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.

Mental Health Nursing

  • Clinical Nurses with a minimum of 5 years experience in clinical psychiatry, preferably in outpatient settings, may also be considered for mental health specialist roles. 
  • Extensive experience and training in counselling is required. 
  • Case management experience, particularly for patients with severe mental disorder, is highly valued. 
  • Experience supervising, training and managing other mental health clinicians is also an asset.  
  • Note: we are not currently hiring for this role due to no need for it on our projects.

Non-Clinical Case Workers

We regularly receive applications from highly skilled case non-clinical case workers, and in particular those with refugee casework experience. Whilst we recognise the importance and value that caseworkers have to offer, we do not currently have opportunities for non-clinical case workers


The essential criteria is an overview of the minimum requirements for international staff (in addition to the profile requirements above). Please note, these can change without prior notice in response to organisational needs. To work overseas with MSF, every applicant must meet the following requirements:

Work in a diverse team

The ability to work and live in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams in contexts that are often complex, unstable and isolated, requiring strict respect for the local culture, teams and security rules in force.

Experience working in remote, low resource and low tech settings

Clinical/working experience in environments with limited human resources, materials and equipment.  Access to electricity can be unreliable, running water may not be available, medical and other equipment may be in short supply and computer systems may be basic.

Management experience

Most assignments will involve supervision or management of teams and will require experience in: capacity building, training, planning and administration and performance management.

Commitment to the goals and values of MSF

Adhere to the MSF Charter and to our managerial values: Respect, Transparency, Integrity, Accountability, Trust and Empowerment.

Commitment to a career with MSF

Committment for 2+ assignments. We are looking for people that want to commit to multiple assignments and a long-term career in humanitarian aid. Hiring and training an employee is a major investment for MSF and we want to hire international staff who want to grow within the organisation. 

Flexibility and adaptability

Contexts, environments, team composition can change quickly. Flexibility and adaptability are critical for a successful MSF assignment.

Work independently and use initiative

MSF assignments are demanding and every staff member must be able to manage their responsibilities and workload in a professional manner, with minimum direction.     

Ability to cope with stress

Many MSF projects are located in or near conflict areas. The environment is often chaotic and you will face various challenges. International staff must be able to cope with stress in a difficult and unpredictable environment.                 


Language skills

Knowledge of French or Spanish, or willing to learn. 
Other languages including Portuguese, Russian or Arabic are an asset.


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