MSF anaesthetists are teachers and trainers, and are there to help people manage pain in sometimes unbearable circumstances.

The role of an MSF anaesthetist is incredibly varied: you might find yourself training local staff in the middle of a refugee camp hospital or managing anaesthesia with very basic resources for complex obstetric surgeries  all in the course of a day.


Our anaesthetists often work across various departments; supporting surgery, maternity and going wherever else they are needed.

As an anaesthetist you would be responsible for:

  • Ordering and managing materials to manage the anaesthesia needs of an entire hospital
  • Mentoring and support for local staff learning basic anaesthesia
  • Planning and implementing anaesthesia management training workshops
  • Supporting pain management for all departments in the hospital/health centre

Stories from the field 

To read first-hand stories from anaesthetists working overseas for MSF, visit our blog.


  • Proven experience in anaesthetics – experience of paediatric and obstetric anaesthesia is particularly useful
  • 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)
  • Ability to work with limited resources
  • Availability for a minimum period of six weeks to a maximum of six months
  • Minimum of three months travel or work experience in developing countries
  • Ability to work in unstable environments
  • Adaptable and able to work in a team
  • Flexible and able to manage stress
  • Able to provide training and supervision to others
  • Fluency in English


  • You will find it helpful to have done other medical jobs – time spent in casualty and paediatrics departments will be especially relevant
  • Availability at short notice
  • MSF is currently looking for anaesthetists with good French or Arabic skills. If you speak French or Arabic to a level where you can be placed in a French or Arabic speaking mission such as Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad or Yemen, you are much more likely to be accepted onto the MSF register

Please note, your language level may be tested during the recruitment process.

before you apply

Your safety and security 

We take safety and security seriously. This video explains the risks our staff face and the lengths we go to keep them safe.

Please watch this before you decide whether or not to apply for this job.


What's it like working with MSF? 

In most projects you'll be living and working in stressful conditions without many of the things you may take for granted at home.

Please watch this short video and reflect on why you want to work for MSF before starting your application. 


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