We analyse risk and set up protocols

We systematically carry out risk assessments, both before the start of a project and during it. For every project we have detailed security plans which contain all our strategies, precautions, rules and responsibilities. When working for us, it is very important that you respect and follow our protocols and the instructions of people responsible for security management. Please note that we never delegate security management to an outside organisation.

What does this mean for you?

Of course these procedures and rules have an effect on your life at an MSF compound. To give you some examples: There could be a curfew, you need to be reachable at all times (e.g. by walkie-talkie), your movements could be restricted, you need to consider cultural sensitivities, and you must always be able to identify yourself as MSF staff.

What if it gets too dangerous?

It could happen that a team needs to temporarily cease its work and go to a safer location. Or if it’s so dangerous that evacuation isn’t possible, a team is forced to wait for an opportune moment. You can always decide to leave a project on your own accord, though always only after the project coordinator or country manager deems it safe enough.


We can imagine you have questions about the safety on a MSF compound. Take a look at our FAQs or join us in an information meeting or webinar where we can address these questions personally.