Our Mental Health Specialists work with people suffering from various levels of distress related to conflict or natural disasters, with victims of sexual violence or people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition, you could be asked to develop programmes and to train local mental health workers.


  • Formal education and post qualification in one of the following: Clinical Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Social work (with additional psychological therapy qualification), Psychiatry (with additional psychological therapy qualification)
  • Currently licensed to practice  one of the above areas with independent licensed clinical practice
  • Experience working in the field of HIV/AIDS, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Sexual Violence, Tuberculosis (TB) care
  • Experience in managing and training mental health workers
  • Experience in the clinical supervision of others and treating trauma related problems
  • Experience with emergency mental health/crisis interventions
  • A second language (preferably French, Arabic, Spanish or Portuguese)
  • 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

MSF is currently looking for Mental Health Specialists with good French skills. English speaking candidates are welcome to apply. However, if you speak French to a level where you can be placed in a French speaking mission such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Chad or Central African Republic, you are much more likely to be accepted onto the MSF register. Arabic skills are also in demand.

MSF Mental Health Specialists