Construction specialist

Currently, the needs for these field positions are limited. Therefore, candidates who fulfill the essential requirements as well as some of the desirable criteria are more likely to match the profile sought at the present time.

As construction specialist, you define, manage and supervise the construction &/or rehabilitation work in order to support the medical activities.

You can also be asked to negotiate agreements and required permissions, you have regular contacts with the relevant authorities and you ensure a correct design, implementation and hand-over of the work.

Other construction professionals such as carpenters, masons, plumbers and welders may be required to cover the field needs considering the lack of this expertise in certain contexts during certain period of time mainly related with emergencies.

Prerequisites

  • Diploma in architecture or civil engineering or construction engineering OR certificated construction professionals (builders, carpenters, masons, plumbers and welders) with recognized experience
  • 2 years of relevant professional experience in construction work and projects
  • Experience in building site management and dealing with contractors is a strong asset
  • Flexible mindset and intercultural awareness
  • Excellent team player
  • Curious to go and work in challenging contexts
  • Commitment to the values of the MSF charter
  • Willingness to leave on mission without your partner and/or family and to work in an unstable environment

  • Good French and English language skills

length of mission

  • 6 to 12 months

Meet our construction specialists

Carloz Cortez, Construction specialist at MSF talks about challenges you can encounter in the field and construction innovations. Read his blog here

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Did you know?

  • MSF runs over 80 projects in 30 different countries around the world.
  • MSF deploys emergency project teams (e.g. Response to contagious diseases) as well as long-term project teams (e.g. Managing complex hospitals). These interventions can last from a few months up to multiple years.
  • About half of the projects are situated in conflict zones or zones with precarious security, and located in rural areas.
  • We always work together with local teams who we train to run the projects.
  • 40% of MSF personnel have a non-medical profile, just like the Construction Log.

Working in the field vs. working corporate

  • Your responsibilities are not just limited to the technical aspects of the project. You quickly take on additional responsibilities concerning technical aspects, the management of your team and the project’s overall goals.
  • The multicultural element will increase your ability to adapt.
  • You have the opportunity to train and develop your staff by helping them build their career paths.
  • The organization offers a wide variety of contexts, and a real career with positions that will evolve with your experience and potential.
  • We welcome all sorts of construction experience! The huge variety of construction projects in the field requires a variety of people to complete all of these successfully.