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 a mission. Each of these separate stages is described below.
If you interested in being sent to a project by MSF and you satisfy the requirements related to the particular position or profile in which you are interested (see the different profiles under ‘Who are we looking for?’ medical, non-medical, para-medical.) then please read the following carefully, following the instructions where indicated.
1. Application and CV
You can apply for a position that matches your experience and qualifications using the application form (download here). If you have problems downloading the file, Please send us e-mail at
You can upload this application form, together with your CV at the registration page on this site. Please, register here.
2. Telephone Interview
After receiving the form and your CV, we shall give careful consideration to your application. We will assess your overall qualifications, experience and your reasons for wishing to apply. If you are then deemed eligible for further follow-up, we shall contact you within three weeks of receiving your application 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 Centre together with other candidates.
3. Technical Test
Logistician and Financial Controller applicants will have to take a technical test. This test is usually combined with the Assessment Centre.
4. Assessment Centre
Assessment days are held throughout the year. The assessment day includes a variety of individual and group activities and also an individual panel interview. These different activities together with the interview enable us to assess you, specifically, for the qualities that you will need to meet the challenge of living and working overseas in a project.
5. Reference Check
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.
7. Pre-mission Preparation Course (PPD)
After being formally accepted, all new 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 mission in the field