Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare.
We work in over 60 countries, offering assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.
MSF Operational Centre Brussels is looking for a :
Psychiatrist Focal Point (m / f)
06 / 07 / 2020
Migrants and refugees have the right to access to shelter, food, medical and psychosocial care as well as to objective information on asylum procedures and their rights.
The political context is unfavorable : restrictive and deterrent policies, talk of criminalization of migrants, incidents involving police and migrants, limitation of the number of people who can apply for asylum, etc.
The "ping-pong game" between local, regional and federal politics to find out who is responsible for welcoming migrants has the consequence of leaving them on the street or under the responsibility of volunteers and / or NGOs.
In addition, during the period of the electoral campaign in 2019, migrants were regularly stigmatized by the largest political party in Belgium.
This stigma has resulted in an adaptation of the speech of almost all our politicians (regardless of their obedience) against the "illegals" or the "transmigrants" for fear of losing votes.
Several Belgian NGOs and civil society actors have joined forces and provide a series of humanitarian services as part of a joint project, the humanitarian hub, which aims to respond comprehensively to the needs of migrants and refugees in transit.
The hub offers medical care, mental health care, a family link search service, clothing distribution, social and legal assistance, as well as possibilities to recharge cell phones and telephone communications with the family.
Within this humanitarian hub, Médecins Sans Frontières provides mental health care and actively participates in the management and coordination of the project.
After a year and a half of presence in the humanitarian hub in the field of mental health, our activities have highlighted a lack of structural response for the migrant population in transit who need more sustained psychological care.
This is why we have created a second line service to provide this psychological follow-up and thus increase our mental health care offer and meet the needs observed.
Organizational and structural limits and the lack of projections for the future of the hub limit us in the development of new activities.
The Covid19 pandemic has also brought many changes to the current context and after being highly involved in this emergency response, the project continues to adapt to it.
Target population :
The estimate varies according to the different studies on the subject, and according to the different political configurations and tendencies, we speak of 18 to 41%).
Expected results :
To provide psychiatric treatment and collaborate with MSF team and existing network on the integration of it in order to insure the continuity of care for the patients suffering from severe and common psychiatric disorders.
Deadline Application : 27th of July 2020
CV and motivation letter with "Psychiatrist Focal Point" in the subject line to be send to : Msfocb-brussels-log brussels.
msf.org. Please name you application documents with your LAST NAME.
We thank all those who apply. Please note that due to the volume of applications, only candidates selected for the interviews will be contacted further.
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