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.


As a psychiatrist 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. The work is mostly clinical, but 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. In most programs, local staff ensure the continuity of care. International staff psychiatrists are responsible for:

• providing individual clinical consultations
• organizing the group's therapeutic or psycho-pedagogical activities
• supporting the program and the team by suggesting improvements in line with MSF's objectives and strategies
• coordinating the team's efforts by developing and/or improving working tools if required
• identifying national staff training needs and organizing training sessions
• organizing patient referrals to adequate local facilities as needed

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



• Commitment to work in the field for a minimum of 3 month assignments (6-9 months is preferred)
• Certified psychiatrist with active license
• Minimum 2 years clinical experience (post residency) in a multi-disciplinary setting treating patients with psychotherapeutic and/or counselling methods
• Previous experience in a low resource setting (priority given to those with experience working in a humanitarian context)
• At least 6 months of clinical experience within the last two years
• Professional experience in mental health issues associated with at least TWO of the following areas:
-  Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
-  Sexual violence
-  Trauma
-  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
• Experience in community-based psycho-social or trauma focused programs
• Experience in adapting recognized and accepted therapeutic techniques in consideration of local cultural contexts
• Experience with adherence counselling and/or patient education for chronic diseases

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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