Médecins sans Frontières, Manipur recruits Mental Health Officer


Mental Health Officer
Médecins sans Frontières Holland / OCA
Location: Manipur
Last Date: August 18, 2010
Email: msfh-india-admin@field.amsterdam.msf.org

Médecins sans Frontières Holland / OCA

Mental Health Officer

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) or Doctors without Borders is an international humanitarian medical aid organization working in more than 70 countries worldwide. Médecins Sans Frontières is neutral, impartial, independent, and not linked to any political party or governmental body. Our teams provide emergency medical assistance to people in need, irrespective of their nationality, race or religion. In 1996, MSF received the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development and in 1999 MSF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

MSF has worked in India since 1999 and provides medical treatment to hundreds of thousands of patients, in remote areas in states including Bihar, Manipur, Assam, Jammu & Kashmir, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Jharkhand, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, with the full cooperation and appreciation of the Ministry of Home Affairs, state and district authorities. In 2008, MSF treated more than 400,000 patients. Our organization has also assisted victims of emergencies including the Gujarat earthquake, the Orissa cyclone, the Tsunami, the Kashmir earthquake and more recently the Bihar floods and the West Bengal cyclone. MSF enjoys wide respect for its medical and humanitarian work within Indian civil society.

MSF is registered as MSF Holland India Trust under Reg. No. 5691.

Mental Health Officer (MHO)


Position in Médecins sans Frontières Holland / OCA
Starting date: As soon as possible
Full Time (48 hours per week)
Salary indication: approx. INR 40,800 (Gross) per month plus benefits

The Mental Health Officer is hierarchically accountable to the Project Coordinator and functionally accountable to the Medical Coordinator.

The Mental Health Officer will coordinate the mental health activities in the Manipur Project and supervise a team of counsellors to ensure a quality and relevant mental health program.


? To contribute to the MSF identity, values and principles by reflecting, discussing and contributing to the advocacy mandate.
? To assist in the assessment of humanitarian needs.
? To prepare monthly activity reports, which include statistics and planning.
? To act as a representative of MSF-OCA, as required.
? To liaise with local counterparts working in medical and social services relevant to the mental health program.
? Together with the rest of the MSF team, take an active role in monitoring and managing of project security and context.

? To ensure the quality of services provided by MSF. These services include Voluntary/ Diagnostic Counselling and Testing, Adherence Counselling, Psycho- Social Support for MDR-TB, Mental Health Counselling, and Counselling Victims of Sexual Violence. This is achieved through:
o Provision of regular clinical supervision of all counsellors.
o Provision of training to all counsellors to improve counselling skills.
? Coordinate the referral of patients with severe mental health problems (identifying, handling, documenting) to higher level of care.

Health Planning and Organization
? To continually assess the mental health needs and available mental health resources in the community.
? To apply the information from these assessments in the planning and organization of mental health services and activities provided by MSF in the community.
? To coordinate the mental health activities with the general medical activities of the project guaranteeing a coordinated and integrated medical services and efficient use of resources.
? To continually evaluate the effectiveness of the mental health activities through analysis of clinical and program data.

Human Resource Management
? To conduct evaluations for all counsellors in the project.
? To assist in the recruitment of project staffs.
? To identify training opportunities for supervised staffs.

Specific Tasks
? To institute a “helping the helper” system for the provision of psychological support and prevention of burnout for the counselling and medical teams.

? Degree in Clinical or Counselling Psychology.

? Minimum of two years clinical counselling experience.
? Preferably with experience in any of the following fields: Counselling victims of trauma, sexual abuse, drug addiction, HIV/AIDS, Supervision, Training and knowledge about psychosocial programme.

? Able to implement policy and to give input for policy development
? Willingness and ability to live and work in a rural setting
? Aware of and respecting patient confidentiality
? Ability to cope with stress
? Understanding of MS Office especially MS Word and MS Excel
? Ability to organise and prioritise workload, using initiative when appropriate
? Able to work independently as well as part of a team
? Good communication skills and good command of spoken and written English
? Able to be flexible in taking up tasks outside of regular job responsibilities as required
? Able to integrate into a multi-cultural team and cooperate with co-workers
? Conduct evaluation in collaboration with Mental Health Team Leader.

? Strong management and communication skills.

To apply:
Please clearly state which position you are applying for and send CV and cover letter to:

Deadline for applications: 18th August 2010

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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