Anaesthetists work with limited medical equipment, supplies, and facilities to treat trauma patients of all ages, following guidelines set by MSF. Adaptability in high-stakes situations, strong judgement skills, and technical skills during surgery are required. Anaesthetists are responsible for anesthesia during surgery as well as making preoperative and postoperative rounds, including pain management in the hospital ward and medical examinations for critically ill patients. Guidance and training of locally hired staff are also important work done in this position.  


  • Perform risk assessment through preoperative examination together with the surgeon to determine the method of anaesthesia; manage and carry out all requirements during and after surgery, such as preparation of medicine and equipment, monitoring of the patient, and in some cases, postoperative ICU care for critically ill patients
  • Ensure patient movement to recovery room and regaining of consciousness; set analgesic protocol
  • Monitor and manage body fluids, oxygen, airway, chest physiotherapy, chest movement, etc.
  • Practice and supervise rules, procedures, and MSF guidelines regarding hygiene in operating and recovery rooms; supervise anesthetic supplies (decontamination, disinfection, storage, etc.)
  • Manage and order anaesthesiology equipment and pharmaceutical supplies
  • Manage teams (recruitment, training, performance evaluation, etc.)
  • Submit activity reports and manage data (patient files, forms, statistics, databases, etc.)


  • Compliance with all of the essential requirements for all potential candidates
  • Fellow of Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (or equivalent)
  • Experience in paediatrics, obstetrics, and trauma anaesthesia
  • Available for assignment for a minimum period between six to eight weeks, but would prefer four months or longer
  • Current practising certificate and must display no recent gap in clinical experience greater than two years
  • Willingness to abide by Médecins Sans Frontières anaesthetic protocols


  • Medical experience outside anaesthetics (e.g. ICU, emergency, pain specialisation, paediatrics, and internal medicine)


Please apply if your skills and experience match the profile requirements and essential criteria above. Note: all Australian and New Zealand applications are processed through our Sydney office.

Allow approximately 1 hour to complete to application. Before starting the application, please prepare the following: 

  1. CV 
  2. Motivation letter 
  3. Technical CV for skills assessment (below) 


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