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" 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:

  • completed medical training and specialization for psychiatrists
  • completed education in clinical psychology for psychologists
  • at least two years of practical experience with trauma / PTSD patients, victims of violence, HIV/Aids counselling
  • experience in training and supervision
  • creativity and initiative to work with non-professionals in a different cultural setting
  • at least six to twelve months of availability for a mission