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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, then refer to your profession specific page (listed left) for further information.


  • Understanding of and commitment to the Charter of Médecins Sans Frontières
  • 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 refer to your specific profession (listed below) for more detailed information on the required technical skills of your profile.

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  • Logisticians- experience in areas including:
    • engineering
    • architecture
    • mechanics
    • construction
    • electronics and/or electricity
    • water and sanitation
    • procurement & supply management
    • event and/or project management
    • ICT (information, communications, technology)
    • biomedical
  • Administration / Finance / Human Resources - experience gained in areas such as:
    • business and/or general management
    • financial or human resources management
    • project management
  • Experienced Coordinators


    Due to the ongoing humanitarian crises around the world, Médecins Sans Frontières currently has a particular need for the following profiles:

    surgeons*, anaesthetists*,  obstetrician/gynaecologists*, general practitioners, paediatricians/doctors with paediatric experience, paediatric and neonatal nurses, midwives, general logisticians, technical logisticians, HR managers, and finance professionals. * particularly female

    © Tom Quinn/MSF


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