Where we are working
Whether coordinating the purchase and transport of supplies locally or internationally, organising the transport of vaccines, rehabilitating health structures, setting up feeding centres or overseeing the maintenance of vehicles and communication systems, the logistician is crucial to every Médecins Sans Frontières project.
You may also be responsible for interacting with local authorities and other organisations, and overseeing the implementation of project security protocols. Being able to manage large numbers of national staff is another important element of this essential role.
People with professional backgrounds ranging from construction and architecture to engineers (marine, civil, water sanitation, mechanical, electronic, electrical or even software), supply chain workers to farm managers have worked with us in this role. We seek both generalist and specialist experience (refer below). After building solid field experience many have gone on to fill management roles, such as supervising the logistical component of all projects in a particular country.
Mechanics (including biomedical)
Water and Sanitation
Individuals recruited as logisticians may have the opportunity to undertake an internal training course prior to their first placement. The course outlines specific technical policies, procedures, tools and software we use to manage logistics in the field. Médecins Sans Frontières covers basic costs to attend this course.
Jim Cutts discusses the role of the electrician infield.
Damien Moloney talks about his various field placements.
Grant Somers writes of his work in Afghanistan.
Richard Urmonas writes of his work in Sudan.
Rachel Creek talks about her placement in Colombia.
Don McCallum shares his experiences from Kenya.