Radio Operator at Medecins Sans Frontieres

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. Our actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of neutrality and impartiality. A worldwide movement MSF was founded in Paris, France in 1971. Its principles are described in the organisation’s founding charter. It is a non-profit, self-governed organisation. Today, MSF is a worldwide movement of 24 associations, bound together as MSF International, based in Switzerland. Thousands of health professionals, logistical and administrative staff – most of whom are hired locally – work on programmes in some 70 countries worldwide. Humanitarian action MSF’s work is based on humanitarian principles. We are committed to bringing quality medical care to people caught in crisis, regardless of race, religion or political affiliation. MSF operates independently. We conduct our own evaluations on the ground to determine people’s needs. More than 90 per cent of our overall funding comes from millions of private sources, not governments. MSF is neutral. We do not take sides in armed conflicts, we provide care on the basis of need, and we push for independent access to victims of conflict as required under international humanitarian law. Bearing witness and speaking out MSF medical teams often witness violence and neglect in the course of their work, largely in regions that receive scant international attention. At times, MSF may speak out publicly in an effort to bring a forgotten crisis to public attention, to alert the public to abuses occurring beyond the headlines, to criticise the inadequacies of the aid system, or to challenge the diversion of humanitarian aid for political interests. Quality medical care MSF rejects the idea that poor people deserve third-rate medical care and strives to provide high-quality care to patients. In 1999, when MSF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the organisation announced the money would go towards raising awareness of and fighting against neglected diseases. Through the Access Campaign, and in partnership with the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, this work has helped lower the price of HIV/AIDS treatment and stimulated research and development for medicines to treat malaria and neglected diseases like sleeping sickness and kala azar.

Location: Jega, Kebbi
Contract Period: Definite (6 Months-Extendable)

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Operating the VHF and HF radios, in accordance with the MSF security protocols and rules, in order to ensure quality and confidential radio communications for the operational needs of the mission/projects.


  • Operating the HF and VHF radios, avoiding using any sensitive or security related information and following the MSF security rules. Ensures radio frequencies’ (HF and VHF) quality and transmission capacity. Installs and programs frequencies in all type of radios when necessary
  • Ensuring that messages are well copied/passed to all people concerned and records the messages on the radio log book. Responding to radio contacts from other approved organizations and forwarding it on the information via this channel.
  • Making radio contacts with reference bases (capital and/or field) according to communication rules / schedules and forwards all information concerning the security of the teams to the Project/Capital Coordinator.
  • Monitoring and registering any movement, of people, vehicles, helicopters, airplanes and cargo, (departure, arrival, number of passengers, route taken, standard contact points) and informs line manager of any delays.
  • Supervising and monitoring the VHF radio allocation book (handsets) and registering the loan of handsets to all staff, following it up on a regular basis.
  • Installing, operating and performing preventive maintenance checks on assigned equipment, checking that the equipment is working properly and immediately informing the line manager of any damage/loss/theft. Maintaining the equipment, communications room and premises in clean and tidy conditions. Maintaining and supervising HF VHF batteries status in good maintenance conditions.
  • Providing basic radio training when necessary to MSF staff.

Context Specific Accountabilities:

  • Ensure the use of radio code to communicte any sensitive information to the drivers and memebers of staff.
  • To use the sierra as the modest means of communication for confidential messages.
  • To Monitor all movement using the tracking provided by the organization and also during kiss mov ement.
  • To serve as source of information to the security focal person or the line manager in the event of any incident.
  • To ensure follow-up of inventory of radio equipment and to update the list of tools periodically.
  • Should be able to give to the line manager update of whereabout of all MSF vehicles at all time.
  • To Ensure no communication gap between the drivers/Vehicle and other staff memebers.
  • To conduct a radio communication check at the resumption of duty with all drivers/vehicles that will ensure clear communication frequency.
  • To communicate frequency level to the Supervisor and to prepare for maintenance in the event of breakage in signal line.
  • Follow up and track each Msf vehicles movement by phone/radio in the city of Jega,Miyama,Bugudu,Karai and Birnin Kebbi as well as Sokoto State or Airport Movement.
  • To restrict all movement between the hours of 12noon -2pm on Fridays during prayer time.
  • To ensure that all movement to Birnin Kebbi and outside Kebbi state be communicated to the Logh Manager or Supervisor.
  • To ensure the follow up of airport movement and other relevant movements with the HR team to avoid communication gap.
  • To ensure priority is given to medical needs especially in terms of referral of patients.
  • The list above is not exhaustive, it is a summary, the activities will evolve according to the need.

Minimum Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably in Computer Science.
  • Basic Knowledge of Computer Operations (MS Word / MS Excel) essential.


  • Desirable work experience as radio operator in related jobs with MSF or other INGOs.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experienced problem solver with active listening skills.×280&–awDZPuj2kgi09egTrICzZ-NJCnu4ej2hq8HpzoOAo0oGxWLT7Yo14XPIAR-3kXLvVrVHnGY9o2VY_wI%2CAGkb-H89ycDOoaKjh3hxJ3AN6fqeYlDoi0C12jbRRaUJLn0XBd4eNOMEYARHBJ_z6765cjyJfezm8mSKI-NtXm0&pvsid=4454079336027502&tmod=769172802&nvt=1&!4&btvi=2&fsb=1&xpc=edN2itLaCv&p=https%3A//

Method of Application

Important Information

  • Dual Employment is considered as a gross misconduct, as per MSF Belgium Internal Regulations (IR) and hence not acceptable.
  • Applications should be sent through the indicated channel (online application form) containing the right subject, meeting all requirements, otherwise application will not be entertained.
  • Subject: “Application for Radio Operator”
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the next recruitment steps.
  • MSF reserves the right to cancel any step or whole of the process at any stage of recruitment.
  • Interested candidates should submit their application, including Cover Letter, resume and copy of relevant certificates via the Online Application Link OR QR Code ONLY
  • The following vacancy is open to all residents of Nigeria.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be notified and invited for interview; MSF Belgium takes this opportunity to thank all potential candidates for their application.
  • MSF is an equal opportunity employer, both men and women are encouraged to apply.
  • This job description may be amended in line with the activities or evolution of the Mission.

Interested and qualified? Go to Medecins Sans Frontieres on to apply

April 2024