Psychologist (Staff Health Care Team) at Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)

January 17, 2023
Application ends: February 10, 2023
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Job Description


Psychological Support 

  • Provide psychological support to international mobile staff, remotely and while at home.
  • Support punctually in the referrals of HQ personnel presenting mental health distress.
  • Support punctually with the medical evacuation in cases of acute mental distress, of IMS from the region.  
  • Support staff and their families during medical evacuations upon request. 
  • Advise on the management and support of team members in distress.
  • Maintain regular contact with counterparts in other PSU.
  • Create awareness on mental well-being by conducting training and psycho education. 

Coordination and implementation of psychosocial DBF procedures 

  • Carry out Pre-departure briefing.
  • Conduct return talk (personalized debriefing).
  • Refer international mobile staff to an external referral network of psychologists when needed.
  • Identify a pool of local providers in the Eastern African Region to offer further external support to the international mobile staff when needed. 
  • Follow up in between mission upon request. 

Critical Incident support 

  • Upon request by OCs support in major critical incidents as family liaison, calling and supporting other staff in the field etc. 
  • Provide support to team members affected by critical incidents upon return home if needed. 
  • Reinforce the critical incident external support team by identifying trained psychologist able to be part of this roster – with a special focus on Eastern Africa.
  • Upon request support teams evacuated to NAIROBI in close collaboration with the relevant team/departments.
  • Part of the Critical Incident management team based on role/need defined.

Building external networks

  • Identify and develop a network of psychologists in different countries in Eastern Africa to offer further psychosocial support to the IMS.
  • Organize updates and training meetings to the external network in order to ensure contextualized support is offered to the IMS upon referral.  


  • Participate in awareness and preventive programs for the psychosocial support of the IMS
  • Carry out context-specific briefings for coordinators and other key field managers.
  • Support the preparation and facilitation of training modules in the Welcome to MSF.
  • Participate in the Field HR days and offer training to the IMS as part of creating awareness around MH and Prevention. 
  • Participate in the regional mental health training conducted in the region.


  • Provide support to Missions in the region on needs basis, including training/awareness and Supervision for MH workers.
  • Participate in meetings of the Human Resources department, as well as in some other meetings of the Field HR.
  • Participate in interdisciplinary working groups of the department. 
  • Participate in the development of the annual planning of activities and resource allocation.
  • Participate in the follow up and reporting of activities and budget. 


Education and Experience

  • Essential Degree in clinical Psychology, Organization Psychology and other related field.
  • Psychologist with social and clinical experience with minimum 3yrs experience.
  • Knowledge and experience in emotional support/management of teams under crisis situations.
  • Knowledge and experience in group management.
  • Comprehension of/and work experience in the international context of MSF.
  • Experience in mental health interventions in conflict situation, violence and disaster.
  • Fluent in English – Knowledge of French & Swahili valued.
  • User-level IT skills (Microsoft Office applications).


  • Commitment to MSF’s Principles
  • Cross-cultural Awareness
  • Behavioral Flexibility
  • Stress Management
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Results and Quality Orientation
  • Service Orientation
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Teamwork and Cooperation


  • Training skills.
  • Availability to travel and to work flexible working hours.

Application deadline: 10th February 2023