Your job

As a mental health officer you will create, implement and improve treatment programmes for patients with conflict-related problems and/or mental health conditions.

Most of MSF’s mental health programmes aim to provide people in emergency and conflict areas with acute mental healthcare and psychosocial support. Each programme consists of both a clinical and a social, community-based component. Mental health programmes are integrated into existing medical programmes as well as disease-specific projects targeting people with tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS or other conditions. A substantial part of your work will involve training and supervising local staff who carry out the psychosocial support activities. Data collection, analysis and reporting are an intrinsic part of the role.


  • A master’s degree in psychology, or equivalent (postgraduate) qualification in community psychiatric nursing, with strong clinical therapeutic experience; or experience as a psychiatrist
  • Licensed to work as psychologist or psychiatrist
  • A minimum of 2 years post-qualification experience in giving therapy to adults and children
  • Work experience in (social) psychiatry, clinical social work/psychology, psychotherapy, or community psychiatric nursing
  • Experience with community-oriented approaches and context-oriented information materials
  • Experience in training, coaching and supervision
  • Work or travel experience in developing countries
  • A good command of the English language (minimum B2)
  • Ability to cope with stress and to organize and prioritize workload
  • Ability to work in an international team
  • Willingness to work in an unstable and insecure environment
  • Availability of at least 12 months


  • Demonstrable experience in clinical treatment of clients with trauma and/or with HIV/AIDS and/or tuberculosis
  • Work experience in a similar non-governmental organization abroad or with clients from various cultures and developing countries
  • A good command of the French and Arabic language
mental health officer job description

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What's it like working with MSF?

In most projects you'll be living and working in stressful conditions without many of the things you may take for granted at home.

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