Working with MSF

When large-scale epidemics occur, when areas in crisis are too dangerous for many others, then the medical teams from MSF are there to ensure that the affected population can count on continual care being provided for their most basic health-care needs.

They organize basic medical care, treat the injured, carry out vaccination campaigns, train local medical staff and build up medical infrastructure. In long-term aid projects they dedicate themselves to the fight against diseases like tuberculosis, malaria, sleeping sickness, and HIV/AIDS.

The on-location work of our expats is often very exhausting, but also fascinating, demanding appropriate professional knowledge, and a large amount of motivation and commitment

  • Requirements

    The general requirements for going on mission with MSF

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  • We offer

    Benefits offered to MSF Field Staff

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  • How to apply

    Get to know our application process

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Frequently Asked Questions

No, but you should take into account the conditions of living and working in the field.

As an MSF field worker you will often find yourself in an insecure environment where conditions are constantly changing; working in these particular regions implies an inherent risk.

Although we accept that it is impossible to eliminate all risks, we do our utmost to diminish and manage these risks through strict security guidelines and protocols. Before starting a new project, and throughout its life circle, risk analysis is an on-going process. Specific safety regulations and plans are in place for each mission. These protocols respond to the nature of the risks that our teams are facing in the field and provide procedures to follow when confronted with various security threats. All MSF staff must strictly observe security rules and regulations.

In the end of the day it is your behavior and attitude that proves your best safeguard as working for MSF is a choice, a rather personal and ideally a conscious one.

Situations can change quickly in the field, team composition and working environments may also change. Flexibility and adaptability is critical to the successful accomplishment of your assignment. MSF field workers live and work together.

Often, the hours are long in living conditions that may be basic or offering little privacy. Field workers need to be tolerant with strong interpersonal skills. The ability and willingness to interact with people of diverse nationalities and cultures is essential.

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