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Psychiatry Fellowship in Global Mental Health Delivery
Partners In Health (PIH)
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Job Description


Position Title: Psychiatry Fellowship in Global Mental Health Delivery
Reports to: Associate Director of Mental Health

Location: Site-Based

Employment Type: Full-Time

Position Overview:

The Dr. Mario Pagenel Fellowship in Global Mental Health Delivery provides an opportunity for career development in global mental health service delivery and research for post-graduate psychiatrists. Fellows develop expertise in the field while working with Partners In Health (PIH) and in collaboration with the Harvard Medical School Department of Global Health and Social Medicine in the Blavatnik Institute.

The Fellowship is a one to two year placement with a PIH sister organization in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mexico, or Sierra Leone. By building capacity through the mobilization, training, and professional development of in-country health care providers, PIH and HMS seek to support locally feasible and sustainable structures for mental health care and, over time, to establish generalizable models for systems of mental health service delivery. The Fellowship offers a combined focus on clinical care, training and education, research and advocacy.

While most of the Fellowship consists of service delivery work, there is a significant academic research component. The fellow develops an area of academic focus in global health related to mental health service delivery and selects an academic mentor with expertise in their area of interest. Fellows have the opportunity to develop and collaborate in mentored research and educational projects with experts in the HMS Department of Global Health and Social Medicine as well as having the option of participating in ongoing research efforts. Fellows will be eligible to attend a three-week intensive summer program in Global Health Delivery at Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


For more specific information about the Mental Health Programs at PIH, please visit the PIH website. For more information about the Fellowship please read here.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Developing strong productive relationships with site-based colleagues to identify core challenges to the quality of mental health care and devise collaborative plans for improvement
  • Accompanying local health care workers (physicians, nurses, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, social work assistants and community health workers) in developing their capacity to implement new program initiatives and quality care interventions in mental health
  • Sharing clinical expertise at the bedside and through didactic teaching
  • Supporting strengthening of a model mental health service at the District (general) Hospital level
  • Liaising with the country’s Ministry of Health; and
  • Developing an area of academic focus in research or education related to global mental health delivery.


  • U.S. board-eligible or board-certified psychiatrist.
  • Applicants must be prepared to commit to at least 75% time at a PIH site over the duration of the fellowship.
  • Passionate about community building, sustainability and instilling a community-based approach to global mental health.
  • Formal experience in clinical and/or public mental health services, teaching, mentorship, and/or research is seen as an asset.
  • Specialty interests, for example in consultation-liaison psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and emergency psychiatry.
  • Experience coordinating culturally diverse staff on long term goals and day-to-day activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess priorities and take initiative on multiple complex tasks.
  • Excellent interpersonal and rapport-building skills required.
  • Some proficiency in the site local language is strongly preferred.
  • A strong commitment to health and social justice.

Application Materials Required:

  • A general application will be open to all those interested. On the application and cover letter, please specify your preferences of placement by indicating 1-2 sites you would be open to working with.
  • A one-to-two-page document summarizing your experiences and interest in the Pagenel Fellowship. Please summarize why you are interested in the one or two sites indicated on your application and what skills and expertise make you best suited to serve there.
  • CV with the names of two references and their contact information.

Organizational Profile

Partners In Health (PIH) is an international health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. PIH partners with local governments to build local capacity and works closely with impoverished communities to deliver high-quality health care, address the root causes of illness, train providers, advance research, and advocate for global policy change.

PIH currently has implementation programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Liberia, Kazakhstan, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Sierra Leone and Navajo Nation. Through our partnership with Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we support a wide range of programs in dozens of other countries around the world.

Partners In Health (PIH) is committed to the fundamental principle of equal opportunity and equal treatment for every prospective and current employee. It is the policy of PIH not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex and gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. PIH works in and with a number of governments in and outside the U.S., and to the extent applicable, this statement is intended to incorporate the prohibition of any unlawful discrimination covered by applicable laws in such countries, states and municipalities.

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