Some roles require occasional or regular travel to the field or other MSF offices; the opportunity to travel depends on the role and its responsibilities.
Yes, and we encourage you to apply if you believe you have the right skills and experience required for the role which you are applying for.
Rest assured that every application is carefully reviewed and considered, but unfortunately we are not able to provide feedback as standard to unsuccessful applications unless you reach the interview stage.
We are an equal opportunities employer and will ensure that every reasonable adjustment is made to enable candidates to attend interviews. If you have any special requirements for your interview please make them known at the time you are offered an interview so we can accommodate you as much as possible.
You may apply for more than one role, but each role must have its own cover letter that details how you meet the role’s requirements. Each role has different tasks and responsibilities.
We don’t ask applicants to complete a formal English test, however a good level of verbal and written English is required.
You do not have to be based in the UK to apply for a role. However, it is assumed that you have the required visa / working permit to work in SA if you are not South African (unless it is specified otherwise).
Unfortunately we do not accept speculative applications. Please apply for specific roles that match your skills and experience.
It is not possible to honour specific country requests. MSF recruit applicants into a pool before matching them to a specific position. MSF expect candidates to be flexible about where they work so that we can meet the needs of the field. However, special skills, languages and restrictions are taken into consideration in each placement.
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There are many long term career opportunities with MSF. Gaining more and varied MSF field experience makes you eligible for positions such as Logistical, Medical, or Project Coordinator, or Head of Mission.
There are also courses in areas such as project management, medical management, and logistics. If you are interested in a career with MSF you are encouraged to discuss your options with your Human Resource Officer at interview.
MSF strongly encourages people to continue working for the organisation beyond their first mission as their experience is of huge value to the effectiveness of our work. As such we offer various career opportunities to our field staff. You can broaden your professional experience by working on a variety of different aid programmes, and have access to learning and development.
MSF arranges insurance cover which care and, if necessary, repatriation for field staff.
MSF will arrange and cover you for all health insurance while on mission. This will continue for up to three months once you return home. In the event of medical evacuations, repatriation is also covered.
You will be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and if necessary undertake pre-departure health checks with a travel clinic. All medical information is confidential.
While you are working with MSF you are entitled to approximately days paid holiday per year pro rata.
MSF covers the following expenses:
International field staff receive an indemnity salary, currently 930 Euro per month their bank account. After one year of field experience the field worker will enter a salary grid, where salary depends on responsibility involved in the field position and also the amount of previous experience. Meanwhile, all the costs in the field would be covered by MSF.
No. Living conditions in the field (security, housing, etc) make it difficult for field staff to be accompanied by children or partners who are not participating in the mission.
The application process on average takes around four to six months.
Yes, we accept a number of office volunteers and unpaid office interns in our Johannesburg please visit the [link] on our website for more details.
Please enquire at your university about Friends of MSF (FoMSF) Societies. FoMSF are student based societies in universities around South Africa and the UK. FoMSF is run on a voluntary basis.
Individual groups engage in various activities, like inviting returned volunteers to speak, film screenings, and other fundraising and careers-focused events.
All FoMSF groups share three main objectives:
1) To raise awareness of MSF’s work and humanitarian issues
2) To encourage students to consider working for organisations such as MSF
3) To raise funds for MSF
Currently, FoMSF runs at 5 South African Universities, WITS, TUKS, UCT, Stellenbosch and UKZN.
We have a minimum requirement of two year's experience registration. As we receive many applications, we look for as wide a range of experience as possible.
This can be made up of different placements but obviously longer placements may better reflect in-depth experience in working in unstable/difficult situations.
Experience is necessary as we expect a high level of autonomy from our medics in the field.
MSF does not recruit dentists.
Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with us. This will depend on the nature of the position and the circumstances and background of your offences.
As an organisation, we will obtain a copy of your criminal record during the recruitment process.
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MSF recruits medical and non-medical staff to work in its projects. All of these people bring professional abilities, practical experience, as well as a commitment to and concern for the people they help.
Our projects are manned by national staff with minimal international presence. On average, for every expatriate posted to a specific project there are seven local workers. They provide everything from technical and administrative assistance to nursing and medical skills.
Detailed information about the selection criteria and role descriptions can be found on our website here.
We can only accept applications from people who meet our strict requirements and applications must be made online.
There is no minimum or maximum age for participation in MSF projects, although there are other criteria that applicants must fulfill.
Working hours vary considerably depending on the project 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.
You can apply as soon as you have definite dates of availability and normally around six months before you want to go.
The length of a first mission is between nine and 12 months for all professions, except anesthetists and surgeons and Gynaecologists who, due to the intensity of their work, are placed in projects from four weeks to three months.
English is the official MSF language. However, fluency in another language will enhance your application and the possibility of placement. At the moment demand is high for fluent French speakers.
English is the official language of MSF. However, French speakers are in high demand and having French as a second language will help your application as you will then be able to work in French speaking countries where a large number of our projects are found.
MSF placements are for a minimum of nine months. Due to the nature of these placements we are unable to place couples together; individuals are matched to specific roles within an international picture. It is therefore highly unlikely that two people would simultaneously be matched to two jobs in the same place at the same time.
We can only take on people who meet our strict criteria and do not provide gap year placements.
Unfortunately we cannot offer elective placements for medical students. Many of the places we work in are unstable and we try to maintain a minimum international presence.
Equally, a major part of any role with MSF involves working autonomously and training local staff, therefore it is important medics are at a stage of their career where they feel comfortable with this.
Please note that MSF does not currently recruit paramedics. We do not require staff with this profile because we do not run ambulance services in our projects in the field. When patient transfers take place, these are often done in MSF vehicles, and patients are accompanied by MSF nurses and/or medical doctors.
MSF policy is that those who have been employed in the armed forces can only apply for MSF roles two years or more after leaving the military.
While the majority of our volunteers have a medical background, we also need skilled support staff such as: nutritionists, epidemiologists, lab technicians, mental health professionals, water and sanitation engineers, construction engineers, logisticians and HR and financial controllers.
MSF SA can only accept applications for field positions from people who permanently reside in Sub-Saharan Africa have a valid permit to work in the country of their residence. If you do not have this we cannot accept your application.
IF you do not reside in Sub-Saharan Africa, Please contact your nearest MSF office or one of the MSF Operational Centres in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Geneva or Paris in order to apply for a position, details can be found on http://www.msf.org/en/work-msf/how-apply