Infection Control Specialist/Infection Preventionist


Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian organization that provides medical care to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care in over 70 countries.

We welcome candidates who bring a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to join us in working toward MSF’s common mission.



The Medical Unit in MSF New York is part of the Medical Department of Operational Center – Paris (OCP) and provides technical support for: Antibiotic Resistance (ABR), Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD), medical article writing, editing and publication. The raison d'être of the medical department is to accomplish the social mission of the association through its leadership, expertise and advocacy by:

  • The co-construction of medico-operational strategies,
  • Context-adapted relevant medical support,
  • Continuous improvement in the quality of care and respect for medical ethics,
  • Conducting operational research and new medical approaches,
  • Internal and external advocacy based on field needs, our experience and the results of our research, and
  • Develop a link between MSF and the medical world.



MSF and in particular OCP, is committed to providing hospital-based secondary and tertiary care to those ill and injured across the range of the organization’s mission contexts. For instance, surgical and neonatal programs are a major component of our hospital activity. Infections of soft-tissue, bone, and bloodstream acquired either prior to hospitalization or in-hospital are a major challenge to the successful outcome for these patients, particularly considering the global problem of ABR.  In recognition, MSF has made ABR a focus of operations, policy, and advocacy.

Placed under the hierarchical responsibility of OCP Medical Director and under the functional responsibility of the Deputy Medical Director based in New York, the IPC specialist contributes to the constant skill improvement related to her/his/their area of ​​expertise in MSF projects. She/he/they is a member of the ABR multidisciplinary team including an infectious diseases specialist and a microbiologist (based either in New York or in Paris). She/he/they also works in collaboration with other members of the medical department based in Paris and Sydney.


Main Responsibilities

The IPC specialist helps to improve patient care in medical facilities supported by MSF. The incumbent contributes to the development of an efficient and standardized IPC model adapted to the contexts and constraints of MSF projects.

Projects and Headquarters Support:

    • Respond to field queries regarding hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC)
    • Participate in the development of response plans for multi-resistant bacteria outbreaks in healthcare facilities that have access to microbiology.
    • Respond queries related to sterilization. Define sterilization procedures and ensure their implementation. Select hygiene products and materials as well as related equipment (autoclaves)
    • Make regular visits to projects:
      • Assessment of practices concerning IPC (standard and additional precautions) and sterilization.
      • Participate in the implementation of an action plan and propose solutions adapted to the field.
    • Have a global and precise vision of needs on trained human resources in IPC on the different MSF projects.
    • Briefings and debriefings of international staff assigned to positions involved in IPC and / or sterilization.
    • Collaborate with the different departments in the NY office (operations, programs, communications, fundraising, field HR, Access Campaign)
    • Participate in different MSF-USA activities: general assembly, info days, webinars, etc.
    • Represent MSF at different conferences, meetings with academia and other NGOs.

Development of protocols, documents and tools:

MSF OCP has developed an Antibiotic Resistance roadmap around 4 axes:

  • Infection Prevention and Control (IPC)
  • Access to microbiological diagnosis
  • Rational use of antibiotics
  • Operational Research (OR)

The IPC specialist, in the spirit of this roadmap, develops a set of protocols and procedures allowing a quantifiable improvement in IPC. Initially, the focus is on projects with a hospital component. These protocols are updated regularly and adapted to each context.

    • In collaboration with the referents involved, establish case definitions for healthcare associated infections (HAI)
    • Define staff training needs.
    • Work closely with the other members of the ABR team in the medical department. Ensure that the projects’ IPC focal points also work within a multidisciplinary ABR team.

Participation in the activities of the medical department:

    • Actively participate in the definition of medico-operational policies by providing expertise and support in their implementation.
    • Prepare the annual and / or multiannual plan.
    • Participate in training.
    • Collaborate with other members of the medical department and participate in working meetings, in particular those on hospital projects.
    • Analyze the data, design the indicators, and participate in the development of the annual medical activity analysis report.
    • Write and contribute to guidelines, medical policy documents and update MSF catalogs.
    • Support the HR department for the technical validation of CVs in her/his/their area of ​​competence.
    • Contribute to the formulation of operational research questions relevant to IPC.
    • Participate in the IPC working group, established with the other operational sections of MSF, and collaborate with relevant IPC partners, both within and outside MSF.


Required Profile


  • Medical Doctor, Registered Nurse (RN), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Hospital Pharmacist or advanced degree.
  • Certification in sterilization, hygiene, infection prevention and control or equivalent.



  • At least two years’ experience as an IPC Specialist/Preventionist in an acute care setting or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience required with an international organization in limited-resources countries, an MSF experience will be an asset.



  • Ability to assess the resources required based on operational constraints.
  • Ability to analyze, to report and to propose medico-operational strategies.
  • Strong computer and data entry skills, especially in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel



  • Adaptability, flexibility.
  • Independent, able to write clearly and succinctly, ready to collaborate as a team.
  • Mobility and availability (frequent travels to MSF projects and between NY and Paris)



  • English language fluency required; French language fluency preferred. Other languages are an asset (i.e. Arabic)


Candidates must be authorized to work lawfully in the United States OR to have at least one year of previous experience in MSF within the last three years.





Contract Type

Open Ended Contract


Additional Information

Starting salary low 100s to mid-100s. (commensurate with experience).


Desired Hiring Date

March 2020


Working Time %



How to Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to:,  Attn: “Infection Control Specialist/Infection Preventionist.” Application deadline: February 9, 2020.

Submissions without cover letter will not be reviewed. No phone calls please.