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Regional Logistic Support for Southern Africa

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  • Post Date: May 3, 2020
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Job Overview

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. We work in over 60 countries, offering assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. MSF Operational Centre Brussels is looking for a: Regional Logistic Support for Southern Africa.


Mid-2019 OCB launched a reform in support of the projects aiming at providing more autonomy to the projects (see concept paper attached). Southern Africa missions (Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South-Africa) have been chosen as first pilot and an innovative and transformational approach will be implemented in 2020 in the region.

This unique set up will promote more autonomy for the projects by:

  • increasing responsibility and competences at the project level
  • reducing the responsibility of the today’s national coordination teams who will transition towards ad-hoc National Support Teams.

A Regional Support Team (RST) will be established to be the first line of contact for the projects for strategic matters. The RST will report directly to the OCB Director of Operations.

The core positions of the Regional Support team will be based in Johannesburg, joining the SnA section with the aim to develop as many synergies as possible (with the section), primarily on Communication, Human Resources and advocacy common interests.  Other members of this Regional support team will be based in other offices in the region with the possibility of sharing national and regional responsibilities (The Log function will be based in Zimbabwe).

This Log position will combine regional responsibilities by covering support needs to the projects in all 3 countries.

The Regional team will promote a holarchic approach by including project staff in strategic decisions and by encouraging a distributed setup within the regional team.

Every member of this RST will have her/his specific area of expertise and focus while a main point of attention will be to create and to animate a network that is able to make decisions as collective as possible and to allow maximum cross-fertilization between the projects and the National Support Teams.

‘National support team’: a transformation of what is currently known as the Coordination Team (often based in the capital of the country) into a mixed team of junior and senior profiles that provide country-specific support within the different technical domains (HR, fin, supply, log, med..) and keep a role of representation at country level.

‘Project teams’: based on unicity of every project reality, lifecycle, setup etc…, During 2020, a reinforcement and/or re-organization of punctual, temporary or more permanent positions/ functions will accompany the transition towards a more final setup. Speed of transition is project-specific.

The current cell will phase out of current responsibilities and will function as ‘safety net’ so long as a relevant hand-over hasn’t been completed.

Main objectives

As a member of the RST, the “Regional Logistic Support Southern Africa” will be the 1st line consultation for the projects on Log issues & will adopt a role of coach towards them to guarantee the projects can be as autonomous as possible.

He/she will assist in leading and animating a regional team while supporting the projects and safeguarding coherence of the OCB operations in the region.

Specific objectives of the post

  • Provide support to the Project Log teams (and to national Log Support Functions) by adopting the posture of a coach rather than a supervisor
  • Promote and maintain the autonomy of the Log team at the project’s level
  • Animate the network of Logs in the region
  • Identify the needs and constraints of the Log activity in the region
  • Build and monitor a broad overview of logistics EPREP needs in the region both in terms of People and Technical solutions
  • Adapt kits and strategies when necessary and assist the Supply functions in identifying appropriate suppliers and contractors
  • Act as the main link between the Log Support Unit in Brussels and the Project Logs


  • Promote a network approach within the Logs in the region (use virtual meeting tools) linking the projects together and linking similar roles in the region
  • Assist in logistics related strategy developments
  • Mentor and coach the National support and Project Logs
  • Map share and mobilize logistics related skills in the region
  • Be the Log rescue  role: to ensure continuity of services to operations only when necessary
  • Ensure optimal use of community of practice/ Sherlog platforms for technical troubleshooting and problem solving
  • Optimize regional sharing of information, experiences, ideas, successes and failures
  • Advise promote and encourage creative and diverse solutions
  • Advise the Operations department on necessary Logistics implications. Act as auditor and quality control advisor

In addition:

Preparation & response to emergencies:

  • Provide a log perspective to the E-prep regional team integrated in the section and working with the e-pool in Brussels
  • Keep a global overview of the assets in the region deployable in case of emergency
  • Participate in EPREP discussions and challenge strategies. Identify opportunities



  • Essential degree and specialization in Logistics desired


  • Minimum 5 years MSF experience
  • Minimum 2 years of successful experience as a Logistic Coordinator
  • Work experience in the Southern Africa region is an asset


  • Coach style posture capacity and service oriented
  • People Management and Development
  • Excellent Teamwork and Cooperation capacity
  • Excellent capacity to synthesize and communicate the role of Logistics in medical humanitarian operations


  • English proficiency is mandatory; Portuguese is an asset


  • Expected starting date: July/August 2020
  • 2 years contract (extendable)
  • Position based in Harare (Zimbabwe)
  • Proximity with the projects and hence travel within the SnA region is required
  • Family position
  • Adhere to the MSF principles and to our managerial values: Respect, Transparency, Integrity, Accountability, Trust and Empowerment
  • Adhere to the MSF Behavioral Commitments
  • To agree with the philosophy and principles behind the Field Recentralisation programme of OCB


Online applications for 26 May 2020 latest via the following link or by clicking apply below. When clicking on this link, you will be directed to our online application tool.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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