Being a paediatrician with MSF is demanding and very rewarding.

From managing Intensive Therapeutic Feeding Centres during a nutrition crisis to caring for children struck by cerebral malaria, our paediatricians provide lifesaving care every day in our projects.


Being a paediatrician with MSF can be a challenging and exciting role, and the needs are very diverse depending upon the project you work in.

Paediatricians are based in the project, and will often care for children affected by some or all of the following:

  • Malaria
  • Malnutrition
  • HIV/AIDs or TB
  • Injuries sustained in a conflict zone
  • Trauma
  • Tropical Diseases​

Stories from the field 

Doctor Conor Kenny spent four months in Greece, working with refugees who had traveled as far as the village of Idomeni on the Greek/Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonian border.

In this podcast he discusses seeing women and children being teargassed and hit with rubber bullets, and the eviction of the camp that forced thousands of people to find another route through Europe. 

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


  • Proven professional experience after registration – BST level for paediatricians. We are however flexible, and will also take all relevant experience into account where possible.
  • Current or recent clinical experience
  • Full Irish Medical Council or GMC Registration (doctors without this will need to provide a transcript of training, from a recognised training faculty and proof of original registration in the country they are registered in)
  • 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
  • Diploma level of training in tropical medicine and/or infectious disease (especially TB and HIV/AIDS) from a recognised training provider, for example, the London or Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (see FAQs for more on accepted training in Tropical Medicine). 


  • MSF is currently looking for paediatricians with good French or Arabic skills. If you speak French or Arabic to a level where you can be placed in a French or Arabic speaking mission such as Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Chad or Yemen, you are much more likely to be accepted onto the MSF register
  • Minor surgical and obstetrical experience
  • Managerial and supervisory experience

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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