Our surgeons provide practical, life-saving care to vulnerable people all over the world. 

As an MSF surgeon, you could be called to perform a caesarean section in a temporary tented health facility for displaced people in South Sudan, through to performing a highly technical operation on a child disfigured by noma in Nigeria. Surgical work with MSF is incredibly varied.  


During conflicts and their aftermath, surgeons and anaesthetists are needed for assignments generally lasting from six weeks to three months or more.

It’s an exciting and diverse role, for example you would be responsible for:

  • General surgery
  • Surgical-needs assessment
  • Training of local staff

Stories from the field

To read more first-hand stories from surgeons working overseas with MSF, visit our blog.


  • Post-MRCS or FRCS, with higher surgical training and an ability to work autonomously
  • Full Irish Medical Council or GMC registration
  • Ability to perform general surgery including Paediatrics and Caesarean sections. Some experience in A&E and orthopaedics is desirable
  • Current or recent practical experience
  • Ability to work with limited resources Experience in managing, supervising and training others
  • Able to work well as a part of a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team
  • Willing to work in unstable areas and ability to cope in a difficult and unpredictable environment
  • Availability for a minimum period of two months to six months
  • Minimum of three months work, volunteering or travelling experience in developing countries


We are currently looking for Surgeons with good French and 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, 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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