Psychiatrist at Medecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

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 in order to insure 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 for analyzing and improving the setup of psychiatric care and psychiatric clinic.
  • Participate as a member of the mental health team on clinical supervision and case discussions.
  • Provide training and support on mental exam, diagnosis, and non-pharmacological management of mental disorders to psychologists and counselors, if required by MHAM.
  • Ensure that MSF protocol and psychotropic medications from MSF standard drug list are available in the project.
  • Work in collaboration with pharmacist and PMR to do the IMO for psychiatric cohort.
  • Ensure that proper information on treatment and follow up are collected in order to monitor the provision of care, proper use of psychiatric files.
  • Collect the information in the psychiatric database and send on monthly basis to Mental Health Advisor. With MHAM allocate someone who updates the psychiatric database in absence of psychiatrist.
  • On monthly basis collaborate with MHAM to analyze the psychiatric cohort, 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 referral 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
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply
Submit to MSF Spain Office at:

Application Deadline  3rd March, 2024.
MSF-Spain Office,
Shinkafi, Behind Old Intercontinental Bank,
By Coppers Lodge, Shinkafi,
Zamfara State.

MSF Office,
Zurmi General Hospital,
Zamfara State.

Note: MSF encourage women and people with disabilities to apply

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