Médecins Sans Frontières - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an independent international medical relief organization, assisting populations in distress. With our teams we intervene in large-scale acute and chronic epidemics (e.g. measles, Ebola, TB and HIV), in areas of acute or chronic conflict (e.g. refugees, forced displacement, urban violence), in humanitarian crisis (e.g. nutritional programs, refugee and migrant support), in disaster relief (e.g. flooding and earthquakes) and general and specialized basic and secondary health care (e.g. in prisons, basic health care in connection with sexual reproductive health and gender based violence, reconstructive surgery or chronic disease). In all those interventions Mental Health is an integral part of our activities. To manage the Mental Health Activities in various Projects we are looking for either - French & English or Arabic & English speaking

Bilingual Psychologists

tasks and responsibilities

As mental health professional you will be responsible to coordinate and manage the mental health activities and the mental health team of one of our projects. Therefore one of your main tasks will be training and supervising counselors with varying backgrounds. Depending on the profiles that can locally be recruited they might come from completely different working fields, be peers, social workers or mental health professionals. You will have to assess the mental health needs of the target populations. In liaison with the medical, humanitarian and community engagement teams you will develop a context adapted mental health strategy and implement it together with your team.

To learn more about the job you would have in our project, please watch the videos you can find here and here

Good to know

Currently we are recruiting for our vacancies in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Chad, Yemen, Libya, Syria, Sudan, South Sudan and Afghanistan. The major part of our projects are taking place in acute or chronic crisis areas and instable contexts. Learn more about security management within our organization here and about working in acute conflict here. The living conditions in the project can be challenging due to isolation, rough climate, security and set up of the living quarters. Learn more about working and living in the projects here

MSF is financed to a high extend by private donors and started as a volunteer movement when it was founded in 1971. We therefore have a policy of modest remuneration for our international workers. All staff on international contracts will receive the same indemnity and benefits during the first year regardless of their qualification, profession and position in the project.

This is an job opening for the international movement of MSF. The recruitment process is led by the German office of MSF. After successful recruitment you would integrate into the candidate pool of one of the 29 regional MSF offices worldwide depending on your country of residence.

Our Requirements

  • Master's degree or equivalent in clinical or counselling psychology and a valid registration in your country of residence
  • Bilingual in either French & English or Arabic & English
  • A minimum of 2 years of clinical practice after degree, ideally working with a variety of clients and contexts e.g. trauma, chronic disease, substance use, migrants in both, individual therapy and group / peer work
  • Big plus: Experience in multicultural contexts
  • Big plus: experience in teaching mental health topics to professional and lay students, junior mental health professionals and colleagues in interdisciplinary health teams
  • Big plus: experience in managing teams
  • Big plus: experience in managing mental health programs / activities / structures
  • Living, working or extensive traveling experience in African, Asian or Latin American countries
  • Availability to work abroad for a minimum of 9-12 months
  • Willingness to work in accordance with MSFs humanitarian principles, charter and mission statement

What do we offer

  • Meaningful and diversified work, in which you can use your skills and creativity to make a difference for people affected by armed conflicts, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare
  • A long term perspective and career development opportunities if you would like to continue after the first assignment
  • A minimum monthly indemnity of ~ 1300 € / USD and 2 days of paid holiday per month of assignment
  • Board and modest lodging in flat / house sharing community with other international team members during the assignment
  • Round-trip transportation to and from assignment
  • A comprehensive insurance package, including health and emergency evacuation insurance

The application deadline is October 30, 2022. Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to a test within the first two weeks of November 2022.

As an international organization, we support diversity, openness and mutual respect. In line with our values, incoming applications are only evaluated for their professional qualifications and are considered regardless of ethnic and social origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age.

We look forward to your application.

Global Recruitment Berlin


Human Resources
Schwedenstr. 9, 13359 Berlin, Germany

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