our field colleagues the expertise necessary, after an adequate understanding of needs, to propose and take decision based on field reality.

Nutrition and Paediatric have always been one of the essential components of MSF interventions. This position will oversee the field implementation of the package of care on Nutrition and Paediatrics to the MSF Switzerland fields of operations. The estimated time of implementation is of 2 months, depending on the number of projects, their complexity, and the quality and experience of the local human resources in Nut & Paed activities.

The following elements are the essential components of this role:

  • Provide field-based implementation support for Nutrition and Paediatrics in all relevant projects of MSF-OCG.
  • Focus on essential components for Nutrition and Paediatrics – to be defined in detail for each project.
  • Field-based trainings and bed-side coaching for medical and paramedical staff in all levels of care.
  • Provide feasible & practical recommendations to project/coordination and follow implementation.
  • Support project teams in clinical cases, organizational problems and operational challenges in the areas of Nutrition and Paediatrics, in link with the main strategic plan and key objectives of the Medical Department.

Main responsibilities

Field and Country Coordination Support

  • Direct hands-on clinical and organization support to field project medical teams and to coordination on the selection of main priorities. Follow-up of main project qualitative targets.
  • Communicates with stakeholders before and after each implementation visit to have clear short/mid measurable objectives for each project.
  • Ensure use of essential Nut & Paed tools: Standard List, Indicators list, follow up and reporting tools, supervision grids, training tools, Nut & Paed guidelines, OCG specific policies on Nut & Paed, telemedicine for any complex clinical case discussion, MSF-HUG clinical case discussions for multi-disciplinary case discussions.
  • Ensure proper data collection for Nut & Paed essential activities at project level.
  • Help calculating needs for medical orders for Nut & Paed activities and follow up consumption
  • Help Briefing & Debriefings of key staff on specific components of Nut & Paed activities.
  • Focal point for the Breastfeeding and infant feeding implementation toolkit.
  • Updating Standard Lists for Nut & Paed activities, twice per year.
  • Help disseminating new items for Nut & Paed activities, during each field implementation visit.
  • Support to training unit when requested for specific modules delivery at local or regional level (not HQ).
  • Implementation of telemedicine tools to ensure proper access to clinical support for Nut & Paed clinical cases.
  • Collaboration for annual reports in Nut & Paed activities.
  • Participate in key meetings related to Nut & Paed (Dmed, ops)

Nut & Paeds Implementation

  • Participate in the organization of deployment/implementation of the basic tools, protocol, guidelines and package.
  • Conduct field-based medical/paramedical trainings in link with the MSF-OCG training unit and local teams.
  • Perform general evaluation of quality of Nut & Paediatric activities at community, 1ary and 2ary levels of care.
  • Coordinate with the E-care team for possible implementation of the E-care tool.
  • Coordinate with the Medical operations Support Unit (MOSU) for implementation of community activities.
  • Maintains constant communication with project, country and cell medical coordination’s and Nutrition and Paediatric advisors at HQ to ensure respect of proper communication channels.
  • Deliver timely reports after each implementation visit with key indicators/focal points and previous discussion of recommendations with Ops & Medical department before sharing final report with the project team.
  • Works with HQ Medical Support (DMED/MOSU/MESO/SEPS) to keep basic Nut & Paed packages and toolkits are updated, and make sure all projects have access to last documents/guidelines/tools.
  • Essential link between project teams, coordination, cells and HQ Medical support on Nut & Paed problems.


  • University degree in a medical or paramedical profession: MD, nurse, clinical nutritionist, paramedic.
  • Advanced Medical or paramedical Education preferred.
  • Diploma in nutrition or paediatrics is an asset.


  • Min. 2 years’ experience working in resource-limited settings, in particular in humanitarian contexts
  • Min. 1 year of field base MSF experience in settings with relevant Nutrition & Paediatric components.
  • Working experience of health activities at community, 1ry or 2ry health care in a variety of contexts.
  • Experience providing clinical/organizational trainings to adult learners / continuing education.
  • Experience in operational research in the area of Nutrition &/or Paediatrics is an asset.


  • Fluent in French and English an asset
  • Additional languages frequently used in MSF OCG settings would be an asset (Arabic, Swahili, Hausa)

Technical Skills

  • Active clinical skills as a nurse, clinical nutritionist or medical professional.
  • Experience working in clinical settings in nutrition or paediatric settings or facilities.
  • Computer literacy and advanced use of Ms Office tools, Excel, MSF DHIS2, pharmacy, medical order tools.
  • Comfortable with IT tools and remote communication.
  • Knowledge in Food security surveillance is an asset

Personal strengths

  • Ability to teach and listen
  • Open-minded, diplomatic, team player, flexibility
  • Good communication skills and organisational skills
  • High degree of work autonomy
  • Willing to travel abroad and flexibility with respect to travel schedule
  • Ability to work with multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural persons
  • Ability to formalize and synthetize findings in reports.

How to apply:

Terms of Employment

  • Fixed-term contract, 8 months (100%)
  • Full-time position based in the field, travelling from mission to mission.
  • Practical working conditions while in the field are as per the MSF OCG volunteer handbook.
  • Ideal starting date: 3rd May 2021
  • Gross monthly salary (100%): CHF 5'500.-
  • Social benefits: health insurance and living costs in the countries of intervention and at HQ, paid according to internal regulations.

How to apply

Candidates submit their application following the requirements: CV 2 p. max. – letter of motivation 1p. max. – in French or English.

Closing date for application is 15th April 2021.

The applications will be treated confidentially.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted**.**

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