Prison doctor/nurse

Multiple locations

Your task

ICRC detainee-welfare doctors/nurses visit places of detention as part of a team of ICRC delegates. The task of the detainee-welfare specialist is primarily to examine everything relating to individual and collective detainee health: hygiene, the detainees' access to water, their nutritional status, access to food and medical care, and the functioning of the health-care system. The work also involves examining specific cases and documenting instances of torture and other types of ill-treatment, both physical and psychological.

Selection requirements

  • Ideal age: 30 to 45
  • Prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) during the first 24 months of collaboration
  • 2 years commitment as a detention doctor / nurse
  • Degree in medicine or equivalent (nursing degree II, minimum)
  • A minimum of 3 years clinical experience, sound knowledge of general medicine
  • Public health diploma and/or relevant professional experience in this field, an asset
  • Experience in dealing with prison system and/or humanitarian field, an asset
  • Talent for dealing with the individual from a psychological point of view
  • Excellent command of English, very good knowledge of French
  • Driving licence (must cover manual transmission – a licence for automatic-transmission vehicles only is not sufficient)

Your profile

  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
  • Active interest in community health
  • Able to work under pressure in a dangerous environment
  • Able to work in a team

What we offer

  • An opportunity to help the victims of conflict
  • Engrossing, rewarding work in an unusual setting
  • A five-week orientation course in Switzerland prior to posting abroad
  • Ample support in integrating into the new working environment

Please note that owing to the ICRC's working procedures and principles, in particular the principle of neutrality, we cannot assign personnel to a country of which they are a national.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: ICRC - International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Health service
    • Medicine
    • Correctional Services
  • Closing Date:

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