• Psychologist at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

  • Posted on: 7 November, 2016 Deadline: 10 November, 2016
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  • Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent international medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid in more than 60 countries to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters or exclusion from healthcare.

    MSF-Spain is currently recruiting to fill the following position for its operations in Yobe State.



    Grade: 7

    Application Deadline:  November 10, 2016 at 5:00pm

    Salary: As per the MSF salary scale (national contract)

    Movements (project visits): According to MH programme planning, 100% travel inside Nigeria according to the IDP movement.

    Note: This is a local position in Damaturu and there will be no relocation benefit.

    Scope of Responsibilities:

    Purpose of the Position

    • Perform the mental health and psychosocial (MHPS) consultations (individual, and if necessary group)
    • Collaborate with the MHO towards quality implementation of MHPS activities in the project

    Operational / Technical Responsibilities

    Patient Care & Clinical supervision

    • Provide individual and group mental health support for population at risk (adults and children, IDP or Hosted community): support coping process of the population and mobilize their inner resources for processing traumatic experiences and finding new life perspective
    • If possible visit beneficiaries at home/tent/shelter in order to assess needs and follow up evolution when required.
    • Refer patients to other health professionals whenever necessary
    • To make suggestions for improvement at mental health care units on regular basis.
    • To be responsible for well-being and security of patients through all the activities.
    • Ensure awareness to improve detection of mental health symptoms and signs, discussion of difficult cases, referrals etc
    • To complete professional supervision record according to MSF standards.
    • Maintain at all times a respectful attitude towards population, patients.
    • To ensure the good flow of patients from Counsellors to psychiatrists (if necessary)


    • Assist in the trainings (initial and follow-up) of CMWs, peer counsellors and other staff members and resourceful people from the community.
    • Provide psycho-education or other psychosocial activities to the community, when required and if accessibility allows
    • To implement training modules in accordance with MSF training manual.
    • To work closely in collaboration with hierarchical superior to assess training needs.
    • To assist in the preparation of handouts and materials and to implement objective methods of evaluation for these training modules.
    • To undertake trainings sessions according to the needs and to the accessibility.

    Additional Activities


    • Participate in creation of any material needed for the MH activities.
    • Look after all equipment provided.


    • Ensure cleanliness of psychologists’ areas ( consultation office,…..)
    • Reporting
    • Ensure that confidentiality is maintained regarding all patient cases and records.
    • Keep record and statistics of daily activities
    • Fill in the forms of the patients
    • Enter info of the files of the patients into the data base (computer of MHO)
    • Inform line manager of any problems that might be linked to work of psychologists as well as problematic equipment or material (ex. broken, missing).

    Other activities

    • Be aware of any document regarding detailed responsibilities of psychologists (ex. protocols, reports to be done).
    • Actively participate in team meetings (planning and case management meetings) and possible trainings.
    • Provide training to new members of the team and help them with the transition into the new role
    • Familiarize his/herself with the internal regulations and guidelines of the office and follow these guidelines during work time.
    • Accomplish any task that s/he is asked by his/her supervisor.
    • To develop good working relationships with cultural mediators, peer counsellors, CMHWs and public/private sector mental health care unit staff.

    Responsibilities towards MSF

    Commitment to MSF

    • Availability for emergencies
    • General knowledge of MSF
    • To have general understandings of the association, it’s functioning, structure and values (charter).
    • To be aware of MSF charter, objectives and activities in general and in the working context.


    • To participate actively in meetings and trainings.


    • To be fully aware of sensitivity of the context in the mission.

    Cooperation With Other Departments

    • To be aware of security rules and situation in the field at all time.
    • To be aware of activities of other departments and respect specific rules and procedures.

    Information Source

    • To be aware of social and political situation and keeps information up-to-date.
    • To pass on all relevant information related to MSF scope of action and context.
    • To advise on various topics (culture, economy, politics, etc.).
    • To translate documents and/or interprets conversation when necessary.

    Recruitment Criteria


    • University degree or equivalent in psychology – clinical or counselling psychology

    Experience MSF

    • Not required

    Outside MSF

    • Desirable: Experience in clinical psychology and working with patient


    • R – English ; R- Houssa; R – Kanouri
    • F – Fluent |  B – Basic  |  R – Required  |  A – An asset


    • Planning and organizational skills,
    • People-centred Management skills,
    • Communication skills,
    • Negotiation skills
    • Ability to work as an active member of a multi-cultural team

    Personal Qualities

    • Interpersonal skills,
    • Having respectful attitude with multi-cultural flexibility or experience.
    • Calm, patience, Confidentiality, strong sense of integrity, good stress management skills.

    Method of Application

    All potential job applicants should send by November 10, 2016 at 5:00pm their CV and motivation letter only:

    • By email to: damaturuproject@gmail.com
    • Or in person at MSF office, Yakubu Bello House Damaturu Low Cost, Near Yobe Scholar Academy – New Jerusalem.

    Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

    Closing Date: 10th November, 2016.

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