Obstetricians / Gynaecologists

Obstetrician gynecologists work with limited medical equipment, supplies, and human resources to ensure thorough obstetric care and safe delivery for all patients, following guidelines set by MSF.

Obstetrician gynecologists mainly manage the perinatal period of high-risk pregnancies and are in charge of performing obstetric surgery and preoperative and postoperative management (normal delivery is assisted by a local midwife). Because many projects have only one doctor in this position, they are on-call 24 hours a day. In addition, they must have the flexibility to deal with pregnancy complications that are rarely encountered in clinical practice in Australia and New Zealand, such as placental abruption, uterine rupture, eclampsia, and breech birth. Quick and accurate judgment and high technical ability are required.        


  • Carry out perinatal management for high-risk pregnancies to reduce maternal mortality including rapid delivery (suction/forceps delivery, caesarean section), medical/surgical treatment for laxative bleeding (hysterectomy under laparotomy and sutures), abortion treatment (medicine/surgery), etc.
  • Practice and supervise MSF guidelines, including maintenance and supervision of the ward and delivery room
  • Guide and train locally hired staff (doctors and midwives); engage in management work (recruitment, performance evaluation, etc.)
  • Submit activity reports and manage data (patient files, forms, statistics, databases, etc.)
  • Manage and order pharmaceutical supplies and surgical equipment required for obstetric care


  • Compliance with all of the essential requirements for all potential candidates
  • Fellow of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (or equivalent) 
  • Clinical experience as a consultant with a focus on obstetrics
  • Solid surgical skills (caesareans, hysterectomies, ectopic pregnancies, complicated deliveries, management of high risk pregnancies, etc.)
  • Available for assignment for a minimum period between six to eight weeks, but preferably four months or longer
  • Current practising certificate and must display no recent gap in clinical experience greater than two years
  • Willingness to abide by Médecins Sans Frontières medical protocols


  • Degree or clinical experience in tropical medicine, oncology and/or infectious diseases (HIV/AIDS)
  • Competency with ultrasonography equipment 


Please apply if your skills and experience match the requirements for this role and the essential criteria for all international staff, listed above. Allow approximately one hour to complete to application.

Before starting the application, please prepare the following: 

  1. CV
  2. Motivation letter
  3. Skills assessment form (below)

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


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