Beyond the minimum essential requirements for working in the field, MSF seeks personnel who embody the principles of independent humanitarian aid, as espoused in our charter. The recruitment process is competitive, and given MSF's particular mandate and focused allocation of resources, we only recruit personnel in the capacities listed below.
On the other hand, due to the ever-increasing man-made and natural disasters the world is experiencing, MSF has strategically decided to intensify surgical activities in the field, especially in conflict settings.
We especially need surgical related professionals! Please click here for more information.
General criteria for working in the field
At least 2 years professional experience in your field of expertise.
Availability for all professions is a minimum of 12 months, but there are exceptions for surgical related professionals, who may be accepted for shorter missions. Preference will be given to candidates who are ready to make a long-term commitment and consider a career within the MSF international movement.
Ability to live and work as a team
MSF field workers live and work together. The hours are long and the living conditions may be primitive and offer little privacy. It is essential that field workers are tolerant, flexible and willing to interact with people of all nationalities and cultures.
Experience in developing countries
The vast majority of MSF projects are in the developing world. Previous work experience in the developing world is strongly desired.
Ability to manage stress
Field workers must be able to cope with a difficult and unpredictable environment, and adapt to the local culture, living conditions, security regulations and team dynamics.
Situations can change quickly in the field. Work tasks, departure dates, team composition and working environments may change during assignments. Flexibility is critical to one's success on an MSF project.
Fluency in English. Fluency in French (Level B1 or above) allows for more opportunities for placement.
Tropical medicine courses
We recommend medical applicants with no previous training or experience to enroll in a course in tropical medicine. However, this does not apply to: Surgeons, Anesthesiologists, Obstetrician-Gynaecologists, OT Nurses, Midwives, Lab Technicians, Pharmacist, Mental Health Specialists / Psychologists and non medical profiles. Click here for more information.
Willingness to work in high security contexts
MSF works in all contexts including conflict settings, therefore MSF field workers should be willing to be assigned on missions in high security contexts.