(Intensive care, Pediatricians, HIV-TB, GP, ER)

While we accept applications from general practitioners who meet the essential requirements below, Doctors Without Borders is in particular seeking HIV and tuberculosis specialists, pediatricians, anesthetists, surgeons, ER physicians, obstetrician-gynecologists and infectious disease specialists.

role Responsibilities:

As a doctor working with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), you can help ensure access to lifesaving healthcare for people in need.

Our doctors:

  • coordinate medical activities in the hospital
  • train staff
  • support policy development
  • provide direct patient care and clinical supervision

Locally-hired medical staff provide most direct care. Expatriate doctors mainly supervise medical staff and have teaching and administrative responsibilities including training, planning medical programs, ordering medication and medical supplies, and reporting on medical activities. Only a small portion of what you do will be hands-on clinical work. You will also be responsible for the health of expatriate staff in the project.


Essential Requirements:

  • full and current registration (NB. International Medical Graduates not registered in Canada have to go through a validation process)
  • most specialties can apply right after residency (e.g. Inf. Disease, ER, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaelcology, Anaesthesiology, Internal medicine)
  • family doctors and GPs need minimum one year relevant post-residency work experience
  • available to work six to nine months
  • experience supervising, training and managing others
  • strong command of English
  • relevant travel or work experience in a developing country or remote parts of Canada


Desirable experience and other skills:

  • relevant experience in: emergency room, pediatrics, maternal health, infectiousdiseases, nutrition, obstetrics, HIV/AIDS, TB
  • public health experience is a strong asset
  • diploma in tropical medicine
  • proficiency with Microsoft Office software(especially Excel)
  • fluency in French and knowledge of Arabic is an asset
  • strong teamwork skills
  • flexibility and 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.



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



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.

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