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Working for MSF means you can become a member of an Association and share our commitment to medical humanitarian action.

As a member, you have the right and responsibility to voice your opinions and contribute to the definition and guidance of MSF's social mission. You will also elect the members of the governing board of the association.

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The application process and the requirements varies depending on the MSF office through which you are recruited. Here is a general guide on how to apply to work with us.

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What to expect

Let’s take a look at what you should expect from an MSF mission.

So, you want to work for MSF? Great! But there are a few things we need to make you aware of before you proceed with your application.

MSF provides healthcare to millions of vulnerable people across the globe. To do that successfully means being prepared to work in places which will be considerably different from your everyday life in nearly every aspect. We need you to be able to quickly adapt to different cultures, living conditions and stressful environments. To do so means having the right skills, experience, and most importantly, the right attitude.

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About fifty of our colleagues and their families have had to flee. Ahmed, manager of MSF pharmacy in Kilis, Turkey
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“Our own staff have had to gather their families and flee”

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There is no maximum age limit for our field staff. Difficult working conditions do mean that applicants must be in a good state of health.
 

It takes around four to six months from the submission of an application to eventual addition to our pool of field staff.

You can apply as soon as you have definite dates of your availability, normally around six months before you want to start.
 

Assignments are generally for between six and 12 months for all professions, except anaesthetists and surgeons who, due to the intensity of their work, are placed in projects for six weeks to three months.

Working hours vary considerably depending on the project with, on average, one day off per week. Work can frequently be hectic and you may be required to put in longer hours. However, time is normally set aside for rest and relaxation.

MSF will arrange and cover you for health insurance while on assignment. In the event of medical evacuations, repatriation is also covered.

Individuals are matched to specific roles. It is therefore highly unlikely that two people would simultaneously be matched to two jobs in the same place at the same time.

Living conditions in the field (security, housing, etc) make it difficult for field staff to be accompanied by children or partners who are not participating in the project.

It is not possible to honour specific country requests. MSF recruits applicants into a pool before matching them to a specific position based on their skills, experience and background. MSF expects candidates to be flexible about where they work so that we can meet the needs of the field. However, special skills, languages and restrictions are taken into consideration in each placement.