Urgent needs: for our projects in DRC and Niger

Recurrent needs for other projects: South Sudan, Tanzania, Iraq and Lebanon

Duration: 6 months

As a paediatric doctor you may be required to respond to cholera or other epidemics, manage hospital-based care for neonates, address the needs of ill, injured or malnourished children, or work with displaced families or refugees. Being an MSF paediatrician is a challenging and exciting role, and the needs are very diverse.


Your Responsibilities

  • Apply medical knowledge and skills to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of children; ensure integrated newborns and paediatric care through emergency, outpatient and inpatient department services and treat cases of malnutrition in line with protocols and universal precautions
  • Propose modifications to current paediatric care management and implement them once approved by the paediatric advisor
  • Ensure quality of care by giving ongoing newborns and paediatric training to the multidisciplinary medical/paramedical team, reviewing complicated cases and giving technical input
  • Keep patients and families informed of the illness and treatment to be followed, and check that they have understood; ensure that professional autonomy and confidentiality are respected, and demonstrate a good attitude and bedside manner towards patients and their caregivers
  • Monitor the evolution of the hospital patients through daily visits, consultations and examinations
  • Monitor the proper functioning of the department and its patient flow; provide inputs and general organisation of the different paediatric wards, including admission, transfer and discharge criteria and the procedure for referrals from the maternity and post-delivery wards
  • Teaching and coaching the national team

Depending on our activities and needs, your responsibilities may be adapted and evolve according to the specificities of each project. You will not be facing these challenges alone—other MSF team members, both international and locally hired staff, will provide technical support, including extensive guidelines and protocols.


Your Profile

  • Medical doctor degree
  • Paediatrics specialisation
  • More than 2 years of paediatric experience
  • Recent clinical experience (at least six months within the last 24 months)
  • Fluency in French, English is a plus
  • Available for six months for the first assignment
  • Commitment to MSF’s social mission and values
  • Strong team player



  • MSF experience and/or working experience in developing countries or humanitarian settings
  • Teaching/coaching experience and interest
  • Recent PALS/APLS or equivalent paediatric/neonatal advance resuscitation certification or training (in the last 3 years)

MSF offers

As an international staff leaving to the field, you will receive:

  • Contract for the duration of the assignment
  • One week of holiday for every three months of assignment
  • Initial preparation before your first assignment
  • Detailed briefing on identified project
  • Psychosocial assistance
  • Salary based on previous work experience and country of residency
  • Coverage, such as medical care and vaccination package, accident insurance, including repatriation
  • Accommodation and round-trip transportation to and from the field as well as travel costs
  • Per diem (calculated according to local cost of living) to cover daily expenses
  • Travel costs and visa administration
  • Debriefing and personal career advice as well as training opportunities
  • Departure on assignment is non-accompanied (no family or couple departures).

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