Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Psychotherapists

Many of our patients live in extreme or ongoing crisis and are suffering from various levels of distress related to conflict, violence or natural disasters. In most of our projects the need of psychosocial care is high. 

The main task during your mission with Médecins sans frontières is training local specialists in crisis intervention and psychosocial first aid. Together with your local staff you assist victims to come to terms with traumatic experiences after war and deportation, by means of counselling, modelling and painting therapy, as well as through occupational therapy. Or you support HIV or TB patients who depend on life-long medication and therapy, which can be very painful.

As "mental health officer" you will be responsible for coordinating the psychosocial area. You will set up the psychosocial care team, with the responsibility of leading and evaluating it. You will additionally look after the training and coaching of counsellors.

Special requirements:

  • Specialists in Psychiatry: completed specialization.
    NB: a deployment may be possible in the 4th year of your specialization after a validation of your professional competencies.
    At least two years’ experience in adult psychiatry, ideally inpatient and community-based care. Experience working with children and adolescent patients, forensic patients and substance abusers is an asset.
  • Psychologist/Psychotherapist: Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology or Psychotherapy plus 2 years of relevant work experience.
    NB: internships cannot be counted.
  • Psychiatric Nurses: Diploma in General Nursing and Specialization in Psychiatric Nursing plus 2 years of relevant work experience.
  • Work experience, ideally in a multidisciplinary setting, in following areas will be as asset:

Individual and group settings
Direct clinical work in inpatient departments or community psychiatric care teams
Patients suffering from PTSD and victims of sexual violence, as well as prevention of violence
With children and adolescents
With people treated for HIV/AIDS or Tuberculosis (counselling, prevention and care during long-time treatments)

  • Experience in supervision and training
  • Creativity and joy to work with non-professionals in a different cultural setting