Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
MSF is an international humanitarian aid organisation that provides medical assistance in more than 75 countries to populations in distress, to victims of natural or manmade disasters and armed conflicts, without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, creed, or political affiliation.
The MSF-OCB Medical Department
The MSF-OCB Medical Department is a network of units, consisting of the Brussels Medical Unit, the Southern African Medical Unit (SAMU) in Cape Town, the Luxembourg Operational Research unit (LuxOR) in Luxembourg, the Middle East Medical Unit (MEMU) in Beirut and the Brazil Medical Unit (BRAMU). It is composed of polyvalent medical staff working in, and outside of, the operational cells and Regional Support Teams (RSTs). The experts cover many different medical and para-medical domains such as (but not limited to): anaesthesia, antibiotic resistance, capacity building & mentoring for healthcare professionals, change management, chronic non-communicable diseases, critical care, data protection & data sharing, emergency medicine & toxicology, emergency preparedness, environmental health, epidemiology, general surgery & orthopaedics, health promotion & anthropology, Hepatitis C, HIV, infection prevention & control, infectious diseases, knowledge management, laboratory, malaria & vector-borne diseases, medical data & health informatics, medical equipment, mental health, microbiology, nursing care, nutrition, operational research and documentation, paediatrics & adolescents health, pharmacy, primary healthcare, public health, sexual & reproductive health, tuberculosis, vaccination, survivors of torture and viral haemorrhagic fever & emerging infectious diseases.
Operational Research in MSF-OCB
Operational research and documentation are an integral part of the MSF-OCB activities to strengthen evidence around decision-making, guidelines, and policy. There are two units supporting operational research LuxOR and SAMU. The LuxOR unit has staff based in the offices in Luxembourg, Brussels, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Beirut, and Toronto, with core activities including operational research linked to the domains covered by the medical department (as mentioned above) and epidemiology support and capacity building. The second unit involved in operational research is SAMU, based in Cape Town, South Africa, which focuses on HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Tuberculosis, and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). More information can be found here.
MSF-LuxOR – Operational Research Advisor for
Environmental Health (60% – 40%) Based in Luxembourg
1 year – Full time position (with possibility for extension)
The LuxOR Programme Officer (60%) and Environmental Health Operational Research Advisor (40%)
Main Functional Interactions
Geographical location of the post
The programme officer is an MSF Luxembourg section position based in Luxembourg with regular and scheduled time spent in Brussel and in our projects.
The programme officer will work closely with:
The LuxOR Director. He is the overall medical department reference person regarding guiding global policy and strategic aspects of operational research in OCB. His tasks include providing overall guidance to team members. Development of partnerships and driving the intersectional collaboration with other MSF operational Centers and global partners in the area of Operational Research and Epidemiology support The Operational Research and Epidemiology Advisors, The Research Process Coordinator, Medical editor and Policy and Practice advisor. The LuxOR team members are based in Luxembourg, Brussels, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Canada and South Africa. They have continuous interaction with the field, operational cells and the medical department to support operational research, documentation activities and the field epidemiologists. They report to LuxOR Program Officer and Director and work closely with colleagues inside and outside the medical department as well as counterparts in the MSF movement.
The Program Officer is responsible for the day-to-day team management, research system support, OR coordination, and supports on budget and LuxOR strategy. The programme officer is also responsible for linkage between LuxOR, Operations and the Medical Department in Brussels
JOB DESCRIPTION :
LuxOR Programme Officer (60%) :
1- Support the development and progression of the MSF-OCB and LuxOR Operational Research Portfolio
o Process support is provided by the LuxOR Research Process Coordinator
gap”, and build opportunities for OR in a specific thematic area (e.g. environmental health)
which are aligned with the OCB operations and medical department strategy.
refine/ follow-up the OR agenda, propose relevant data collection, and propose a dynamic
which allows capacity building and participation of field staff in OR.
and relevant to MSF operations and the humanitarian space, and thus assure that OR informs
policy and practice change.
o Defining and lobbying for the resources and improved organisational set up of the OR activities at project level implying data collection/awareness of its relevance.
o Facilitate feedback and discussions on implications for policy and practice between the LuxOR unit and the policy and practice officer.
o Contribute to retention strategy of trained research staff; create a pool of staff with Research
o Support the organisation of Operational Research Training activities
2- Manage and Coordinate the LuxOR team (in collaboration with the LuxOR director)
3- Part of the MSF-Luxembourg and Management Team
Operational Research Advisor in the Area of Environmental Health (40%) :
define research priorities and agendas.
o Work closely with the Climate and Health Coordination working group and working streams
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
o Master in public health is an asset
o Work in MSF contexts (including that with other organisations) experience is an asset
SOFT SKILLS REQUIREMENTS
o Good listening and observational skills
CONTRACT CONDITIONS AND BENEFITS
Application Deadline : 24st September 2023
How to apply?
Please complete our online form and upload your CV and cover letter
Please name your documents starting with your family name!
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