Volunteer Board Member (Humanitarian Health Sector)

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Doctors of the World/M├ędecins du Monde USA (MdM-USA) is an international NGO that provides healthcare to vulnerable populations affected by war, natural disaster, disease, famine, poverty or exclusion in both developed and developing countries.


Doctors of the World USA seeks new Board Members


Email: Board@doctorsoftheworld.org

Doctors of the World USA (DotW) is US chapter of Medicins du Monde (MdM), a non-profit international health and humanitarian network that provides emergency and long-term medical care to the world’s most vulnerable populations, while fighting for people’s access, and right, to achieve health -- worldwide.

DotW supports MdM as it focuses its programs in four key areas: crisis response; sexual and reproductive health; harm reduction; and migrant health. Unlike many organizations, MdM recognizes that need and vulnerability are everywhere. It manages programs in 70 countries around the world. MdM is a rights-based organization delivering life-saving health while advocating for the removal of social and economic barriers that prevent people achieving the right to health.

We have recently won multiple awards for innovative public campaigns, and have received major grants from USAID and private foundations. The current Board is engaged. We are seeking new board members to to amplify our growth, influence, and impact.

Our Needs

Together with our existing board members, we are seeking to build a board that actively and energetically supports the growth of our brand, our strategy, and crucially, our financial resources.

The success of the organization in the long-term will require a targeted and strategic focus on growing the resource base over the coming 2-3 years. This is a critical phase of our growth, as we build up recognition of an international brand that is largely unknown in the US market.

In particular, we hope to build a base of annual, unrestricted funding through major and individual gifts, alongside foundation, corporate, and government support, for international programs. We also hope to make a name for ourselves with impactful, scalable domestic programming at some point in the future.

The nominating process will focus on attracting individuals who can thoughtfully and energetically support this growth, are comfortable with the risks and challenges of a start-up organization, and truly reflect the energy, commitment, and values of the Medecins du Monde network.

Desired Profiles:

We’d like to recruit board candidates with two or more of the following qualities:

  • have an interest in and experience with a data-driven, evidence-based start-up

  • are motivated by the prospect of helping to build a new and successful organization

  • have excellent strategic skills

  • have been successful in analogous commercial ventures, which may include experience leading or working in failed start-up ventures, who can bring that experience to our efforts

  • are medical and/or public health professionals who have a vested interest in helping DotW become a successful and influential player in the field of innovative healthcare delivery and/or humanitarian aid

  • are able to help build DotW as a trusted and influential voice in public policy debates

  • are very active and connected socially and are willing to access those networks for the benefit of DotW’s development

  • have the personal capacity to give financial support

In short, ideal candidates will be current or next-generation leaders in their fields; who have not yet committed themselves philanthropically; who have the personal capacity to give; and have some affinity for and connection with DotW’s international and domestic work and the vulnerable populations we serve.

Other Details

We have a small but highly skilled staff with significant experience in health, humanitarian response, social enterprise, human rights and fundraising. Our board includes health and humanitarian luminaries. Board member terms of reference are straightforward, and include willingness to make an annual 'personally significant gift’ to the organization. There are four board meetings annually. Appropriate insurance, a conflict of interest policy, and other key compliance items are in place.

How to Submit

Please send a letter of interest and CV to Board@doctorsoftheworld.org.


  • Disaster Response
  • Fundraising
  • Strategic Planning
  • Healthcare
  • Management

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