Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) anesthesia providers often work in conflict settings to provide care to communities without access to functioning health care systems. Surgical cases include: general, trauma, obstetrics, orthopedic, burn and reconstruction, working with all ages.

Basic diagnostic equipment and facilities needed to run an operating room will be limited: there may not even be an X-ray machine. Responsibilities include providing anesthesia, pain management, teaching and supervising of local staff, reporting, and at times assisting the ICU.

MSF asks anesthesiologists/nurse anesthetists to depart on very short notice to meet the needs of emergencies that require their skills. Because of the emergency nature of the missions, MSF offers anesthesiologists/nurse anesthetists the option of shorter-than-usual assignments (6-8 weeks or more).


  • Must meet general requirements
  • Minimum commitment of 6-8 weeks
  • At least 2 years work experience post residency
  • Current or recent practical experience (at least 6 months of clinical practice within the last 2 years)
  • Ability to work with limited resources
  • Experience in ob-gyn, pediatrics/trauma
  • Valid degree and current licence


  • Training and supervision skills
  • Pediatric specialty
  • Willingness to help with operating room organization
  • Experience in pre- and post-operative care, pain management, and/or working in intensive/critical care