As an MSF Psychiatrist, you will collaborate with MSF medical staff on the integration of psychiatric treatment with basic healthcare services in order to insure the treatment of patients suffering from severe and common psychiatric disorders. Your role will be to propose, implement and improve treatments for patients with mental health conditions, using strategies and tools adapted to the context and culture. MSF offers a range of psychology and psychiatry activities depending on the program type and context: programs integrated into hospital activities, psychiatric and psychological consultations, programs offering specific care for trauma (conflicts, sexual violence) and certain diseases (tuberculosis, AIDS).
Your general responsibilities
Provide treatment for patients suffering from severe and common psychiatric disorders, paying special attention to the cultural context
• Participate as a member of the mental health team when present and offer supervision and support to national psychologists and counsellors
• Ensure that guidelines and psychotropic medications from the MSF standard drug list are available in the project
• Ensure that proper data regarding treatments and follow up are collected (for the purpose of monitoring the provision of care)
• Evaluate psychiatric services available in-country, including possibilities for psychiatric hospitalization and the quality of those services
• Establish collaboration/communication with medical specialties in order to achieve a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care
• Train and supervise national and international staff in the diagnosis and treatment of severe and common mental health disorders according to MSF guidelines. Depending on our activities and needs, your responsibilities may be adapted and evolve according to the specificities of each project. You will not be facing these challenges alone – other MSF team members, both international and locally hired staff, will provide technical support, including extensive guidelines and protocols. The selection of project location will depend on your competencies, professional experiences and the needs in the field.
• Education Psychiatry specialization diploma required or residents in Psychiatry with 3 years of specialization
• Experience At least 2 year working experience in adult psychiatry. Desirable experience of working with vulnerable populations, in violent contexts, intercultural exposure, treating patients and experience with cognitive behavioral techniques and counselling. Recent clinical experience (at least six months within the last 24 months)
• Languages Fluency in English French and any other languages are an asset
• Knowledge Computer literacy
• Competencies Commitment to MSF’s work and values Strong team player. Willingness to work in all kinds of contexts worldwide, including unstable areas. Adaptable and able to work in a multicultural team. Flexible and able to manage stress. Self-driven with a solution-oriented approach. Ability to train others.
• Availability As soon as possible for 3 months minimum
As an expatriate leaving to the field, you will receive:
• An exciting work experience as your skills will make a difference to the people around you
• Initial training before your first mission
• Detailed briefing on identified project
• Psychosocial assistance before, during or after mission
• Remuneration (indemnity salary based on previous work experience and country of residency)
• Salary: calculated according to MSF salary grid, based on experience and residency. Welfare coverage, such as medical care and vaccination package, accident insurance, including repatriation • Food and accommodation
• Perdiem (calculated according to local cost of living) to cover daily expenses
• Travel costs and visa administration
• Debriefing and personal career planning as well as training opportunities
• Contract for the duration of the mission
• One week of holiday for every three months of mission
• Departure on mission is non-accompanied (no family or couple departures).
Working with MSF is helping people in danger in the field. Your skills are needed in the context of primary health care (natural catastrophes, population displacements), chronic conflicts or within the scope of particular medical projects. By joining MSF, you are committing yourself to a recognized international associative movement, with a specific approach to humanitarian help. You advocate for the situations you have seen on the field. You benefit from a personalized carrier follow-up, you develop competencies and on the long term gain responsibilities. For more information on our recruitment criteria or working conditions, you are welcome to check our website: https://www.msf.ch/en/work-with-us
MSF is a civil society initiative that brings together individuals committed to the assistance of other human beings in crisis. As such MSF is by choice an association. Each individual working with MSF does it out of conviction and is ready to uphold the values and principles of MSF. For more information on the MSF Charta, please read here: https://www.msf.org/who-we-are Covid19
• Due to the Covid19 pandemic and current global travel/transport restrictions, there may be potential departure delays to the project location – we therefore ask you to remain flexible
• Field assignment will be confirmed after staff health validation.
How to apply
Interested candidates should forward their complete application (resume, letter of motivation and diploma) to [email protected] stating “PSYCHIATRIST” in the subject line.
These positions are needed urgently. However, job openings are ongoing all year round as there are several positions to fill. The deadline for applications is 30 of August 2020. The applications will be treated confidentially. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.