Emergency medicine (EM) involves the management of a broad spectrum of acute illness and injury – trauma, infectious diseases, exacerbations of non-communicable diseases, and obstetrical conditions – in all age groups. In MSF Emergency Departments, we provide care for children and adults with acute and often undifferentiated medical or surgical problems, frequently before complete clinical or diagnostic information is available.  

Your clinical skills and resourcefulness will be put to the test while you work in locations where the health care infrastructure may have completely fallen apart, or while you work to diagnose and treat medical conditions you may not be familiar with. Your managerial and administration skills will be called upon as you supervise large teams of local staff and manage busy emergency departments. You will not be facing these challenges alone – MSF provides expert technical support including extensive guidelines and protocols. 

Your job

As an MSF emergency medicine doctor, you will supervise the functioning of the Emergency Department, from entrance to admission or discharge of patients, according to the objectives of the project and in close collaboration with the other hospital departments.

In order to achieve this, you will 

  • support your team during emergency case management 
  • ensure the implementation of MSF health care protocols and the compliance with medical ethics 
  • ensure continuous training and regular evaluations of all staff involved 
  • support data collection, analysis and reporting as an intrinsic part of your role 
  • establish the triage system using START.* 
  • establish the Mass Casualty Incident Training.* 

*In order to ensure a gradual transfer of responsibilities, trainings consist of both theoretical as well as bedside teachings.  



  • A completed specialist training (min 3 years) in emergency medicine 
  • OR a completed specialist training in anaesthesia or critical care/ICU, with work experience in the EM department of at least 1 year, and the ability to function as an EM specialist 
  • OR a completed generalist training, with work experience in an EM department of at least 3 years, and the ability to work autonomously 
  • A good level of English 
  • Availability of at least 3 to 6 months 



  • Updated trainings on advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), advanced trauma life support (ATLS), advanced paediatric life support (APLS) or advanced life support in obstetrics (ALSO) 
  • Hands-on clinical experience in obstetrics and gynaecology, infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis  
  • Knowledge of tropical medicine or infectious diseases 
  • Work experience in a low resource setting   
  • Other language skills (French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian) are highly appreciated