Neonatal and Paediatric Nurses

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has specialised projects focusing on neonates and paediatrics and mixed projects with children of all ages.  Your experience and skills working with children will determine the appropriate position for you either as a paediatric nurse, neonatal nurse or combined in a context where both skills are required.

MSF paediatric and neonatal nurses work very closely with national staff who have experience in low resource settings if not specifically in paediatric or neonatal care. You will be supporting local staff in the upgrading of their skills.  All our projects are supported by medical and nursing paediatric advisors and very clear guidelines and protocols. 

In the countries we work in the settings vary greatly, ranging from high-capacity settings with CPAP and HFNC capabilities to more basic units with minimal possible intervention (O2 and IV therapy only). As an MSF nurse your training and supervisory skills will be utilised to the full. The roles you play may vary from setting up and managing a newborn or paediatric unit, providing clinical “hands-on” care for unwell or severely ill children and neonates, theoretical and clinical trainings on paediatric and neonatal nursing procedures and assessments, or taking the lead on teaching and implementing cares such as Kangaroo Mother Care.


  • Compliance with essential criteria
  • Qualified nurse with experience in paediatrics and/or neonates including: 

Neonatal nurses with:

  • Minimum of two years’ experience in Special Care Nursery, Newborn Unit or NICU
  • Experience in neonatal resuscitation
  • Experience in recognition and management of common neonatal issues such as prematurity, hypoxemia, and hypothermia
  • Experience in identification of severe neonatal issues such as sepsis and asphyxia 
  • People with a medical background must display no recent gap in clinical experience greater than two years

Paediatric nurses with:

  • Minimum of two years’ experience in acute medical/surgical paediatrics  
  • Experience in paediatric emergency management and resuscitation
  • People with a medical background must display no recent gap in clinical experience greater than two years


  • Additional and/or specific qualification in paediatrics and/or neonatal nursing​
  • Experience in additional areas –particularly NICU, PICU, Obstetrics, Paediatric Emergency Department
  • Senior managerial experience (eg Clinical Nurse Facilitator/Consultant, Manager)Clinical education and/or training experience
  • Work experience or study in nutrition, tropical medicine, refugee health or international public health
  • French speaking

All Australian and New Zealand field worker applications are processed through our Sydney office.

Submit your application

Please apply if your skills and experience match the essential criteria for working overseas, and the requirements for the role you're interested in.

Allow approximately 1 hour to complete to application.

Before starting the application, please prepare the following: 

  1. CV
  2. Motivation letter
  3. Skills assessment form (below)


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