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Medical Doctor

Our doctor Alejandra Capril examines a child at a clinic in Boost, Afghanistan.
Foto: Kadir Van Lohuizen/Noor

Most of a doctor's work in the field consists of supervision and training local medical staff,  planning and implementing medical programs, ordering medicines and medical materials, conducting epidemiological studies and evaluating/reporting medical activities.

In projects where we are responsible for the population's health and medical care, for example in refugee camps, a large part of the mission consists of clinical curative work. In projects that support existing national health infrastructure, the work is sometimes clinical.

REQUIREMENTS medical doctor

  • Medical degree
  • Medical license
  • Course Health Assistance in Humanitarian Crisis (provided by MSF for those who are recruited as fieldworkers) 

Please read the basic requirements for fieldworkers.


A licensed physician that wants to reach specialist level competence must take specialization-training (ST) for at least five years. Training must take place under supervision. It is the business manager, in consultation with the supervisor that determines if the ST doctor has achieved the objectives.

ST (as opposed to AT), need not be completed in one go. This means that the ST physician can include various positions in the ST. This assumes that the various employments have been as a licensed physician under supervision, and that the work is consistent with the objectives of the mission. Training can also be abroad if approved by the operations manager.


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

Your safety and security 

We take safety and security seriously. This video explains the risks our staff face and the lengths we go to keep them safe.

Please watch this before you decide whether or not to apply for this job.


Working for MSF is a commitment, rather than just an adventure or a job opportunity. Make sure you have read and understood the information on Life in the field

We can only accept applications from Swedish and Finnish residents (Swedish/Finnish citizens and those eligible to work in Sweden or Finland).

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