Work abroad as a psychologist/psychiatrist for humanitarian organization

Lékaři bez hranic in Czech Republic, o.p.s.

Place of work
Africa, Asia, South America, Abroad - Others
Contract type
full-time, agreement-based (Temporary jobs)

Information about the position

Job description, responsibilities and duties

Have you ever thought of doing a challenging job abroad? Would you like to use your professional skills to improve somebody’s life? Are you willing to leave your family for several months to go and work in a developing country? Do you sympathize with the causes of MSF?
If you answered “yes” to at least one of these questions, read further!

With ongoing conflicts around the world as well as the occurrence of natural disasters, the need for mental health professionals with experience in dealing with trauma has increased in MSF projects.

The main task of mental health professionals during their mission with MSF is training local specialists in crisis intervention and psycho-social first aid. Together with the local staff, they attempt to help victims come to terms with traumatic experiences after war and displacement or deportation, by means of counseling, modeling, and art therapy, as well as through occupational therapy.

Examples of tasks that a psychologist would be involved in at the field level include:
• Define the orientation and content of therapeutic activities and work on the sustainability of psycho-social programs.
• Supervise the work of national psychologists, psycho-social workers, and national counsellors in the mental health centres (MHC) in the field.
• Co-ordinate with the national psychologist the psycho-education component (including training, material used, and development of material).
• Supervise the national psychologist in workshops and group activities developed on specific topics (i.e., conflict resolution) in the community.
• Ensure national psychologists adhere to the charter of professional ethics (relating to confidentiality, appropriate sexual behavior, etc).
• Through the development of the activities be aware of identifying specific issues that may need to be addressed, and areas where collaboration with the medical team may be important (i.e., reproductive health).
• Assist national psychologists, psycho-social workers, and national counsellors in the MHC and provide them with training through clinical supervision, seminars, workshops, etc.
• Facilitate case studies discussion with the psychologists in the field.
• Implement and monitor the use of psychotropic drugs for the severe cases that we encounter.
• Facilitate/organize the collection of data, its analysis and inclusion in monthly reports.

Special Requirements:
*Completed specialization (for psychologists, a completed degree in clinical psychology)
*Experience with PTSD trauma therapy is a must
*International and multi-cultural experience
*Available for a mission of 6 to 9 months
* Very good knowledge of English essential, other languages (in particular French) are a major advantage

WE OFFER:
• Working contract for the duration of the assignment with a monthly gross salary of 1,050 EUR
• Demanding but also very rewarding work
• Working as part of a multicultural team
• Coverage of all mission-related costs (travel, accommodation, insurance)
• Professional and personal enrichment

RECRUITMENT PROCESS
1. Attendance at an information evening where you can learn more about the organization and its work, and speak with experienced field personnel regarding the roles in the field. You may then submit your application.

2. If your application passes the initial screening, we will then check your professional/technical qualifications.

3. All candidates must then take part in an interview and assessment in our Vienna office.

If you are interested in working for MSF, please sign up for the information evening/online webinar on http://www.lekari-bez-hranic.cz/cz/informacni-vecery.

For further information please contact us by email at hr@lekari-bez-hranic.cz, call +420 257 090 155, or visit our website at www.lekari-bez-hranic.cz/cz/prace-v-terenu.

Information about the selection process

The genocide in Rwanda in 1994, civil wars and massacres in countries like Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sierra Leone or Kosovo, lasting crises like those in Burundi, Indonesia or the Palestinian territories confronted MSF in the mid nineties for the first time with the necessity to also deliver aid for mental diseases. The need for psychotherapists and psychologists with experience in dealing with trauma has therefore increased in MSF' projects.

Their main task during their mission with MSF is training local specialists in crisis intervention and psycho-social first aid. Together with local staff they attempt to help victims to come to terms with traumatic experiences after war and deportation of people, by means of counselling, modelling and painting therapy, as well as through occupational therapy. Furthermore it is their job to work on and develop national education strategies.

Requirements for the employee

Candidates with education suit the position

University education (Master's degree)
Postgraduate (Doctorate)

Number of years of experience

2

Personality requirements and skills

*Completed specialization (for Psychologists completed education in clinical Psychology)
*Experience with PTSD trauma therapy is a must
*International and multi-cultural experience
*At least six to nine months of availability for a mission
*Spoken and written English is necessary, other language especially French is advantageous

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Brief description of the company

Lékaři bez hranic/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, exclusion from healthcare and natural disasters. MSF operates in almost 70 countries worldwide with almost 3,000 international and 31,000 national staff in the field. In 1999 MSF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Number of employees

1000 an more employees

Company address

Lékaři bez hranic in Czech Republic, o.p.s.
Seifertova 555/47
130 00 Praha 3
http://www.lekari-bez-hranic.sk

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ID: 723623   Datum zveřejnění: 13.9.2016