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DETENTION DOCTOR

Mobile

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


ICRC detainee-welfare doctors 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.

Desired profile and skills

  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
  • Able to work under pressure in a potentially dangerous environment
  • Degree in Medicine with a valid medical license to practice in your country of residence
  • Minimum of three years clinical experience in general medicine with sound knowledge in communicable diseases, a must
  • Be able to demonstrate a clear motivation for the Health Care in Detention field
  • Previous experience in Prison Health and Health System is an asset
  • Experience in Project Management Cycle
  • Excellent command of English and another language of ICRC interest: French, Arabic, Spanish and/or Russian

Our operational & 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 the first two missions (minimum 12 months each) or total of 24 months.

What we offer

  • Rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment
  • Generous social benefits
  • Length of assignment: 12 months
  • Join an ICRC talent pool and be considered for future assignments elsewhere

Requested documents

Please upload in the system: 

  • Your resume and a cover letter that clearly expresses what attracts you to the humanitarian world, the ICRC and the position as Detention Doctor
  • Copy of your academic diplomas and certificates
  • Copy of your work certificates
  • Copy of a valid registration licence/card
  • Copy of your passport/s (only the page with your personal details)
  • Copy of your manual driving license
We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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: Mobile
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Medical Doctor
    • Prison and Correctional Services
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