Level   1

Reports to (Hierarchical)

Activity Supervisor

Reports to (Functional)

Activity Manager

Job Family


Main Purpose

Perform and keep record of anthropometrical measurements (height, weight, etc.) of patients according to MSF protocols, in order to complete and supervise their files and to preserve data traceability.


  • Measure weight, height and Middle Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) of children and patients.
  • Detect sign of oedemas.
  • Participate in nutritional surveys and assessments outside health facility.
  • Record in individual patient’s card and registration books all information measured, i.e. MUAC, weight and height.
  • Inform patients and carers about results of measuring, i.e. weight, height, difference from previous measurement, if any.
  • Look after all equipment provided.
  • Ensure that no material is taken out of weight and height measure area without prior authorisation.
  • Report medical staff on any possible health problem or issue (big loss of weight, missing file).
  • Report daily measurements, i.e. number and results, at the end of each day.
  • Report line manager on any incidence regarding weight, height and measurers or on equipment or material (broken, missing).


Essential literacy.


Not required, desirable experience with other NGOs.

Language Level Description

A2  Basic User

Waystage or elementary

  • Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
  • Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

Technical Skills

Person / material hygiene

Under Supervision

Capacity to ensure adequate use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Infection control

Under Supervision

Knowledge and respect of universal standard precautions

Knowledge and respect of disinfection material guidelinesL1 Knowledge and respect of universal standard precautions

Knowledge and respect of disinfection material guidelines

Patient handling

Under Supervision

Capable to implement basic patient handling procedures (ref. Red Cross guidelines)

Transversal Competencies

Commitment to MSF’s Principles

Demonstrates knowledge of and accepts MSF’s principles

  • Respects the choices made by the organisation.
  • Has basic knowledge of MSF’s mission and main activities.
  • Respects and accepts the medical ethics and principles of MSF.
  • Knows the difference between MSF’s activities and those of other NGOs and actors.

Behavioural Flexibility

Accepts changes

  • Accepts changes without knowing the full reasons for them.
  • Accepts new ideas in a positive way.
  • Positively accepts changes in his/her environment.
  • Accepts arguments opposed to his/her own.
  • Is willing to listen and to take on new tasks in his/her job. 

Stress Management

Restrains emotional reactions and responds calmly

  • Is able to continue working or speaking without being provoked to anger.
  • Walks away from a stressful situation in order to control his/her own emotions.
  • Carries on talking or working calmly in extremely frustrating or stressful situations. 

Results and Quality Orientation

Performs his/her work

  • Knows objectives of the job.
  • Defines tasks to achieve objectives and establishes a working plan.
  • Reviews and checks his/her work to detect mistakes and to correct them immediately.
  • Values high-quality work. 

Service Orientation

Knows and understands clients’ needs and interests

  • Identifies and has a clear understanding of who the client to be served is.
  • Identifies clients’ needs and concerns, and provides them with useful information and quick solutions.
  • Listens to clients and asks them questions to determine their needs and motivations.
  • Gets to know how the rest of the team works. 

Teamwork and Cooperation

Acknowledges the importance of teamwork and cooperation

  • Is responsible for his/her work because he/she knows the repercussions it has on the team or on others.
  • Establishes and maintains good working relationships with colleagues, is accessible and listens to others.
  • Cooperates with the team and supports decisions made.
  • Demonstrates a predisposition to work with others and gives help when asked.
  • Acknowledges there are common goals as well as individual objectives deriving from the personal plan of action. 

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