Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organisation founded by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. It provides independent, impartial assistance to people who are affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters or exclusion from healthcare. In 1999, MSF received the Nobel Peace Prize. Today MSF is a worldwide movement; we work in more than 70 countries around the world.
MSF’s work is based on humanitarian principles. We are committed to bringing quality medical care to those most in need, regardless of their race, religion, gender or political affiliation. MSF operates independently of any political, military or religious agendas. At times, MSF may speak out publicly to bring a forgotten crisis to public attention, to alert the public to abuses occurring beyond the headlines, to criticise the inadequacies of aid systems, or to challenge the abuse of humanitarian aid for political interests.
In 2019, thanks to more than 39.000 locally hired staff and over 3.800 international professionals, more than 11 million patients were treated in MSF projects around the world!
Working with MSF. What to expect.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is constantly recruiting staff to carry out its projects. In addition to professional skills, the qualities needed to work with MSF include: being a good team player; being interested in other cultures; and being respectful of other people. It is also important to be flexible, as the context and working environment vary in each project and may be very different from what you are used to.
As an MSF staff member, you could find yourself working in a well-equipped hospital in a big city, in an improvised office set up in a tent in a refugee camp, or in a small health post in a remote and marginalised rural area.
The Austrian office of MSF recruits professionals from following countries: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, the Kosovo, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
We are looking for:
Technicians & logisticians: allrounders and specialists in construction, electricity, mechanics, water and sanitation, supply chain
Finance & HR specialists
generalists, paediatricians, anaesthetists, general & orthopaedic surgeons, obstetricians/gynaecologists, psychiatrists
Mental health specialists:
clinical psychologists, psychotherapists
Willingness to work in the spirit of the humanitarian principles of MSF
Willingness to work in conflict areas/unstable environments
Minimum two years relevant work experience or a completed medical specialisation
Commitment for two missions
Fluency in English and French or Spanish; Arabic is an asset
Experience in working or travelling abroad
Strong resilience to physical and psychological stress and strain
Ability to supervise and train others
Ability to work well in a team
A fixed-term contract for the duration of your field assignment
A monthly salary and an international insurance package (covering health, disability, travel, accident and medical evacuation)
Payment of all mission-related expenses (transport, visas and accommodation)
Pre and post-mission health check-ups (including expenses for vaccinations)
An individual career within the organisation
Working with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), you will be stretched personally and professionally; you will have cultural exchanges with people from all over the world; and you will have an experience that is both rewarding and unique.
The recruitment process:
Please note that the recruitment process can take some time. Therefore, we recommend you to apply 3 to 6 months before your actual availability.
Getting in touch, participating in information session
As a next step, we cordially invite you to attend one of our information evenings or a webinars. Field experienced members of staff will tell you more about the goals and principles of Médecins Sans Frontières, living and working conditions in the field and the next steps towards your application.
What is your motivation? Which qualifications do you offer? How much time do you have for a first assignment? Do you have any questions? Take your time to self-assess your motivation and your skills.
At the end of the information evening or webinar, you will receive a link to our application website where you will find the application forms, which you send back to us with your documents. We will evaluate your application and in case you meet the necessary requirements, your application will be proceeded.
Test, Interview and Assessment Center
Non-medical candidates will be asked to take a test. The next steps are the Interview and the Assessment Center. The participation in a tropical medicine course for general practitioners, midwives and nurses is highly recommended, but not mandatory.
If the selection process turns out to be positive, participation in a preparation course will then be organized, depending upon availability. At the preparation course you will receive a general, practice-oriented view of the medical and non medical work of MSF.
After completing this course, we will inform you as soon as a suitable position has been found for you. As soon as you are in agreement with the offer the preparations for your departure (visa, vaccinations, etc.) can start.
Please note: Depending on your qualifications and the needs in the projects, finding a suitable position can sometimes take longer (up to several months!). Therefore, we recommend to apply 3 to 6 months before your actual availability. Vacancies for humanitarian aid cannot be thoroughly planned, and as such, your flexibility can often be put to the test already during preparation for a mission.
Briefing and Departure
Prior to departure you will get a briefing in one of the MSF Operational Centers (Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bruxelles, Geneva, Paris).