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Volunteer role: Mental Health Advisor - Psychiatrist

Type of role:Healthcare
Location:Harare, Zimbabwe
Application Closing Date:11 Aug 2020
Interview date:TBA
Start date:1 October 2020

VSO is the world's leading development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. We are unique in the way we bring people together to share their skills and experience, generate insights and ideas and, most of all, take action against poverty and exclusion. It's a highly effective approach that works, and today is helping millions of people in some of the world's poorest communities lift themselves out of poverty.

Role overview

The goal of this job is to provide a technical support to mentally detained patients at the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS). The overall placement objective is to contribute towards the inclusion of detained mental health inmates in the provision of quality health programming by practicing forensic psychiatry. This role will capacitate ZPCS to assess and treat of mentally defective offenders, support writing affidavits for the Criminal mental patients who are now stable and prepare patients Detained Mental Patients for special board and mental health review tribunal.

Skills, qualifications and experience

- A university medical degree in Psychiatry (Forensic psychiatry is an added advantage)
- A minimum of five years progressive professional experience in Forensic Psychiatry
- Experience of working in Correctional facilities is an added advantage;
Essential skills
- Documentation Skills
- Analysing Information
- Decision Making,
- Excellent listening and Verbal Communication


As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full time basis. VSO will cover your travel, vaccinations, accommodation, and medical insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in local currency. This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in country, but will not be enough to send money home. You will also receive some financial support to contribute to your on-going expenses at home.


VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which means accommodation varies and will be basic.

Some background about VSO

Much has changed since VSO started 60 years ago. We’ve gone from being a UK charity to a truly global development organisation. In 2016/2017 alone, we worked with over 7,000 volunteers from all over the world and from all backgrounds to deliver services that had an impact on the lives of almost 2.6 million people in the 24 countries where we work. Our programmes focus on the areas of health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. That’s why we work with over 500 partner organisations, from local and national governments, to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programmes. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.

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VSO has zero tolerance of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people. We expect all our employees/volunteers to ensure we protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from harm and abide by our safeguarding policy (PDF).

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