MSF anesthetists are there to help people manage pain in sometimes unbearable circumstances. The role of an MSF anesthetist is incredibly varied: you might find yourself training local staff in the middle of a refugee camp hospital or managing anesthesia with very basic resources for complex obstetric surgeries - all in the course of a day.

Your Job

As an anesthesiologist, you will carry out clinical work and collaborate closely with local health staff, to whom you will provide training, coaching and supervision.

Your duties may include

  • in-theatre work 
  • pre-operative assessment and post-operative care, along with pain management 
  • continuous training and supervision of the resuscitation team 
  • theoretical teaching and bedside trainings of local staff doctors and nurses 
  • support to the Emergency Department and the ICU on airways and ventilator management, sedation and pain management 
  • close collaboration with the project pharmacist with regards to the safekeeping and inventory of anesthetic drugs 

Be prepared to be flexible. You might work in a low-resource setting, where diagnostic equipment and facilities in the operating rooms are limited. The level of formal medical/nursing education may be less than basic, which can be a challenge in the provision of trainings. 


  • A completed specialist training in anaesthesia  
  • Work experience in following areas is essential: paediatrics, obstetrics, trauma, spinal anaesthesia, postoperative care and intensive care  
  • A diverse clinical experience and the ability to work independently 
  • Ability to work with limited materials and resources 
  • Willingness to abide by MSF protocols and guidelines 
  • A good level of English  
  • Availability of at least 6 to 8 weeks   


  • Desirable skills: regional blocks, pain management, palliative care 
  • Sub - specialization or hands-on work experience in an ICU 
  • 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