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  • Posted: Jul 10, 2024
    Deadline: Jul 17, 2024
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    Médecins sans frontières (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders, is an international humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization (NGO) and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, best known for its projects in war-torn regions and developing countries facing endemic diseases.
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    Medical Simulation Referent


    In addition to other models and initiatives developed and  supported by the learning unit and Med dept, MSF OCBA has invested and wants to continue to invest in the use of simulation  for medical learning, and improving quality and safety processes that contribute to ensure good medical practices, reflect and solve challenges and problems .

    The 3 main objectives of this position will be to continue:

    • Continue capacity building activities in simulation methodology 
    • Embed simulation in MSF medical humanitarian action (MSF ecosystems) to contribute to the reflection, improvement, and innovation of its medical-humanitarian activities.
    • Innovate the use of simulation in and for MSF for the benefit of individuals, teams, and the organization itself.


    • The position holder seats in the Medical department and will closely collaborate with the Learning Unit, Medical Department L&D Advisor, Quality of care ref, patient safety ref and other relevant Technical Referents, MSF field simulation team and simulation staffs in the Ops dept.  
    • This position reports hierarchically to the Med Dpt HoU in charge of Learning component and functionally to MSF Field Simulation Head.
    • The position supervises the Medical simulation facilitators.


    • Contribute to the ongoing development and implementation of the MSFOCBA medical strategy.
    • Participate in different medical departmental planning phases/ regular meetings and workshops and other forums.
    • Contribute to the medical department midyear and annual reports analysis and narration and other ad hoc requests.
    • Proactively stimulate interdisciplinary and transversal collaboration at all levels (project, mission, cells and interdepartmental including in interdisciplinary dossiers, guidelines development/revision and ensure simulation is incorporated as appropriate. 
    • Conduct regular field visits (40%) and assist to the Mobile implementers , in the set-up implementation and follow up of projects/programs systems and processes, to ensure the quality standard of the simulation activities.
    • Participate/support in the recruitment, matching and development of the pool of required staffs for the simulation programs, and support and appraisal of the existing ones.
    • Consolidate and report on lessons learnt to capitalize the strategies and propose recommendations to improve quality in the capacity building efforts and in the medical humanitarian action.
    • Interact with different actors (INGOs, academia, civil society) to expand networking, learning, and identifying potential opportunities for partnership related to medical simulation.

    SIMULATION responsibilities:

    • Contributes to the design of OCBA medical learning and quality improvement strategy, and identify and adapt where simulation can be integrated to support quality, safety and person-centered care in  the medical activities.
    • Guide and support missions/ projects/referents in the needs analysis and deployment activities to integrate Simulation methodology,  to maximally impact continuous quality improvement and patient safety process/initiatives.
    • Develop/Coordinate and validate the development of simulation solutions and scenarios packages to support the training needs and quality/safety improvement processes.
    • Lead, coordinate and implement the Progressive and continuous building of simulation capacity and expertise in the medical department ( referents, MIOS,MST ),  and medical staff in the field through online and F2F solutions.
    • Oversees the planning, organization, and deployment of resources for the training and simulation events in coordination with Field HR Teams, medical L and D ref and Learning Unit Administration Services and relevant teams. 
    • Identify, develop and implement processes /tools to increase or consolidate the use of simulation in quality improvement, patient safety and knowledge management strategies and activities in the field.
    • Implements/ supports monitoring and reporting of the different capacity building and quality /safety improvement activities that utilize simulation.
    • Keep up-to-date with simulation initiatives and developments; Develop/update/keep alive simulation tools, guidance and the online sites /platforms.
    • Supervise and support the implementation of simulation MSF standards, tools and strategies of simulation programs.
    • Collaborate with other OCBA or other OCs simulation referents and departments on transversal projects related to simulation.
    • Represent med dep in relevant internal and external platforms related to medical simulation.


    • Support of the development and implementation of MMF and MST/SIM facilitators strategy, and implementation plan in collaboration with Medical L&D referent and specific referents including simulation for training and for quality/safety improvement processes.
    • Together with LD referent, Ensures preparation and support to pool of MMF/sim-fac/ MST through the provision of ongoing capacity building and coaching.
    • Coordinates the MMF/Sim fac deployment plans (dates, plans, pre-activities) / follow-up / resources needed. 
    • Work with the referents and MMF/Sim facilitators according the technical areas to ensure provision of required training materials, including simulation.
    • Assess needs for adaptation of learning methodologies of a given learning programs by integrating simulation solutions when need to enhance learning or quality/safety improvement processes  (ex. Existing trainings inside of SRH and PED package to adapt to simulation trainings).


    • Supports and participate the annual analysis of learning needs and definition of required L&D field interventions to promote the development of medical staff capabilities according to medical-operational priorities and in response to field requirements.
    • Participate in running specific Learning Needs Assessments (LNA) in collaboration with Medco and/or PMR and adapts simulation training programs to meet mission requirements.
    • Participate and support in Surveys and evaluation initiative of different learning solutions including simulation.


    • Experience in designing, implementing and monitoring simulation-based learning programs in academic and/or professional settings; especially in the medical area.
    • Qualified simulation training and certification from a recognized academic institute. 
    • Field experience/work in MSF or in other medical humanitarian organizations among regular and emergency interventions. At least 1 year.
    • Medical degree, nursing or midwifery diploma.
    • Fluency in English and French. Spanish and/or Arabic are highly valued.

    Other desirable experience/qualifications:

    • Experience in using simulation for quality improvement and safety processes.
    • Experience on developing learning programs/activities and / or carrying similar tasks described above.


    • Position based in any MSF OCBA Hub (Barcelona, MSF-Spain office delegations, Amman, Bogota, Dakar or Nairobi). Final location will be subject to the employability of the preselected candidate (residency, work permit, etc.).
    • Permanent contract full-time (minimum commitment of 3 years) with 40% field visit.
    • Annual gross salary: HQ 4A level + secondary benefits based on MSF OCBA Reward Policy. Subjected to local conditions.
    • Starting date: immediately.

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