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MSF works with qualified, specialist, motivated surgical teams who provide high-quality care for patients.

Our surgical projects deliver high-quality standardised care (protocols, hygiene, technical platform and medicinal products) and, despite the unstable or remote settings in which we work, MSF provides the appropriate expatriate and local human resources to ensure the provision of high-quality care for patients.

Our need for anaesthetists is increasing and crucial for our projects because:

  • They contribute their expertise to the overall care of patients.
  • They also play a role in training and in sharing expertise with local doctors and nurses.

We have various surgical projects, one of which is the MSF hospital in Masisi

Masisi is a village in North Kivu, eastern DRC, where MSF has been supporting the referral hospital since 2007.

This facility has 170 beds. It has an emergency, maternity and paediatric unit (with a basic neonatology unit and a therapeutic feeding centre) and a surgical and general medicine unit.

It also has a Village d'Accueil for high-risk pregnancies.

Hôpital MSF de Masisi
MSF Hospital in Masisi

Medical team

The medical team comprises expatriates and local employees who work together providing gynaecological, anaesthesia, surgical, paediatric and maternity services.

The team is supported by nurses from the operating room, the anaesthesia unit and the inpatient department, as well as a pharmacist and laboratory technicians.

Role of the anaesthetist

  • Training the paramedical anaesthesia team.
  • Overseeing the anaesthesia procedures in close collaboration with the medical team.
  • Overseeing the resuscitation procedures in the emergency unit and for inpatients.
  • Coordinating the anaesthesia unit and anaesthesia activities in cooperation with the emergency unit, the operating room and the inpatient department.


  • A certification in anaesthesia.
  • Desire to share knowledge, skills and experience with colleagues.
  • Experience in team management, training and supervision.
  • Available for a minimum period of six weeks.
  • Ability to adapt to working with sometimes limited resources.
  • Commitment to the values of the MSF charter
  • Willingness to leave on mission without your family and to work in an unstable environment
  • Good French and English language skills

MSF offers

  • Preparation for departure on assignment, briefing and debriefing.
  • Health insurance.
  • Transportation, vaccinations, visa and accommodation expenses.
  • Monthly salary and per diem.
  • A humanitarian medical training offer.
  • Personal follow up of humanitarian competencies.
  • A dynamic, stimulating and multicultural work environment.

The MSF surgical care policy covers all surgical and anaesthesia care and encompasses: 

  • General  surgery.
  • Obstetrics and gynaecology.
  • Orthopaedic surgery.
  • Specialised surgery.

The MSF surgical policy provides for all the different settings and their constraints by listing the minimum conditions needed to deliver the best quality of care possible. All MSF employees working within our surgical projects must follow this policy.

Read the MSF surgical policy

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International collaboration

MSF medical specialists are regularly invited to participate in various platforms, particularly:

  • School of Public Health, John Hopkins, Baltimore, USA
  • OMS, Genève, Suisse

Annual MSF surgical reports 2015