Mental health specialists implement and administer mental health programs in the field through the set-up, monitoring, and/or evaluation of culturally and socially appropriate psychosocial interventions.

As a mental health specialist with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) you may work with 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. Work may occasionally include direct clinical care, 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.

Individuals currently licensed to practice as clinical social workers, clinical psychologists (PhD level), psychiatric nurses, or psychiatrists 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.


  • Must meet general requirements
  • Minimum commitment of 9 to 12 months
  • Must be currently licensed to practice as one of the following:
    -  Clinical social worker
    -  Clinical psychologist (PhD level)
    -  Psychiatric nurse
    -  Other mental health licensure (at Master's or Doctorate level) will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • At least 2 years of independent, licensed clinical practice
  • Experience with at least one of the following:
    -  HIV/AIDS
    -  Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    -  Sexual Violence
    -  Trauma
    -  Tuberculosis (TB)


  • Experience in community-based mental health programs
  • Experience with short-term therapy
  • Education and experience in 'training the trainer'
  • Experience with both adults and children
  • Managerial and supervisory experience
  • HIV/AIDS counseling experience
  • PTSD counseling experience
  • Experience with migrants and/or traumatized refugees
  • Experience with clinical supervision
  • Experience with emergency mental health/crisis intervention