We set up the MSF Access Campaign in 1999 to push for access to, and the development of, life-saving and life-prolonging medicines, diagnostic tests and vaccines for people in our programmes and beyond.
Based in Brussels, MSF Analysis intends to stimulate reflection and debate on humanitarian topics organised around the themes of migration, refugees, aid access, health policy and the environment in which aid operates.
Our medical guidelines are based on scientific data collected from MSF’s experiences, the World Health Organization (WHO), other renowned international medical institutions, and medical and scientific journals.
Providing epidemiological expertise to underpin our operations, conducting research and training to support our goal of providing medical aid in areas where people are affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or excluded from health care.
Evaluation Units have been established in Vienna, Stockholm, and Paris, assessing the potential and limitations of medical humanitarian action, thereby enhancing the effectiveness of our medical humanitarian work.
The MSF Paediatric Days is an event for paediatric field staff, policy makers and academia to exchange ideas, align efforts, inspire and share frontline research to advance urgent paediatric issues of direct concern for the humanitarian field.
A collaborative, patients’ needs-driven, non-profit drug research and development organisation that is developing new treatments for neglected diseases, founded in 2003 by seven organisations from around the world.
As a midwife with MSF your experience in both complicated and normal deliveries will be essential.
From visiting expectant mums deep in the jungle to carry out ante-natal checks, to training birth attendants in busy maternity departments in hospital, MSF midwives are a vital part of our project teams.
Our midwives often work both in health centres and conduct outreach work in the community. No matter what the context - whether working in natural disasters, conflicts or poverty-affected communities - babies will continue to be born and midwives will always be needed.
Every day that I work, everywhere that I work, I get to witness something universally incredible.Kirsti Rinne, Midwife
This is an exciting and diverse role involving some or all of the following:
Plan, organise and implement all sexual and reproductive health activities
Assist the field doctors and nurses when needed (normal or complicated deliveries)
Pre- and post-delivery care for mums and babies
Manage, train and supervise local midwives and the maternity team
Ensure all pregnant women and newborns are referred to the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI)
Set up maternity departments in new health centres/hospitals
Care of survivors of sexual violence
Work with community birth attendants to ensure safe community birthing practices
Supervise the distribution of drugs, keep track of consumption patterns, supply orders and monitor inventories
Supervise administrative procedures and documents, analysing routine data for monitoring purposes
Depending on our activities and needs, your responsibilities may be adapted and evolve according to the specific projects.
You will not face these challenges alone; other MSF team members (both international and locally hired staff) will provide technical support, including comprehensive guidelines and protocols.
Qualification as a registered midwife
At least two years of professional experience as a midwife
Recent clinical experience (at least six months within the last 24 months)
Experience of labour wards and difficult case management
If working as an independent midwife, previous experience must include extensive numbers of deliveries as well as pre- and post-natal care and relevant experience in hospital settings
Willingness to work in all kinds of contexts worldwide, including unstable areas
IT skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
Fluency in English and/or French
Commitment to MSF’s work and values
Adaptable and able to work in a multicultural team
Flexible and able to manage stress
Available for a minimum of six months
Experience or diploma in tropical medicine
Training in emergency obstetrics (e.g. Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics)
Experience working in developing countries
People management experience
Fluency in Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic or Russian
As an MSF midwife, your training skills will be crucial because you may be assigned to help traditional birth attendants develop new skills. At the same time, you will need to learn from the women you treat to understand cross-cultural issues surrounding childbirth.
Voices from the field
When the time came to name the baby, she said that since I’m called Judith, she will call him Jude.Judith Elavian, MSF Midwife