Your contract on your first assignment

You will get a contract for the duration of the assignment that consists of the following:

  • Salary is contingent upon the specific position for which you are applying, and detailed compensation ranges will be provided to you as part of the recruitment process. You’ll be informed of your exact salary amount in your contracting currency before you sign your contract.
  • 8% holiday allowance.
  • Supplementary insurances.
  • Participation in a pension scheme.
  • 25 days of holiday per year.
  • Per diem: a monthly amount paid in the local currency of the project country, which is intended to contribute to (not fully cover) your basic personal expenses while on assignment.
  • Accommodation basic and secure living quarters are provided by MSF.
  • Transport between your field accommodation and workplace.
  • A preparation course before departure.
  • Other benefits which will be shared with you during the recruitment process

Preparation course

Before leaving for the project, you get a special 5-day preparation course. You will be informed about our organisation, our work and our principles. But also about safety issues in the field and how to deal with stress and other cultures. You will be well-prepared when you leave for your assignment.


Your individual career path is important to us. We actively help our staff to pursue career opportunities, offering guidance, training and the chance to gain experience in a variety of projects and settings.

When I chose to do this work I had no idea where it would take me. Nearly twenty years later, I’m still just as motivated as I was back then. I have a great job, and work alongside skilled and dedicated people. I don’t think I could have asked for more.
Peter Paul de Groote, Head of Mission

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