Whether coordinating the purchase and transport of supplies, locally or internationally; organizing the transport of vaccines; restoring damaged hospitals; setting up feeding centers; managing national staff; or maintaining vehicles and communication systems, logisticians keep MSF's programs running smoothly.

Logisticians normally have frequent interaction with local authorities and organizations, and often oversee the implementation of security protocols. In some cases, the positions of logistician and administrator are combined. Individuals ranging in professional background from construction managers to film location scouts, from supply chain managers to engineers have joined the organization.

If you are interested in a firsthand account of several MSF logisticians (Alan Hickey, Melissa Bieri, and Emily Wolfe) on how they got involved with MSF—please listen to the teleconference and view the slide show below.

Teleconference: Path to the Field: How I got involved with Doctors Without Borders




  • Must meet general requirements
  • Minimum commitment of 9 to 12 months
  • Technical knowledge in at least two of the following areas:
    -  Communications
    -  Construction
    -  Energy and electricity
    -  General mechanics
    -  Information technology
    -  Supply chain management
    -  Water and sanitation


  • General knowledge of/experience in any of the following:
    -  Bookkeeping, payroll, administration, accounting, and/or
        human resources management

    -  Basic water and sanitation systems
    -  Computer equipment
    -  Construction
    -  Pump and generator maintenance
    -  Radio and communications equipment
    -  Supply chain management (including cold chain management,
        warehousing, freight transport, stock management,
        purchase order process)
    -  Vehicle mechanics
  • Experience as a manager, foreperson, or team leader
  • Degree in engineering or vocational training