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Mental Health Officer

Kenny Karpov

Being a mental health officer (MHO) with MSF is an intense but rewarding job. 
From providing psychological first aid to survivors of natural disasters to counselling HIV patients, our MHOs play a vital role in our projects. Trauma is often the most painful aspect of surviving a conflict or disaster, or living with a disease, and mental healthcare is vital for recovery.


  • Our MHOs often head a group of outreach workers and counsellors, providing care in the health facilities but also out in the community. 
  • It’s a challenging and exciting role and you would be responsible for some or all of the following:  
  • Doing a community mental health assessment 
  • Planning a mental health strategy 
  • Managing mental healthcare for an entire hospital/project 
  • Providing care for victims of sexual violence 
  • Supporting groups of displaced people 
  • Identifying and managing protection issues
  • Formal education and post qualification in one of the following: Clinical Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Social work (with additional psychological therapy qualification), Psychiatry (with additional psychological therapy qualification) 
  • Currently licensed to practice  one of the above areas with independent licensed clinical practice 
  • Two year's post-qualification experience 
  • Experience working in the field of HIV/AIDS, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), sexual violence, Tuberculosis (TB) care 
  • Experience in managing and training mental health workers 
  • Experience in the clinical supervision of others and treating trauma related problems 
  • Experience with emergency mental health/crisis interventions 
  • A second language (preferably French, Arabic, Spanish or Portuguese) 
  • Able to work well as a part of a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team 
  • Willing to work in unstable areas and ability to cope in a difficult and unpredictable environment 
  • Available for a minimum of nine to twelve months 
  • Minimum of three months’ work, volunteering or travelling experience in developing countries 
  • Fluency in English​ is essential, Arabic and French will be an asset