This page will hopefully answer any questions you may have about applying to work for MSF UK.

Use the links below, or scroll down the page, to find the answers you need. 


Job applications

How do I find a job?

All of our current vacancies are advertised online on our latest vacancies page. You may also wish to consider following us on LinkedIn  , Facebook or Twitter.

How do I apply for a job?

Further information on how to apply to MSF can be found on our latest vacancies page.

What is the most important part of the application?

Your covering letter is the most important part of your application. It should be used to tell us how you meet the selection criteria listed on the person specification. Draw particular attention to experience, skills, achievements and knowledge gained in past employment or other activities which are relevant to the job.

Will you accept a general cover letter?

No. The covering letter is the most important part of the application, as it tells us how you meet the selection criteria.

Can I apply with a CV only?

You must send your CV and a motivation letter for your application to be considered. Without one or the other, your application will not be progressed.

Do you accept speculative applications?

Unfortunately, due to the high number of applications that we receive we are unable to accept or comment on speculative applications.

Do I need to be a UK resident to apply to work at MSF UK?

For most vacancies you must have a valid UK/EEA passport or have the appropriate right to work in the UK. Occasionally, we open vacancies for international candidates. This will be clearly stated in the applicant pack.

Where can I find more information about volunteering at the MSF UK office?

Further information about volunteering for MSF UK can be found on our volunteer page.

Where can I find more information about internships at the MSF UK office?

Further information about internships at MSF UK can be found on our volunteer page.

Where can I find further information about working in the field with MSF?

Further information about working in the field can be found on our working overseas page.

I have applied for a job; what happens next?

Once the closing date has passed we will review all applications for the position, and will aim to shortlist successful applicants for an interview within one week.

What can I do while I’m waiting to hear from you?

You can get all of the latest news from MSF UK by signing up to receive our monthly e-news or by visiting our website.

You can also join daily discussions and debates on Facebook and Twitter.

What happens if I am successful?

A member of the HR team will be in touch to arrange an interview; we aim to do this within two weeks of the closing date.

What happens if I am unsuccessful?

As you can imagine, we receive a high number of applications for all of our vacancies and because of this we will only be able respond to applicants who are successful in being shortlisted for an interview.

If you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, then please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

What can I expect at the interview?

You should see the interview as a two way process, a chance for MSF UK to find out about you, and also for you to find out more about MSF UK.

You should be able to articulate how your strengths, work experience and career goals will enable you to succeed in our organisation.

You may also want to consider preparing a list of questions to ask your interviewer(s) so you can assess whether MSF UK is the right place for you. Research our organisation, who we are, what we do, what we stand for and our strategic direction.

Most importantly, be yourself. At MSF UK, we pride ourselves on our open and approachable culture. We want and expect to see the real you.

Will there be any tests at the interview?

Some interviews include tests; you will be informed of any tests when you are invited to interview.

Is there more than one interview?

Typically, there will only one interview. However, a second interview may be requested if needed.

When can I expect to receive feedback?

We aim to respond to candidates within one week of the interview.

If I am unsuccessful, can I apply for future roles?

Yes, and we encourage you to apply if you believe you have the right skills and experience for the role you’re applying.

Can I apply for more than one role?

You may apply for more than one role, but you must apply for each role separately as each role has different tasks and responsibilities.

Salary and benefits

What pay and benefits are offered?

MSF offers competitive salaries and a range of benefits. Further information on the benefits offered to staff by MSF can be found on our staff benefits page.

Does MSF offer learning and development opportunities?

MSF UK is committed to offering its staff opportunities to develop both professionally and personally.

Where can I learn more about MSF?

Follow the links to read more about MSF, the MSF movement and MSF’s work.

I have questions not answered in the FAQ. Whom should I contact?

For questions not answered in our FAQ, please send an e-mail to Responses will be sent within one week.

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