How to apply

Thank you for your interest in Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). MSF Japan only accepts applications from residents of Japan and Russia who are eligible to work without restrictions in these countries. If you do not live or do not have an unrestricted work permit in these countries, please refer to MSF International web sites to locate the nearest office to which you can apply.

  1. Preparation for application

    Get a basic idea about MSF by attending an Information session or by reading our website, particularly MSF Charter, Who we need , Activity news, and FAQs.

  2. Submit your application

    Please download the "Application form" and other necessary forms for each position and fill them in English or French. For the positions that do not have the specified form for CV, please refer to the example.

    Submit your documents by e-mail to (E-mail address for application ONLY)

    Position Application form CV (Curriculum Vitae) Technical Check List
    General Surgeon, Orthopedic Surgeon Form 1 CV 1
    Anesthesiologist Form 1 CV 2
    Obstetric/Gynecologist, Midwife Form 1 (Free form) List 1
    ER doctor Form 1 CV 5
    General physician, Pediatrician Form 1 CV 3 List 2 List 3 List 4
    Psychiatrist, Psychologist, IEC, Epidemiologist Form 1 (Free form)
    Operating Theater nurse Form 1   List 5
    Nurse «Recruitment on hold»
    Pharmacist Form 1 CV 4 List 1
    Administrator, Logistician, Water & Sanitation Specialist, Coordinator Form 2 (Free form)
  3. Screening (1) Application documents

    Application screening involves technical screening of your CV and checklist-based assessment of suitability for specific positions. This process may take several weeks.

  4. Screening (2) Interview & Selection

    Applicants who pass initial screening are invited to a face-to-face interview (in English or French). Those who live outside of the Kanto region may choose to interview by phone. Applicants should expect to receive feedback on the interview within 2 weeks.

  5. Official registration in MSF Japan Human Resource Pool

    Preliminarily validated applicants are asked to submit additional documents, such as medical license, diploma etc., to complete their registration.

  6. Pre-departure training

    Newly validated candidates are invited to attend a 3-day training session called "Welcome Days" held in Tokyo. Some candidates may be required to attend other training programs prior to their first field assignment.

  7. Matching and preparation for departure

    MSF Japan coordinates with 5 operation centers (France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, and Spain) to match field positions with appropriate candidates. Once position is identified, MSF contacts a candidate and then work to proceed with visa application, flight tickets etc.

    • Please note that it often takes several months for newly validated candidates to be offered a seat in a training program and/or be matched to a field position.
  8. Briefing and Departure

    You will be given a briefing about the mission and departure to the field.


Field Human Resources MSF-Japan