How to apply

Applying to MSF


There are five stages in MSF’s recruitment process – from initial application through pre-departure preparations – that need to be accomplished prior to being posted overseas on an MSF mission. Each of these separate stages is described below:

Application and CV

You can apply for a profile that matches your experience and qualifications through an online process.

You will need to complete the online application process and upload your CV and skills list (in case of some profession). Your application will be screened by a Human Resources Officer and you will receive a response within two working weeks of MSF receiving your application. Please note that incomplete application will result in delay in the application process.

Telephone Interview

After receiving the forms and your CV, we shall give careful consideration to your application. We will assess your overall qualifications, experience, and your motivation to work with MSF. If you are then deemed eligible for further follow-up, we shall contact you to arrange a mutually convenient time for a telephone interview.

Should you be successful in the telephone interview you will be invited to attend an Interview and Assessment Center together with other candidates.

Assessment Center

MSF-India office organises recruitment and assessment sessions periodically in India and neighbouring South Asian countries.

Profiles such as Epidemiologist, Logistics, Financial and Human resource also requires a written test.  This test is usually combined with the Assessment Center.

MSF has defined a number of competencies that the organisation believes are needed to achieve excellence in our work. Not all competencies are needed for each job and the decision of which competency is needed for each job is based on the specific job profile and also the function and level of responsibility associated with the job. However, there are some competencies that are required for all jobs regardless of the profile, function, and level of responsibility. These are set out below:

  • Behavioral Flexibility
  • Results & Quality Orientation
  • Teamwork & Cooperation
  • Security Awareness & Management
  • Stress Management

Reference Check

During the application screening process, your professional and educational credentials will be verified by an outsourced agency appointed by MSF. All your information will be kept confidential and will only be used for the propose of this evaluation. After completion of the face-to-face interview and successful participation in the assessment day, we will ask for candidate references.


If your interview and assessment (intake procedure) is positive, you will be accepted in the volunteer pool.


After being formally accepted, all new MSF volunteers take a preparatory course that provides further insight into the organisation and the work carried out by MSF. Topics covered during this course include humanitarian emergency aid, safety, stress and cross-cultural communication. This allows you to prepare properly for the mission and gives you an idea of what you can expect on the mission in the field.

Due to the unpredictable nature of humanitarian work and the changing demands for human resources in the field, please consider that even though you may meet the requirements for the role you are applying for, your application may be rejected if we are currently experiencing a low demand for this particular profession. We encourage you to re-apply in the future.


Once you have been matched, the Field HR team will assist you through the various pre-departure procedures, including the booking of flights and assistance with obtaining visas.

You will also have briefings in the Delhi office and, if appropriate, in the operational section prior to your departure to the field, followed by a full briefing on arrival in the field.

MSF also covers certain costs, such as:

  • Round trip economy air travel;
  • Accommodation and transportation during your contract (including briefings and debriefings);
  • Project specific costs such as visa, vaccinations, work permit, daily per diem, e.t.c;
  • Insurance covering health, luggage, professional liability, repatriation, accidents and flights;
  • Pre and post mission health checks.
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