If a water source becomes contaminated it can quickly turn into a medical crisis. MSF is currently looking for Water and Sanitation specialists (WATSANs) to join our teams providing humanitarian medical aid around the world, to be deployed to the field for 9 month – 1 year postings.

MSF WATSANs often work with emergency teams to provide water and sanitation to communities displaced by conflict, disasters and violence by siting and building latrines, setting up clean drinking water sources in refugee camps and setting up plumbing/waste management for our medical facilities. At other times, they work on longer term projects to promote health and sanitation in the communities we work on, as well as managing hospital waste and maintaining water and sanitation facilities in our medical projects.



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 Water and Sanitation Specialist 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 Water and Sanitation Specialists with the ability to do a community needs assessment, set up hospital waste management for a large secondary health facility, run a hygiene and sanitation outreach program as part of a wider health project, site and construct latrines, source and deliver clean drinking water to displaced populations as well as train local staff.


·         Education in Civil Engineering, Water and Sanitation, Land and Water Management (preferably international), or similar

·         Significant work experience in water and sanitation

·         Experience in managing, supervising and training others

·         Available for a minimum of nine months

·         Minimum of three months’ work, volunteering or travel experience in developing countries

·         Willingness to work in unstable areas

·         Adaptable and able to work in a multicultural team

·         Flexible and able to manage stress

MSF is currently looking for water and sanitation specialists with good French skills. If you speak French to a level where you can be placed in a French speaking mission such as the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC), Chad or Central African Republic, you are much more likely to be accepted onto the MSF register. Arabic skills are also in demand

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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