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MSF project coordinator Simona Onidi (left) and medical team Leader, Dr. Kelechi Anya Udochu (right), manage the intervention in four camps for displaced people in Makurd, Nigeria. Caption
MSF project coordinator Simona Onidi (left) and medical team Leader, Dr. Kelechi Anya Udochu (right), manage the intervention in four camps for displaced people in Makurd, Nigeria.

We're only recruiting a small number of project coordinators at the moment so please only apply if you meet all essential criteria specified below.

For internal candidates currently working with MSF, please speak to your line manager in the field or to your HRO directly, we do not accept internal applications for the post of project coordinator via this website as the screening process is different.

Working with us as a project coordinator is a truly stimulating and rewarding experience.

From conducting exploration missions to managing teams of hundreds of staff, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) project coordinators plan, manage and develop our projects ensuring that all the departments work together to provide high quality care, whatever the needs.


Our project coordinators are always based in the project (unless it is managed at distance due to security), and work together with the country coordination team to manage the project operations, team and security.

It’s an exciting and diverse role and they are responsible for some or all of the following: 

  • Implementation of project activities by coordinating the optimal use of medical, logistical, financial and human resources
  • Management of the project team, including security management in often unstable environments
  • Supporting the team in the analyses of medical data, activity indicators and quality of care
  • Ensuring the continuity and coherence of the health structures, medical-, paramedical- and psychosocial activities
  • Acting as a liaison and arbitration point between different parties working in hospitals, health centres and/or mobile clinics
  • Being responsible for the implementation of the team health policy
  • Representing MSF on project issues towards local communities, authorities and their counterparts and towards UN agencies and other non-governmental organisations in the project area while taking into account the goals, objectives and strategy for the mission as a whole

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  • Promoting MSF identity and principles as an independent humanitarian medical organisation
  • Negotiating with different actors and stakeholders
  • Being responsible for human resource management of a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team including supervision and coaching of local and international staff
  • Contributing to create, review and update policies and reports such as country policies, annual plans and trimester reports
  • Preparing and monitor project proposals, budgets and evaluations
  • In collaboration with the Project Administrator Ensuring correct implementation of the administration including bookkeeping, national staff salary administration and cash flow planning
  • Planning, monitoring and ensuring logistics continuity in the project sites
  • Providing regular monthly reports on programmatic, security and contextual matters
  • Liaising with the country management team as appropriate
  • Fluency in English

Role requirements

  • Significant professional experience in a project management capacity, international and/or healthcare/medical management preferred
  • Significant professional experience in a low-resource or emergency setting
  • Proven ability in being responsible for delegated security management is essential
  • Extensive professional experience outside of your home country (experience in remote/low-resource settings is an asset)
  • Proven people management and communication skills leading a multidisciplinary team
  • Demonstrable experience in supervising, managing, coaching and training others
  • Strong organization skills
  • Proven affinity with humanitarian and medical issues in complex crisis situations
  • Excellent negotiation and diplomacy skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Willingness to work in unstable environments
  • Ability to represent MSF with national and international counterparts
  • Deep understanding of humanitarian principles
  • Excellent people and communication skills
  • Available for a minimum of nine to 12 months
  • Fluency in English and minimum of B2 level in French
  • Leadership skill


We're currently looking for project coordinators with good French or Arabic skills.

If you can speak French or Arabic you're much more likely to be accepted onto our register.

Your language level may be tested during the recruitment process.


Staff story: My time as a project coordinator

Before you apply

Make sure you read our application process guide for an overview of what to expect when you apply for an overseas role with the UK.

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Apply to be a project coordinator

Please only apply if you meet all of the requirements below. 


I have read and understood the role description, and feel I can fulfil this role


The UK is my place of residence and I have the right to live and work in the UK


I have managed a team of people


I have a valid passport


I have security management experience in a humanitarian setting


I am available for a minimum of nine to 12 months