Your job

You will perform surgery, support local medical staff by means of training, supervision and coordination, and assist in the development of all aspects of surgical programming.

Most surgery carried out in MSF projects is acute emergency surgery, predominantly trauma and emergency obstetric interventions. 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. We also need experienced medical staff in coordination and management positions, such as medical coordinators.


These are the surgical profiles we are looking for:

  • General surgeons with trauma experience, some orthopaedic and obstetric (especially C-section) surgery experience, and/or experience in war surgery
  • Orthopaedic surgeons with experience in war and/or trauma surgery, particularly with strong skills in external fixation
  • Reconstructive surgeons, particularly with experience in burns and facial reconstructive surgery

General requirements:

  • A valid medical licence/registration and postgraduate surgical qualifications from a relevant professional body
  • Successful completion of a residency programme and at least 2 years post-registration/graduation experience in surgery
  • Ability to work under very primitive conditions with limited technical resources (e.g. a lack of diagnostic equipment such as X-ray equipment)
  • Ability to handle a broad range of the most common emergency and general medical conditions requiring surgery, and knowledge of their operative indications (particularly within the areas of orthopaedics, trauma and obstetrics)
  • Experience in training, coaching and supervision
  • Work or travel experience in developing countries
  • A good command of the English language (minimum B2)
  • 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 1 to 3 months
  • Availability and flexibility are important as surgeons are sometimes needed at short notice. In emergency situations, we often need surgeons to leave for a project within 24 to 48 hours.


  • Experience with a similar non-governmental organization abroad
  • A good command of the French and Arabic language

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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