MSF Medical Doctor, Simon Collins

"The work we were doing in Congo-Brazzaville was really the bread and butter of what MSF does best: just a few people working in a forgotten place that badly needs help – you could tell we were really making a difference.”

Simon CollinsMSF Doctor

MSF is seeking HIV and tuberculosis specialists, paediatricians, GPs, obstetricians/gynaecologists and infectious disease specialists. Primary care physicians undertake a combination of curative care and teaching/administrative duties, with the balance varying according to the project.

Curative care generally takes place in clinic settings and to some degree in field hospitals or existing hospitals. Teaching and administrative responsibilities include supervising and training local medical staff, planning medical programmes, pharmacy management and medical supplies and reporting on medical activities.


Javid Abdelmoneim, MSF doctor

MSF experience

Find out from Javid Abdelmoneim what it means to be a doctor with MSF.

Javid has worked with us treating patients in numerous settings, from conflict in Iraq in 2009 to the recent Ebola outbreak in 2014.

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Essential criteria

  • Proven professional experience after registration –ST2 level for general doctors; ST5 for OB/GYNs. We are however flexible, and will also take all relevant experience into account where possible.
  • Current or recent clinical experience
  • Full GMC or Irish Medical Council Registration (doctors without this will need to provide a transcript of training, from a recognised training faculty and proof of original registration in the country they are registered in)
  • Diploma level of training in tropical medicine and/or infectious disease (especially TB and HIV/AIDS) from a recognised training provider, for example, the London or Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, or from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP). There are also recognised courses held in The Netherlands, Germany, Peru and East Africa. If you don’t currently hold a diploma, to accept your application, we would need to see evidence that you have a place on a course and are expecting to complete and receive your diploma in the near future. Exceptions can be given in certain circumstances to Emergency MDs who may be able to go without having this diploma.

Please note that we only accept online DTMH courses taken in Glasgow or Oxford which are offered in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine if the end exam is taken and passed successfully.

  • Three months working or travelling in a developing country minimum
  • Available for a minimum of nine months
  • Ability to work in unstable areas
  • Adaptable and able to work in a team
  • Flexible and able to manage stress
  • Able to provide training and supervision to others


  • MSF needs field workers with a good command of French. You are much more likely to be accepted onto the MSF register if you have at least B1 level French according to the European Framework of Languages.
  • Minor surgical and obstetrical experience
  • Managerial and supervisory experience