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Regional Co-ordinator, Psycho-Social Support Unit (PSU)

Applications close
30 Nov 2021

Fixed term contract - December 2021 until end of 2023.

Acknowledging the risk of mental health impact associated with humanitarian relief work, MSF has established a network of Psycho-Social Support Units (PSU) based at headquarter and section level, providing support to departing and returning field workers as well as support to the field and crisis intervention where needed.

Recently, MSF has started decentralising this support service to allow for it to be available in proximity to field projects and to provide psychosocial support for national staff. The South East, East Asia and the Pacific (SEEAP) Partnership in collaboration with MSF Australia have led the SEEAP Psychosocial Support Unit pilot project in 2020-2021. The SEEAP PSU unit has currently been operational for 12 months providing support to regional missions in establishing, coordinating, monitoring and evaluating psychosocial support services delivered to MSF staff through local service providers. The SEEAP PSU has close working relationships with the PSUs of MSF Operational Centres in Europe, regional cells, and project Medical Coordinators. The pilot phase has confirmed the demand for localised psychosocial support services within the region, and the SEEAP PSU project has been enabled to continue with funding currently secured until the end of 2023.

The PSU regional coordinator will be based in one of MSF’s regional Asia offices (Sydney, Hong Kong, Tokyo or Korea) and will further develop the ongoing strategy for mental health support for MSF staff working in the SEEAP region and oversee its implementation. This is to be done in close collaboration with the MSF European Operational Centres PSUs, SEEAP PSU Psychologist and the Psychosocial Focal Point in MSF Hong Kong. The service will be available to all staff, irrespective of which operational center they are employed by.

It is important to note that the focus of this project is mental health support for MSF staff only. It is explicitly out of the scope of this project to advise on regular MSF mental health activities with patients in the respective projects.

Please refer to job description for responsibilities and selection criteria: 

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Applications MUST address individual selection criteria.  You should also write a cover letter indicating why you want to work for Médecins Sans Frontières Australia and attach a copy of your CV.

Please note that a criminal record check may be required as part of the selection process.  Applicants with criminal records will not automatically be ineligible for the position they are applying for.  Médecins Sans Frontières Australia has a Child Protection Policy in place and all employees are required to comply with this policy.

Médecins Sans Frontières Australia is committed to creating an inclusive workplace for all our staff. We believe that a diverse team helps us better serve those most in need, and we encourage people from a wide range of backgrounds to apply for this role, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and people with disabilities.

Applications contact and closure:

  • Deadline: Extended to 30 November 2021
  • Applications and enquiries to: Email: [email protected]