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Abidjan, Abidjan, Côte d'IvoireMedical

Job description

Médecins Sans Frontières, founded in 1971, is an international medical humanitarian organization that provides emergency medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from health care. Our teams are made up of tens of thousands of medical professionals, logistics, administrative and various other professions, all guided by our medical ethics and our principles of impartiality, independence and neutrality.

MSF WaCA, created in 2019, is the first MSF headquarters in Africa, and responds to the desire to reinvent the MSF movement after 50 years of humanitarian actions in the world, for more access to care, more reactivity and proactivity for greater medical coverage of affected populations in the world.

Why join us?

You are preparing to become a member of the MSF family, with over 50 years of emergency medical action that earned the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.

We are an inclusive organization that considers social and professional well-being a right for all and provides an environment that takes into account the diversity of each member.

MSF WaCA claims an African anchorage that considers the local expertise with which it contributes in the implementation of its activities and makes each member, a key actor of the new dynamics of the humanitarian action in the world.


Department: Medical

Direct Manager: Head of Medical Strategy

Functional Manager: Head of Medical Strategy

Working %: 100%

Position Based in: Abidjan, HQ

Mobility: All WaCA’s Interventions Zones

Type of Contract: Fixed-Term Renewable

Position to be filled: As Soon As Possible


The Medical Document Translator, under the supervision of Head of Medical Strategy, will be responsible for providing translation services / support covering a broad range of medical documents dealt with by the organization including, but not limited to, guidelines, standard operating procedures, protocols, handbooks, manuals, training materials, etc.

Main responsibilities

  • Produce self-reviewed French medical translations, in keeping with guidelines, SOPs, glossaries and established terminology.
  • Consult with subject-matter experts to clarify ambiguities.
  • Guarantee consistency of language, terminology, and style across translations.
  • Assist in building glossaries and provide feedback.
  • Seek and incorporate feedback from others in relation to translation quality.
  • Occasionally translate other material as required, including, but not limited to, material that will be used in conferences and workshops, questionnaires, and reports.
  • Capable of multitasking and prioritizing.

Job requirements


  • B.A. or B.S. required, preferably in linguistics or translations. Medical interpreter/translator certification is a plus.


  • Commitment to MSF’s principles.
  • Cross-cultural awareness.
  • Results and quality orientation.
  • Service orientation.
  • Initiative and innovation.
  • Teamwork and cooperation.
  • Flexibility with working hours and projects.
  • Ability to work and report independently.
  • Ability to work effectively and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with different stakeholders (in-person and remotely).
  • Self-directed and proactive with ability to plan work, set goals, and develop timelines within area of responsibility.
  • Quality driven.
  • Eye for detail.

Languages Skills

  • Working proficiency in English and French

Computer Skills

  • MS Office suite (mainly MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint)
  • IT skills with an understanding of CAT software tools


MSF offers equal recruitment and development opportunities without any form of discrimination based on gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, geographical origin, physical disability or any other discriminatory ground.

Female candidates who meet the requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

N.B.: This job description provides a framework for the main responsibilities and primary activities of the position. It is not exhaustive. Therefore, the responsibilities and activities of the position may differ from those described in this job description due to organizational and operational needs.

Deadline: February 25th 2024 18:00 GMT
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.