Field workers receive the following benefits:

  • a monthly stipend
  • comprehensive insurance coverage
  • round-trip transportation
  • room and board in project country

Working hours vary considerably depending on the programme with, on average, one day off per week. Work can frequently be hectic and you may be required to put in longer hours. However, time is normally set aside for rest and relaxation.

There is no age limit for participation in MSF projects, however, one should be in good health.

In most cases, living conditions in the field (security, housing, etc.) make it impossible for field workers to be accompanied by children or partners. This is particularly true for most initial / first assignments.

MSF assigns you to a position according to the needs in the field, your specialization, and your availability. Final acceptance or refusal of the mission is down to the humanitarian worker, but we expect them to be open to a large number of destinations and activities.


All field workers must be aware of the risks and dangers of serving with MSF in the field. They must understand that they have no claim against the organization for any injury or illness acquired while participating in any travel or activity conducted by, in support of, or

under the auspices of MSF. However, MSF maintains insurance coverage on behalf of its field workers that provide some direct benefits to injured or sick field workers (including appropriate care and, if necessary, repatriation) or their beneficiaries. The scope of this insurance is explained prior to departure

MSF recruits doctors and other medical and non-medical staff. Examples include surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, registered nurses, midwives, mental health professionals, finance and human resources specialists, logisticians, and specialists in construction, electricity, mechanics, or water-and-sanitation.

Work with MSF is governed by a framework. MSF applies stringent risk management procedures and security guidelines are constantly updated for every project. Humanitarian workers are informed about the safety conditions in their assigned country prior to their departure and are trained in the specific safety protocols on arrival at the project location. Compliance with our staff and field staff code of conduct and security regulations is non-negotiable.