Your job

A valid nursing license (level 5 or bachelors level for nurses trained in the Netherlands, or its equivalent from another country) clinical work, primarily involving basic healthcare, but you may also be involved in vaccination campaigns, feeding centres or prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Possible settings are rural health centres, mobile clinics, existing local healthcare programmes, refugee camps and urban settings. Your primary responsibility will be as a manager. Your main role will be to supervise, monitor, train and coach the team of locally hired nurses in your project. Data collection, analysis and reporting are an intrinsic part of the role. Furthermore, you will be responsible for forecasting medical supply needs and managing medical stocks.

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 campagns
- organising mother-child health programmes
- training, supervising and managing local nursing staff or community health providers (team size varies from around 10 to 40 nurses)


  • A valid nursing licence (level 5 or bachelors level for nurses trained in the Netherlands, or its equivalent from another country), a degree in tropical medicine is an asset
  • 3 years experience working for another NGO in a setting comparable to MSF project countries (or successful completion of a course in tropical healthcare)
  • At least 5 years post-qualification nursing experience (excluding internship)
  • 1 month experience working in a tropical medicine environment
  • Patient care experience in a hospital setting or in outreach within the past 2 years
  • Experience in leading teams: training, coaching and supervision
  • Work or travel experience in developing countries
  • A good command of the English language (minimum B1)
  • A good command of the French or Arabic language (minimum B1)
  • Ability to cope with stress and to organize and prioritize workload
  • Ability to work in an international team
  • Willingness to work in an unstable and insecure environment
  • Availability of at least 9-12 months


  • Experience with basic healthcare, nutrition, infectious diseases, paediatrics, obstetrics and HIV/AIDS
  • Work experience in an emergency department or outreach
  • Work experience as a nurse in a country where the 'medical system' is significantly different, or in a similar non-governmental organization abroad
Artsen zonder Grenzen biedt medische noodhulp in conflictgebieden, bij natuurrampen en uitbraken van dodelijke ziektes.

Before you apply

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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.

Read more about work and life in the field.

Your safety and security

When working for us you might experience dangerous situations, such as confrontations with armed men, looting and theft, or violent clashes between armed groups. We take safety and security seriously. Read more about our safety precautions.

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