“The job can be very stressful, but at the same time very absorbing and there is room for growth and development,” says midwife Dominique Luypaers, recently returned from Indonesia. She has been working for Doctors Without Borders, also known as MSF, its French acronym, for 6 years and has been on more than 10 missions.
When in Belgium, Dominique represents the organization by talking about her job in universities, schools or health platforms to make their work known but also to recruit. MSF is seeking more professionals to join the international medical humanitarian group’s efforts, and needs much more than only medical profiles.
They are now also looking to recruit more expatriates to work in the field. On Thursday evening 8 November, a recruitment information session is organized in their offices in Ixelles from 6-8pm. The session is exceptionally given in English and Medical Doctor Merijn and HR/finance specialist Marie will provide a testimony from their experience as a humanitarian worker in the field.
“In addition to ‘medical profiles’(doctors, surgeons, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, midwives, epidemiologists, etc.), we also need people from other fields, such as logisticians, experts in water and sanitation, technical profiles, supply experts, financial officers, administrators, human resources officers etc. We also hire and promote people to ‘coordination posts’: heads of mission (MSF’s top position in any given country), medical coordinators, logistics coordinators and project coordinators,” says Valeria Orlandi, Head of the field recruitment department.
“We are in need of more professionals since our work in the field is becoming more specialized and the contexts more complex. We welcome everyone to come to an information session about working in the field to understand how we work, what the recruitment criteria are and what life in the field is like.”