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.

Your job

Working as an MSF surgeon, your main job will be to organize and perform surgery activities, ensure pre- and post-operative surgical care, in accordance with MSF policies and protocols (antibiotic prophylaxis, post-operative pain management, thrombo-prophylaxis, blood transfusion, etc) and universal hygiene standards. You will be working in close collaboration with medical staff in the emergency department, intensive care unit and operation theatre.

Being in the role of a manager, you will be responsible for providing a supportive work environment, by means of continuous training, coaching and supervision.

Data collection, analysis and reporting are an intrinsic part of the role. Furthermore, you will be responsible for forecasting medical supply needs and managing medical stocks. 

Surgical sub-specialties needed in our projects

Most surgery carried out in MSF projects is acute emergency surgery, predominantly trauma and emergency obstetric interventions. However, due to the specificity of our programs, different surgical specialties are needed at times.

General surgeons

in an MSF field project, you will often be confronted with the following diagnoses and surgeries:

  • orthopedics (open fractures, fixateur externe) 
  • obstetrics (especially C-sections)
  • paediatric surgery 
  • complicated wounds and burns (skin grafts), 
  • experience in trauma or war surgery is an asset

Trauma surgeons and Orthopedic surgeons

  • experience in war or trauma surgery, particularly strong skills in external fixation, will be required.
  • Plastic/reconstructive surgeons: experience in burns and facial reconstructive surgery 
  • Maxillo-facial surgeons: experience in reconstructive surgery
  • Paediatric surgeons: broad experience in paediatric surgery, including pediatric trauma, will be required. Moreover, the ability to perform emergency surgery interventions in adults, such as c-sections might be needed depending on the type of project.

General requirements

  • A completed specialist training in surgery 
  • Ability to work under very basic conditions with limited technical resources (e.g. a lack of diagnostic equipment such as X-ray equipment)
  • Ability to handle a broad range of the most common emergency and general medical conditions requiring surgery, and knowledge of their operative indications (particularly within the areas of orthopedics, trauma and obstetrics)
  • A good level of English
  • Availability of at least 6 to 8 weeks

General conditions

  • Commitment to MSF’s work and values
  • Work or travel experience in developing countries
  • Ability to cope with stress and to organize and prioritize workload
  • Ability to work in an international team and together with national staff
  • Willingness to work in an unstable and insecure environment
  • Adaptable and able to work in a multicultural team
  • IT skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

Assets

  • 2 years post-specialization professional experience is required for some specializations or contexts
  • Training courses in humanitarian surgery in austere environments, as offered at the Royal College of Surgeons or the University of Louvain
  • Knowledge of tropical medicine or infectious diseases, hands-on work experience in a developing country  
  • Other language skills (French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian) are highly appreciated

Ihr Job

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.

Your job

Working as an MSF surgeon, your main job will be to organize and perform surgery activities, ensure pre- and post-operative surgical care, in accordance with MSF policies and protocols (antibiotic prophylaxis, post-operative pain management, thrombo-prophylaxis, blood transfusion, etc) and universal hygiene standards. You will be working in close collaboration with medical staff in the emergency department, intensive care unit and operation theatre.

Being in the role of a manager, you will be responsible for providing a supportive work environment, by means of continuous training, coaching and supervision.

Data collection, analysis and reporting are an intrinsic part of the role. Furthermore, you will be responsible for forecasting medical supply needs and managing medical stocks. 

Surgical sub-specialties needed in our projects

Most surgery carried out in MSF projects is acute emergency surgery, predominantly trauma and emergency obstetric interventions. However, due to the specificity of our programs, different surgical specialties are needed at times.

General surgeons

in an MSF field project, you will often be confronted with the following diagnoses and surgeries:

  • orthopedics (open fractures, fixateur externe) 
  • obstetrics (especially C-sections)
  • paediatric surgery 
  • complicated wounds and burns (skin grafts), 
  • experience in trauma or war surgery is an asset

Trauma surgeons and Orthopedic surgeons

  • experience in war or trauma surgery, particularly strong skills in external fixation, will be required.
  • Plastic/reconstructive surgeons: experience in burns and facial reconstructive surgery 
  • Maxillo-facial surgeons: experience in reconstructive surgery
  • Paediatric surgeons: broad experience in paediatric surgery, including pediatric trauma, will be required. Moreover, the ability to perform emergency surgery interventions in adults, such as c-sections might be needed depending on the type of project.

General requirements

  • A completed specialist training in surgery 
  • Ability to work under very basic conditions with limited technical resources (e.g. a lack of diagnostic equipment such as X-ray equipment)
  • Ability to handle a broad range of the most common emergency and general medical conditions requiring surgery, and knowledge of their operative indications (particularly within the areas of orthopedics, trauma and obstetrics)
  • A good level of English
  • Availability of at least 6 to 8 weeks

General conditions

  • Commitment to MSF’s work and values
  • Work or travel experience in developing countries
  • Ability to cope with stress and to organize and prioritize workload
  • Ability to work in an international team and together with national staff
  • Willingness to work in an unstable and insecure environment
  • Adaptable and able to work in a multicultural team
  • IT skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

Assets

  • 2 years post-specialization professional experience is required for some specializations or contexts
  • Training courses in humanitarian surgery in austere environments, as offered at the Royal College of Surgeons or the University of Louvain
  • Knowledge of tropical medicine or infectious diseases, hands-on work experience in a developing country  
  • Other language skills (French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian) are highly appreciated

Allgemeinchirurgie

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.

