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Which languages are important for MSF assignments?

A prerequisite for working with us is having excellent language skills. Since we work in international teams, you should have at least a B2 or C1 level of English according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languagesdepending on the job profile you apply for.

For most job profiles, proficiency in another language in addition to English is a prerequisite for an application. For most profiles, French language skills at an intermediate level (B1/B2) are also required.

We’re also looking for staff who can speak Arabic well. A significant number of our projects are in the Middle East, so it’s important to be able to communicate directly with patients and colleagues on site. The same applies to our work in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Latin American countries. For assignments in these regions, we are looking for staff members who speak fluent Russian or Spanish. 

For the exact language requirements check the individual job profile you want to apply for. Before sending personnel on a project, we usually allow them to take part in a language refresher course.


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