Psychiatrist at Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) - Spain

Posted on: Thu 29-02-2024

Medecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid in more than 60 countries to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from healthcare.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Psychiatrist

Locations: Shinkafi & Zurmi - Zamfara

Level: 9

Contract Period: Six Months

Possibility of extension: Yes

Contract: 208 working hours per month

Main Purpose

To collaborate with MSF medical staff on the integration of psychiatric treatment with healthcare services to ensure the quality treatment of patients suffering from severe and common psychiatric disorders.

Job Description

  • Ensure quality of treatment for patients suffering from severe and common psychiatric disorders with specific attention to the cultural context.
  • Provide ongoing training and supervision to medical staff (doctors and nurses) on diagnosis and treatment of severe and common mental health disorders according to mhGAP and MSF protocol.
  • Provide training and supervision to medical staff on diagnosis and management of epilepsy based on MSF protocols.
  • Closely work with MHAM and PMR to analyze and improve the setup of psychiatric care and psychiatric clinics.
  • Participate as a member of the mental health team in clinical supervision and case discussions.
  • Provide training and support on mental exams, diagnosis, and non-pharmacological management of mental disorders to psychologists and counselors, if required by MHAM.
  • Ensure that MSF protocol and psychotropic medications from the MSF standard drug list are available in the project.
  • Work in collaboration with the pharmacist and PMR to do the IMO for the psychiatric cohort.
  • Ensure that proper information on treatment and follow up are collected to monitor the provision of care and proper use of psychiatric files.
  • Collect the information in the psychiatric database and send it every month to the Mental Health Advisor. With MHAM allocate someone who updates the psychiatric database in the absence of a psychiatrist.
  • every month collaborate with MHAM to analyze the psychiatric cohort and challenges and suggest alternatives to overcome those challenges.
  • Establish collaboration/communication with medical specialties in the project to achieve a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care. This includes other actors and pathway referrals to other mental health facilities.
  • Evaluate available psychiatric services local/regional/national, including possibilities for psychiatric hospitalization and the quality of these services, according to the needs and delegation of MHAM.


Educational Qualification:

Desirable Medical Doctor Degree, specialized training in psychiatry


  • Essential working experience as a psychiatrist
  • Experience in training and supervision
  • Previous experience in similar jobs in the field of humanitarian aid with MSF or other NGOs


English and Hausa


  • Capacity to work in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills


  • As per the MSF salary scale (National contract)

How to Apply

Submit to MSF Spain Office at:

MSF-Spain Office,

Shinkafi, Behind Old Intercontinental Bank,

By Coppers Lodge, Shinkafi,

Zamfara State.


MSF Office,

Zurmi General Hospital,

Zamfara State.

Note: MSF encourages women and people with disabilities to apply