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.
Our surgeons provide life-saving care to vulnerable people all over the world.
As an MSF surgeon, you will supervise all aspects of the surgery department. You could be called to perform a caesarean section in a temporary health facility for displaced people in South Sudan, through to performing a highly technical operation on a child disfigured by noma in Nigeria. Surgical work with MSF is incredibly varied.
“In eight days, we had 328 gunshot wounds, but it was exciting as well as challenging work.” – John Buckels, MSF surgeon
MSF surgeons are responsible for providing the best surgical care possible for our patients. You will work in close collaboration with the team, training staff in the operating room and on the surgical ward. Our surgical projects deliver high-quality care, with internationally standardised protocols and hygiene procedures.
This is an exciting and diverse role involving some or all of the following:
Undertake pre-operative consultations, evaluating the surgical risks with the anaesthetist, and obtaining the patient’s signed consent to operate
Carry out emergency and scheduled surgical interventions
Provide post-operative clinical care and carry out ward rounds (in collaboration with the anaesthetist, operating theatre nurse and ward staff)
Coordinate the implementation of MSF clinical policies, tools, guidelines and protocols
Carry out the collection and analysis of quantitative surgical data
Support organisation of the operating schedule and monitor the use of materials and equipment, advising on supply needs
Organise the hospital emergency disaster response plan and run practice drills
Manage, train and supervise the surgical team
Depending on our activities and needs, your responsibilities may be adapted 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.
Specialist surgery qualification
Recent clinical experience (at least six months within the last 24 months)
At least one year’s post-specialisation professional experience
Willingness to work in various surgical fields (gynaecology/obstetrics, orthopaedics, skin grafts, war surgery)
IT skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
Fluency in English and/or French
Available for a minimum of six weeks
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 working in developing countries
People management experience
Fluency in Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic or Russian
Versatile experience in different surgical fields such as caesarean sections, orthopaedics (including fixators) and skin grafts