Head of the day center for full-time unaccompanied minors in Pantin (93) M/F At Doctors Without Borders

Médecins Sans Frontières, an international humanitarian medical association created in 1971, provides medical assistance to populations whose lives are threatened: mainly in the event of armed conflicts, but also epidemics, pandemics, natural disasters or even exclusion from care. The French section is present in around thirty countries.

As part of a replacement we are looking for a:

Manager of the day reception center for full-time unaccompanied minors in Pantin (93)


In December 2017, MSF opened a reception center for newly arrived minors, in appeal to the juvenile judge to have their minority recognized. This center provides these unaccompanied minors (UMA) with support through three areas of activity: socio-legal, somatic health and mental health. The reception center, made up of a secretary and 4 interpreters/cultural mediators, is transversal in the system.

MSF has opened three operational programs in Paris:

  • Day care for unaccompanied minors, refused departmental assessment, in their journey for recognition of their minority (access to legal and social support, access to somatic and mental health care, referrals to common law)
  • Accommodation places in homes for unaccompanied minors (girls and boys) and in particular with medical and mental health pathologies, with educational support (shelter during the appeal);
  • A mobile health monitoring team (currently intervention 1 day/week) which offers free care to a precarious general public without social security coverage or access to care.

Main missions

Define, organize and implement the operational management and monitoring of all activities of the day reception center for unaccompanied minors rejected in Paris / Ile de France and on appeal before the children’s judge, on human, administrative, and organizational, in accordance with MSF protocols, standards and procedures.


  • Develop and implement the day reception center project in accordance with MSF standards, protocols, procedures and the project proposal validated by the coordination and the unit
  • Ensure, in close collaboration with the project coordinator, the overall coherence of activities in terms of objectives, indicators, and financial and human resources.
  • Supervise, lead and coordinate the team of employees and volunteers of the center responsible for the various activities, in compliance with the legal and regulatory framework:
    • Reception: team mainly composed of translators/cultural mediators and a secretary, in charge of welcoming, registering new arrivals, planning appointments, directing them to the different centers, distributing meals and providing interpretation in the appropriate languages
    • Social: social workers in charge of granting rights for access to care (domiciliation, state medical aid), meeting basic needs (access to food distribution, hygiene) and promoting social ties through socio-social activities. cultural
    • Legal: lawyer in charge of monitoring the minority recognition process, in particular individual support for unaccompanied minors in this process, recourse to any legal process demonstrating the vulnerability of these young people
    • Socio-legal secretary: in administrative support of the social and legal poles
    • Somatic: nurses and midwives in charge of coordinating somatic care (assessment of health status, referral to common law systems, monitoring of medical files in conjunction with partner structures). Emergency response, pharmacy monitoring.
    • Mental health: psychologists in charge of individual follow-up in psychotherapy
    • Volunteers: responsible for accompanying young people to medical appointments and/or to food distribution sites. Plan and organize their activity according to the needs of the different centers.
  • Ensure individual monitoring of members of the day reception center team, participate in updating job profiles and recruiting professionals
  • Plan and lead multidisciplinary team meetings, guarantee the efficiency of the circulation of information, both within the center and with the team in charge of accommodation.
  • Coordinate the admission of young people into accommodation systems managed by MSF and Utopia 56 (30 places) according to defined criteria, collaborate actively and closely with the accommodation manager (fluidity of information exchanges, organization of collaborative work between teams, follow-up of the medical aspect, etc.)
  • Contribute to health and legal advocacy in conjunction with the project coordinator and the advocacy manager, in particular by collecting refusals of care/difficulties in accessing care encountered by young people as well as complex legal situations.
  • Maintain the network of partners, notably health establishments, various support groups for unaccompanied minors, certain public establishments, etc. and ensure an efficient collaborative link
  • Ensure the collection, quality and archiving of data and prepare monthly activity reports for the center. Collaborate with each activity manager to ensure that the database is populated accurately and completely.
  • Inform your supervisor of all problematic situations/cases in order to help with decision-making and problem solving
  • Guarantee the application of health and safety conditions, and enforce internal regulations
  • Guarantor of the drafting of the monthly activity report

Required profile


  • Training in the medical, paramedical or social field
  • Training related to the coordination of a medico-social activity is a plus

Experience wanted :

  • A minimum of two years of experience in a management position in a multidisciplinary team in the medical-social field.
  • Desirable experience with public health and/or day care establishments
  • Professional experience of at least 2 years in France working with migrants and/or refugees and other vulnerable people.
  • Knowledge of the field of child protection, asylum law or medical-social systems for vulnerable populations


  • French and English required

Skills and Abilities :

  • Management and personnel management skills
  • Coordinate the intervention of multidisciplinary teams
  • Planning
  • Team work
  • Adherence to MSF principles

Terms :

  • 12-month full-time fixed-term contract
  • €3,407 gross monthly over 13 months.
  • Supplementary health care 100% covered by Médecins Sans Frontières.
  • Restaurant vouchers with a face value of €11 (60% covered by Médecins Sans Frontières).
  • 50% coverage of public transport fare
  • Position based in Pantin with frequent travel to IDF to be expected.

Position to be filled as soon as possible

How to apply

Please send your application (cover letter, CV and copy of diplomas)

Until September 22, 2023 inclusive by email indicating as subject:


Email of the recruitment manager: [email protected]

Only those whose applications have been selected will be contacted.