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Serge, an MSF anaesthetist, taking care of a newborn admitted to the surgical unit of a hospital in Cameroon. Caption
Serge, an MSF anaesthetist, taking care of a newborn admitted to the surgical unit of a hospital in Cameroon.

Our anaesthetists are teachers and trainers and are there to help people manage pain in sometimes unbearable circumstances.

The role of a Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) anaesthetist is incredibly varied: you might find yourself training local staff in the middle of a refugee camp hospital or managing anaesthesia with very basic resources for complex obstetric surgeries - all in the course of a day.


Our anaesthetists often work across various departments; supporting surgery, maternity and going wherever else they're needed.

As an anaesthetist you'd be responsible for:

  • Ordering and managing materials to manage the anaesthesia needs of an entire hospital
  • Mentoring and support for local staff learning basic anaesthesia
  • Planning and implementing anaesthesia management training workshops
  • Supporting pain management for all departments in the hospital/health centre

"In those days caring for her, what I can say is that we tried our absolute best. I am so proud to have been a part of the strong, courageous, relentless team of doctors and nurses looking after her."

Dr Elma Wong
MSF Anaesthetist

Application guide

Read our guide on the application process for all overseas roles

Role requirements

  • Certified anaesthetist and Full Irish Medical Council or GMC registration.
  • Experience in paediatrics, obstetrics, and trauma anaesthesia
  • 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 anaesthetic 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 missions months.
  • Flexibility

    *MSF Ireland can only accept applications for field positions from Irish residents who have a valid permit to work in Ireland. If you do not have this we cannot accept your application.


  • 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


We're currently looking for anaesthetists with good French or Arabic skills.

If you can speak French or Arabic you're much more likely to be accepted onto our register.

Your language level may be tested during the recruitment process.

Before you apply

Make sure you read our application process guide for an overview of what to expect when you apply for an overseas role.

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Apply to be an anaesthetist

Please only apply for this role if you meet all of the requirements below. 


I have downloaded and completed the MSF CV Template for Anaesthetists to be attached to my online application.


I have read and understood the role description, and feel I can fulfil this role


Ireland is my place of residence and I have the right to live and work in Ireland


I have work or travel experience in low- and middle-income countries


I have managed a team of people


I am available for a minimum of three months