Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders Switzerland is looking for a:
Paediatrics & Neonatology Advisor (PNA)
(currently also in charge of routine vaccination activities)
The medical department of MSF (hereafter designated as “the department”) provides technical and
strategic support to the medical aspect of field operations. The Paediatrics & Neonatology Advisor
(PNA) works within the department and is a member thereof. The department is composed of the
Polyvalent Medical Referents and the Technical Advisors, who report directly to the medical director.
The PNA, in accordance with his/her specialization, will assist the Medical Referents and Deputy
Program Managers of the desks in charge of projects with paediatric/neonatal/vaccination
Undertake the follow-up, adaptation and implementation of the new paediatrics-neonatology
and vaccination policies in MSF, and of the current MSF-CH paediatrics-neonatology
guidelines in all MSF programs.
Participate in the revision and update process of the existing MSF-CH paediatrics-neonatology
guidelines, and in ensuring the coherence, relevance and appropriateness of paediatrics,
neonatal, vaccination and nutritional recommendations generated by other members of the
Ensure timely and accurate responses to technical questions on paediatrics-neonatology and/or
vaccination coming from the cells/field. Participate in the development of operational plans of
action with the different cells and give to each cell the requested support in the paediatrics-
neonatology and vaccination areas of expertise.
Address relevant paediatric and neonatal issues, and actively engage in operational research
and in the international MSF paediatrics and vaccination working groups.
Conduct field visits/assessments in line with the support and/or monitoring of paediatrics,
neonatology and vaccination activities, if pertinent. Participate in punctual activities that may
require the production of documents or recommendations, etc.
In collaboration with the Communication Department, external communication on medical
subjects which are of major interest for the Swiss public.
Participate in internal scientific meetings, international paediatrics congresses, workshops
and/or any scientific platform/meeting of interest.
Ensure briefing/debriefing/coaching of medical staff going to/coming back from the field.
Participate in the Medical Coordinators’ annual meeting, as well as in the development and
implementation of the decentralized paediatrics-neonatology training courses.
Participate in the development of the annual Plan of Action and in the identification of
innovative medical challenges.
Education: Medical Doctor with specialization in Paediatrics (mandatory). Good
knowledge/experience in Neonatology and/or Paediatric Intensive Care. Diploma(s) in Tropical
Medicine and/or Public Health and/or Infectious Paediatrics would be an asset.
Experience: 3 to 5 years in developing countries with MSF or with other humanitarian organizations.
Languages: Fluent in English & French. Other languages an asset.
Personal qualities: Mature, open-minded; good organizational and communication skills; ability to
analyze medical and structural issues and write reports. Background in research-related work an asset.
Conditions: Fixed-term contract (CDM) until 31 January 2013. Full-time position based in Geneva
with frequent travels to the field and in Europe. Position to be filled as soon as possible.
Applications to be sent until 14 October 2011 to Dr. Marie-Claude Bottineau, MSF International
Paediatrics Working Group Leader and Paediatrics & Neonatology Coordinator, Médecins Sans
Frontières, Geneva, Switzerland – e-mail: email@example.com. Only short-listed
candidates will be contacted.