Licensed mental health specialists

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A woman rests with her granddaughter during an MSF support session for women in the Tenosique migrant shelter.
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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.


  • Must meet general requirements
  • Minimum commitment of 9 to 12 months
  • Must be currently licensed to practice as one of the following:
    -  Psychiatrist
    -  Clinical psychologist (PhD level)
    -  Psychiatric nurse
    -  Clinical Social Worker
    -  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 work experience. Psychiatrists are eligible to apply post-residency.
  • 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
  • Conversational French or Arabic 

How to apply