Operating theatre (OT) nurse

Operating theatre (OT) nurses support a wide range of surgical fields, including natural disaster and conflict trauma and surgical treatment in areas where medical access is scarce. Those in this position provide direct and indirect assistance to patients. They are also entrusted with hiring local operating room nurses, planning and implementing daily work guidance and training, ordering pharmaceutical supplies, and managing inventory. OT nurses manage the operating room, recovery room, and medical equipment sterilization team as well as submit business reports on a regular basis. They may be on-call 24 hours a day.


  • Provide direct and indirect assistance in a wide range of surgical operations
  • Support preoperative and postoperative rounds (determination of surgical schedule, postoperative follow-up, etc.)
  • Provide guidance to locally hired staff, including sterilization specialists and cleaners; plan and implement training
  • Oversee supervisor training and team management for the entire surgery department (including recovery room)
  • Provide infection control training for staff involved in the surgical department
  • Recruit local operating room nurses, sterilisation specialists, and cleaners
  • Guide sterilization specialists in instrument cleaning, sterilisation methods, and autoclave handling based on MSF guidelines
  • Implement staff training for MCP (Mass Casualty Plan) based on the project
  • Support staff in other departments depending on the level of cooperation between departments
  • Order and manage inventory, such as surgical instruments, machines, and pharmaceutical supplies required for the project
  • Submit activity reports and manage data (patient files, forms, statistics, databases, etc.)



  • EssentialCompliance with Essential Requirements for all potential candidates
  • EssentialThe operating theatre nurse must have a recent professional experience of at least 4 years as a circulating nurse, but also as a scrub nurse in a multidisciplinary operating room, without a career gap of more than 1 year
  • EssentialExperience in direct and indirect care for a wide range of operations, such as obstetrics, orthopaedics, and general surgery
  • EssentialExperience sterilising surgical instruments
  • EssentialManagement/supervision/teaching experience
  • EssentialAbility to work in English and/or in French
  • DesirableExperience in paediatric surgery
  • DesirableExperience in vascular surgery
  • DesirableAvailable for a minimum of 1 month to 6 months

Submit your application

Please first prepare your CV (free form) and a motivation letter. Some positions may request you to download and fill specific CV (MSF CV template) and a technical check list. Please check below to ensure document(s) requested for your profile. You need to fill all necessary documents in English or French, then complete your application through our online form.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) accepts applications for international positions through the form below.

Medical Guidelines

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