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MSF surgeons are responsible for providing the best surgical care possible for our patients.

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.

Surgeons organise and carry out surgery activities, ensuring adherence to protocols and collaborating with medical staff to improve patient care. Responsibilities include pre-operative consultations, surgical interventions, post-operative care, data analysis, and emergency response planning. The ideal candidate holds a relevant diploma, surgical experience, and proficiency in computer literacy and languages, with experience in NGOs being advantageous.

This is an exciting and diverse role involving some or all of the following:


  • Coordinate implementation of MSF clinical policies, guidelines, and protocols.
  • Undertake pre-operative consultations, evaluating surgical risks and obtaining patient consent.
  • Perform emergency and programmed surgical interventions following MSF protocols.
  • Provide post-operative clinical care and collaborate with medical staff to ensure compliance.
  • Collect and analyse surgical-anaesthesia data to monitor quality and trends.
  • Support organising operating programme, monitor material/equipment use, and advise on needs.
  • Develop and implement emergency disaster response plan for hospital.
  • Implement accidental blood exposure policy.
  • Plan, evaluate, and supervise staff training to improve capabilities.
  • Support other medical teams/wards when needed.

Depending on our activities and needs, your responsibilities may be adapted and evolve 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.


  • Diploma in surgical specialty recognised by the state.
  • Surgical experience corresponding with surgeries performed in the mission.
  • Desirable experience with MSF or other NGOs in developing countries.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Proficiency in mission language; local working language would be an asset.


  • Experience with MSF or other NGOs in developing countries.
  • Proficiency in local working language.
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