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.


  • 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.


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 remote, low resource and low tech settings

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

Commitment 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.     


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. Skills assessment (below) 

Use our guide on how to write a CV to help you prepare your application.


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Meet some of our neonatal nurses