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  • Posted: Nov 22, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
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  • Médecins sans frontières (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders, is an international humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization (NGO) and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, best known for its projects in war-torn regions and developing countries facing endemic diseases.
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    Mental Health Officer

    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

    Responsibilities 

    • 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

    Requirements

    • 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 
    • Two year's post-qualification experience 
    • 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 
    • Fluency in English​ is essential, Arabic and French will be an asset

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on careers.msf-applications.org to apply

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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