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Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders


New York, New York, United StatesLocation:

Tue 17 Jan ’23Posted on:


Assignment: Endowed with a technical and organizational expertise, you will intervene on the different phases of the project according to the needs. In general, you will ensure the smooth running of the project (technical, administrative, legal), compliance with the budget and the delivery time.

Main responsibilities:

  • Provide support and guidance to the medical team and the project team in the process of defining the medical – operational needs of the project.
  • Develop detailed feasibility studies
    • With analysis of the site, context and local resources.
    • Make technical proposals, taking into account the medico-operational needs established by the team, ensuring technical feasibility and taking into account local regulatory requirements.
  • Carry out the design of the project: by drawing basic plans taking into account the spatial organization + flows (patients/staff/equipment etc…)
  • Prepare, launch and analyze the call for tenders:
    • Preparation of ADMINISTRATIVE and TECHNICAL documentation and management of the call for tenders throughout the process.
    • Admin: Definition of the type of call for tenders and evaluation criteria + drafting of all the administrative documents necessary for the call for tenders process.
    • Technical
      • Graphic file – working drawings, detail drawings and all drawings necessary for the definition of the project;
      • Narrative and descriptive technical specifications CCTP;
      • Quantities estimation – DQE.
  • Check the conformity of the documents with the departments concerned (technical, legal, purchasing) and obtain the legal authorizations (if necessary)
  • Analyze the offers, draw conclusions and propose the highest bidder
  • Write the contract
    • Construction follow-up: Launching of the works, carrying out the technical, financial and HR follow-up of the project. Guarantee the local and international order if necessary.
    • Ensure the Acceptance and Handover of the building by certifying that the building is operational and ready for delivery
  • Issue the provisional acceptance certificate
  • Coordinate with FinCO/FinCell all related documents and payments required for completion
  • Make a financial and technical evaluation of the project
  • Produce as-built drawings
  • Define or collaborate in the definition of the maintenance plan for the following years
  • Define or collaborate in the definition of the fire plan of the building(s)
  • Ensure the relay to the general logistics,
  • Transfer report including all necessary information for the transfer or future payments (end of liability period, etc.)
    • Identify, manage and coordinate the HR team
    • Production of documentation, analysis and reports throughout the project

Profile required:

Education: Degree in architecture.

Experiences: 2 years minimum professional experience in the field of application.

Skills and Abilities :

  • Personal qualities of team spirit, cooperation, flexibility, adaptability, diplomacy and organization.
  • Mastery of Autocad software essential (other software appreciated)


  • French and English
  • Other preferred languages

Duration: Availability from 6 to 12 months.

Location: 70+ countries (outside USA)

Terms of employment

MSF offers solid compensation and benefits. Salaries for field workers are set to reflect the humanitarian spirit of volunteerism while recognizing the high level of professional expertise provided by field staff. The gross monthly starting salary is $2,209, with subsequent increases based on expertise and experience. Americans working in the field with MSF receive a US letter of agreement in which all required taxes and contributions are deducted.

Benefits include:

  • Salary increase after 12 months in the field, and at regular intervals thereafter, reflecting professional expertise, previous experience and increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Paid leave (25 days per year)
  • Full Leave Package (Paid Parental Leave, FMLA, Paid Sick Leave)
  • Compensation for work accidents, short and long term disability
  • 401k retirement plan
  • Life insurance and AD&D coverage
  • Employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance for employee (not dependents)
  • Three-month extension of post-assignment medical and dental insurance coverage
  • Psychosocial care before and after mission
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program (legal advice, tax advice, mental health services)
  • Confidential Peer Support Network

Additional benefits

  • Student Loan Forgiveness Program: Employment with MSF is considered public service and therefore qualifies for eligibility for student loan forgiveness through the US government’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.

Main costs covered

  • Initiation and training before departure
  • Reimbursement of mission-specific vaccinations
  • Visas and work permits required
  • Round-trip field transportation
  • Accommodation on the ground
  • Daily per diem in local currency in the field
  • Briefings and debriefings before and after missions
  • Medical Evacuation Blanket


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