Growing Within The Association

HR and Finance Coordinator

Preparation For First Departure

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) teams arriving at Bangui Airport from Bangassou. Central African Republic. February 2017. © Borja Ruiz Rodriguez/MSF

If you join MSF, you will be asked to attend a 'Preparation for First Departure' (PPDC) session. The PPDC is the first chance to get to know the association, and to start understanding how it works and its culture. It is also an opportunity to meet and talk to experienced MSF personnel.

This preparation may be supplemented by more technical training that is sector-specific (logistical, administrative and medical).

Throughout your time with us, the association offers a personalized monitoring program , overseen by a pool and careers manager, to aid in your development within the organization and in doing so giving you the opportunity to explore different opportunities.

A  diverse range of training courses  may be offered to you, in order for you to develop your skills within the following areas:

  • technical (medical, logistics, finance, administration and human resources)
  • team leadership and management
  • project and operations management. 




In 2017, the French section of Médecins Sans Frontières
organized over 230 training sessions in Paris, Bordeaux,
and its intervention locations: in total, over 3,000 French
and international personnel members took part.

What does a Project Coordinator do?

John Johnson is a Project Coordinator for Médecins Sans Frontières. During an interview which took place in Maiduguri, north-eastern Nigeria in December 2016, he looks back on his career and his role, which involves supporting the medical and logical teams to ensure they can carry out their activities. John's first mission with MSF was as a nurse in 2011. As he continued with MSF, he worked in a variety of roles and took on more responsibility.


Career After MSF

When a person decides it is time to move on from being a humanitarian aid worker in the field, MSF helps staff transition their experience into a career asset .

Staff are able to utilize the skills they develop during their experience with MSF in a variety of ways. The skills acquired in project management, team management, analysis and reporting, negotiation and using foreign languages ​​on a daily basis are valued in a number of sectors.


Our partnership with  Résonance humaine supports team members during this transition by providing access to a network of contacts: skills assessment, APEL requests and, in some cases, training.  


Recruitment Process

Over 2,000 professionals work in our field locations every year.

Discover Our Recruitment Process

Departure Conditions

Our association is constantly recruiting people with suitable skills for its intervention programs.

All information on the departure conditions

Expatriation process for MSF national staff

MSF national staff who are recruited in the field can apply to join the association's international team.

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