Your job

Working as an MSF surgeon, your main job will be to organize and perform surgery activities, ensure pre- and post-operative surgical care, in accordance with MSF policies and protocols (antibiotic prophylaxis, post-operative pain management, thrombo-prophylaxis, blood transfusion, etc) and universal hygiene standards. You will be working in close collaboration with medical staff in the emergency department, intensive care unit and operation theatre.

Being in the role of a manager, you will be responsible for providing a supportive work environment, by means of continuous training, coaching and supervision.

Data collection, analysis and reporting are an intrinsic part of the role. Furthermore, you will be responsible for forecasting medical supply needs and managing medical stocks. 

Surgical sub-specialties needed in our projects

Most surgery carried out in MSF projects is acute emergency surgery, predominantly trauma and emergency obstetric interventions. However, due to the specificity of our programs, different surgical specialties are needed at times.

General surgeons

in an MSF field project, you will often be confronted with the following diagnoses and surgeries:

  • orthopedics (open fractures, fixateur externe) 
  • obstetrics (especially C-sections)
  • paediatric surgery 
  • complicated wounds and burns (skin grafts), 
  • experience in trauma or war surgery is an asset

Trauma surgeons and Orthopedic surgeons

  • experience in war or trauma surgery, particularly strong skills in external fixation, will be required.
  • Plastic/reconstructive surgeons: experience in burns and facial reconstructive surgery 
  • Maxillo-facial surgeons: experience in reconstructive surgery
  • Paediatric surgeons: broad experience in paediatric surgery, including pediatric trauma, will be required. Moreover, the ability to perform emergency surgery interventions in adults, such as c-sections might be needed depending on the type of project.

General requirements

  • A completed specialist training in surgery 
  • Ability to work under very basic conditions with limited technical resources (e.g. a lack of diagnostic equipment such as X-ray equipment)
  • Ability to handle a broad range of the most common emergency and general medical conditions requiring surgery, and knowledge of their operative indications (particularly within the areas of orthopedics, trauma and obstetrics)
  • A good level of English
  • Availability of at least 6 to 8 weeks

General conditions

  • Commitment to MSF’s work and values
  • Work or travel experience in developing countries
  • Ability to cope with stress and to organize and prioritize workload
  • Ability to work in an international team and together with national staff
  • Willingness to work in an unstable and insecure environment
  • Adaptable and able to work in a multicultural team
  • IT skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

Assets

  • 2 years post-specialization professional experience is required for some specializations or contexts
  • Training courses in humanitarian surgery in austere environments, as offered at the Royal College of Surgeons or the University of Louvain
  • Knowledge of tropical medicine or infectious diseases, hands-on work experience in a developing country  
  • Other language skills (French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian) are highly appreciated

Unfallchirurgie und orthopädische Chirurgie

  • Erfahrung in Kriegschirurgie, Unfallchirurgie und orthopädischer Chirurgie werden vorausgesetzt (Fixateur externe!) 

Plastische/Rekonstruktive Chirurgie

  • Erfahrung in der Versorgung von Verbrennungspatient:innen und Erfahrung in rekonstruktiver Chirurgie

Kiefer-/Gesichtschirurgie

  • Erfahrung in rekonstruktiver Chirurgie

Pädiatrische Chirurgie

  • Umfangreiche Erfahrung in pädiatrischer Chirurgie, einschließlich pädiatrischer Unfallchirurgie, wird vorausgesetzt.

Darüber hinaus kann die Durchführung notfallchirurgischer Eingriffe bei Erwachsenen (z.B. Kaiserschnitte) je nach Art des Projekts erforderlich sein.

Anforderungen

  • Eine abgeschlossene fachärztliche Ausbildung in Chirurgie  
  • Fähigkeit, unter sehr einfachen Bedingungen mit begrenzten technischen Ressourcen zu arbeiten (z.B. fehlende diagnostische Ausrüstung wie Röntgengeräte) 
  • Beherrschung eines breiten Spektrums der häufigsten notfall- und allgemeinmedizinischen Erkrankungen und chirurgischer Indikationen 
  • Gute Englischkenntnisse 
  • Verfügbarkeit von mindestens 8 bis 12 Wochen 
    Kürzere Einsätze sind möglich für Unfallchirurg:innen und plastische Chirurg:innen

Wünschenswerte Kenntnisse 

  • 2 Jahre Berufserfahrung nach der Spezialisierung ist für manche Kontexte erforderlich 
  • Weiterbildungen zB in "Humanitarian Surgery in Austere Environments" 
  • Kenntnisse in Tropenmedizin oder Infektionskrankheiten 
  • Arbeitserfahrung in einem Entwicklungsland   
  • Weitere Sprachkenntnisse (Französisch, Spanisch, Portugiesisch, Arabisch, Russisch) sind von Vorteil