No. All posts for first-time field staff are unaccompanied. Most mission locations do not allow for friends or family members to visit volunteers. Accompanied posts may be offered to experienced MSF staff, depending on field needs.
Many specific vacancies have 9-12 months duration, thus a field worker with more flexibility can be considered for more vacancies. Specifically, the minimum commitment for financial and human resources coordinators is one year; surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, and ob/gyns may be accepted for a minimum of six weeks in the field.
No. MSF places staff on assignment based on the needs in the field. Proposed field staff do have a final say in mission assignment, though the decision to accept or reject a mission should be based on the security issues and the work of the project.
We accept a number of office volunteers and unpaid office interns in our US office. For more information on volunteering in our office, click here.
Once a mission is confirmed, MSF will be responsible for all travel, visas, and relevant vaccinations. Field workers should assume responsibility for routine health maintenance vaccinations.
MSF will provide staff with:
- Round trip air tickets from home to mission
- Accommodation in NYC/Europe during briefing/debriefing
- Monthly salary of approximately $1,731
- Full medical insurance
- Accommodation in the field (shared housing mostly with private rooms)
- Per diem on mission in local currency
About three months before a volunteer's availability, MSF will start looking for field vacancies pertinent to professional experience.
- Lists of vacant field positions are provided to MSF-USA by the five Operational Centers in Europe.
- Field HROs propose staff for appropriate vacancies; final decision on placement is taken by the Operational Center after considering relevant candidates from all MSF sections for each vacancy.