ICU Doctors

The Intensivist Medical Doctor (MD) is a clinical leader for a group of Intensivists and general doctors working in the ICU and providing consultation in other areas of the hospital.

In some of our contexts you could be asked to work in Emergency Medicine (EM) setting/ service, where your Intensivist knowledge could be used to perform and improve health care.   

As an Intensivist MD you supervise the care provided in a closed-unit model ICU, with ability of HFNC, NIV, and mechanical ventilation and/or possibly supervise EM teams.

Finally, you increase the knowledge and practical skills of the ICU/ EM staff through on the job training and knowledge transfer to ensure quality care is provided to the patients.


  • Specialist certification in Intensive Care / Critical Care or equivalent.
    • Level 3 ICU specialists/consultants with an ICU diploma/specialisation and a minimum of 1 year experience post Fellowship are needed and much sought after. ICU specialists work as consultants and go for a minimum of 6-8 weeks effective in the field and up to 4 months.*
    • Level 2 Medical Doctors with advanced ICU skills and knowledge plus ED skills or anaesthetists are needed for a minimum of 6-8 weeks and up to 4 months.*
    •  Level 1 Medical Doctors on the ICU training pathway (you apply to MSF as an MD with skills in ICU) require availability for a 9-month placement.
  • People with a medical background must display no recent gap in clinical experience greater than two years.


  • Availability to work overseas for 4+ months (Level 1 and Level 2)*
  • Knowledge of French or Spanish, or willing to learn. Other languages including Portuguese, Russian or Arabic are an asset.


The essential criteria is an overview of the minimum requirements for international staff (in addition to the profile requirements above). Please note, these can change without prior notice in response to organisational needs. To work overseas with MSF, every applicant must meet the following requirements:

Work in a diverse team

The ability to work and live in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams in contexts that are often complex, unstable and isolated, requiring strict respect for the local culture, teams and security rules in force.

Experience working in a remote, low resource setting

Clinical/working experience in environments with limited human resources, materials and equipment.  Access to electricity can be unreliable, running water may not be available, medical and other equipment may be in short supply and computer systems may be basic.

Management experience

Most assignments will involve supervision or management of teams and will require experience in: capacity building, training, planning and administration and performance management.

Commitment to the goals and values of MSF

Adhere to the MSF Charter and to our managerial values: Respect, Transparency, Integrity, Accountability, Trust and Empowerment.

Commitment to a career with MSF

Committment for 2+ assignments. We are looking for people that want to commit to multiple assignments and a long-term career in humanitarian aid. Hiring and training an employee is a major investment for MSF and we want to hire international staff who want to grow within the organisation. 

Ability to cope with stress

Many MSF projects are located in or near conflict areas. The environment is often chaotic and you will face various challenges. International staff must be able to cope with stress in a difficult and unpredictable environment.

Flexibility and adaptability

Contexts, environments, team composition can change quickly. Flexibility and adaptability are critical for a successful MSF assignment.

Work independently and use initiative

MSF assignments are demanding and every staff member must be able to manage their responsibilities and workload in a professional manner, with minimum direction.     

Language skills

Knowledge of French or Spanish, or willing to learn. 
Other languages including Portuguese, Russian or Arabic are an asset.


Please apply if your skills and experience match the requirements for this role and the essential criteria for all international staff, listed above. Allow approximately 1 hour to complete to application.

Before starting the application, please prepare the following: 

  1. CV (using the template below)
  2. Motivation letter

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