General Requirements

MSF provides efficient emergency medical aid, and accordingly places specific demands on our volunteers. In order to be able to meet certain challenges whilst on mission, a mixture of dedication, idealism and professionalism is essential.
The following requirements must be met:

  • Completed vocational training, with at least two years work experience (or a completed medical rotation)
  • Good understanding and fluency in English and/or French
  • Spanish, Portuguese or knowledge in any other language is an advantage
  • At least six to nine months availability for the first assignment:
    • Availability for a minimum of 6 – 9 months for general practitioners, paediatricians and specialists for internal medicine, nurses, midwives, pharmacists and psychiatrists
    • Availability for a minimum of 3 months for gynaecologists/obstetricians
    • Availability for a minimum of 4 – 6 weeks for surgeons, anaesthesiologists and OT nurses
  • Ability to supervise and train others.
  • Ability to work well in a team, as well as a strong resilience to physical and psychological pressures and strains.
  • Experience living abroad (either in a professional or private capacity).
  • Readiness to work in the spirit of the humanitarian principles of MSF.
  • For general practitioners and nursing personnel: tropical medicine or other specialisations (public health, epidemiology etc.).

MSF is looking for

  • Male and Female medical doctors
  • Midwives
  • Laboratory staff
  • Pharmacists
  • Nursing staff
  • Specialists in technics and logistics
  • Specialists in finance and human resource management
  • Psychologists and Psychiatrists

MSF offers

MSF was founded as a volunteer organization and would like to remain that way. However, it is very important to us to make a minimum package available to our volunteers during their mission.

This includes the following:

  • Payment of vaccination and visa costs during preparation for the mission
  • Payment of costs for travel, living expenses, accommodation and meals during employment
  • Employment contract with a starting gross salary of currently +/- 1000 Euro/month
  • Insurance package (health, disability, travel, luggage, accident, and return to home country insurance)
  • Preparation course, and further training courses after the 1st mission

MSF guarantees

  • A unique experience, a professional challenge and inter-cultural contact!

Attention: costs of travelling to Vienna, for job interviews for example, will NOT be reimbursed by MSF!


In the following videos, a surgeon and an internal medicine doctor share their work-experience in the aid programs of Doctors Without Borders:

Surgeon Herbert Matzinger

Dr. Med. Dora Tomickova


Application Process

How to apply:

Interested in going on mission with MSF?
Please contact us on +43 (0)1 409 72 76 or click this button: