© Brendan Bannon


"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.


  • Two years' post-qualification nursing experience, preferably in one or more of the following areas: infectious diseases, A&E, intensive care, obstetrics, nutrition, paediatrics, operating theatre. (due to strong competition in the resumes/CVs we receive, we currently select people with 5 years experience or more)
  • Valid Irish Nursing Board or Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration
  • One year experience working for another NGO in a setting comparable to MSF project countries (or successful completion of a Diploma in tropical Medicine)
  • Patient care experience in a hospital setting or in outreach within the past 2 years
  • Experience in leading teams: training, coaching and supervision
  • Available for a minimum of nine to twelve months
  • Minimum of three months’ work, volunteering or travel experience in developing countries
  • Willingness to work in an unstable and insecure environment.
  • Adaptable and able to work in a multicultural team.
  • Ability to cope with stress and to organize and prioritize workload.
  • Fluency in English (minimum B1)
  • A good command of the French or Arabic language (minimum B1)

Please note our shortlisting is based on the specialisations that we need in the field.

If your experience doesn't match the specialisations that we need we may not be able to recruit you.


  • Eperience with basic healthcare, nutrition, infectious diseases, paediatrics, obstetrics and HIV/AIDS
  • Work experience in an emergency department or outreach
  • Work experience as a nurse in a country where the 'medical system' is significantly different, or in a similar non-governmental organization abroad.
  • Based on our current needs in the field we are looking to increase the number of Paediatric nurses in our pool.

*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

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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