Pharmacist Essential drugs guideline At Médecins Sans Frontières

Location: Any MSF office*

Contract: Fixed-term at 50%

Duration: 7 months

Starting date: September 2023

Deadline to apply: 28.05.2023

*By default, the successful candidate will be offered a contract in the MSF office of their country of residence at the time of application.


Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural disasters. MSF offers assistance to people based only on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

MSF International is the legal entity that binds MSF’s 24 sections, 25 associations and other offices together. Registered in Switzerland, MSF International provides coordination, information and support to the MSF Movement, as well as implements international projects and initiatives as requested.


Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) develops medical guidelines for use in resource-limited environments. These guidelines draw from practical experience and scientific data collected in MSF’s projects, as well as evidence published by the World Health Organization and other leading medical institutions and scientific literature. Based on its experience gathered in it projects, and in the absence of relevant documents from other agencies, MSF has been producing medical practical guides for more than 25 years. The International Guidelines team (hereafter: ‘Guidelines team’) has been established to ensure the quality production of MSF guidelines.

International guidelines include 2 categories:

  • Public guidelines: for use within and outside MSF, available through and MSF’s international guidelines application. MSF’s public guidelines are used by other non-governmental organisations and international agencies, thereby contributing to enhancing MSF’s profile. The Essential drugs guideline is available to the public.
  • Internal guidelines: for use by MSF only. There are currently about 30 different guidelines, some of them are produced in several languages (English, French, Spanish, Arabic).


The Pharmacist Essential drugs guideline is part of the Guidelines team of MSF International. S/he is under the direct supervision of and reports to the Guidelines team Manager. Collaboration with the guidelines project team members and the Guidelines team’s stakeholders, including but not limited to MSF’ Working Group (WG) leaders, experts and the SPINCO team, is essential.


The Pharmacist Essential drugs

  • ensures the Essential drugs guideline is scientifically sound and up to date, consistent with other MSF international guidelines, relevant and adapted to MSF operational environment;
  • writes revisions and new drug sheets for the Essential drugs;
  • provides input to other MSF international guidelines and tools, as requested;
  • keeps the planning and documentation up to date and coordinates closely with the Author-coordinator Clinical guidelines and the Editor public guidelines.


1. Writing

  • Conduct literature research, external guidelines review, etc. to support content with up to date scientific evidence, or if lacking, on a consensus of internal and/or external experts;
  • Write draft drug sheets (new/revisions)
  1. in compliance with the Guide to produce MSF guidelines;
  2. integrating input from relevant MSF and external experts;
  3. consistent with other MSF international guidelines;
  4. backed up with evidence;
  • Coordinate closely with the editor of the Essential drugs guideline and author-coordinator Clinical guidelines throughout the writing and revision process;
  • Finalise the text, considering the feedback of the Editor, MSF, and external experts and the Medical Director, and submit to the Editor of the Essential drugs guideline for final check prior to translation and publication;
  • Support translation process by identifying which references are available in French, Arabic and/or Spanish and responding to translator’s content questions in coordination with the editor.

2. Coordination

  • Coordinate the input of MSF, and external, experts e.g. regular email communication, attending Working Group meetings when invited;
  • Handle Working Group’s requests for updates to Essential drugs guideline, and facilitate consensus-seeking and decision-making on content;
  • Coordinate with other authors working on international guidelines and managers of existing related MSF tools (Spinco etc.) for coherence;
  • Prepare a discussion document for the Guidelines manager and the Medical Director in case of lack of agreement between the different collaborators (Author-coordinator Clinical guidelines, Editor, MSF pharmacists, MSF and external experts) on a certain topic. Document and integrate the decision taken;
  • Disseminate finding of literature research, external guidelines review, etc. to the Guidelines authors and editors and MSF experts;
  • Provide input to other MSF international guidelines and tools (including the MSF medical catalogues), as requested and agreed with Guidelines Manager.

3. Planning and documentation

  • Adjust the annual plan when needed in coordination with the IGP manager, the editor of the Essential drugs guideline, the Author-coordinator of the Clinical Guidelines, other IGP members and MSF’ WGs;
  • Collect and store requests for revisions;
  • Track and ensure references are used and cited correctly;
  • Archives documents and references used for the guides, to help answer any future questions related to the guidelines;
  • Ensure permission received for all illustrations, images and photos that are not from an MSF source;
  • Make use of the CMS system for writing and storage of changes and Sharepoint for documentation.

4. Be a proactive member of the Guidelines team

  • Proactive participation in biweekly team meetings and provide regular information on the progress of activities;
  • Contribute to the annual Guidelines Team’s plan of action;
  • Participate in the budget forecast, midterm reviews and reporting;
  • Participates to the transversal projects of the Guidelines team;

VI. Job requirement


  • Pharmacist

Work experience

  • Medical writing experience
  • Demonstrated skills in conducting literature review, critically assessing and documenting scientific evidence
  • Experience in guidelines production is an asset
  • Field experience with MSF or other international organisations working in similar contexts is an asset.

Specific skills

  • Strong commitment to MSF values
  • Quality driven
  • Eye for detail
  • Excellent technical writing skills
  • Excellent English proficiency
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and organisational skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with different stakeholders (remotely)
  • Ability to work and report independently
  • IT literacy

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

At MSF, we are committed to an inclusive culture that encourages and supports the diverse voices of our employees. We welcome applications from individuals of all genders, ages, sexual orientations, nationalities, races, religions, beliefs, ability status, and all other diversity characteristics.

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