Human Resources (HR) and Finance Administrators deliver support to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’s logistical and medical teams by providing sound project administrative management. The HR and Finance Administrator for any MSF field project oversees personnel records and participates in the hiring, training and supervision of local staff. They are also responsible for implementing HR policies within the project and for the effective administrative management of all employees, including national, regional and international staff. They are  also required to coordinate and supervise the implementation of financial tools and procedures, and ensure the appropriate utilization of financial resources for the project, based on MSF protocols, standards and procedures. MSF HR and Finance Managers:

  • supervise a project’s financial operations, with particular emphasis on bookkeeping; budget development and monitoring; and monthly reporting
  • ensure compliance with local labour laws and manage human resources, specifically hiring and payroll services
  • supervise and train the administrative staff

role requirements

  • college- or university-level education in a relevant field
  • a minimum of two years’ experience related to the position’s responsibilities
  • MSF favours at least two years of active commitment, during which time fieldworkers complete two to four field assignments
  • the typical length of a field assignment is six to 12 months, depending on the position and the context
  • experience in HR management and development
  • relevant travel or work experience in Africa, Latin America, Asia, Middle East or remote parts of Canada

desirable experience and other skills

  • proficiancy in French; knowledge of Arabic would be an asset
  • familiarity with Microsoft Office software, especially Excel
  • strong teamwork skills
  • flexibility and an openness to working in different countries  

before you apply


Because Doctors Without Borders' purpose is to bring medical assistance to people in distress, the work may occur in settings of active conflict, or in post-conflict environments, in which there are inherent risks, potential danger and ongoing threats to safety and security. Doctors Without Borders acknowledges that it is impossible to exclude all risks, but it does its utmost as an organization to mitigate and manage these risks through strict and comprehensive security protocols.

Please watch this video for information on how MSF manages security.

Field workers will be fully informed of the risk associated with a potential mission before accepting a particular posting. Working for Doctors Without Borders is a deeply personal choice; individuals must determine for themselves the level of risk and the circumstances in which they feel comfortable, based on a full and transparent understanding of the possibilities they may face. Once in the mission, all Doctors Without Borders staff must strictly observe security rules and regulations; failure to do so may result in dismissal.

stories from the field

What is it like working with MSF? See our blog posts and videos for personal insights and stories from Canadian fieldworkers.

terms of employment

Doctors Without Borders field workers are employees with a salary and benefits. See more information on the terms of employment.

Doctors Without Borders favours at least 2 years of active commitment during which time field workers complete 2 to 4 field assignments. There are many possibilities for professional growth within the organization, into the medical, non-medical and coordination streams. For more information on learning and development as well as career opportunities with Doctors Without Borders, see our FAQ.


As you consider applying to undertake a Doctors Without Borders field mission, is it essential that you have a well-informed and realistic personal reflection. Field assignments often mean long hours with a heavy workload, basic living conditions, and working and living in often chaotic and volatile environments.

Despite such challenges, thousands of people have worked with Doctors Without Borders over the years and found their experiences in the field to be deeply rewarding, even life-changing. More than anything else, being a Doctors Without Borders field worker means acting in solidarity with people facing unimaginable medical challenges. Your presence alongside people in times of need sends a profoundly meaningful and human message: "You are not forgotten.