Job Opportunities with MSF Abroad in a Variety of Specialties

Date limite : 13 nov. 2019

Organisation à but non lucratif: Doctors Without Borders

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Job Opportunities with MSF Abroad in a Variety of Specialties

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has announced that it has many overseas Job opportunities in various positions: medical, administrative and so on. Working overseas as an international staff with MSF means that staff could be sent to projects in any of the 70 countries where MSF works.

Jobs Available:

Medical Staff:

  • General practitioner.
  • Emergency doctor.
  • Gynecologist.
  • Anesthesiologist.
  • Surgeon.
  • Orthopaedic surgeon.
  • Paediatrician.
  • Psychiatrist.
  • Epidemiologist.
  • Infectious disease specialists, HIV/TB specialists.

Non-Medical Staff:

  • Human resources and financial manager.
  • Personnel development manager.

Part-Medical Staff:

  • Nurse: ER, OT, Pediatric.
  • Midwife.
  • Pharmacist.
  • Clinical psychologist.
  • Health promoters.
  • Laboratory specialist.
  • Water, hygiene and sanitation specialist.

Logistics Staff:

  • Logistics specialist.
  • Supply specialist.
  • Construction Specialist.
  • Electrical specialist.
  • Mechanics specialist.
  • Biomedical specialist.

Required Skills:

  • Teamwork: Field workers need to be tolerant and flexible and possess solid interpersonal skills. The ability and willingness to interact with people of all nationalities and cultures are critical.
  • Flexibility: Situations can change quickly in the field, and job descriptions must change accordingly. Team composition and working environments may also change during missions. Flexibility and adaptability are critical in successfully completing tasks in an MSF project.
  • Managing Others (Acting as Teacher and Trainer): The willingness and ability to train others is a core expectation of MSF workers. Building the capacity of staff is an important goal in any MSF project.
  • Cross-Culture: Working in an unfamiliar culture inevitably involves challenges in communication and perceptions. You may be in a country where people have a very different understanding of issues like punctuality at work, responsible behavior, or respect for personal space. Being aware that people may not act or think like you, accepting this, being tolerant and able to adapt your own behaviors if required is of the utmost importance when working in the field.
  • Stress Management: The environment of an MSF project is often chaotic and volatile and the people we are trying to help may have seemed overwhelming needs. Even in more stable areas, heavy workloads and high pressure to respond may be stressful. Field workers must be able to cope with being away from home and family for an extended period of time or are provided mental health services by MSF.


  • Round-trip transportation to the field.
  • Accommodation in the field.
  • Reimbursement of required vaccinations and related medical fees. 
  • Paid vacation (25 days per year).
  • Pre-departure training through a combination of readings, e-learning, and face-to-face meetings and workshops.
  • Psychological support after returning.
  • Personalized career development, with access to different levels of training, in order to grow within the organization.

What Organization Offers:

  • A fixed-term contract.
  • Monthly pay salary during the mission.
  • A daily allowance (per diem) during the mission.
  • Medical coverage.
  • Payment of all mission-related expenses (transport, accommodation).


It is an international humanitarian medical non-governmental organization (NGO) of French origin best known for its projects in conflict zones and in countries affected by endemic diseases. In 2015, over 30,000 personnel -mostly local doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, logistical experts, water and sanitation engineers, and administrators- provided medical aid in over 70 countries. Most staff are volunteers. Private donors provide about 90% of the organization's funding, while corporate donations provide the rest, giving MSF an annual budget of approximately US$1.63 billion. Doctors Without Borders was founded in 1971, in the aftermath of the Biafra secession, by a small group of French doctors and journalists who sought to expand access to medical care across national boundaries and irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation.

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