Position Description

Location MSF Holland
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As an anesthesiologist, you will carry out clinical work and collaborate closely with local health staff, to whom you will provide training, supervision and coordination. Your duties may include in-theatre work, pre-operative assessment and resuscitation, and post-operative care along with pain management. This will most often be accomplished while supervising national staff in recovery rooms and wards, and training and sharing expertise with local doctors and nurses. Your duties may also include technical and theoretical support to the Emergency Department and ICU on airways and ventilator management, sedation and pain management (especially in the absence of an ICU/ER expat MD post). You will also need to be prepared to collaborate with pharmacists with regards to the safekeeping and inventory of anesthesia medicament.

Be prepared to be flexible. You might work in a low-resource setting, where diagnostic equipment and facilities in the operating rooms often are limited. You will need to be open to new cultures and show understanding towards new contexts. The level of formal medical/nursing education may be less than basic, which can be a challenge in training/coaching provision


Requirements for Medical Doctors


  • Certified anesthetist
  • Experience in pediatrics, obstetrics, and trauma anesthesia
  • The length of studies for specialisation is different from country to country. In some cases we require one gains some work experience after acquiring specialisation.
  • Ability to work autonomously with limited materials and resources
  • Willingness to abide by Médecins Sans Frontières anesthetic protocols
  • Experience in training, coaching and supervision
  • A good command of the English language (minimum B2)
  • Work or travel experience in developing countries
  • Ability to cope with stress and to organize and prioritize workload
  • Ability to work in an international team and together with national staff
  • Willingness to work in an unstable and insecure environment
  • Availability of minimum 3 months with motivation to do several mission months
  • Flexibility




  • A strong medical background and the ability to work independently
  • Experience with a similar non-governmental organization abroad
  • A good command of the French and/or Arabic language is highly valuable
  • Specialization in tropical medicine and/or a sub- specialization or experience in ICU
  • Desirable skill/s: Regional blocks, pain management/palliative care


Application process

At Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) / Artsen zonder Grenzen, we are committed to an inclusive culture that encourages and supports the diverse voices of our employees. Our diversity fuels our innovation and connects us closer to our beneficiaries and the communities in which we work.  We welcome applications from individuals of all genders, ages, sexual orientations, nationalities, races, religions, beliefs, ability statusand all other diversity characteristics.


The following documents will be requested in the application process:

  • Your most recent English CV not exceeding 3 pages
  • A cover letter explaining your motivation to work with MSF
  • A clear scan of your relevant diploma’s and certificates
  • If you are currently working for MSF as national staff or have done so up until a year ago, we require that you upload a recommendation letter for expatriation from your HRCo, Head of Mission or other staff in a coordinating position and include two of your most recent MSF evaluations


In MSF we are strongly committed to professionalism and responsible behaviour and therefore the final phase of the application process is a background screening. Such screening can consist out of an identity check, check of employment history, reference check and declaration on behaviour (VOG).


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