Listen to our experienced panellists describe their work with Médecins Sans Frontières and share their perspectives on the essential criteria for becoming a Médecins Sans Frontières fieldworker - which is not your average job....
*Female anaesthetists, surgeons, Ob/Gyne are highly sought after due to contexts of many of our projects
We are always looking for competent people who are willing to live and work within an international team, share their skills and dedicate their time to support our medical humanitarian work around the world. Review key recruitment criteria below.
ESSENTIAL CRITERIA FOR ALL POTENTIAL FIELD WORKERS
Demonstrable knowledge of Médecins Sans Frontières' work around the world, and the humanitarian sector in general
Minimum two years of professional experience post-qualification
Significant experience in supervising, training and managing others
Demonstrated ability to work well as a part of a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team
Ability to organise, prioritise workload and use initiative
Willingness to work in potentially unstable environments
Recent international travel experience in less developed countries and/or work experience in less developed, resource-poor, indigenous or isolated settings
Ability to cope with stress
Available to work in the field for a minimum of nine months* (exceptions for some profiles; refer to your specific profession)
People with a medical background also require current and valid registration with the appropriate board/authority (this may be in your home country if you are not yet registered in Australia/New Zealand), and must display no recent gap in clinical experience greater than two years.
*Please note, the period of availability for placement must be flexible. See FAQs "Availability and Placement Duration" for more information.
Language skills - French and Arabic in particular - intermediate level or higher. Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian are also useful
Interest and/or experience in international humanitarian issues, international relations, anthropology
Previous field experience in a similar role with a non-government organisation
As a medical humanitarian organisation, we are reliant on people with medical backgrounds. However, supporting our medical teams are professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds, all of whom contribute in their own unique way. Regardless of whether your professional background is in medicine, engineering, management, humanitarian work or something totally different, what matters most is that you have the right attitude and approach, that you can hit the ground running and that you have the required technical skills relevant to your profile, to help us deliver medical assistance to the people who need it most.
Please be advised that, at this time, Médecins Sans Frontières Australia is no longer recruiting specifically for the Ebola emergency in West Africa. However, if you would like to be considered for the Ebola response in addition to other field assignments, please specify this on your field application.
Future updates regarding recruitment for the Ebola crisis will be posted on our website.