Dr Chatu YAPA filling out paperwork in the Philippines
Dr Chatu Yapa preparing paperwork during a MSF response to the Philippines emergency in November, 2013.
PHILIPPINES 2013 © Yann Libessart/MSF
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How to apply

Please ensure that you have read all of the pages in the "Work in the field" section (30-60 minutes) and that you meet all of our essential requirements before proceeding with your application.

Submit application

Choose your country of residency below. If you are eligible to apply through the U.S. office and you meet our essential requirements, you may submit your application online. Otherwise, you will be directed to the appropriate Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) office. Please allow 60-120 minutes to complete and submit the MSF-USA application.


Completed applications and supporting documents are screened by a Field HR Recruitment Officer within four weeks of submission. Candidates whose qualifications best meet the organization's needs are invited to a phone interview and/or an in-person interview to determine their suitability. In-person interviews are held regularly in MSF's New York City office and in various U.S. cities during recruitment visits that are scheduled throughout the year.

Information Days

Following an interview, reference check and criminal background check, suitable candidates are asked to attend Information Days in New York (travel, meals, and lodging expenses are covered by MSF) or online. Information Days is a mandatory training for those wishing to be accepted into the MSF-USA pool.


Selected candidates are included in an active pool of field staff. Candidates in the pool may be sent to further MSF training programs before going on a field assignment. When the need arises, MSF offices match positions that must be filled to the most appropriate candidate, who is contacted and offered the position. It often takes several months for a candidate to be offered a position on a project or in a training program. Currently, most candidates wait at least 5 months in the pool prior to receiving an assignment proposal.


MSF-USA is committed to the principles of equity, inclusion, and respect of diversity. As core principles inextricably linked to our success; equity, inclusion, and respect of diversity allow us to carry out our social mission and serve our patients.

MSF Field HR fosters diversity by embracing people of all races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, ages, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic status.

The MSF-USA Field HR Recruitment Strategy reflects MSF-USA’s strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion to ensure a highly skilled and culturally responsive workforce.

Further read the MSF-USA statement on our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Stay involved

Need further information? Read our FAQs and attend a recruitment information session.

You can also find out more about volunteering, interning, or working in our New York City office by visiting our work in the office page.

To learn how we collect and use your information, please read our privacy policy.

COVID-19 Update

MSF-USA is not currently recruiting staff specifically pertaining to a COVID-19 response. In the United States, we encourage you to reach out to your local health department to support their COVID-19 response. MSF’s usual field recruitment is ongoing, but our ability to move staff between countries is limited right now. For more information on MSF’s response to the coronavirus emergency please click here. To submit an application for international field work with MSF please continue below. Applicants should allow up to four weeks for a response.