"My aim on a mission is to be able to pass on as much knowledge and experience to my staff as possible. That’s what it’s all about: giving the staff the knowledge and ability to look after their own community."

Josie GildayMSF nurse

Being a nurse with MSF is demanding and rewarding. From basic healthcare to helping set up health posts, nurses are vital to our work. In many situations, nurses are the backbone of our medical operations.

Our registered nurses provide primary healthcare, establish and manage health posts, operate feeding centres and in/outpatient clinics and hospitals, plan and implement vaccination campaigns, and organise mother-child health programmes.

Training, supervising and managing local nursing staff or community health providers is a key responsibility.


  • Significant post-qualification nursing experience, preferably in one or more of the following areas: infectious diseases, A&E, intensive care, obstetrics, nutrition, paediatrics, operating theatre
  • Valid Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or Irish Nursing Board registration
  • Diploma in tropical nursing or relevant nursing experience in a tropical environment
  • Experience in supervising, managing and training others
  • Available for a minimum of nine months
  • Minimum of three months work, volunteering or travel experience in developing countries
  • Willingness to work in unstable areas
  • Adaptable and able to work in a multicultural team
  • Flexible and able to manage stress

MSF is currently looking for nurses with good French skills. If you speak French to a level where you can be placed in a French speaking mission such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Chad or Central African Republic, you are much more likely to be accepted onto the MSF register. Arabic skills are also in demand.


The two qualifications in tropical nursing that MSF UK accepts are the Diploma in Tropical Nursing from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Diploma in Tropical Nursing from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

We do not accept online/distance learning courses as they lack the practical component required for field work.

MSF nurses