Mental Health Specialists

As a mental health professional you will play a critical role in our projects, both in emergency and longer term program contexts. You may be providing support to those experiencing sexual violence, suffering from the consequences of conflict, epidemics, pandemics, or as a result of natural disaster.

Experience in providing support in PTSD and Trauma based programs are especially valued,​ as is clinical experience providing support for people with severe mental illness. All Mental Health Specialists require post graduate Clinical qualifications and a minimum of 2 years post-qualification clinical experience.


The below outlines the specific criteria for each mental health profiles. 


  • You must have a Clinical Master degree in either Psychology or Counselling with relevant training for clinical practice, specialisation in clinical psychology, counselling, psychotherapy, psychopathology, neuropsychology or related subject.
  • You must be licensed to practice as a Clinical Psychologist.
  • You must have at least two years clinical experience after graduation, providing individual therapy. 
  • Experience supervising and training other mental health clinicians is highly valued.
  • Working with translators, and or experience in transcultural settings is helpful.
  • People with a medical background must display no recent gap in clinical experience greater than two years.
  • Available to work on assignment for nine months. 


  • Psychiatrists selected for assignment will usually be required to provide a combination of individual patient care, as well as supervision and training of inexperienced clinicians. 
  • Clinicians will be expected to treat mostly adults outpatient settings. 
  • Experience in child and adolescent mental health is valued.
  • MSF uses WHO validated protocols and Psychiatrists should be willing to work in a team environment in low resource settings.  
  • Resident in Psychiatry with a minimum of 3yrs experience, with at least 2 years in adult Psychiatry are also welcome to apply. 
  • People with a medical background must display no recent gap in clinical experience greater than two years.
  • Available to work on assignment for nine months.


Please apply if your skills and experience match the requirements for this role and the essential criteria for all international staff, listed above. Allow approximately 1 hour to complete to application.

All Australian and New Zealand field worker applications are processed through our Sydney office.

Before starting the application, please prepare the following:

  1. CV 
  2. Motivation letter
  3. Questionnaire (below)

Use our guide on how to write a CV (below) to help you prepare your application.

Candidates' CV and questionnaire will be reviewed and validated by an MSF Mental Health Technical Advisor prior to an interview being offered.

If you’re not yet ready to apply, use the link below to register to receive updates from our Field Human Resources team including information on upcoming recruitment events.

Mental health specialists recruitment webinar 

Meet some of our mental health specialists