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.
From managing intensive therapeutic feeding centres during a nutrition crisis, to caring for children struck by cerebral malaria, our paediatricians provide lifesaving care every day.
Being a paediatrician with MSF is demanding and very rewarding. As a paediatric doctor you may be required to respond to a measles epidemic, manage hospital care for severely ill neonates, address the needs of malnourished children, or work with displaced families and refugees.
That’s the key moment in everyone’s life – the first few minutes – and they can have a key impact on your chances of survival.Roberta Petrucci, MSF paediatrician
Being an MSF paediatrician can be a challenging and exciting role. Depending on the project you work in, the role will involve some or all of the following:
Apply medical knowledge and skills to the diagnosis and treatment of children in the project
Manage, train and supervise the paediatric team
Ensure integrated newborn and paediatric care through emergency, outpatient and inpatient department services
Treat cases of malnutrition in line with protocols and universal precautions
Propose modifications to current paediatric care management, implementing them once approved by the paediatric adviser
Ensure quality of care by giving ongoing training to the multidisciplinary medical/paramedical team, reviewing complicated cases and providing technical advice
Keep patients and families informed of the treatment to be followed, checking that they have understood
Ensure that professional autonomy and confidentiality are respected, and demonstrate a good attitude and bedside manner towards patients and their caregivers
Monitor the proper functioning of the department and its patient flow; provide advice on the organisation of different paediatric wards, including admission, transfer and discharge criteria
Provide advice on the procedure for referrals from the maternity and post-delivery wards
Contribute to data analysis, monitoring and reporting with a view to improving quality of care
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.
Medical doctor degree
Paediatrics specialisation or ongoing specialisation, with a minimum of three years’ professional experience in paediatrics
Recent clinical experience (at least six months within the last 24 months)
IT skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
Fluency in English and/or French
Available for a minimum three 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-orientated approach
Ability to train others
Fluency in Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic or Russian
Experience working in developing countries
People management experience
Voices from the field
At present there is little—if any—basic quality healthcare for the smallest and most vulnerable patients.Aoibhinn Walsh, MSF Paediatrician