Supporting Peace

The people of the MFO serve a historic mission in support of peace and regional stability.

Serving alongside the MFO’s military contingents is an exceptionally talented civilian workforce of about 160 people directly hired by the MFO and employed across all MFO locations: Sinai, Representative Offices in Cairo and Tel Aviv, and Headquarters in Rome. The MFO civilian workforce consists of two categories of employee: International Staff and Non-International Technical and Administrative Support Staff.

International Staff

The MFO employs an International Staff of about 130 civilians who are recruited on the open job market. The vast majority of the MFO’s International Staff positions are in Sinai. Of note, just under 20% of the Sinai positions belong to the MFO’s Civilian Observer Unit and are required by Treaty-related provisions to be filled by US citizens. Outside Sinai, there are a small number of International Staff positions: 12 positions at the MFO Headquarters in Rome and a total of three positions in Cairo and Tel Aviv. The MFO accepts applicants of any origin and does not maintain quotas based on nationality.

Non-International Technical and Administrative Support Staff (National Staff)

The MFO employs about 30 staff between the Headquarters in Rome, Italy, and the Representative Office in Tel Aviv, Israel. These people are recruited locally in Italy and Israel and carry out a variety of technical and administrative functions.

Additionally, local contract employees perform a wide range of essential functions in support of the MFO’s military contingents and civilian workforce in Sinai and Cairo.

See the list of current vacancies below or simply apply as a general applicant.

Current vacancies

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 a plus.
  • Previous US Government (DoD, DoS, DoJ, etc.) experience in the Middle East is a plus.


Women applicants are especially encouraged to apply.


Employment Opportunities with the Civilian Observer Unit

Civilian Employees in Numbers


total employees 162


Total employees 162

Personnel: Nationalities