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

Force Counsel for Legal and Treaty Affairs

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

The Force Counsel for Legal and Treaty Affairs serves as the principal legal advisor to the MFO’s Force Commander (a Flag Officer in the rank of Major General) and a combined staff of civilians and senior military officers at the MFO’s South Camp in Sharm El Sheikh, Sinai. The Force Counsel supervises two legal assistants and also works closely with the General Counsel, based at MFO Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Specific areas of focus for the Force Counsel position include, but are not limited to:

  • Advising on legal issues associated with the interpretation and application of the Treaty of Peace and its Protocol;
  • Advising on and reviewing internal administrative and military police investigations;
  • Reviewing claims by or against the MFO; and
  • Drafting and reviewing MFO policies.


At a minimum, competitive candidates for the Force Counsel position must have the following:

  • J.D. or LL.B degree or the equivalent from an accredited school of law.
  • Authorization to practice law in country of origin (this qualification or bar admission must be maintained if employed by the MFO in this position).
  • 5+ years of legal or other relevant experience, preferably including the practice of public international law in a government, military/peacekeeping, and/or U.N./International Organization context.
  • Excellent interpersonal and management skills, with the ability to function effectively in an international and multi-cultural environment.
  • English fluency with excellent writing skills.


The Force Counsel position is offered as a 2-year, renewable, accompanied (spouse only) contract, which features numerous benefits, including a competitive salary package, home-country tax reimbursement on MFO income, on-site housing and meals, as well as worldwide medical and life insurance coverage.

This is a Grade 12 Position and carries a total annual salary of USD$145,370.

The MFO is strongly committed to ensuring workforce diversity, particularly in terms of gender and ethnicity.

Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Employment Opportunities with the Civilian Observer Unit

Civilian Employees in Numbers


total employees 162


Total employees 162

Personnel: Nationalities