Medical Support Agent – Brazil

MSF is an organization committed to promoting inclusion and diversity – THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO ALL CANDIDATES

Description and responsibilities

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization that provides neutral, impartial and independent healthcare to people affected by conflict, epidemics, natural disasters or exclusion from access to healthcare in more from 70 countries.

BRAMU – Brazilian Medical Unit

BRAMU is a medical unit that responds to the various MSF projects in the Latin American region with technical advice and strategic and operational support.

BRAMU professionals provide technical support at the request of the operational centers according to the needs of the project. The main activities are as follows: Technical and operational support for project teams, training, development of institutional partnerships and advocacy in the medical field.

The growing challenges in the Latin American region around migration, violence, environmental crisis and other emerging health issues have moved the unit towards a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach using applied social sciences, evidence-based medicine and epidemiology.

BRAMU’s portfolio of services is focused on the following topics: Migration, urban violence, environmental health, adolescent health and mental health.

The team is made up of six experts: a Migration & Violence adviser, an Environmental Health adviser, an Adolescent Health adviser, an epidemiologist, a Health Promotion focal point and a Psychosocial Support focal point.


Strengthen and develop the institutional medical work of MSF Brazil to enrich the connection of the Latin American reality with MSF operations around the world through institutional representation and by connecting MSF with experts and innovative actors in the region. In addition, it offers transversal medical support to BRAMU’s activities in all the themes of the portfolio.


Institutional medical support MSF-Brazil:

  • Contribute to the expansion and maintenance of a regional institutional medical network and initiatives by participating in strategic meetings/conferences/events/workshops.
  • Support fundraising and communication departments in activities requiring medical advice, such as information and communication strategies on medical topics. Validate the medical content of articles, interviews, magazines, donor consultations on medical issues, etc.
  • Support the MSF-Brazil management team, in medical positions, reflections and institutional representation if necessary.
  • Lead the medical component of advocacy initiatives/activities.
  • Work with the Human Resources department and the staff health focal point to develop and adapt staff health protocols, if necessary.
  • Participates in relevant national forums to disseminate/represent BRAMU/MSF-Brazil position on humanitarian medical issues.
  • Contribute to reflection on medical and humanitarian dilemmas in the region through debates, analyzes and brainstorming exercises within MSF and with external partners.
  • Act as point of contact for institutional matters of MSF-Brazil in the absence of the director of BRAMU.
  • Collaborate with the MSF-Brazil association to develop a medical network, participating as a medical representative in the various initiatives of the association, where appropriate.

Activities of the Brazilian Medical Unit (BRAMU)

  • Contribute to unit strategy and planning
  • Bring a cross-functional medical perspective to the team’s activities
  • Participates in the development of tools and resources related to the themes of the Unit
  • Expand and maintain an academic network for research collaboration relevant to the unit’s portfolio
  • Participates in the development of operational research initiatives
  • Follow up on events/conferences/webinars relevant to the unit’s portfolio
  • Actively participates in the organization of the MSF Latam Scientific Days medical conference
  • Provides medical and epidemiological monitoring of medical emergency cases in the region (COVID-19, infectious epidemics, etc.) and regularly alerts on relevant emerging humanitarian issues
  • Take charge of the training of BRAMU concerning the medical component


  • Medical degree
  • Masters/PhD in Public/International Health or equivalent work experience
  • A degree in epidemiology is an asset


  • Medical humanitarian projects in the field (differential)
  • Proven research experience
  • Advocacy, networking, communication


  • Fluent Portuguese or Spanish
  • Intermediate English


  • In-depth knowledge of the South American region
  • Office package – intermediate
  • Public Health/International Health
  • Epidemiology


  • Commitment to MSF principles.
  • Service orientation
  • Planning and organization
  • Behavioral flexibility


  • Creation of a network of contacts and relationships
  • Group work and cooperation
  • Strategic vision
  • Analytical thinking

How to register

Vaga Médico para Apoio Estratégico e Institucional / Médico para Apoyo Estratégico e Institucional – Medical Support Agent | MSF – Medicos Sem Fronteiras – Vagas Brasil (