Consultant Psychologist at Medecins Sans Frontieres

Consultant Psychologist at Medecins Sans Frontieres

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. Our actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of neutrality and impartiality. A worldwide movement MSF was founded in Paris, France in 1971. Its principles are described in the organisation’s founding charter. It is a non-profit, self-governed organisation. Today, MSF is a worldwide movement of 24 associations, bound together as MSF International, based in Switzerland. Thousands of health professionals, logistical and administrative staff – most of whom are hired locally – work on programmes in some 70 countries worldwide. Humanitarian action MSF’s work is based on humanitarian principles. We are committed to bringing quality medical care to people caught in crisis, regardless of race, religion or political affiliation. MSF operates independently. We conduct our own evaluations on the ground to determine people’s needs. More than 90 per cent of our overall funding comes from millions of private sources, not governments. MSF is neutral. We do not take sides in armed conflicts, we provide care on the basis of need, and we push for independent access to victims of conflict as required under international humanitarian law. Bearing witness and speaking out MSF medical teams often witness violence and neglect in the course of their work, largely in regions that receive scant international attention. At times, MSF may speak out publicly in an effort to bring a forgotten crisis to public attention, to alert the public to abuses occurring beyond the headlines, to criticise the inadequacies of the aid system, or to challenge the diversion of humanitarian aid for political interests. Quality medical care MSF rejects the idea that poor people deserve third-rate medical care and strives to provide high-quality care to patients. In 1999, when MSF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the organisation announced the money would go towards raising awareness of and fighting against neglected diseases. Through the Access Campaign, and in partnership with the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, this work has helped lower the price of HIV/AIDS treatment and stimulated research and development for medicines to treat malaria and neglected diseases like sleeping sickness and kala azar.

  • Job Type Full Time
  • Experience 5 years
  • Location Abuja , Zamfara

Main Purpose

  • The psychologist / psychiatric consultant will be providing Staff Care Unit will cooperate providing psychosocial support to the teams, either in individual or in group sessions.
  • The psychologist will have direct communication and will depend functionally on the Staff Care Unit (psy support), and hierarchically of the medical coordination in the mission.

Job Description

  • To provide mental health support to MSF, national staff either in group or individual sessions at the field level and coordination.
  • Visiting MSF projects in Zamfara state to provide Mental health and psychosocial support to staff.
  • In case of an urgent need, provide psychological support to the national staff members affected (group and individual debriefing) when delegated by the Staff Care Unit.
  • Employing an empathetic and non-judgmental clinical approach in carrying out evaluation of mental health needs of MSF Spain staff and establishing a diagnosis and a plan of treatment.
  • Identify the major stressors to staff in the projects and recommend possible solutions to medical coordination and project medical referent.
  • Providing psychological support and psychotherapy sessions (individual, family, group) to patients according to MSF protocols to improve the mental health conditions of MSF Nigeria staff.
  • Developing and sharing tools for psychosocial and mental health interventions.
  • Developing and facilitating workshops and trainings relevant to psycho-social issues the teams are facing in the field such as stress management, psychological first aid, vicarious trauma, burnout, and trauma.
  • Assisting and training staff members and resourceful people whenever necessary to enhance the scope of MH activities. Working in close collaboration with translators to ensure appropriate terminology and behavior during sessions.
  • Collecting and reporting statistical and monitoring data about staff support activities.
  • Providing immediate MHPSS intervention in case of a critical incident within the mission.
  • Ensuring that all patient information is kept confidential.


  • Essential Degree or Diploma in Psychology.


  • Essential 5 years experience minimum as a psychologist.
  • Essential clinical experience.
  • Desirable previous experience with MSF or other NGOs in developing countries.


  • Mission language is essential.
  • Local language desirable.


  • Essential computer literacy (word, excel, and internet).


  • Consultancy Fee: Level 10 + Allowance
  • According to MSF National Salary Scale

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Apply online
The candidates should send a Hard Copy of their applications to:
MSF Katsina Office,
Plot No. 1 Block ‘’J’’ KPL 201,
New Government House,
Katsina State.

Important Information

The application must include:

  • Complete CV with Cover letter and copies of all certificates and diplomas mentioned in the CV
  • Applicant Contact details and ID, and contact of references mentioned in the application.


  • Please make sure to submit your application on or before this date.
  • Only successful applicants will be called for next steps and are obligated to disclose any information about family member (s) currently in the employ of MSF-France in any location.
  • No monetary transactions, neither demands of favours in kind, nor other types of favouritism will be tolerated in the MSF recruitment process.
  • MSF reserves the right to refuse hiring a candidate having benefitted from any such acts. All illicit demands may be pursued through the judicial system.
  • MSF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages any Nigerian citizen to apply irrespective of race, gender, religion, creed, political affiliation.


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