Médecins Sans Frontières Job Vacancy: Deputy Cell Manager (Medical) - Tokyo, Japan

Médecins Sans Frontières, an international medical and humanitarian association founded in 1971, provides medical assistance to communities faced with crises endangering their survival. These crises typically take the form of armed conflict but also include epidemics, natural catastrophes and even exclusion from healthcare. The French section of MSF is present in some thirty countries worldwide.
For a replacement, MSF is currently looking for a:
The Tokyo Cell is part of the Operational Centre Paris (OCP), an operational partnership under the responsibility of the Operations Director in Paris. The Tokyo Cell has been operational since 2004 and currently manages programs in the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Cambodia.
Under the general direction of the Cell Manager, the DCM contributes his/her medical and operational expertise to the analysis and monitoring of intervention needs and implements, evaluates and provides management oversight for programs in assigned countries that provide medical and humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations. S/he helps to ensure that program goals are met in accordance with medical deontology and operational principles, while safeguarding MSF’s independence of action and analysis.
As a member of the Operations Department, the DCM contributes to the development of the operational plan and contributes significantly to the development of the operational objectives of the programs for which s/he is responsible. S/he actively participates in the appropriate sharing of information and in the development and dissemination of appropriate advocacy messages based on operational needs and concerns.
S/he works closely with the Cell Manager to organize and supervise the work of professional staff forming part of the Cell Team to ensure program quality and appropriate management of financial and human resources.
Principle duties of the position
  • Participates in debates and decision-making processes concerning the operational plan for the organization
  • Participates in the ongoing annual cycle operational planning and monitoring
  • Participates in events organized by the operation and by the medical department (medical meeting, weekly meeting…)
  • Is the medical referent for all the programs proposed and supported by the Cell and the main counterpart with medical coordinators in the field as well as with the medical specialists of the medical department and with Epicentre.
  • Support the elaboration of medical strategies and monitor their implementation.
  • Contribute to the evaluation of the Medical Coordinator when relevant.
  • Validation of medical orders (national, international, including food).
  • Validation of medical HR.
  • Brief and debrief field medical staff (including staff health).
  • Supports and coaches the Medical Coordinators in the countries under the cell responsibility.
  • Supervises the set-up of programs in conjunction with the Cell Manager, with particular responsibility for their medical content.
  • Monitors and Evaluates programs periodically for quality and effectiveness, particularly from a medical point of view. Recommends re-direction and/or closures, as needed.
  • Oversees the management of the Country Coordination teams in conjunction with the Cell Manager
    • Provides oversight and support to the Heads of Mission, Medical Coordinators and their field coordination teams
    • Ensures that the Country Coordination team carries out appropriate and effective HR management; makes decisions on team management issues if necessary.
  • Works closely with the Cell Manager to oversee financial management, monitor spending, conduct quarterly budget reviews, analyze budget discrepancies with Heads of Mission and ensure that budget restrictions are observed.
  • Works closely with the Cell Manager on the development of the regional portfolio.
  • Manages Cell Team in the absence of the Cell Manager
  • Oversees internal and external communications in the absence of the Cell Manager
  • Provides and assists in the development of medical publications related to the projects of the Cell.
  • Interact with MSF Japan and MSF Australia and IO representatives on specific dossiers and based on needs.
  • Medical profile: Medical Doctor,
  • Broad knowledge and experience in international Public Health, MPH preferred
  • Proven ability to provide strong leadership and vision in program management.
  • Proven strategic and analytical skills in medical programming.
  • MSF field experience, including:
    • Minimum of 2 years in position of Head of Mission or Medical coordination;
    • Exposure to highly political environments and humanitarian crises;
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills.
  • Proven and demonstrated analytical and political skills; excellent judgment and diplomacy.
  • Strong interpersonal and written and oral communications skills in English and French. Other languages an asset.
  • Ability to synthesize complex and sensitive material, and communicate it effectively to others.
  • Flexibility to travel extensively and/or to serve in the field for several weeks at a time.
Contractual terms:
3 years fixed term contract
Salary conditions:
Starting 7.7 million JPY to 8.7 million JPY annual gross
Medical coverage taken in charge by MSF. 2 days of paid holidays monthly (24 days per year).
Administrative costs, procedures for your visa and the return ticket are covered by MSF.
Temporary accommodation before move into apartment (up to one month)
Relocation allowance
Apartment contract related fee covered by MSF
Location: Tokyo, Japan with frequent travels between fields and Head Quarter.
Closing Date: 02 December 2016
Starting date: January 2017. I