As a nurse working for MSF you may be asked to take part in organizing a mass vaccination initiative for measles or in triaging an influx of displaced people fleeing conflict. You may run a program to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, operate a feeding center, or be called upon to initiate a training program for local medical staff. Additional tasks may include hospital organization, oversight of hygiene measures, management of drug stocks, data collection, and contact with local authorities.

During your MSF assignment, direct patient care may be limited, while a significant responsibility will be the training, supervising, and managing of local nursing staff or community health providers. At the same time, your mission will be a learning experience as you gain knowledge from local health workers’ management of medical conditions not often found in the United States.

Expertise or experience in emergency, pediatrics, infectious diseases, tropical diseases, and/or public health is particularly applicable to the field. Note that MSF also recruits Nurse-Midwives, Operating Room Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists.


  • Must meet general requirements
  • Minimum commitment of 9 to 12 months
  • Appropriate diploma, degree (RN or NP), and current license
  • Current or recent practical experience
    (i.e. at least 6 months of clinical practice within the last 2 years)


  • Training in any of the following:
    -  Infectious diseases (especially HIV/AIDS, TB)
    -  Public health
    -  Tropical medicine
  • Managerial experience
    (e.g. as a charge nurse or nurse manager)
  • Experience in/with any of the following:
    -  Emergency
    -  HIV/AIDS
    -  Infectious diseases

    -  Neonatal care
    -  Nutrition
    -  Obstetrics
    -  Pediatrics
    -  Pharmacy
    -  Public health
    -  Tropical medicine
    -  Tuberculosis (TB)
    -  Vaccination campaigns