Counsellor Job Vacancy 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.

The French Section of Medecins Sans Frontieres is recruiting for its project in Maiduguri, Borno State:

Job Title: Psychologist/Counsellor

Location: MSF Maiduguri Project, Maiduguri, Borno

Main Purpose

  • Provide psychological support to patients according to MSF principles and protocols in order to improve the patients’ mental health.


  • Provide psychological support and psychotherapy sessions (individual, family, group) to patients exposed to the insurgency, according to MSF protocols to improve their mental health conditions
  • Carry out evaluation of psychological and mental health needs of patients and establish a plan of treatment
  • Implement the Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) protocol, identify possible victims of SGBV and refer them to the medical team so that they receive the necessary treatment. Carry out psychological support accordingly
  • Be pro-active in meeting the patients and have capacity to adapt and work in non-classical context
  • Collect statistical and monitoring data about mental health activities
  • Work in close collaboration with translators in order to ensure that appropriate terminology and behaviour are used during sessions.
  • Inform the supervisor and the medical team about any issues or problems that may arise related to patients’ treatment in order to provide the best possible solution from a medical perspective
  • Ensure that all patient information is kept confidential
  • Ensure partnership with any other actors involved in Mental Health
  • Diagnose any psychological or psychiatric disorder and if necessary, refer the patient to the medical team/psychiatric hospital in order to receive drug treatment.
  • Inform the patient and his/her relatives about the possible consequences of the illness
  • Refer patients to other health professionals whenever necessary in order to provide the most appropriate treatment
  • Work along with the medical teams to ensure a comprehensive approach of all patients treated
  • Assist and train staff members and resourceful people whenever necessary in order to enhance the scope of MH activities


  • Education: Essential Degree or Diploma in Psychology/ female preferably
  • Psychologist/Counsellor with Experience in Victimology
  • Languages: English, Hausa, Kanuri would be an asset
  • Knowledge: Desirable computer literacy (word, excel and internet)
  • Experience: 2 years’ experience minimum as a Psychologist Desirable previous experience with MSF or other NGO’s in developing countries.

Local contract (3 months with possibility of extension) – 208 working hours per month and roster flexibility required.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their CV, copies of Diplomas, qualifications and a cover letter to:

MSF Maiduguri Office,
Plot 82, Old GRA (behind Lagos house),
Kolo Road Galtimari,
Borno State,

Send by email to: [email protected]

NB: only successful applicants will be called for interview

Application Deadline  4th October, 2015.

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