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The application process

How do I apply? And what happens next? The most important steps before going on assignment.

1. Get informed 

Before applying, please make sure you have read all available information about the requirements for working in one of our projects in detail. You will find a lot of information on our website, such as information about the occupational groups we are looking for, the assignments and about safety in the field. Also we encourage you to participate in one of our information events about working with us. Take time to check your motivation why you want to go on  on a mission with MSF.

2. Apply

Once you have informed yourself in detail and checked that you fulfill all requirements, we are looking forward to receive your application. You will find all the necessary documents and the link to our application management tool on the occupational profiles we are looking for.  If you are not sure which job group you should apply for, you can send us your application speculatively. To do so, please click herePlease submit your application four to six months before you are available for work.

3. Feedback on your application

The Human Resources officers will make a decision on based on your written documents and the current needs in our projects. After receiving your application and after a first positive evaluation, we usually make an appointment for a preliminary phone call to clarify questions and expectations.

4. Interview 

The interview serves the purpose of getting to know each other. We talk in detail about your professional and personal qualifications, your motivation and expectations or ideas about MSF project work. For some job profiles we require professional tests to check your qualifications. If this interview is positive for both sides - Human Resources and you - , we will ask for references from the contacts you provided in your application.

5. Admission to the pool 

If the overall evaluation of your application is positive and a deployment in the foreseeable future is realistic, we will include you in our pool of project staff. Once you’re added in our pool, a career manager of the Human Resource Team will start looking for a suitable project positions for you. This can take varying amounts of time, so we recommend you to have patience, especially before your first project assignment. As soon as we have found a suitable position, we will propose it to you. You can then decide whether you want to accept it or not.   

6. Preparation

If you accept the offer of a job position in one of our missions, we will draw up an employment contract and organize everything for your departure, such as flights, visas and preliminary medical examinations. You will also be given comprehensive related briefings concerning the project, information about the country of assignment, the security situation there and detailed work guidelines. We will also put you in touch with experienced project staff with whom you can exchange ideas and you participate in a one-week preparation course.

7. Departure

After you get the best prepared as possible, it's off to the airport and you’re on the way to the project. You can find out what everyday life is like on assignment in one of our projects here. We wish you a rewarding and successful assignment.


Anne Ebner
- Team Recruitment Projects
Jutta Bachmann
Jutta Bachmann
- Team Recruitment Projects

When working abroad with MSF, you will have to adapt to many changes. A new lifestyle awaits you, where free time and privacy can be limited. But thousands of people who have worked with MSF have found their experiences in the field not only demanding, but enriching. For many, an MSF posting proved to be a turning point in their lives.