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General Practitioner / Family Doctor

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  • doctorate in medicine
  • current matriculation to medical council
  • degree in tropical or in disaster medicine recommended


  • at least 4 validated semesters for interns including at least 1 in pediatric service
  • experience in infectious disease ward, and/or in rural/limited resources zone appreciated


  • 6 to 9 months


  • intermediate English is required because a significant portion of our missions are English-speaking. The minimum level of English required is B1 on the CECREL grid


  • The ability to work in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams in contexts that are often complex and isolated, requiring strict respect for the local culture and security rules in force
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The General Practitioner or interne in general medicine plans, organises and evaluates medical sector activities in collaboration with the country's healthcare staff working at MSF intervention sites. These facilities can include primary health care centres and clinics.

Training in tropical medicine or disaster medicine is not required for involvement with MSF. This is the case whether you are an intern in general medicine, you have just completed your thesis, you are practicing or recently retired.


The general practitioner is the medical manager of his/her (hereafter referred to as his) department and ensures its smooth running. He manages the paramedical team in collaboration with the department's nurse supervisor and/or head of nursing care. He represents his department with other departments, ensures good collaboration all round and accounts for his department's activity.


  • ensures the follow-up of former hospitalised patients and holds consultations for MSF staff and their dependents via outpatient consultations,

  • checks on hospitalisation criteria and re-orientates "non-urgent" patients if necessary,

  • works in collaboration with the pluri-disciplinary team and participates in ongoing staff training (healthcare techniques, updating protocols, etc.).


  • examines all the hospitalised patients in his department(s): sets out and prescribes care and treatments, updates hospitalisation forms, decides on patient discharges,

  • works in collaboration with different medicines and supervises transfers to other departments if necessary,

  • provides guidance and training on an ongoing basis to the medical team,

  • manages emergencies and is part of the duty roster if needed.