Working with us as a nurse is demanding and rewarding.

From basic healthcare to helping set up health posts, nurses are vital to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders' (MSF) work. In many situations, nurses are the backbone of our medical operations.


Our registered nurses often head departments in hospital/health centres and are the forefront of providing primary healthcare in our projects. 

It’s an exciting and diverse role and you could be responsible for:

  • establishing and managing health posts
  • operating feeding centres and in/outpatient clinics and hospitals
  • planning and implementing vaccination campaigns
  • organising mother-child health programmes
  • training, supervising and managing local nursing staff or community health providers

Application guide

Read our guide on the application process for all overseas roles

Based on our current needs in the field we are looking to increase the number of Paediatric and Neonatal nurses in our pool.

ICU nurse applications are temporarily on hold unless the candidate also has recent and significant experience in at least one of the other areas below.

Role requirements

  • Two years' post-qualification nursing experience, preferably in one or more of the following areas: 
    • infectious diseases
    • A&E
    • obstetrics
    • nutrition
    • paediatrics
    • operating theatre
  • Valid Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or Irish Nursing Board registration
  • Diploma in tropical nursing or relevant nursing experience in a tropical environment
  • Available for a minimum of nine to 12 months
  • Minimum of three months’ work or volunteering in low- and/or middle-income countries
  • Willingness to work in unstable areas
  • Adaptable and able to work in a multicultural team
  • Flexible and able to manage stress
  • Able to provide training and supervision to others
  • Fluency in English

Please note our shortlisting is based on the specialisations that we need in the field.

If your experience doesn't match the specialisations that we need we may not be able to recruit you.


We're currently looking for nurses with good French or Arabic skills.

If you have a minimum of B2 level French or Arabic you're much more likely to be accepted onto our register.

Your language level may be tested during the recruitment process.

In their own words

Before you apply

Make sure you read our application process guide for an overview of what to expect when you apply for an overseas role with the UK.

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Apply to be a nurse

Please only apply if you meet all of the requirements below. 


I have read and understood the role description, and feel I can fulfil this role


I have spent at least three months travelling or working in low- and/or middle-income countries


The UK is my place of residence and I have the right to live and work in the UK


I have a valid passport


I have managed a team of people


I am available for a minimum of nine to twelve months


I have a diploma in tropical nursing


I have two years' post-qualification nursing experience