Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) – Surgeon.

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Our surgeons provide practical, life-saving care to vulnerable people all over the world. 

As an MSF surgeon, you could be called to perform a caesarean section in a temporary tented health facility for displaced people in South Sudan, through to performing a highly technical operation on a child disfigured by noma in Nigeria. Surgical work with MSF is incredibly varied. 


In MSF, surgeons are tasked with organising and carrying out surgery activities and ensuring pre and post-operative surgical care, in accordance with MSF policies, protocols and universal hygiene standards and in close collaboration with medical staff in the emergency, intensive wards and operation theatre in order to improve patients’ health conditions.

Our surgeons are always based in the project (unless it is managed at distance due to security concerns), and perform a wide range of surgical interventions and non-surgical care, from burns care and dressings through to fistula surgeries and managing spear wounds.

It’s an exciting and diverse role and our surgeons are usually responsible for tasks such as performing obstetric surgeries, management of war wounds (bullet removal, amputations, etc), general surgery and burns management. Our surgeons will also be responsible for training/managing national staff, including operation theatre nurse, paramedics and others.


  • Specialization in general surgery post medical degree qualification
  • Valid registration with the appropriate professional body
  • Ability to perform general surgery including Paediatrics and Caesarean sections. Some experience in A&E and orthopaedics is desirable
  • Current or recent practical experience
  • Ability to work with limited resources 
  • Experience in managing, supervising and training others
  • Able to work well as a part of a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team
  • Willing to work in unstable areas and ability to cope in a difficult and unpredictable environment
  • Availability for a minimum period of four to six weeks
  • Computer literacy
  • Fluency in English
  • Surgical experience as stated in surgical CV/skill form (number of independently performed surgical interventions) corresponds with the surgeries that are performed in the mission and qualification is duly certified and verified.
  • Experience working with INGOs in developing countries.
  • People management experience
  • Knowledge of other working language e.g. French and or Arabic

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