MSF is an independent international medical relief organisation, with 28 offices worldwide. When large-scale epidemics occur, when areas in crisis are too dangerous for many other organisations, then our medical teams are there to assist the affected population. We organise basic medical care, treat the injured, carry out vaccination campaigns, train local staff and build up medical infrastructure. In long-term aid projects our teams fight diseases like tuberculosis, malaria, sleeping sickness, and HIV/AIDS.

Health Promoter

tasks and responsibilities

As a health promoter, you will work to improve health education for our projects and be responsible for the most essential prerequisite for our emergency aid: acceptance.

As a health promoter, you can be deployed in a large variety of projects, during epidemics or natural disasters as well as in the aftermath of wars or long-lasting conflicts. You will oversee vaccination programs as well as sex education, Ebola or Covid-19 containment, HIV or tuberculosis containment programs.

An essential part of your work will be improving health education in project countries. Working together with teams on the ground, you will ensure the acceptance of our emergency aid by analyzing and understanding local cultural practices and addressing them accordingly. You will develop information and communication strategies for medical issues, coordinate awareness campaigns and work with local communities. You will be working closely with medical colleagues to develop and implement a health education strategy with a team of health promoters and local health service workers. One of your primary tasks will be selecting a team for whom you will provide training and guidance. Where necessary, you will also coordinate with other NGOs and/or the Ministry of Health in the project country.

Our Requirements

  • A degree in nursing, anthropology, education, or a related field, ideally with an anthropological or ethnological focus, or respective medical field
  • At least two years of professional experience in medical counseling or similar projects, such as violence prevention or work involving homelessness and drug addiction
  • Excellent intercultural skills and sensitivity
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience leading and inspiring a team of staff or volunteers
  • Availability for a minimum of nine months
  • Fluency in English and a high level of familiarity with one other language such as French, Arabic, Portuguese or Spanish. Good knowledge of French can have a significant influence on the overall assessment and final selection decision
  • At least one year of work experience in African, Asian or Latin American countries – ideally with an NGO or, for example, a research expedition or volunteer program
  • Ability to work in a team, organizational talent and improvisation skills as well as a high level of both mental and physical resilience
  • Willingness to work in accordance with Médecins Sans Frontières humanitarian principles, charter and mission statement

What do we offer

  • Salary sufficient to cover costs at home while you are in the field
  • A per diem during assignment to cover food expenses and other local purchases in local currency
  • Round-trip transportation to and from assignment
  • Room and board during assignment
  • A comprehensive insurance package, including health and emergency evacuation insurance
  • Holiday leave (depending on project)

We strongly recommend that you attend a webinar or HR info event about working with MSF to learn more about responsibilities and requirements before you apply.

As an international organization, we support diversity, openness and mutual respect. In line with our values, incoming applications are only evaluated for their professional qualifications and are considered regardless of ethnic and social origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age.

We look forward to your application.

Human Resources
Schwedenstr. 9, 13359 Berlin, Germany

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