General Physician

As a general physician working for Médecins Sans Frontières you may be responding to a measles or meningitis epidemic, assessing medical needs after a natural disaster, treating HIV/AIDS or TB patients or treating survivors of armed conflict.
Your clinical skills and resourcefulness will be put to the test while you work in locations where the health care infrastructure may have completely fallen apart, or while you work to diagnose and treat medical conditions not found in Australia and New Zealand. Your managerial and administration skills will be called upon as you supervise large teams of local staff.  You will not be facing these challenges alone - Médecins Sans Frontières provides expert technical support including extensive guidelines and protocols.


  • Minimum of three years experience post-qualification, ie have started PGY4 (applications submitted prior to completion of PGY3 are not accepted) 
  • Clinical experience in areas such as Public Health, Obstetrics/Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Nutrition, Emergency, Infectious Diseases (STDs, HIV/AIDS, TB), General Medicine, Anaesthetics, ICU or Minor Surgery
  • Doctors who are bilingual in French/English or Spanish/English
  • Available to work infield for a minimum of 9 months*
  • People with a medical background must display no recent gap in clinical experience greater than two years


  • 5+ years work experience post-qualification
  • Post graduate study in international public health, refugee health, infectious diseases (especially TB and HIV/AIDS) or tropical medicine
  • Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology 
  • Completion of your specialty training is not mandatory before applying however Médecins Sans Frontières does have significant needs for:
    • Infectious Diseases specialists (HIV/TB in particular)
    • Paediatricians
* Paediatricians and Doctors with Paediatric Experience may be considered for in-field placements of six months. Please indicate your level of paediatric experience in your application to be considered for this.


The essential criteria is an overview of the minimum requirements for international staff (in addition to the profile requirements above). Please note, these can change without prior notice in response to organisational needs. To work overseas with MSF, every applicant must meet the following requirements:

Work in a diverse team

The ability to work and live in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams in contexts that are often complex, unstable and isolated, requiring strict respect for the local culture, teams and security rules in force.

Experience with limited resources

Clinical/working experience in environments with limited human resources and materials, such as isolated islands, remote areas, or developing countries.

Management experience

Hold management / supervision experience and have experience teaching / mentoring teams.

Commitment to the goals and values of MSF

Adhere to the MSF Charter and to our managerial values: Respect, Transparency, Integrity, Accountability, Trust and Empowerment.

Commitment to a career with MSF

Committment for 2+ assignments. We are looking for people that want to commit to multiple assignments and a long-term career in humanitarian aid. Hiring and training an employee is a major investment for MSF and we want to hire international staff who want to grow within the organisation. 

Flexibility and adaptability

Contexts, environments, team composition can change quickly. Flexibility and adaptability are critical for a successful MSF assignment.

Work independently and use initiative

Ability to work independently, organise and prioritise work, and use your initiative.


  • The following Colleges may accredit time in the field, in specific situations and under certain conditions/criteria.  Please contact the relevant College for more information. 
    - The Royal Australian College of Physicians 
    - The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 
    - The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine 
  • The nature of our work means that emergency doctors are often needed in very challenging, potentially high security contexts. If you are an emergency doctor, please keep this in mind. 
  • Psychiatrists are encouraged to visit the Mental Health Specialists page.
All Australian and New Zealand field worker applications are processed through our Sydney office.


Please apply if your skills and experience match the requirements above and the essential criteria for working overseas. Allow approximately 1 hour to complete to application.

Before starting the application, please prepare the following:

  1. CV 
  2. Motivation letter

Use our guide on how to write a CV (below) to help you prepare your application.

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