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Especially with paediatrics, infectious disease, A&E, intensive care, obstetrics, nutrition or operating theatre experience

We currently have a very full quota of nurses. We're only accepting applications if you have:

  • Two years' post-qualification nursing experience, preferably in one or more of the following areas: paediatrics, infectious diseases, A&E, intensive care, obstetrics, nutrition or operating theatre

Plus have:

  • Minimum B2 level in French, Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic

Or (without the additional languages) are:

  • IPC Link Nurse
  • Head 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 often head departments in hospital/health centres and are the forefront of providing primary healthcare in our projects. 

It’s an exciting and diverse role and you could be responsible for:

  • establishing and managing health posts
  • operating feeding centres and in/outpatient clinics and hospitals
  • planning and implementing vaccination campaigns
  • organising mother-child health programmes
  • training, supervising and managing local nursing staff or community health providers

Stories from the field

Nurse Michael Shek spent six months at Bentiu camp in South Sudan, where people have fled for protection from the violence engulfing the country.

In this podcast he reports on how a tough job became even tougher when malaria broke out. 

To read more first hand stories from Nurses working in the field for MSF, visit our international blog site.


  • Two years' 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
  • 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
  • Able to provide training and supervision to others
  • Fluency in English

Please note our shortlisting is based on the specialisations that we need in the field. If your experience doesn't match the specialisations that we need we may not be able to recruit you.


We're currently looking for nurses with good French or Arabic skills.

If you have a minimum of B1 level French or Arabic 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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