From providing basic healthcare in refugee camps, to helping set up health posts in remote areas, nurses are vital to our work.
Being an MSF nurse is demanding and rewarding work. In many situations, nurses are the backbone of our medical operations.
Our nurses often head departments in hospital/health centres and are at the forefront of providing primary healthcare in our projects.
You might be organising a mass vaccination campaign for measles, triaging patients fleeing conflict, or operating a feeding centre for malnourished children. In a hospital setting, you may be asked to work within different departments, such as paediatrics, internal medicine or the emergency room.
I've learned so incredibly much medically. All of the tropical diseases that I had not even heard the name of during my nursing education, I have now worked with on a daily basis.Johanna Lönn, Nurse
This is an exciting and diverse role involving some or all of the following:
- Plan and organise all nursing-related activities within the project
- Plan and implement vaccination campaigns
- Establish and manage health posts
- Organise mother-child health programmes
- Monitor the use of medicines and the proper administration of treatments in line with MSF protocols
- Oversee proper management of the pharmacy
- Handle international orders for medicines and medical supplies
- Monitor adherence to hygiene procedures
- Support the development and implementation of protocols and standards
- Train, supervise and manage local nursing staff and community health providers
- Coordinate the duty roster, shifts and on-calls of nursing staff
- Contribute to monthly reports according to guidelines
Depending on our activities and needs, your responsibilities may be adapted according to the specific projects.
You will not be facing these challenges alone—other MSF team members, both international and locally hired staff, will provide technical support, including extensive guidelines and protocols.
- Registered nurse diploma
- Two years’ post-qualification nursing experience, preferably in the following areas: internal medicine, emergency room, paediatrics, neonatology, intensive care, geriatrics, surgery (versatile experience is required)
- Recent clinical experience (at least six months within the last 24 months)
- Diploma in tropical medicine (minimum eight-week course) or two months’ relevant nursing experience in a tropical environment; a tropical medicine diploma is not mandatory for specialised nurses in emergency or neonatology settings
- IT skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
- Fluency in English and/or French
- Available for a minimum of six months
- Commitment to MSF’s work and values
- Strong team player
- Willingness to work in all kinds of contexts worldwide, including unstable areas
- Adaptable and able to work in a multicultural team
- Flexible and able to manage stress
- Self-driven with a solution-oriented approach
- Ability to train others
- Experience or diploma in infection prevention control
- Experience working in developing countries
- People management experience
- Fluency in Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic or Russian
Voices from the field
I learned to work quickly, as if every surgery was an emergency, because this is what efficiency means here in the field.Dea Abi Hannah, MSF Nurse