Would you like to make a positive and purposeful impact on the mental health and wellbeing of refugee background people in NZ?  If so, this position is well suited to you!

Refugees as Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ) have three talking therapist opportunities.

We are seeking skilled and passionate clinicians to join our dedicated team who hold the privilege of working with persons from former refugee backgrounds.

You will become a member of a specialist skilled service working with rich diversity, providing mental health assessment, treatment and referral for quota refugees and asylum seekers.

We offer:

  • A competitive salary
  • A generous professional development budget
  • Board registration reimbursement
  • Internal and external supervision
  • Five weeks annual leave
  • Opportunity to work with our diverse cross cultural facilitators to build and enhance cultural competence
  • The delights of celebrating diverse traditions and joys of various cuisines at our staff functions!


RASNZ was founded twenty-seven years ago, and is the primary mental health agency in New Zealand for people from a refugee background. We pride ourselves on being a values-based organisation.

We engage in evidence-based, respectful, multicultural and multidisciplinary clinical practice for trauma and torture survivors.

We value commitment to humanitarian obligations and constantly strive for quality improvement. We aim to destigmatise mental health engagement and deliver quality service to a highly resilient population. 

Our clinical staff work across two teams:

  1. The unique Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre is a joint agency hub for assessment and onward referrals to settlement regions.
  2. Our vibrant community based mobile team provides assessment and treatment to former refugees settled in Auckland. We pride ourselves on community engagement and a holistic approach to mental wellbeing. 


  • A passion for humanitarianism
  • Competence in the assessment and treatment of clients who have experienced trauma
  • A background in working with culturally and linguistically diverse clients
  • The ability to liaise and work with a range of organisations and agencies
  • A willingness to learn what may be new aspects to your professional role (e.g. working with interpreters)
  • The confidence to participate in research, capacity building and training for staff from other agencies who work with refugee clients
  • New Zealand professional body registration
  • Experience with children and young people is an advantage
  • Driver’s license


  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Copy of NZ Professional Registration
  • Two referees
  • Due to NZ Immigration requirements, we are obliged to consider candidates that already have the right to work in NZ for this role first. Due to this we may not be able to support a visa application for this role. Applicants for this position will require NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.
  • The safety of our residents, clients and staff is important to us. For this reason, we require all our employees to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before commencing work at RASNZ.

RASNZ operates an equal opportunities policy and we encourage applications from everyone, including our Refugee background,  Tangata Whenua, Pasifika and Rainbow communities.

Applications close 1700h Monday 31st January 2022.

Contact: Joyce@rasnz.co.nz