WASH-Log Emergency Simulation - Mobile Implementing Officer

Médecins Sans Frontières



Full Time

Projects & IT

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Médecins Sans Frontières is an international independent medical-humanitarian organisation, which offers assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict, without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation.

Simulation is the science and methodology of creating a realistic situation or environments similar to reality, to provoke experiences that allow persons, in a controlled and safe space, to practice, learn, reflect, design, test or to gain understanding of systems or/and human actions.
Therefore, at MSF we are very interested in using simulation to build competences, but also to reflect on and solve those questions, challenges and problems that we face in our day-to-day work, in order to define new ways of doing things and bring about positive changes at the level of individuals, teams and the organisation itself. In order to take advantage of the benefits of this methodology, we are working to integrate simulation into our daily work  in the organization at all levels.

Taking in consideration the growing interest in the use of simulation in MSF and the recognized evidence-based benefits of simulation, MSF Field Simulation TIC is continuously working to support the gradual increase in the use of simulation in MSF aiming at to positively contribute to the quality of humanitarian medical assistance MSF provides to the population.

This will be done by working in three main areas and pillars:

  • Continue capacity building activities, as well as the development of learning solutions to design, organise, facilitate and implement simulation programmes following best practices
  • Continue to progressively integrate simulation into different identified MSF ecosystems (systems and processes), to contribute to the reflection, improvement and innovation of its medical-humanitarian activities.
  • MSF will continue to explore innovative uses of simulation in the field and at headquarters for the benefit of individuals, teams and the organization itself.

Emergency response is surely one of the most challenging areas in MSF operations. First responders must be ready to cope with a variety of different scenarios and capable of adapting to volatile and rapidly changing environments. Simulation constitutes a vital asset for emergency preparedness, allowing staff to test response plans and train effectively to ensure high intervention standards. The use of simulation is not confined to the medical sphere but encompasses all areas of MSF work, form strategy design to water and sanitation and logistics.

The Field Simulation Team would like to develop a comprehensive “emergency simulation package” offering field users a set of targeted ready-to-use simulations. This package’s aim is to tackle key strategic and practical skills that can prove critical during an emergency response. Its added value resides in the immediacy and rapidity that simulation offers both in building new skills and in testing existing plans.

The person recruited for this position will work alongside three other colleagues:

  • The “MED-OPS Emergency simulation mapping & design support” and the “WASH-LOG Emergency simulation mapping & design support”, these two profiles joined the Field Simulation Team between the end of 2023 and the beginning of 2024 to undertake full mapping of all existing emergency-related simulation material and to contribute to the design of the emergency simulation package.
  • The “MED-OPS Emergency simulation MIO” this person, who joined the team at the beginning of 2024, will be the counterpart of the “WASH-LOG Emergency simulation MIO” and will work hand in hand with the recruited candidate both in the design of new simulation and in the implementation pilots

The “WASH LOG Emergency Simulation – Mobile Implementing Officer’s” role will have two main objectives:

  • On one side he/she/they will support in the design and development of the Emergency simulation package in liaison with the “MED-OPS Emergency simulation MIO”, “MED-OPS Emergency simulation mapping & design support” and the “WASH-LOG Emergency simulation mapping & design support”, with a focus on simulations related to Environmental Health and logistics
  • On the other his/her/their aim will be to implement / support the implementation of emergency-related simulation pilots on the field. The purpose of the WASH-LOG Emergency Simulation MIO will be to pilot specific simulation packages, analyze the outcomes, and propose adaptations. This might entail the training of simulation facilitators and underpinning the integration of emergency simulation in the mission / project routines.

1. In relation to the first objective the WASH-LOG Simulation Support MIO will contribute, together with the rest of the team assigned to the project (MED-OPS / WASH-LOG Simulation Mapping & Design Support, MED-OPS MIO, TIC Support manager, Capacity building technician and Program manager) to outline the framework and architecture of the emergency package. He/she/they will contribute to the selection and repurposing of the simulation material that will integrate the package and help designing new material to fill existing gaps and ensure the global coherence and effectiveness of the package

2. In relation to the second objective his/her/their tasks will be the following:
a. Preparation of the field visits

  • Prepare a schedule of field visits with the missions interested in organizing emergency simulation pilots, in liaison with the Support Manger and of the Capacity building and deployments technicians.
  • In liaison with the Support manager and MED-OPS and WASH-LOG Simulation Mapping & Design Support and Program manager, ensure the coherence of the pilot to the mission needs and priorities.

b. At field level:

  • Implement the simulation pilots
  • Implement the Training of simulation facilitators at field level to implement simulation programs for emergency preparedness
  • Identify, together with the field teams, areas of quality improvement in emergency preparedness where simulation can be used  

c. Follow up and others:

  • Analyze the outcomes of the Emergency simulation pilots and propose adjustments and adaptations
  • Participate in supporting the trained simulation local facilitators.
  • Promotes and makes visible the benefit of simulation in the field Emergency preparedness

This position will be hierarchically accountable to Program manager of the TIC Simulation and functionally to Support Manager.


  • Environmental Health / logistics background
  • Large experience in WASH and logistics in MSF (as watsan manager, LTL, LogCo, WASH referent / MIO, or similar) > 3 years
  • Experience in emergency interventions required
  • Qualified training or certification in simulation and facilitation is an asset
  • Experience in designing, implementing and monitoring simulation-based learning programs in academic and/or professional settings; especially in the medical area is a asset
  • Flexibility and adaptability in dynamic work environment.  
  • Experience on developing learning programs/activities and / or carrying similar tasks described above.
  • Having completed at least three medical or emergency face to face and online trainings in MSF
  • Proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Office 365 package
  • Familiarity with MSF SharePoint environment
  • English fluency required & French fluency highly valued (at least upper intermediate required)


  • Position that can work from home between deployments. Up to 80% field visits.
  • Full time work
  • Duration: 4 months (possible renewal)
  • Annual gross salary:  Level 4 IRP2 + secondary benefits based on MSF OCBA Reward Policy.
  • Starting date: end of March 2024


  • To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter
  • Closing date: March 10th, 2024, 23:59 CET (Central European Time)

MSF is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, race, nationality, and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We are committed to achieving a balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. MSF provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. MSF does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment and discrimination.

All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo reference checks. Médecins Sans Frontières, as a responsible employer, under article 38 of “Ley de Integración Social del Minusválido de 1982 (LISMI)” invite those persons with a recognized disability and with an interest in the humanitarian area to apply for the above-mentioned position




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