As a paediatric doctor working for Médecins Sans Frontières you may be responding to a measles or meningitis epidemic, managing hospital based care for severely ill neonates, responding to the needs of ill, injured, or malnourished children, or working with displaced families in a refugee camp.

Your clinical skills and resourcefulness will be put to the test while you work in locations where the health care infrastructure may have completely fallen apart, or while you work to diagnose and treat medical conditions not found in Australia and New Zealand. Your managerial and administration skills will be called upon as you supervise and train large teams of local staff.  You will not be facing these challenges alone - Médecins Sans Frontières provides expert technical support including extensive guidelines and protocols.
The nature of our work means that emergency doctors with paediatric experience are often needed in very challenging, potentially high security contexts. If you are an emergency paediatric doctor, please keep this in mind.

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


  • Minimum of five years experience post-qualification (have started PGY6)
  • Minimum of three years of clinical experience in paediatrics*
  • Available to work in the field for 6 months 
  • People with a medical background with no recent gap in clinical experience of more than two years


  • Additional clinical experience in areas such as Obstetrics/Gynaecology, Nutrition, Emergency, Infectious Diseases (STDs, HIV/AIDS, TB), Public Health, General Medicine, Anaesthetics, ICU or Minor Surgery
  • Post graduate study in international public health, refugee health, infectious diseases (especially TB and HIV/AIDS) or tropical medicine
* Completion of your specialty training is not mandatory before applying, however Médecins Sans Frontières does have significant needs for fully qualified paediatricians. 


The essential criteria is an overview of the minimum requirements for international staff. 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 with limited resources

Clinical/working experience in environments with limited human resources and materials, such as isolated islands, remote areas, or developing countries

Work in a low tech environment
Management experience

Hold management / supervision experience and have experience teaching / mentoring teams.

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
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

Ability to work independently, organise and prioritise work, and use your initiative.


Language skills

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


  • To learn about living allowances for project workers, visit salary, benefits and opportunities
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  • Watch the webinar to find out more about the role of a paediatrician on projects overseas.


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)