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Psychologist – South East, East Asia, Pacific

Organisation : Médecins Sans Frontières Australia

Location : Australia, Online (Glebe, NSW)

Work type : Contract/Temporary

Profession : Healthcare & Medical

Sector : Humanitarian

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : $80,075

Application closing date : 14 Apr, 2021

About the role

Overall responsibility:

The SEEAP PSU Psychologist will lead the implementation of in-country pilot projects to establish or improve local psycho-social services for MSF national staff.

The role would ideally suit a psychologist with experience and a thorough understanding of MSF’s field work as well as the complex modus operandi of MSF on an organisational level. It requires skills in diplomacy and negotiation, innovative thinking, cross-cultural understanding, and ability to work with tele-health tools. It further requires excellent teamwork capacity as well as the ability to work independently and in collaboration with overseas colleagues.

It is important to note that the focus of this project is mental health support for MSF staff only. It is explicitly out of the scope of this project to advise on regular MSF mental health activities with patients in the respective projects as this remains a responsibility of field operations.

Primary responsibilities:

Create local capacity networks:

  • Identification and mapping of local service providers and psycho-social support networks, exploring potential for partnerships and inter-agency collaboration
  • Selection and on-boarding of locally available MH support providers (external psychologist, other NGOs, etc) to support projects participating in the SEEAP PSU pilot project roll-out (e.g. Bangladesh, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar)
  • Field visits and remote support to contribute to the creation of strong local networks and provide continuous oversight over their activity including monitoring, evaluation, and capacity building

Awareness raising and training:

  • Execute SEEAP PSU awareness raising strategy for MSF coordination teams and field staff
  • Increase knowledge on stress management, burnout prevention, and other relevant mental health topics through workshops (remotely and on site depending on feasibility) for MSF Coordinators, Activity Managers, and teams

PS support:

  • Provide psychological support at distance as requested by OC PSUs to national and international staff using telehealth tools
  • Carry out field visits (as soon as feasible) to increase awareness about the project; provide reports on the outcomes of the visits
  • Carry out field visits and/or provide telehealth psychological support in case of critical incidents in close collaboration with the SEEAP PSU Coordinator and under the responsibility of the respective OC’s PSU

Reporting:

  • Report regularly to the SEEAP PSU Coordinator

Secondary responsibilities:

  • Provide supervision/training to local service providers on request

Selection criteria

Professional background and experience

Essential:

  • Masters level degree in psychology and a minimum of 3 years of professional experience in psychology post-registration (Clinical/Organisational/General)
  • Experience in conducting workshops/seminars/group sessions
  • Experience in stress management and conflict management
  • Experience in working from the trauma-informed perspective
  • Cross-cultural working experience

Desirable:

  • MSF field experience
  • Knowledge of MSF’s organisational functioning
  • Experience in providing mental health support remotely (video/phone/other)
  • Experience in providing group supervision

Core Competencies

  • Strong diplomacy, negotiation and listening skills
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills in English required, skills in other regional languages are an asset
  • Strong networking and cross-cultural communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good research skills
  • Good project and time management skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Commitment to MSF’s social mission and values

Availability

  • Availability and willingness to regularly travel to the field when possible, for 2-3 weeks at a time
  • Availability and willingness to work outside of regular working hours if needed

 

In MSF Australia, we believe the the following 5 values form the foundations of our culture – Transparency, Respect, Understanding of Diversity, Stepping In and CollaboraTion.  At MSF Australia we value T.R.U.S.T as an essential element to how we operate and believe that these organisation values flow from this trust that we build.

Applications

Applications MUST address individual selection criteria.  You should also write a cover letter indicating why you want to work for Médecins Sans Frontières Australia and attach a copy of your CV.

Please note that a criminal record check may be required as part of the selection process.  Applicants with criminal records will not automatically be ineligible for the position they are applying for.  Médecins Sans Frontières Australia has a Child Protection Policy in place and all employees are required to comply with this policy.

Médecins Sans Frontières Australia is committed to creating an inclusive workplace for all our staff. We believe that a diverse team helps us better serve those most in need, we encourage flexibility (in all it’s forms) and we encourage people from a wide range of backgrounds to apply for this role, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and people with disabilities. People with a disability can request support from our Domestic HR Department if you think you may require reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Médecins Sans Frontières Australia

Organisational Context

Médecins Sans Frontières, an international medical and humanitarian association founded in 1971, provides medical assistance to communities faced with crises endangering their survival. These crises typically take the form of armed conflict but also include epidemics, natural catastrophes and even exclusion from healthcare. Currently, MSF is present in 70 countries. MSF Operational Centres (OCs) deploy around 100 international field staff each year to 20 projects in the SEEAP region, in addition to employing over 1,500 national staff in the region.

Psychosocial Support in MSF

Acknowledging the risk of mental health impact associated with humanitarian relief work, MSF has established a network of Psychosocial Support Units (PSU) based at headquarters level, providing support to departing and returning field workers as well as support to the field and crisis intervention where needed. Recently, MSF has started decentralising this support service to improve proximity to field projects and accessibility by our national staff. Regional, decentralised psychosocial services, available to national and international staff, have been established for the Middle East, North Africa, and East and West Africa regions.

In November 2020, a Psychosocial Support Unit for MSF projects in South East, East Asia, Pacific (SEEAP) was established, currently based out of Sydney. The PSU currently operates in the form of a 12 months pilot project, that is due for evaluation in the 4th quarter of 2021 and then further decisions will be made regarding longer-term strategy for this PSU. The main aim of SEEAP PSU is to support MSF operations in the region through increasing access to quality localised mental health support for our staff. The SEEAP PSU is currently managed by the PSU Coordinator and supported through a technical Steering Committee.

 

How to apply

Applications

Applications MUST address individual selection criteria.  You should also write a cover letter indicating why you want to work for Médecins Sans Frontières Australia and attach a copy of your CV.

Please note that a criminal record check may be required as part of the selection process.  Applicants with criminal records will not automatically be ineligible for the position they are applying for.  Médecins Sans Frontières Australia has a Child Protection Policy in place and all employees are required to comply with this policy.

Médecins Sans Frontières Australia is committed to creating an inclusive workplace for all our staff. We believe that a diverse team helps us better serve those most in need, we encourage flexibility (in all it’s forms) and we encourage people from a wide range of backgrounds to apply for this role, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and people with disabilities. People with a disability can request support from our Domestic HR Department if you think you may require reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process.

Applications close: Wednesday 14th April 2021

Applications and enquiries to

Email: recruitment@seeap.msf.org

 

 


Please quote in application: Psychologist - South East, East Asia, Pacific via Pro Bono Australia.


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