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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.



  • Compliance with Essential Criteria for all potential Field Workers
  • Practical skills and experience in at least 2 of the following: mechanics, energy and electricity, procurement and supply chain management (including cold chain), construction, water and sanitation, IT 'trouble shooting', radio and communications equipment, warehousing and stock management
  • Available to work in the field for a minimum of 9 months


  • Experience in administration (finance, human resources), project or event management
  • Experience with pump and generator maintenance




  • Compliance with Essential Criteria for all potential Field Workers
  • Available to work infield for a minimum of 9 months
  • Expertise in one of the following areas:


    • Basic engineering skills
    • Experience as a construction site foreperson or in building services coordination
    • Experience with contract writing, budgeting, reporting
    • (asset)  Qualification in architecture, civil engineering, building design
    • (asset)  Experience in any/all of carpentry, plumbing, construction
    • (asset)  Drawing skills or site planning experience
    • (asset)  Experience wtih procurement of or negotiationfor building supplies

Mechanics (including biomedical)

    • Pump and generator maintenance
    • Vehicle maintenance
    • Installation and maintenance of medical equipment
    • (asset)  Qualification in vehicle or medical equipment mechanics

Water and Sanitation

    • Qualification in either chemistry, civil engineering, geology, hydrology
    • Experience in any of:  building wells and boreholes, water quality monitoring, pollution, waste management
    • (asset)  Experience in water filtration techniques


    • Qualification and licence as electrician or degree in electrical engineering
    • Experience coordinating the design and implementation of electrical projects
    • Available to work infield for up to 3 months
    • (asset)  Experience with pump and generator maintenance


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.

Logisticians working with Médecins Sans Frontières


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.