Essential Criteria

Médecins Sans Frontières Australia / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) recruits medical, administrative, and logistical professionals, to provide medical care to people in crisis in more than 70 countries worldwide. Every year, around 3,000 MSF field staff provide lifesaving medical assistance to people who would otherwise be denied access to even the most basic health care.

The essential criteria is an overview of the minimum requirements for working overseas with MSF. Please note, these can change without prior notice in response to organisational needs. 

Make sure you refer to your specific profession on the who we need page for detailed information on the technical skills required of your profile.

Essential Criteria

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.     

Desirable Criteria

The following are not essential, but are very highly valued. If accepted into our pool of humanitarian workers, individuals with these assets will be eligible for more positions and will usually be placed more quickly.

Language skills

Knowledge of French or Spanish, or willing to learn. 

Other languages including Portuguese, Russian or Arabic are an asset.


To find more details information on the technical skills for for your profession, please visit Who We Need to find the job profile page relevant to you.

Register for recruitment updates

If you're interested in staying up-to-date with the roles we're recruiting for, then sign up to receive regular email updates about our medical humanitarian projects and find out what to expect when working overseas with MSF..