Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) – Mental Health Officer.

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Being a mental health officer (MHO) with MSF is an intense but rewarding job. 
From providing psychological first aid to survivors of natural disasters to counselling HIV patients, our MHOs play a vital role in our projects. Trauma is often the most painful aspect of surviving a conflict or disaster, or living with a disease, and mental healthcare is vital for recovery.


Our MHOs often head a group of outreach workers and counsellors, providing care in the health facilities but also out in the community. 

It’s a challenging and exciting role and you would be responsible for some or all of the following:

  • Doing a community mental health assessment
  • Planning a mental health strategy
  • Managing mental healthcare for an entire hospital/project
  • Providing care for victims of sexual violence
  • Supporting groups of displaced people
  • Identifying and managing protection issues


  • Postgraduate education in one of the following: Clinical Psychology or Psychiatry along with 2 years post qualification experience
  • Currently licensed to practice  one of the above areas with independent licensed clinical practice
  • Experience in managing and training mental health workers
  • Experience in the clinical supervision of others and treating trauma related problems
  • Able to work well as a part of a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team
  •  Willing to work in unstable areas and ability to cope in a difficult and unpredictable environment
  • Available for a minimum of nine to twelve months
  • Minimum of three months’ work, volunteering or travelling experience in developing countries
  • Fluency in English is essential
  • A second language (preferably French, Arabic, Spanish or Portuguese)
  • Experience working in the field of HIV/AIDS, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), sexual violence, Tuberculosis (TB) care
  • Experience with emergency mental health/crisis interv

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