Mental health services play a vital role in many of MSF’s projects around the world. MSF provides mental health and psychosocial support activities in a large variety of contexts, for example:
- emergencies (natural and manmade disasters)
- protracted/chronic-ongoing crisis
- excluded and marginalized populations (survivors of sexual violence, victims of urban violence, minorities, migrants, etc.)
- integration with medical care (HIV/AIDS, TB, haemorrhagic fever, etc.)
Most of the programs consists of both clinical (individual and groups) and community-based component and require an integrated medical-psychological-social approach.
As psychologist, your role is to manage the overall mental health programme. You may lead a program for people being treated for HIV/AIDS and/or Tuberculosis, plan support activities for people affected by emergencies (such as armed conflict or natural disasters), implement a support program for victims of sexual violence or coordinate a program for migrant population. Most of the programs consists of both clinical (individual and groups) and community-based components and require an integrated medical-psychological-social approach.
A substantial part of your work will involve coordinating and supervising the different mental health and psychosocial support activities. You will be responsible of proposing evidence-based intervention strategies and of adapting them to the local culture and context. In addition, you will recruit, train and supervise local professionals who carry out the mental health and psychosocial support interventions in health facilities and in the community. Given the range of responsibilities, we seek professionals with a broad set of clinical skills and experiences.
Master’s degree in clinical psychology, or equivalent
- A minimum of 2 years’ post-qualification experience in clinical care to adults/children
- Desirable experience in training/supervision + clinical practice in posttraumatic stress, sexual violence, HIV/AIDS or any other chronic disease
- Asset: work experience in developing countries or with patients from various cultures, team management experience
- Adhere to the MSF Charter and to our managerial values: Respect, Transparency, Integrity, Accountability, Trust and Empowerment
- Adhere to our Behavioral Commitments
- Willingness to leave on mission without your partner and/or family and to work in an unstable environment
- B1 level in minimum two of the following languages (English, Spanish, French, Arabic).
length of mission
- 6 to 12 months
Meet our psychologists
Dr Elisabeth Hoffmann discusses the need for mental health services in the Rohinyga camps and the difficulties for women to talk of the psychological trauma they've endured.
Meet our patients
Mental illness can affect anyone, anywhere. MSF is providing mental health care in humanitarian emergencies around the world, where one in five people are affected by depression and anxiety.