IT Architect – Field ICT program (m/f)


The MSF movement has more than 500 sites (locations) around the world that need ICT Infrastructure to function adequately and efficiently. MSF needs a solid ICT Infrastructure in its missions to support ongoing digital transformation processes. A Field ICT (FICT) program has been launched in 2017 to address these needs.

The IT architect takes on the unique opportunity to lay the MSF architectural foundation (where MSF is moving towards a digital era) from a unique position in a program that delivers next steps towards the digitization of MSF.

The IT architect is going to be part of the Field ICT Program team, in charge of the Architecture of the Field ICT Program.  S/he will work under the direct supervision of the MSF Field ICT Program Manager and in close collaboration with all other Project Managers and other MSF Operational Centers, and related IT and business stakeholders.

As Field ICT IT Architect you will be the reference person and recommend the most appropriate solutions end-to-end and help MSF and advance the maturity of the architecture practice in all domains: infrastructure technology, applications and data.  


  • Provide IT architectural guidance and support the Field ICT program and its deliverables
  • Translate Field ICT business requirements, project requirements to a fit-for-purpose IT solution
  • A transversal role to constantly align and merge IT project requirements with target state architecture
  • Deliver feasibility assessments (time-to-market, ability2execute) and advice on alternatives to enable the decision-making process
  • Design & roll out cost effective architectures to meet Field ICT requirements, dealing with all dependencies
  • Focus on execution plan and control of the deliverables
  • Present and defend a technology agnostic approach and be able to present alternatives and options based on experience, facts, and analysis
  • Further deliver Technology Roadmaps, Product Roadmaps, Cookbooks, Standards, Rules and Guidelines, Decisions logs, based on the principles of Minimum Viable Documentation
  • Coach and support Project Managers, and other members of the teams in IT and business on architecture principles and methods
  • From infrastructure perspective, provide guidance and define the transition path of those IT infrastructure components and systems to target and control execution including specifications for technology and products (as well as their life cycle) as a basis of the services (from IT components over IT stacks to IT services)
  • Trigger/endorse/communicate when there is a change to the Infrastructure landscape: e.g. new IT products, new interface expanding the initially intended boundaries, new standard, changing nonfunctional requirements, new technology
  • Lead the creation of a blueprint for the current & future technology landscape (reference architecture), considering the given infrastructure services delivered by FICT, the application hosting field focused strategy while dealing with technological opportunities and limitations, and you trigger/endorse/communicate when there is a change request or deviation to the reference architecture
  • From the business – application perspective, lead the efforts to provide integer and consistent information on the current and future state Field ICT architecture to improve the alignment between Infrastructure and Applications

Candidate profile

We are looking for a forward thinking and rigorous candidate, inspired by MSF social mission, and eager to leverage digital technologies for enhancing humanitarian action.

The ideal candidate has a track record on delivering solutions, has a hands-on approach, and ideally has 10+ years’ experience in a combination or roles (Infrastructure Architect or Solution Designer - Project manager Infrastructure Services - Product Owner in infrastructure services).

The ideal IT architect candidate has built-on experience bottom up from Infrastructure service to IT solutions, over data architecture and application architecture.

Education and experience

  • Master’s degree in computer science, engineering, business administration or other relevant discipline
  • At least 10 years of relevant experience
  • Minimum 5 years of experience as an Infrastructure architect
  • Experience in multi stakeholder environment is a must
  • Experience in dynamic and rapidly changing international environment is an asset
  • Experience in MSF (field and/or HQ), or other international NGO operating in similar contexts, is an advantage

Your hard skills

  • IT Infrastructure Technologies and Architectures: server, database, virtualization, containerization, storage and backup, application architectures (redundancy, clustering), networking, cloud technologies, Hyper-V, PowerShell, DHCP, DNS, Linux, Azure, Office365, SCCM, Windows Server operating systems
  • Security Technologies and Architectures: firewalls, internet proxy, load balancing, VPN solutions, application security
  • Firewalls, Antivirus, Certificate Services, Active Directory, Policies
  • Communication technologies:  Cellular, VSAT, BGAN, ADSL, WiMAX
  • Next Unit of Computing NUC’s, small-form-factor computers
  • The IT architect further embraces minimum required architecture principles supporting the need to deliver fast and incremental solutions and features

Your soft skills

  • You are a clear and concise communicator and like to simplify complex matters
  • You are a self-starter and can work independent, but like working in a team
  • You can focus on tangible needs and results, with the big picture in mind
  • You have strong analytical and conceptual skills and can deal with ambiguity
  • You enjoy sharing your expert views to stakeholders on IT and on business side
  • You embrace Agile methods and can contribute to the Agile culture, enable autonomy, guidance over governance, consistent but lightweight deliverables
  • Adhere to MSF managerial values: Respect, Transparency, Integrity, Accountability, Trust, Empowerment

This position requires frequent travel to other MSF Operational Centers in Europe and to MSF missions (ability to travel up to 20%).

This position is with international scope. It is managed by OCB and reports directly to the Field ICT Program Manager and to the FICT Program Executive.


  • Permanent contract - Full time - based in Brussels (Ixelles)
  • Hospital insurance (DKV) - pension plan - canteen - 100% reimbursement for public transport costs
  • Starting date:  asap

Deadline for applications: 09/04/2019

Curriculum Vitae and cover letter to be sent by e-mail to with “ICT Architect – Field ICT” in the subject.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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