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3. For Accepted Applicants

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Finding a role that is suitable for someone going on their first assignment with MSF can take anywhere between one to nine months. We want to make sure that you are matched to a position that is comfortable for you.

If you are accepted, you must provide copies of work certificates, study certificates and any credentials (for doctors, nurses, midwives and psychologists). We will check your credentials against the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) and Social Care Inspectorate (IVO) registry. Medical staff will also be required to present a Certificate of good standing that you can apply for at this email adress: hosp@socialstyrelsen.se

You also need to supply an extract from the criminal records registry. Extract contents do not necessarily block a departure, but the absence of the extract will. 

Going where you are the most needed

When it is time to leave, you will receive general practical information from our office in Stockholm. The Operational Centre that runs the project will inform you about your work and the situation in the country where you'll be assigned. The Operational Centres are placed in Brussels, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Geneva and Paris.

It is not possible for you to choose a particular location. Placements are determined by the operational needs and we ask you to be as flexible as possible so we can place you where you are needed the most.

This is a competitive process as many people apply globally for a limited number of positions.

Once you have been accepted into our international mobile staff pool, you are considered available to work for MSF. It is really important that you take this seriously and are very clear about your availability. Practical questions like leave of absence from work and subletting your apartment is preferably settled in advance, so you are available to leave on a short notice. Medical check up and vaccinations needed for the location where you are going are reimbursed by MSF.

Pre-departure training

If you are accepted as international mobile staff, you will need some courses to be well-prepared for an assignment. 

Induction days

All new office and internationally mobile staff are offered two induction days at the Swedish office where they are introduced to MSF as an organization and to humanitarian work. 

Global Induction

Prior to their departure, international mobile staff undergo a preparatory training organized by MSF. The course is one week long and is offered about seven times a year. In addition, there is a week of preparatory training for specific technical areas such as supply, logistics, HR and finance. These course is compulsory and costs are covered by MSF. 

Preparatory courses for medical staff

A preparatory course in humanitarian health assistance is mandatory to work as medical staff in MSF projects. Exceptions are made for surgical, anesthesia and obstetric personnel. Below is a list of courses that have been validated for medical work with MSF.

The courses we refer to all include, but are not limited to, the following topics: 

  • Global health 
  • Communicable and non-communicable diseases  
  • Maternal and Child health 
  • Mental health  
  • Health in Emergencies 


The following courses are validated by MSF:

Should you find a course that is not on this list and have questions about whether it meets the requirements, please get in touch with tove.eriksson@stockholm.msf.org  

For all preparatory courses, the individual staff is responsible for travel and living expenses. 

After your assignment

Working with MSF is more than a job. Hopefully the commitment will not end when you finished the assignment! When arriving back home you will meet with your development advisor in Stockholm to debrief your assignment. You will aslo meet with our psychosocial focal point to talk about your experiences during your assignment. 

Thereafter we will start to plan for your next assignment. After your first assignment, you have knowledge and experience that is very valuable and we would like you to take on more assignments. With experience, you can also get coordination posts with greater responsibility, something that is important for us in order to maintain the quality of our operations. 

Once at home, you can participate in a variety of relevant activities and be part of an active association. The Swedish section of MSF is structured as a non-profit organization that aims to increase knowledge and awareness in Sweden about important humanitarian issues through information and advocacy at home. You can join the association after 6 months of international programme work or two shorter assignments.