Mental Health Advisor at Medecins Sans Frontieres

Medecins Sans Frontieres is a private, non-profit international humanitarian organization dedicated to providing medical assistance to populations in crisis, without discrimination and regardless of race, religion, creed or political affiliation.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Mental Health Advisor

Location: Nigeria

Main Purpose

  • Define, implement and coordinate all mental health related activities in the project area; ensuring the quality of care, analyzing statistics and reports, managing staff involved in mental health related activities according to MSF protocols in order to provide the most appropriate support for patients.


  • Identify the need of MH support in the population within the scope of the project and participate to the setting up of MSF strategy accordingly
  • Participate in the definition, planning, organization and update of the mental health activities and its budgeting, in close collaboration with other medical team members, in order to ensure an efficient and effective use of the resources needed while maintaining high levels of quality in Mental Health MSF activities.
  • Ensure the implementation of all Mental Health standard protocols and methodologies set by MSF and supervise their application by all professionals under his/her responsibility, in order to provide the most appropriate treatment for patients
  • Plan and supervise, in close coordination with the HR department, the associated processes (recruitment, training/induction, evaluation, potential detection, development and communication) of the staff under his/her responsibility in order to ensure both the sizing and the amount of knowledge required.
  • Supervise and ensure thJob Vacancy atmental health activities (in and outside health facilities), with the clients are performed with regular follow-up and according to all MSF protocols and standards in order to provide the most appropriate treatment for clients with psycho social problems ensuring mental health team is calm and neutral during sessions regardless of personal feelings and/or beliefs.
  • Review and develop the technical material, tools, guidelines and documents elaborated for the mental health activities in order to develop appropriate support for patients
  • Do a mapping and its regular update of the existing services, including other INGO’s, local NGO’s, community groups and governmental health services, etc and maintain regular communication and collaboration according to objectives and context.
  • Ensure good communication with the other components of the project
  • Ensures, in close collaboration with medical department, thJob Vacancy atmental health department participates in counselling, prevention parent to child transmission (PPTCT) and voluntary counselling and testing (VTC) activities when needed, and according to existing protocols in force Job Vacancy atany time..
  • Monitor and evaluate mental health support activities (define indicators and follow up tools, collect and analyze data, report regularly about mental health activities, etc.) in order to have reliable information about activities and adapt them accordingly. Participates in monthly reports according to guidelines (SitRep, statistical report, etc.)
  • Share problematic situations and cases with the Medical Coordinator for help with decision making and problem resolution.
  • Ensure thJob Vacancy atpsychiatric patients coming to MSF facilities receive proper treatment including psychotropic medication and psychosocial support either within a MSF program or thru referral to an appropriate resource.
  • Identify possible advocacy issues and inform MC and PC before taking any action. Advocacy is not under Mental Health Activities Manager accountabilities.
  • Provide training and supervision on a regular basis.
  • Ensure translators are trained about terminology and appropriate behavior during sessions.
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  • Degree/Master’s qualification in Psychology or MD degree with specialization in psychiatry.


  • Essential working experience of Job Vacancy atleast two years as clinical psychologist
  • Desirable working experience with MSF or other NGOs.
  • Desirable working experience in developing countries.


  • Mission working language essential.


  • People Management.
  • Commitment.
  • Flexibility.
  • Results.
  • Teamwork.


  • Duration of the contract Fix Term Contract
  • Salary / Indemnities Salary defined by the MSF-Spain salary grid, additional monthly living allowance, lodging provided Job Vacancy atthe organization’s guesthouse/or housing allowance, transportation costs covered, provision of medical, life, and repatriation insurance.

Application Closing Date
11th October, 2016.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV’s and cover motivation letter under the reference “MH Advisor Nigeria” to:


  • Candidate should submit their CV and cover letter in ONE file and name the file with their Last name
  • Replies will only be sent to short-listed candidates.
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