Becoming a volunteer with Médecins Sans Frontières can be a one off experience or the start of an MSF career. We encourage long term commitments from our volunteers who, through their work in different intervention contexts, develop new skills and knowledge and can go on to take on management positions at headquarters.
Once recruited, each volunteer receives personalised follow up. The field recruitment team organises Welcome Days. Run by headquarters staff, these three days are an opportunity to find out more about the organisation and discuss MSF engagement, work and living conditions with volunteers back from the field. Briefings on positions, the mission and the intervention context will complete departure preparations. Specific training courses are provided to acquaint non-medical profiles (administrators, logisticians) with the organisation's tools, etc.
Throughout a career path with MSF, each volunteer can participate in different medical training courses (nutrition, epidemiological, AIDS, etc.) or cross-sector courses (administrative management, medical management, healthcare for populations in precarious situations, etc.). Over 500 people are trained internally by our teams every year.
As soon as a volunteer returns from his/her (hereafter referred to as his) first mission, MSF offers him postings to other types of programmes in different contexts. After one year, the volunteer becomes a salaried employee: he builds up skills in project management, situation analysis and team management and can access other responsibilities. In practice, someone starting off as a practitioner with a small team to supervise can progress to medical coordinator, logistics coordinator, financial and/or human resources coordinators, project coordinator or even head of mission positions (More information on coordination jobs)
At the end of their time in the field, MSF supports the reconversion of its staff members by helping them draw out the value of their experience so as to integrate back into a classic job market:
Some former MSF volunteers have reconverted into the medico-social sector. The skills they acquired in project and team management along with their capacities to adapt are highly appreciated in this field and fit well with professions in the associative sector, the cultural sector or people support services.
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Une expérience en ONG est requise pour les postes de Cooordinateurs et Chefs de mission. Cliquez ici
De trop nombreuses candidatures au regard des possibilités de départ (occasionnant un délai d'attente d'environ un an) nous conduisent à inviter les infirmiers généralistes à postuler dans quelques mois. Ce message ne concerne pas les infirmiers ayant une expérience significative en néonatologie, très recherchés pour nos programmes.