MSF was founded as a volunteer organization and would like to remain that way. However, it is very important to us to offer a minimum package of benefits for field missions.
Contract and insurance
You will receive a working contract from one of the MSF sections for the duration of your field mission. Additionally we are providing an international insurance package, covering health, disability, travel, luggage, accident and medical evacuation, which will also keep you insured for the first few weeks after your return back home.
Attention: Any expenses concerning the application process (eg: travel costs to Vienna) will NOT be reimbursed by MSF!
MSF salaries are set so as to reflect the humanitarian spirit of volunteerism while recognizing the high level of professional expertise provided by field staff. The starting monthly gross salary starts at 1328,25 € / month for the first 12 months on mission, with subsequent increases based on expertise and experience. Additionally MSF pays for all related travel costs, provides accommodation and you will get a per diem (daily allowance) whilst on mission.
Travel preparation: visa and vaccinations
MSF manages your travel arrangements, visas and work permits and also bears the expenses. Additionally we reimburse all mission specific vaccinations. Before leaving on a field mission you are normally requested to participate in a pre-departure training. This will be organised by and paid for by MSF.
Rest and vacation
In general it is intended that you have free time and vacation during your field mission. Depending on the work load and the security situation the planning for both will be done directly in the project.
Every expat working in emergency situations is exposed to great physical and psychological stress. MSF Austria’s Peer Support Network has been founded to especially meet the needs of returning expats and to offer them confidential emotional support. This network is supported by therapists who train and supervise peers and – if necessary – offer professional help to returning expats.
Career and Training
MSF is committed to the ongoing professional development of its field workers. After the first mission we provide access to various types of training that build skills and knowledge required in the field. Training programs range from language training, to medical, management and leadership trainings.