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Nurse/Doctor Health Delegate - In charge of ICRC personnel in the field

Multiple locations

Function/Raison d'être

The Staff Health Delegate is the focal point for all matters relating to the health of ICRC staff. In line with ICRC staff health policies and in collaboration with medical personnel on the spot, s/he promotes and maintains the physical and mental health of the ICRC staff. S/he is also responsible to evaluate local referral health structures.

Principle Responsibilities

  • Promote and apply preventive health policies and activities e.g. regarding insect borne diseases, diarrhoea, use of condoms, alcohol, etc. for ICRC staff
  • Evaluate and supervise the quality of medical services provided in the centres of referral structures selected for treatment of ICRC staff
  • Ensure appropriate management of ICRC staff with physical or mental health problems
  • Act as focal point for coordination of medical evacuations of ICRC staff.

Your tasks

  • Carry out health briefing for all new ICRC staff
  • Assess and supervise living conditions in the sub-delegations, to prevent ill health and promote good standards of general hygiene (housing, use of mosquito-nets when indicated, use of water filter, hygiene standards of cooks and cleaners, nutritional advice)
  • Evaluate medical structures and quality of services provided; identify and monitor services for referral and treatment of ICRC staff using a standardised assessment tool
  • Provide advice and support to ICRC staff with health problems; where necessary organize medical consultation and accompany ICRC staff as appropriate, follow-up on-site the medical problem until resolution
  • In collaboration with field and logistics, provide advice on medical needs of ICRC staff during transportation and coordinate medical evacuations from the field to the capital. Liaise with RH_SAN and coordinate at a local level in the case of repatriation of personnel out of the country
  • In collaboration with management and logistics, compile guidelines and procedures to be followed during medical evacuation of personnel from the field or out of the country
  • Set up means to identify the causes of recurrent or epidemic illness amongst ICRC staff
  • In collaboration with management and in line with ICRC stress policy, develop, implement and follow specific stress management interventions
  • Collect accurate and reliable data pertaining to illnesses, accidents and absenteeism, with a view to providing statistics on illnesses and the medical risks taken by expatriates on mission and, if possible, delegation employees
  • Report to the management and provide feedback and recommendations on issues related to the health of the staff in the Delegation
  • Carry out defusing and emotional debriefing following critical incidents in the field and follow up in case further intervention is required.

Selection requirements

  • Ready to accept unaccompanied family postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) during the first 24 months of collaboration
  • Medical diploma (nurse, clinical officer, doctor) with clinical experience of at least 3 years
  • Experience in medical evacuation and transportation
  • Knowledge of tropical health and public health
  • Very good written and oral communication skills in English and French
  • ICRC experience is an asset
  • Driving licence (manual transmission compulsory) and with regular practice
  • Computer literate (Word, Excel...)

Your profile

  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds
  • Ability to organise and carry out work with minimal supervision, with high sense of responsibility
  • Ability to analyse health problems in the field and to propose solutions
  • Ability to summarise for rapid decision making
  • Good sense of organisation and planning
  • Good communication skills are essential
  • Prepared to work under pressure in a potentially dangerous environment

Minimum length of assignment
: 12 months

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.

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  • Organization: ICRC - International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Medicine
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Medicine
    • Sexual and reproductive health
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