Mental health specialists

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders

About the organization

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent medical humanitarian organisation. We provide medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare. Our teams are made up of tens of thousands of health professionals, logistic and administrative staff - bound together by our charter. Our actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of impartiality, independence and neutrality. We are a non-profit, self-governed, member-based organisation.

MSF was founded in 1971 in Paris by a group of journalists and doctors. Today, we are a worldwide movement of more than 67,000 people.


Mental health specialists provide technical expertise and consultation to national staff on the set-up, implementation and/or evaluation of culturally and socially appropriate psychosocial interventions. Activities include providing technical advice, consultation, training, and supervision. Mental health specialists do not typically provide direct service to beneficiaries.

As a mental health specialist with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) your work may support people suffering from post-traumatic stress related to a conflict situation or natural disaster, with victims of sexual violence, or with people being treated for HIV/AIDS and/or tuberculosis. Of primary importance will be your capacity to recruit, train, and supervise locally hired mental health workers, and to adapt tools to local cultural needs/contexts and to changing circumstances in the field.

Individuals currently licensed to practice as psychiatrists, clinical psychologists (PhD level), psychiatric nurses, or  clinical social workers may apply to work with MSF as a mental health specialist. Other licensed mental health professionals (at Master's or Doctorate level) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

To see a generic job description and potential career path with MSF, click here:



• Commitment to work in the field for a minimum of 9 to 12 month assignments
• Must be actively licensed to practice as one of the following:
-Clinical psychologist (PhD level)
-Psychiatric nurse
-Clinical Social Worker
• Minimum 2 years clinical experience (post training) in a multi-disciplinary setting treating patients with psychotherapeutic and/or counselling methods. Residency counts as clinical experience for psychiatrists
• Previous experience in a low resource setting (priority given to those with experience working in a humanitarian context)
• Experience with a range of psychotherapeutic methods/approaches such as systemic, cognitive-behavioural, psycho-dynamic, or client centered
• At least 6 months of clinical experience within the last two years
• Professional experience supervising, managing or training staff
• Experience in developing psycho-educational tools and/or ‘train the trainer’ courses/tools
• Professional experience in mental health issues associated with at least TWO of the following areas:
-Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
-Sexual violence
-Tuberculosis (TB)


•French or Arabic language (B2 or above)
•Experience with traumatized migrants, internally displaced people and/or refugees
•Experience with short-term therapy
• Experience across the full scope of mental health care provision for adults, adolescents and children
• Experience with individual, family and group counselling

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

MSF-USA is committed to the principles of equity, inclusion, and respect of diversity. As core principles inextricably linked to our success; equity, inclusion, and respect of diversity allow us to carry out our social mission and serve our patients.

MSF Field HR fosters diversity by embracing people of all races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, ages, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic status.

The MSF-USA Field HR Recruitment Strategy reflects MSF-USA’s strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion to ensure a highly skilled and culturally responsive workforce.

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