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Medical doctor

Especially with minor surgical, obstetrical, paediatric, ER or other specialisations

Being a medical doctor with MSF is exciting and eye-opening work.

From caring for malnourished babies in a drought affected region of Africa through to conducting rounds to survey trauma patients in a large Ministry of Health hospital after a bout of conflict in the area, MSF’s doctors provide lifesaving care every day in our projects.


Being a medical doctor with MSF can be a challenging role, and the needs are very diverse depending upon the project you work in. Medical doctors are based in the project, and will often care for people affected by some or all of the following:

  • Malaria
  • Malnutrition
  • HIV/AIDs or TB
  • Injuries sustained in a conflict zone
  • Trauma
  • Tropical Diseases

Stories from the field

British doctor Emily Wise travelled to Uzbekistan with MSF in 2013 - a country with particularly high drug-resistant tuberculosis rates. In this podcast she describes in heartbreaking detail the final minutes of a TB patient's life. 

To read more first-hand stories from doctors working overseas with MSF, visit our international blog.


  • Two years' professional experience after registration – ST2 level
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Able to provide training and supervision to others 
  • Fluency in English
  • 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 (see FAQs for more on accepted training in Tropical Medicine)


  • Minor surgical and obstetrical experience
  • Managerial and supervisory experience
  • Paediatric, ER or other specialisations


We're currently looking for doctors 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 the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Chad or Yemen, you're much more likely to be accepted onto our register.

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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