Voluntary status français

MSF is an organisation made up of volunteers who offer assistance to population in danger without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation. These volunteers observe neutrality and impartiality in the name of universal medical ethics and the right to humanitarian assistance and demands full and unhindered freedom in the exercise of their functions. They undertake to respect their professional code of ethics and to maintain complete independence from all powers. They adhere to the MSF charter.

What is a volunteer?

A volunteer is a person who makes an individual commitment within a humanitarian movement, accepts the risks of the missions he/she (hereafter referred to as he) undertakes, accepts a certain degree of professional insecurity and respects the organisation's charter. Volunteers receive an indemnity.

What is their status?

A volunteer signs a volunteer convention (corresponding to the length of his mission).
He/she cannot be a trainee: he must have at least two years' professional experience excluding internships: this is a mandatory requirement for leaving on mission.
After one year's mission (prior field experience with another NGO is counted at 50%), he/she becomes a salaried employee with an employment contract (corresponding to the mission's length). The employment contract or volunteer convention is signed between the volunteer/employee and the MSF section based in his/her country of residence.

What does the status entail?

Remuneration is defined according to country of residence.
Volunteers leaving in Europe or in a country where MSF has a bureau receive a non-taxable indemnity of 1 134 €. This indemnity is of 1 111 € for volunteers leaving in a country where no MSF section exists. Salaried employees receive a remuneration of between 1 531 € and 3 776 € depending on the position they hold and their experience.
Within this framework, each volunteer contributes towards a pension fund and benefits from health care coverage and insurance coverage in the event of invalidity/death or medical evacuation.

What else is included?

They are the same for every expatriate, whether volunteer or salaried:

  • TRANSPORT: Costs associated with the return trip home-field-home are covered.
  • PER DIEM: A monthly sum covering living costs - the "per diem" - is awarded every month in the field so as to cover food costs and personal expenses (hygiene, local papers, drinks, etc.)
  • LEAVE: Expatriates can take a limited number of days off during their mission, decided in accordance with mission length
  • INSURANCE: An insurance policy covers healthcare, repatriation and accidents. MSF covers personal and professional liability.
  • HEALTH: The specific vaccinations required for the expatriation in question are covered, notably via the Pasteur Institute, according to the expatriate health policy in force (sets out several detailed recommendations). In a few extreme cases, medical evacuations are arranged and covered by the organisation.
  • PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT: Each person returning from the field can see a psychologist via a group platform set up by MSF. Any individual feeling fragile on his return from the field can also make contact with a psychologist or psychiatrist via MSF's network in Paris or elsewhere.

What security rules are in place?

Our organisation takes staff security highly seriously. For every mission, the risks are evaluated and rules are subsequently drawn up for all staff to follow (the contrary can lead to removal from the mission).

On mission as a couple or with a family?

It is not an option to leave for this field as a couple or with a family during a first mission. It only becomes an option if the intervention context permits, and solely on coordination positions. It is a reality that the security conditions, the lack of professional opportunities outside MSF, the limited accommodation options and the lack of adapted educational and medical institutions all limit the possibilities for being with a family.

What follow up is provided?

Once selected, each volunteer is placed in a specific "pool" according to his profile and future position (doctor, nurse, logistician, administrator/financial or HR coordinator, etc.). The Welcome Days provide an opportunity to discover more about MSF and discuss MSF engagement, work and living conditions with volunteers back from the field or headquarters staff.

  • CHOICE OF MISSION: The pool manages identify a project adapted to the profile and experience of each individual and reflecting field needs.
  • PREPARATION FOR DEPARTURE: an initial general briefing at headquarters runs through the mission: history, programme objectives and the role of volunteers in the project. It will be completed by the coordination team based in the mission country's capital, then by the field team itself. Participation in a technical training course (preparation for a first departure) is mandatory before all first departures.
  • RETURN AND PROGRESSION: At the end of his mission, the expatriate accounts for or debriefs on his mission, both in the field and at headquarters. He meets with his pool manager so as to plan his next steps with MSF (future availability, mid-term aims for career progression, training, other postings. For more details, see "A career path at MSF"
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MSF recherche des :

  • Kinésithérapeutes expérimentés « brulés »
  • Psychologues et psychiatres
  • Pharmaciens
  • Coordinateurs Financiers
  • Responsables d'activités médicales
  • Anesthésistes pédiatriques
  • Chirurgiens pédiatriques
  • Gynécologues obstétriciens
  • Chefs de mission
  • Coordinateurs de Projet
  • Coordinateurs Financiers et RH
  • Coordinateurs Logistique

Une expérience en ONG est requise pour les postes de Coordinateurs 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.

Il en est de même pour les logisticiens généralistes (délai d'attente environ 10 mois). Nous vous conseillons donc de postuler dans quelques mois. Ce message ne s'adresse pas aux logisticiens spécialisés (EHA, construction, mécanicien…) NB : logisticiens EHA expérimentés MSF ou autre ONG très recherchés en ce moment.

Enfin, nos besoins concernant les postes de chargés de communication sont satisfaits pour l'année 2018. Pour ces postes, il est donc demandé aux candidats de ne postuler qu'à compter d'octobre/novembre 2018.