MSF | Work with MSF abroad (International staff)

Work with MSF abroad (International staff)

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Clinical psychologists - General practitioners - Emergency doctors - Epidemiologists - Midwives - Pharmacists - Gynecologists and more… Read below for more information and to apply.

Work with MSF abroad (International staff)

LIFE IN THE FIELD

Where we work?

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Life in the Field

Working overseas as an international staff with MSF means that you could be sent to projects in any of the 70 countries where MSF works. Depending on the project, you will need to commit to a certain period of time (6 to 12 months).Many of our projects are in remote locations, and, tough environments with limited resources and amenities.

Regardless of where you go, the lifestyle is likely to be different from what you are used to. While working in an unfamiliar culture inevitably involves challenges, it can also be educational, enlightening, and can spark off a special type of camaraderie among the team.

Despite the challenges, thousands of people find their experiences working in the field with MSF to be deeply rewarding, fulfilling, and even life-changing.


SECURITY AND SAFETY

MSF's purpose is to bring essential medical treatment to people in crisis. As such, the work may take place in active conflict settings, or in post-conflict environments. There are inherent risks in these environments, and ongoing threats to safety and security. MSF acknowledges that it is impossible to exclude all risks, but we do everything we can as an organization to mitigate these risks through comprehensive security management. Once in the field, all MSF staff must observe security rules and regulations; failure to do so may result in dismissal. Keep in mind, however, that all these safety protocols exist to ensure that you can be as impactful and effective for the most vulnerable patients worldwide.


DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?

PERSONAL REFLECTION

  • Does living in a tent or a mud hut with a thatched roof for an extended period of time sound like fun?
  • Could you handle extreme weather conditions such as intense heat or cold, heavy rain, or arid desert?
  • Can you tolerate very basic amenities such as: long-drop toilets or bucket showers by candlelight?
  • Are you open minded and creative when faced with unexpected problems?
  • How do you think you would cope with witnessing extreme suffering and deprivation (a day-to-day reality for many of MSF’s patients)?

FINAL THOUGHTS

Despite such challenges, thousands of people have worked with MSF over the years and found their experiences in the field to be deeply rewarding, even life-changing. Being an MSF field worker means acting in solidarity with people facing unimaginable medical challenges. Your presence alongside people in times of need sends a profoundly meaningful and human message: "You are not forgotten”.


Who do we need?

MEDICAL STAFF

  • General practitioner
  • Emergency doctor
  • Gynecologist
  • Anesthesiologist
  • Surgeon
  • Orthopaedic surgeon
  • Paediatrician
  • Psychiatrist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Infectious disease specialists, HIV/TB specialists

NON-MEDICAL STAFF

  • Human resources and financial manager
  • Personnel development manager

PARA-MEDICAL STAFF

  • Nurse: ER, OT, Pediatric
  • Midwife
  • Pharmacist
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Health promoters
  • Laboratory specialist
  • Water, hygiene and sanitation specialist

LOGISTICS STAFF

  • General logistics specialist
  • Supply specialist
  • Construction Specialist
  • Electrical specialist
  • Mechanics specialist
  • Biomedical specialist

SKILLS / COMPETENCIES

TEAMWORK

MSF field workers live and work together. Field workers need to be tolerant and flexible and possess solid interpersonal skills. The ability and willingness to interact with people of all nationalities and cultures is critical.

FLEXIBILITY

Situations can change quickly in the field, and job descriptions must change accordingly. Team composition and working environments may also change during missions. Flexibility and adaptability are critical in successfully completing tasks in an MSF project.

STRESS MANAGEMENT

The environment of an MSF project is often chaotic and volatile and the people we are trying to help may have seemingly overwhelming needs. Even in more stable areas, heavy workloads and a high pressure to respond may be stressful. Field workers must be able to cope with being away from home and family for an extended period of time or are provided mental health services by MSF.

Managing Others (Acting as teacher and trainer)

The willingness and ability to train others is a core expectation of MSF workers. Building the capacity of staff is an important goal in any MSF project.

CROSS-CULTURE

Working in an unfamiliar culture inevitably involves challenges in communication and perceptions. You may be in a country where people have a very different understanding of issues like punctuality at work, responsible behavior, or respect for personal space. Being aware that people may not act or think like you, accepting this, being tolerant and able to adapt your own behaviors if required is of utmost importance when working in the field.

Terms of employment

A typical MSF mission lasts 6 to 12 months.

What we offer

  • A fixed-term contract
  • Monthly pay salary during the mission
  • A daily allowance (per diem) during the mission
  • Medical coverage
  • Payment of all mission-related expenses (transport, accommodation)

Benefits

  • Round-trip transportation to the field
  • Accommodation in the field
  • Reimbursement of required vaccinations and related medical fees 
  • Paid vacation (25 days per year)
  • Pre-departure training through a combination of readings, e-learning and face-to-face meetings and workshops
  • Psychological support after returning
  • Personalized career development, with access to different levels of training, in order to grow within the organization.

Recruitment Process

Step 1 ONLINE APPLICATION
Step 2 INFORMATION SESSION
Step 3 PRE- INTERVIEW / LANGUAGE TEST
Step 4 ASSESSMENT CENTRE
Step 5 VALIDATION AND REGISTRATION
Step 6 DEPARTURE

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