Doctors Without Borders Looking For More Than Doctors In Columbus

Sep 23, 2019

The multi-national organization Doctors Without Borders is coming to Columbus to find some of its next workers.  Recruiters will speak to medical and non-medical professionals at the Columbus Metropolitan Library's North Side Branch at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The humanitarian group provides aid to more than 70 countries, providing help amid war, famine, disease or natural disasters.

Recruiter Melissa Bieri says they are looking for people who can work with limited resources and can dedicate themselves to the cause.

“We found that Columbus in particular is a good recruiting ground for us because people really also have this humanitarian spirit or drive to work outside the U.S,” Bieri says.

Bieri says the organization looks for a wide range of professional backgrounds to fill its needs. In addition to medical, other fields being recruited include supply, logistics, sanitation, Human Resources and finance.

"What we're really looking for is people who are flexible, adaptable, and I know that those kind of soft characteristics sound a little bit strange, but often in the field we're working in austere setting where you don't have the resources that you're accustomed to,” Bieri says.

Bieri says people fluent in Arabic and French are in most need because of ongoing work in countries speaking those languages. Doctors Without Borders currently serves communities in Lebanon, Jordan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and Sudan, among others.

“It’s about reacting to the needs that we see on the ground for populations that need assistance during crises,” Bieri says.

Recuirts to Doctors Without Borders commit to at least nine months of service, and will receive a minimum $2,000 monthly stipend. The organization also covers living and transportation expenses.