The MFO offers a range of employment opportunities to civilians who form the backbone of our mission of peace in support of Egypt and Israel. 

Currently, we employ a total of approximately 140 direct hire international civilian staff across our offices in Rome, Tel Aviv, and Cairo and two military bases in Sinai, Egypt.  Most international employment contracts are for two-years renewable, with either single or accompanied status, and include free housing and comprehensive medical coverage.  MFO international civilian employees may also be eligible for tax reimbursement.  The base salary scale for international civilian employees is provided below.

MFO international civilian employees assigned to the Sinai also enjoy free meals, recreational facilities, and annual travel benefits.  For positions based in the Sinai, Egypt, the MFO prefers individuals with prior Middle East experience and who are self-starters with excellent communications skills. They should have the ability to live in a relatively austere environment.

The MFO Embraces Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness

At the MFO, we seek candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our commitment to peace and regional stability. We are strongly committed to ensuring workforce diversity; particularly in terms of gender and ethnicity. We believe that by promoting fairness in the workplace and fostering a culture of inclusiveness, we can attract the best talent.  We strive to create a work environment in which employees feel valued and have the opportunity to excel regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.  We do not tolerate any kind of harassment, abuse, or discrimination.

The MFO regrets it cannot respond to all applicants.


MFO People Strategy 2021-25

Current vacancies
Mar 21, 2018

Civilian Observer

Sinai, Egypt

Members of the MFO’s Civilian Observer Unit verify and report on the implementation of the provisions of the Treaty of Peace between Egypt and Israel in the four designated zones of the Sinai Peninsula. They conduct verification missions by air and ground, often operating in harsh terrain and in all weather conditions.

MFO Civilian Observers must be US citizens.

This is an MFO Grade 10, Step 5 position with a total annual salary of USD $119,112. The position is offered as a two-year renewable contract and comes with a benefits package that includes housing, meals and worldwide healthcare insurance coverage.


Some of what the MFO is looking for in candidates:

  • Demonstrated excellence in data collection and information analysis.
  • Ability to work long hours, day and night, for several days at a time.
  • Ability to work in an austere environment as part of a multinational and culturally diverse team.
  • Basic knowledge of military equipment/organization.
  • Bachelor’s Degree and strong interest in international relations/foreign policy.
  • Working knowledge of Arabic/Hebrew.
  • Previous US Government (DoD, DoS, DoJ, etc.) experience in the Middle East is a plus.




Sinai-based International Civilian Employee Total Annual Salaries (in USD)


GRADE Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
13 175,340


179,286 181,260 183,231 185,206 187,178 189,150 191,123 193,096
12 145,377 148,706 152,036 155,364 158,693 162,024 165,353 168,681 172,010 175,340
11 126,511 129,348 132,183 135,021 137,854 140,692 143,527 146,365 149,201 152,036
10 104,317 108,015 111,714 115,413 119,112 122,813 126,511 130,211 133,909 137,610
9 89,891 93,219 96,548 99,878 103,205 106,536 109,867 113,194 116,524 119,852
8 78,793 81,504 84,219 86,930 89,644 92,355 95,068 97,782 100,494 103,205
7 68,804 71,148 73,489 75,833 78,175 80,518 82,862 85,203 87,546 89,891
6 58,816 61,036 63,257 65,476 67,693 69,914 72,134 74,353 76,573 78,793
5 51,048 53,020 54,995 56,967 58,941 60,913 62,885 64,859 66,832 68,804


Additional Information

  • Other MFO locations: The total annual salaries of MFO international civilian employees based in Rome, Cairo or Tel Aviv will differ due to location specific post-allowances which take into account U.S. Dept. of State post location allowances and average family sizes.
  • The Director General’s salary is set based on U.S. Government and international organization comparators. The Force Commander’s salary is set using an Assistant Secretary General level comparator for regional UN peacekeeping Force Commander positions.