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Neonatal Nurses

As a neonatal nurse working for Médecins Sans Frontières your training and supervisory skills will be utilised to the full. The roles you play may vary from setting up and managing a newborn unit within a hospital, providing clinical “hands on” care for unwell or severely ill neonates, or managing care of pre-term babies. You may also be taking the lead on teaching and implementing Kangaroo Mother Care.
Neonatal nurses working for Médecins Sans Frontières work very closely with national staff who have experience in low resource settings if not specifically in neonatal care. You will be supporting local staff in the upgrading of their skills. 
In the field our Newborn Units (NBU) vary greatly, ranging from high capacity settings with CPAP capabilities to more basic units with minimal possible intervention (O2 and IV therapy only). All our projects are supported by Paediatric Advisors and very clear guidelines and protocols. 
You must be willing to work in potentially unstable contexts. The majority of our neonatal nurses are working in contexts such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Jordan, and South Sudan. 


  • Compliance with Essential Criteria for all potential Field Workers
  • RN (Div 1) or Midwife qualifications
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in Special Care Nursery or Newborn Unit
  • 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 
  • Ability to work in a low-tech environment
  • Available to work in the field for 6-9+ months   (Candidates with 9+ months availability will be prioritised)


  • Experience in additional areas – particularly NICU, PICU, Obstetrics, Paediatrics
  • Senior managerial experience (eg Clinical Nurse Director, Service Manager)
  • Clinical education and/or training experience
  • 5+ years neonatal experience post-qualification
  • Work experience or study in nutrition, tropical medicine, refugee health or international public health

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

Ready to apply

Please view the Essential Criteria for all profiles. 
Neonatal and Paediatric Nurses must submit a Skills Assessment Form in addition to the standard application requirements.


If you are ready to apply you can start an application using the link below. Allow approximately 1 hour and please have ready your CV and motivation letter. 

If you’re not yet ready to apply, use the link below to register to receive updates from our Field Human Resources team including information on upcoming recruitment events.

Meet some of our Neonatal Nurses