Children are the most vulnerable to the impact of conflict, disaster and poverty. MSF is currently looking for paediatricians to join our teams providing humanitarian medical aid around the world, to be deployed to the field for 9 month postings.

MSF Paediatricians sometimes work with emergency teams to treat children affected by disaster or conflict, and at other times, they join teams that provide longer-term paediatric care to communities without access to functioning healthcare systems, such as in Intensive Therapeutic Feeding Centres in South Sudan for children malnourished after extensive periods of displacement due to conflict.



MSF field staff receives an indemnity salary according to their experience, which increases after 12 months of work in the field with MSF. The salary will be at least £1, 093 per month. In addition to this, international field staff receives:

·         A return flight to the project

·         All visa and travel costs to and from the project covered

·         Accommodation

·         Insurance

·         Per Diem for living expenses (country specific)

Key Responsibilities:

The role of an MSF Paediatrician varies widely according to the project they are placed on, which can be in any one of 60-65 countries around the world. Commonly, projects require Paediatricians with the ability to conduct a community needs assessment, care for children affected by issues such as malnutrition, tropical diseases such as malaria outbreaks or Ebola, and train of local staff.


Essential criteria

·         Proven professional experience after registration –ST3 level for Paediatricians. We are however flexible, and will also take all relevant experience into account where possible.

·         Current or recent clinical experience

·         Full GMC or Irish Medical Council Registration (doctors without this will need to provide a transcript of training, from a recognised training faculty and proof of original registration in the country they are registered in)

·         Diploma level of training in tropical medicine and/or infectious disease (especially TB and HIV/AIDS) from a recognised training provider, for example, the London or Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. There are also recognised courses held in The Netherlands, Germany, Peru and East Africa. If you don’t currently hold a diploma, to accept your application, we would need to see evidence that you have a place on a course and are expecting to complete and receive your diploma in the near future. Exceptions can be given in certain circumstances to Emergency MDs who may be able to go without having this diploma.

Please note that we only accept online DTMH courses taken in Glasgow or Oxford which are offered in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine if the end exam is taken and passed successfully.

·         Three months working or travelling in a developing country minimum

·         Available for a minimum of nine months

·         Ability to work in unstable areas

·         Adaptable and able to work in a team

·         Flexible and able to manage stress

·         Able to provide training and supervision to others


·         MSF needs field workers with a good command of French. You are much more likely to be accepted onto the MSF register if you have at least B1 level French according to the European Framework of Languages.

·         Minor surgical and obstetrical experience

·         Managerial and supervisory experience

About Medecins sans Frontieres

Medical aid where it is needed most. Independent. Neutral. Impartial.

We are Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). We help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from healthcare.

MSF currently works in over 60 countries around the world, providing emergency medical care where the need is greatest.

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