Deadline for application: 14th September 2021

Duty Station: Mathare

Duration: 6 months probationary contract, extendable based on performance

Médecins Sans Frontières France Mathare Project is looking to fill the position of a Psychologist. The successful candidate reports to the SGBV/Mental Health Supervisor.

Objective of the Position:

The Psychologist will be providing psychological support to patients according to MSF principles, standards and procedures in order to improve the patients’ mental health.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

1. Provision of counselling activities in the Trauma/SGBV clinics

Liaise closely with other departments in the programme to enable open communication and ensure smooth referral of patients
Attend supervisor meetings, discussing relevant issues concerning the counselling department.
Reinforce confidentiality in the clinics
Order requests of commodities and stationery for the department activities
2. Psychological care for SGBV patients and other Mental health emergencies

Provide patient centered psychological care for clients according to MSF guidelines.
Sensitize the medical team to recognize psychological disorders and to refer patients to the psychologist for further assessment and management
Ensure the patients receive open-minded support regarding their right to choose, especially in delicate issues like TOP, desire for a child, marital discrepancy etc.
Provide psychotherapy interventions for patients with complicated psychological diagnosis and evaluate the necessity of referral for external support or for a 2nd opinion
Referral of acute mental health emergencies and follow up of the patients in referral facilities (together with MAM)
3. Continuous Medical Education (CME) presentations about psychological disorders

To participate in CMEs and on job training for staff on trauma cases, SGBV cases, child development, counselling techniques etc. The counsellors should be encouraged to present with your support and input.
Participate in training new Staff or other health workers from MOH/ other organizations
Develop treatment literacy sessions and provide materials and tools.
Train and supervise counsellors and expert patients, as needed, to conduct such sessions with the involvement of the medical team
Provide health education materials for patients


Education: Degree in Clinical Psychology.

Experience: Psycho-social counselling experience of at least 2 years.

Previous experience with MSF or other NGOs is an added advantage

Languages: Fluency in English and Kiswahili is a must, other local languages is a plus.

Knowledge: Good knowledge of computer operation, word and excel

Competencies: Supervision, monitoring & evaluation, quality assessments and training needs analysi


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Candidates meeting the above qualifications are requested to submit a motivation letter and an updated Curriculum Vitae as one file mentioning on the subject email line, “Psychologist”,

Applications must be received by the deadline. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. MSF is an equal Employer and does not charge any application/ recruitment fee.

About Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)

Médecins sans frontières (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders, is an international humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization (NGO) and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, best known for its projects in war-torn regions and developing countries facing endemic diseases. It was founded in France in response to the Biafran War. The organization is known in most of the world by its localized name or simply as MSF; in Canada and the United States the name Doctors Without Borders is commonly used. In 2015 over 30,000, mostly local, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, logistical experts, water and sanitation engineers and administrators provided medical aid in over 70 countries. These doctors and nurses decided to volunteer their time to solve issues of world health. Private donors provide about 90% of the organization's funding, while corporate donations provide the rest, giving MSF an annual budget of approximately US$750 million