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Work and life in the fieldHere are some insights on what life looks like when you’re on a mission for MSF-Holland.
Career Opportunities & Benefits
A mission with Médecins Sans Frontières is a chance to contribute to live-saving work, while developing your professional and personal skills by working in interesting parts of the world. All this working alongside dedicated professionals in a multicultural and multidisciplinary team.
Diversity & inclusiveness
At Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Artsen zonder Grenzen, we are committed to an inclusive culture that encourages and supports the diverse voices of our employees. Our diversity fuels our innovation and connects us closer to our beneficiaries and the communities in which we work. We welcome applications from individuals of all genders, ages, sexual orientations, nationalities, races, religions, beliefs, ability status, and all other diversity characteristics.
Working for MSF
Can I work for MSF for a short period?
No, in order to do our work in the most qualitative and effective way we will need you to work for 9 to 12 months in one of our projects. Exceptions might be made if there’s a specific emergency project, then we apply different requirements and have separate application and training procedures. If that is the case, you will find specific job profiles on our website.
Can I choose the country I want to work in?
The short answer is no. We ask you to be flexible and willing to work where you are most needed. However, any special skills and/or restrictions you might have are taken into consideration. When we offer you a position, the final decision to accept a post is made by you.
Do you send couples to the field to work in the same project?
No, our policy is not to take on couples. Living conditions in the field and the need for team cohesion make it impossible for us to place couples in the same project. Furthermore, it would be very unlikely that two suitable positions would arise in the same project at the same time.
Can I take my partner or family with me?
In principle, it is not possible to take your partner or family to a project country, predominantly due to safety reasons. A few locations are suitable for families, and occasionally some coordinator positions in the capital city of a project country may be accompanied. However, before being placed in a coordinator position, you first need some years of work experience within MSF projects.
Compensation, pay and benefits
What is the salary?
On your first mission, this amounts to a salary of € 1725.00 gross a month (in line with the minimum wage in the Netherlands. It may differ according to different countries of residence). Once you have worked for us for more than 12 months, your salary will increase according to experience gained.
Am I insured?
Yes, MSF has a special insurance package for all of its field staff covering costs involving travel, healthcare, disability and liability on top of your own basic health insurance.
Are there age restrictions to work internationally for MSF?
In principle, MSF-Holland (the Dutch branch of MSF) recognises a retirement age of 65. Exceptions are considered up to the age of 69. MSF-Holland will not employ anyone older than 69, as we cannot get the necessary expatriate insurance for them, something we find mandatory to fulfill our duty of care as an employer.
Ask experience experts
Is your question not listed here? For more detailed information about joining MSF and any questions you might have, we regularly organise information meetings and webinars. Here you can ask anything to experienced aid workers.
Personal data processing principles
We process your personal data with the greatest possible care and only in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and the Dutch Data Protection Act General Data Protection Act. Take a look at our personal data processing principles.
Medical students and volunteers
Can I do an internship with MSF or do volunteer work?
No, we do not offer internships in our projects, and it is not possible to volunteer. Because of the nature of our work, we only send out field staff who have a minimum of 2 years work experience. Other than that, we keep our international staff teams as small as possible for security reasons and we find it important to have paid staff that stays with our organisation for multiple mission assignments.
Personal stories from the field
Onze logistiek medewerkers lossen de meest ingewikkelde problemen op, zodat de artsen en verpleegkundigen hun werk kunnen doen.Pieterjan, Anwar, Olaf en Eric, Logistieke specialisten
‘De eerste keer dat ik naar de zone met ebolapatiënten ging was ik doodsbang.’Alpha Diallo, Water- en sanitatiespecialist
Harriet werkt in Ethiopië om de baby’s een grotere overlevingskans te bieden. Ze vertelt over haar eerste tijd daar.Harriet Zych, Verpleegkundige
Nog nauwelijks bekomen van haar reis naar Jemen, moest ze meteen keihard aan de slag. Een luchtaanval, met vele gewonden.Hella Hultin, Chirurg
Nelke reisde af naar Bangladesh om zelf de situatie van de Rohingya-vluchtelingen te zien, én met hen te spreken.Nelke Manders, Directeur Artsen zonder Grenzen
Voormalige jongerenwerker Jeroen wil in Bangladesh de kwaliteit en toegankelijkheid van zorg verbeteren voor een kwetsbare groep mensen.Jeroen van der Heijden, Antropoloog