Work with us
Each year, around 7,700 international staff join 32,000 staff hired locally to give lifesaving medical and assistance to people who would otherwise be denied access to healthcare, clean water and shelter.
When you join us, we expect you to commit to our social mission and Charter; helping to deliver medical assistance to populations in distress and to people affected by natural or man-made disasters. The medical aid we provide is made possible by our staff – both in the field and in our offices. Whether you work in medical, finance, logistics, IT, administration, human resources, communications or another area, you’ll be part of the social mission.Read MSF Charter
Our staff is the backbone of our operations. We’re committed to investing in our people so they can develop their skills, take on more responsibilities and work for us for several years. Throughout your employment with MSF, you will benefit from a personalised follow up from your pool and career manager(s).
We promote a working environment free of harassment and abuse. Our leadership has committed to fight abuse and to reinforce mechanisms and procedures to prevent and address it. This includes enhancing grievance channels at all levels of the organisation, and supporting victims and complainants.Learn more
Working for MSF means you can become a member of an Association and share our commitment to medical humanitarian action.
As a member, you have the right and responsibility to voice your opinions and contribute to the definition and guidance of MSF's social mission. You will also elect the members of the governing board of the association.
Who we need in the field
The application process and the requirements varies depending on the MSF office through which you are recruited. Here is a general guide on how to apply to work with us.
Each role has a detailed job description. Before you apply take a good look at the job specification page for the role you would like to apply for and make sure you can commit to working with us for at least nine months (surgeons, anaesthetists, epidemiologists and obstetricians/gynaecologists may go on shorter missions).
We look for candidates with at least two years of relevant professional experience. You must be flexible and adaptable, with the ability to work and live as part of a team. Speaking several languages is a valued asset. Read the full list of minimum requirements.
If you meet the requirements then you need to apply through the MSF office responsible for your country of residence. You can choose your country in the form below and complete the process on the relevant website.
If we think that your skills and experience match our requirements, you will be invited to attend an interview. Applicants for some positions will need to take a technical test.
Following a successful interview and reference checks, you will be included in a 'pool' from which you can selected for a post.
You may be sent on a preparation course before going on your first assignment. You will have a briefing at your recruiting office before departure.
We will arrange your flights to and from the project in which you will be working.
On arrival in the field you will be given a full briefing by the in-country team, and when you reach the project there could be a handover period with the person you will be replacing.
What to expect
Let’s take a look at what you should expect from an MSF mission.
So, you want to work for MSF? Great! But there are a few things we need to make you aware of before you proceed with your application.
MSF provides healthcare to millions of vulnerable people across the globe. To do that successfully means being prepared to work in places which will be considerably different from your everyday life in nearly every aspect. We need you to be able to quickly adapt to different cultures, living conditions and stressful environments. To do so means having the right skills, experience, and most importantly, the right attitude.
Life in the field
Voices from the field
About fifty of our colleagues and their families have had to flee.Ahmed, manager of MSF pharmacy in Kilis, Turkey
There is no maximum age limit for our field staff. Difficult working conditions do mean that applicants must be in a good state of health.
It takes around four to six months from the submission of an application to eventual addition to our pool of field staff.
You can apply as soon as you have definite dates of your availability, normally around six months before you want to start.
Assignments are generally for between six and 12 months for all professions, except anaesthetists and surgeons who, due to the intensity of their work, are placed in projects for six weeks to three months.
Working hours vary considerably depending on the project with, on average, one day off per week. Work can frequently be hectic and you may be required to put in longer hours. However, time is normally set aside for rest and relaxation.
MSF will arrange and cover you for health insurance while on assignment. In the event of medical evacuations, repatriation is also covered.
Individuals are matched to specific roles. It is therefore highly unlikely that two people would simultaneously be matched to two jobs in the same place at the same time.
Living conditions in the field (security, housing, etc) make it difficult for field staff to be accompanied by children or partners who are not participating in the project.
It is not possible to honour specific country requests. MSF recruits applicants into a pool before matching them to a specific position based on their skills, experience and background. MSF expects candidates to be flexible about where they work so that we can meet the needs of the field. However, special skills, languages and restrictions are taken into consideration in each placement.