Going to the field with MSF

When you work for MSF, you are volunteering to help people in danger on the ground, by using all your skills in the context of emergency care (natural disasters, population displacement), chronic conflict, or as part of specific medical programmes. By working with MSF, you are joining a well known international association, with a specific approach to humanitarian aid. You will be a witness to the situations you encounter on the ground. You will develop skills and take on long-term responsibility.
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If you are interested in applying to MSF Switzerland, you will find hereby some relevant information to better understand our needs and criteria, as well as to better prepare yourself to work in the humanitarian field. Spontaneous applications are accepted all year round, there are no specific job openings: see opposite for generic field vacancies.

For more information in English on MSF, our charter and actions, please check  MSF International Office website’s: www.msf.org

Who do we recruit?

We work with international personnel, but also and mainly with national personnel, recruited locally. Expatriates are experimented personnel, with a relevant professional background. We recruit mainly:

  • Medical staff, such as medical doctors, emergency MDs, paediatricians, obstetrician/gynaecologists, surgeons, anaesthetists
  • Paramedical staff: nurses, midwifes, OT nurses, anaesthetists, laboratory technicians, pharmacists, epidemiologists, clinical psychologists
  • Non medical staff: logisticians, supply chain managers, administrators (Finance, Human Resources)

* For further reading, please refer to the “Who is needed” sheet, left of this screen.

Recruitment criteria

Our main criteria are 2 years relevant professional experience (internships not included).

For medical doctors, 3 years post diploma are required (or final specialisation for specialised MDs such as surgeons, gynaecologists, etc).

For nurses, a diploma in Tropical Medicine is required, or a professional experience in a similar context (2 to 3 months). This diploma is also recommended for medical doctors, midwifes and laboratory technicians.

Language skills are a strong asset. French is a requirement.

* For further reading, please refer to the “Basic Requirements For Candidates” sheet, left of this screen

Recruitment process

The recruitment process consists of the following stages:

  1. Information session
  2. Submission of CV and cover letter: recruitment(at)geneva.msf.org
  3. Interview + Tests for non-medical staff
  4. Training and preparation for first field mission
  5. Posting

Please attend one of our regularly scheduled information sessions before submitting your application. You can find out when and where the next information session takes place by clicking here.

Please send the following with your application (in French or English only) to the address recruitment(at)geneva.msf.org

  • Statement of purpose / cover letter
  • CV
  • Copies of diplomas (you will be required to present them at the interview)
  • Employment certificates (you will be required to present them at the interview)

The Recruitment Service will contact qualified candidates to schedule the following:

  1. Interview
  2. Technical tests (for non-medical personnel)

Successful candidates, who have been recruited, will then follow an Integration Course, which aims at preparing the expatriate to his first field departure.

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