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Jessica, MSF training nurse with a young child in the intensive care unit.

One of our nurses taking care of a child in a cholera clinic. 

Being a nurse with MSF is demanding and rewarding. From basic healthcare to helping set up health posts, nurses are vital to our work. In many situations, nurses are the backbone of our medical operations.

Our registered nurses provide primary healthcare, establish and manage health posts, operate feeding centres and in/outpatient clinics and hospitals, plan and implement vaccination campaigns, and organise mother-child health programmes.

Training, supervising and managing local nursing staff or community health providers is a key responsibility.


  • Significant post-qualification nursing experience, preferably in one or more of the following areas: infectious diseases, A&E, intensive care, obstetrics, nutrition, paediatrics, operating theatre
  • Valid Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or Irish Nursing Board registration
  • Diploma in tropical nursing or relevant nursing experience in a tropical environment
  • Experience in supervising, managing and training others
  • Available for a minimum of nine months
  • Minimum of three months work, volunteering or travel experience in developing countries
  • Willingness to work in unstable areas
  • Adaptable and able to work in a multicultural team
  • Flexible and able to manage stress

MSF is currently looking for nurses with good French skills. If you speak French to a level where you can be placed in a French speaking mission such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Chad or Central African Republic, you are much more likely to be accepted onto the MSF register. Arabic skills are also in demand.


The two qualifications in tropical nursing that MSF UK accepts are the Diploma in Tropical Nursing from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicineand the Diploma in Tropical Nursing from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

We do not accept online/distance learning courses as they lack the practical component required for field work.


To read first-hand stories from nurses working overseas for MSF, visit our blog.

Apply to work for MSF here