MSF is an international, independent medical humanitarian organisation. We provide medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare. We are a non-profit, self-governed, member-based organisation. MSF was founded in 1971 in Paris by a group of journalists and doctors. Today, we are a worldwide movement of more than 67,000 people.

MSF coordinates operations through collaborations between global offices. The ‘MSF Operational Centre Amsterdam’ (OCA) is a partnership that is composed of the partners MSF-Canada, MSF-Germany, MSF-SARA, MSF-Sweden, MSF-Holland and MSF-United Kingdom. MSF-OCA operates medical humanitarian interventions in about 25 countries with more than 11,000 staff.

The office of MSF-Holland located in Amsterdam hosts more than 400 employees, offering direct support to MSF-OCA operations. Around 50 staff focus on recruitment, communication and fundraising in The Netherlands (MSF-Holland) and 350 staff are focused on supporting MSF-OCA operations.

At Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Artsen zonder Grenzen, we are committed to an inclusive culture that encourages and supports the diverse voices of our employees. Our diversity fuels our innovation and connects us closer to our beneficiaries and the communities in which we work. We welcome applications from individuals of all genders, ages, sexual orientations, nationalities, races, religions, beliefs, ability status, and all other diversity characteristics.


As of 1 March, we are looking for a:

                          Assistant to the public health department (100%)

                                               Based in Amsterdam

Position within the organization

In this role you will report to the Deputy Medical Director of the Public Health Department, or when not in place to the Medical Director. You will provide administrative and organisational assistance to the public health department. The public health department (PHD) is spread over four locations (Amsterdam, London, Berlin, Nairobi).


Objectives of the position

As an Assistant, you will play a pivotal role in supporting the Deputy Medical Director and the team with planning, preparation and facilitation of meetings and agendas. You will facilitate meetings and minute taking; including the planning of departmental block days.

Does your heart beat going faster from supporting, are you the person who is eager to work in close cooperation with other assistants and can you find yourself in the job description below? Then we would like to see your CV and cover letter!


Main characteristics:

  • You keep an overview of absence of department staff, including registration of holidays, sick leave and field visits
  • You can deal with sensitive information
  • You develop a newsletter on a weekly basis to facilitate information sharing in the – team of PHD and once a month to the missions
  • You communicate with other units on behalf of the team
  • You are able to work with our Sharepoint system in order to facilitate communication and to facilitate documentation
  • You support the team with all travel arrangements
  • You facilitate the onboarding of new team members


We are looking for

An Assistant who is a social person and can creatively bind people together, especially during working on line. You have affinity with MSF’s goals, culture and philosophy and an interest to deepen your understanding of the functioning of the organization further. You are enthusiastic, flexible, pro-active, and service- and result-oriented. You can work independently, accurate and you are able to prioritize and like to work in a busy environment where multi-tasking is essential.

  • Good communication skills, proven writing skills, and especially minute-taking are essential.
  • Fluency (native speaker level) in spoken and written English is essential.
  • An appreciation of organisational and decision-making processes is essential, and you know how to deal with information of a confidential nature.
  • You are proficient in common Microsoft Office programs and, preferably, familiar with Sharepoint.
  • Previous experience in a similar position is preferred.


We offer

A challenging position within a stimulating, professional working environment in a major international organisation.

A contract for one year with a renewal option (subject to satisfactory performance) based on a fulltime appointment (40 hours/week)

A gross monthly salary in scale 4 between € 2.124,- and € 3033,-  depending on professional experience, based on a fulltime appointment

Attractive secondary benefits (e.g. premium free pension, 30 holidays).



If you feel that you match the profile and your competencies and personal attributes are suited to the role then do please react via the ‘apply now’ button, uploading a letter of motivation and curriculum vitae as one document.

The closing date for applications is 24 January 2021.  The interview takes place in the beginning of February 2021.

If you are interested in this post please press this link to apply and would like additional information about the recruitment procedure, please contact, Daphne Gorgels (Recruitment Consultant) at

If you would like additional information about the position, please contact Shona Lawson at

***Acquisition is not appreciated***



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