There are no opportunities for further formal education in MSF projects and therefore only candidates with a completed education and qualifications can participate. Furthermore, on our missions we can only use certain professions, and many others we cannot use, whether due to our needs or due to the local laws and requirements of the medical profession.
We do not have positions for:
- Some doctors with specializations that are not suitable for field work
- Students or candidates without the necessary experience
- Paramedics, caregivers, and orderlies
Given the focus and local conditions of MSF projects, some medical specialists are not required for our field work, for example neurologists, urologists, ENT specialists, and dentists.
If you are not a specialist among those listed on this site that we hire for work in the field, then please consider whether you might go with us on a mission in the position of general practitioner. This will of course depend on the length of your experience and other factors, but most of all on your willingness to devote several months to general medicine outside of your specialization. Please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more detailed information.
Are you still studying, but already thinking about working with MSF on a humanitarian mission?
Unfortunately we cannot send you on a mission until you have graduated and gotten at least two years of work experience in the relevant field. But you can already start preparing now to work with us one day on our field projects, alongside colleagues from around the world.
There are no universal instructions on how to prepare yourself to ensure that you will be able to join MSF one day. There are, however, some basic conditions that all of our candidates must meet and that are sometimes necessary to prepare for in advance:
- True motivation: Since you have come this far, you apparently do not lack motivation! But you should think about what really attracts you about MSF missions and whether or not you are ready to start preparing already. Field work is hard, and sometimes the preparation has to be equally hard.
- Experience with other cultures: Most of our colleagues working in the field find themselves in a completely different cultural and social environment than the one they come from. It's not always easy, and so it is always useful if candidates know what they are getting into, based on previous experience traveling or working abroad, preferably in developing countries or least in one that are culturally different from their home country.
- Knowledge of tropical medicine: This is useful for all of our doctors and nurses – and so it pays to invest time and money into a quality course that prepares you for what is not covered in the standard curriculum.
- Foreign languages: English is obviously the minimum necessary for communication within our teams. But sometimes even English is not enough, given the number of missions we have in French-speaking countries. For certain professions, a decisive factor in the acceptance of candidates is the ability to speak French, in addition to English. Knowledge of other foreign languages such as Arabic, Russian, or Portuguese may also open the door.
Paramedics and Caregivers
Due to various reasons (for example applications for work permits, which we arrange with the relevant countries for our colleagues heading to the field, or pointing to the ground, and or the nature of the work of our expats on a mission), we are unable to send paramedics or caregivers on mission with MSF.
We can, however, send you on mission as a nurse if you have a nursing diploma. So please consider getting a bachelor’s degree in nursing and then we would happily welcome you among us.