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Geneva (Switzerland)

What we do

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence. We take action in response to emergencies and at the same time promote respect for international humanitarian law.  We are an independent and neutral organization, and our mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. We work closely with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with their International Federation in order to ensure a concerted, rational and rapid humanitarian response to the needs of the victims of armed conflict or any other situation of internal violence. We direct and coordinate the international activities conducted in these situations.

Role description

  • 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
  • Carry out health briefings 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 HQ 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

Desired profile and skills

  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
  • Able to work under pressure in a potentially dangerous environment
  • 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 appropriate solutions
  • Ability to summarise for rapid decision making
  • Good sense of organisation and planning
  • Good communication skills are essential
  • Medical diploma with at least 3 years clinical experience
  • 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
  • Proficient user of IT tools (Word, Excel etc)

Our operational and field constraints

  • In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC does not assign personnel to a country of which they are nationals
  • Candidates must be in good health and will have to do a medical check-up prior to departure in the field
  • Candidates must possess a driving licence (for manual transmission vehicles)
  • Candidates must be prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) for at least the first 24 months

What we offer

  • Rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment
  • A two-week orientation course and other opportunities for further in-house training
  • Attractive social benefits
  • Length of assignment:  12 months
  • Join an ICRC talent pool and be considered for future assignments elsewhere
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: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medicine
    • Medical Doctor
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