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Does MSF accept medical students or junior doctors?

Unfortunately, MSF cannot place medical students within its projects. Some junior doctors may reach our requirements, but we favour those with longer term experience.


What kind of people work for MSF?

We recruit medical and non-medical staff to work in our projects. All of these people bring professional abilities, practical experience, as well as a commitment to and concern for the people they help.

Our projects are manned by national staff with minimal international presence. On average, for every expatriate posted to a specific project there are seven local workers. They provide everything from technical and administrative assistance to nursing and medical skills.


How many members of staff work for MSF?

MSF sends out approximately 3,000 international staff per year and employs around 27,000 local staff. In addition, there are thirty three MSF offices around the world providing operations and support functions which employ over 600 permanent staff. 

Travel and health insurance

We provide travel and health insurance for all our international staff.

Safety and security

Your safety and wellbeing is very important to us. You'll be fully briefed on the security situation and the management policies and practices that MSF has in place, prior to travelling to a project.

If you need to leave a project early for reasons related to safety and security, your own wellbeing, or for any other reason, we'll always organise and cover transport back home.


Accommodation will be provided in the project, as well as during travel to and from the project where required.

How often do I get to return home when working for MSF?

People are entitled to 28 days pro rata holiday per year. MSF will also pay a set rate, depending on the project location, to allow people to be able to travel out of the country in which they are working for their annual leave.

Travel costs

We'll cover all travel costs to and from the project where you'll work. This includes all flights (based on economy class fares).



Ethiopia: Tigray Crisis

People have been left without healthcare and tens of thousands have been displaced across Ethiopia and Sudan, following fighting that broke out in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, in November 2020.

MSF teams are working on both sides of the border, providing assistance to people in refugees camps in Sudan, and to the displaced and host communities within Tigray in Ethiopia.

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