I joined MSF as a fieldworker in 2014 and had some of the most fulfilling experiences of my life working in some very challenging circumstances. Then, once the MSF bug had bit, I never wanted to work for anyone else! I am now working as the Advocacy Coordinator for the Access Campaign for Southern Africa. The Access Campaign works to try ensure that all those who need medicines can get them, all over the world. I work within the DNA Unit, in Johannesburg, but technically work for MSF International, with a dynamic team based all over the world. I think I get the best of both worlds this way, able to see and be involved in the inspiring work being done both locally and internationally by MSF.
I’m an anthropologist working with MSF since 2012, but if I’d have known as a student that MSF didn’t just employ doctors and nurses I would have joined a lot sooner! I now work as a qualitative research mobile implementation officer, a role that involves a lot of talking to people, asking questions and travelling. I always have a half-packed suitcase ready and am never quite sure where I’ll be going next. I have mostly worked in sub-Saharan Africa, including Liberia, South Africa, DRC, Mozambique and Kenya but more recently spent time working with refugees in Italy. As an anthropologist, my job is to learn about local communities to make sure that the work we do is culturally appropriate and acceptable to the people we are working with. I do a lot of research on HIV/AIDS and have also worked in Ebola, TB and migration projects. Working with MSF has given me the chance to be part of a passionate, fun and international team of people. My job has given opportunity to travel to lots of different countries and learn from fascinating, dedicated people from around the world.