Psychiatrists provide care for people who have been traumatised in the face of natural disasters, conflicts, and sexual assault. They also provide psychological care for patients who are mentally exhausted due to prolonged conflicts as well as those who deal with long-term treatment of and discrimination against illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

In some cases, a psychiatrist and a psychologist work together, while in other cases, the psychiatrist takes the lead. Psychiatrists are responsible for providing medication, medical advice, and training for local medical staff.

Most people who receive mental health care speak the local language, so counseling is provided through an interpreter. Therefore, it is also important to provide guidance and training to local interpreters.


  • Conduct individual consultation in clinical practice as a psychiatrist
  • Provide medication and medical advice
  • Support programs and teams by proposing improvements in line with MSF's goals and strategies
  • Improve working environment as needed and coordinate team efforts
  • Plan training for staff and conduct evaluations, supervision, etc.
  • Refer patients to appropriate local facilities as needed
  • Submit activity reports and manage data (patient files, forms, statistics, databases, etc.)


  • Compliance with the essential requirements for all potential candidates
  • Fellow of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), or Resident in Psychiatry with six semesters (three years) validated in psychiatry (with at least two years in adult psychiatry)
  • Professional experience in mental health issues associated with at least two of the following areas: HIV/AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual violence, trauma, tuberculosis, substance abuse
  • Minimum of two years clinical experience in a multi-disciplinary setting treating patients with psychotherapeutic and/or counseling methods
  • Available for a minimum of six months
  • Current practising certificate and must display no recent gap in clinical experience greater than two years
  • Willingness to abide by Médecins Sans Frontières medical protocols


  • Experience in child and adolescent mental health
  • Experience providing psychotherapy over a short period of time
  • Experience providing counseling tailored to the needs of an individual, group, family, etc.


Please apply if your skills and experience match the requirements for this role and all of the essential requirements for international staff, listed above. Allow approximately 1 hour to complete the application.

Before starting the application, please prepare the following:

  1. CV 
  2. Motivation letter
  3. Skills assessment for mental health professionals

Candidates' CV and questionnaire will be reviewed and validated by an MSF Mental Health Technical Advisor prior to an interview being offered.

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