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"My aim on a mission is to be able to pass on as much knowledge and experience to my staff as possible"


Being a nurse with MSF is demanding and rewarding.

From basic healthcare to helping set up health posts, nurses are vital to our work. In many situations, nurses are the backbone of our medical operations.


Our registered nurses often head departments in hospital/health centres and are the forefront of providing primary healthcare in our projects. 

It’s an exciting and diverse role and you would be responsible for some or all of the following:

  • Establishing and managing health posts
  • Operating feeding centres and in/outpatient clinics and hospitals
  • Planning and implementing vaccination campaigns
  • Organising mother-child health programmes.
  • Training, supervising and managing local nursing staff or community health providers

Stories from the field

Nurse Michael Shek spent six months at Bentiu camp in South Sudan, where people have fled for protection from the violence engulfing the country.

In this podcast he reports on how a tough job became even tougher when malaria broke out. 

To read more first-hand stories from nurses working in the field with MSF, visit our international blog.


  • Significant post-qualification nursing experience, preferably in one or more of the following areas: infectious diseases, A&E, intensive care, obstetrics, nutrition, paediatrics, operating theatre
  • Valid Irish Nursing Board or Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration
  • Diploma in tropical nursing or relevant nursing experience in a tropical environment
  • Available for a minimum of nine months
  • Minimum of three months’ work, volunteering or travel experience in developing countries
  • Willingness to work in unstable areas
  • Adaptable and able to work in a multicultural team
  • Flexible and able to manage stress
  • Able to provide training and supervision to others
  • Fluency in English


We are currently looking for Nurses with good French and Arabic Skills and/or knowledge in Infection Prevention Control (IPC).

If you speak French or Arabic to a level where you can be placed in a French or Arabic speaking mission such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Chad or Yemen, you are much more likely to be accepted onto the MSF register. 

before you apply

Your safety and security 

We take safety and security seriously. This video explains the risks our staff face and the lengths we go to keep them safe.

Please watch this before you decide whether or not to apply for this job.

What's it like working with MSF? 

In most projects you'll be living and working in stressful conditions without many of the things you may take for granted at home.

Please watch this short video and reflect on why you want to work for MSF before starting your application. 

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