By continuing to browse this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Read our privacy policy
  • Organization: BRC - British Red Cross
  • Location:
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Medical Doctor
    • Medical Practitioners
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-30

What does it mean?

Click "SAVE JOB" to save this job description for later.

Sign up for free to be able to save this job for later.


The British Red Cross recruits delegates to second to the ICRC for their missions. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence. They take action in response to emergencies and at the same time promote respect for international humanitarian law.  The ICRC are an independent and neutral organization, and the mandate stems from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. The ICRC work closely with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with the 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. The ICRC direct and coordinate the international activities conducted in these situations.

Role description
The anaesthetist, as part of an ICRC hospital team, performs safe pre/per and post anesthesia procedures for emergency and elective surgical interventions, often for the benefit of trauma and weapon wounded individuals. S/he works in assisted or ICRC independent hospital structures, often in limited resources settings and challenging security environment. The anaesthetist is part of the ICRC mobile surgical team deployed in certain contexts, when required.

Ideal length of assignment: 3 months or more

Main responsibilities

- Perform anaesthesia during surgical interventions, in line with the internationally/ICRC recognized standards, and provide adequate patient post-operative care.
- Organize, coordinate and ensure that all required resources are available to conduct safe anaesthesia procedures.
- With the other members of the ICRC surgical team, he/she provides technical advice and supports local counterparts to maintain/develop the local capacities and reach international standards.
- In case of field deployment, s/he participates and ensures the availability of all necessary materials, drugs and consumables to perform safe anaesthesia during emergencies.

Required qualifications and skills

- Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
- Able to work under pressure in a potentially dangerous environment
- Degree in Medicine and a valid license to practice in your country of residence
- Extensive experience post Anaesthesiology specialty degree
- Significant experience in management of emergencies and trauma cases
- Comfortable with conducting resuscitation in ICU and recovery room in limited resources settings
- Good organizational skills, capacity to manage and work within a team
- Able to perform general and local anaesthesia autonomously
- Able to develop and supervise local capacity for anaesthesia and post-operative care
- Good command of computer tools (Window 8, Lotus Notes...)
- Excellent command of English. Knowledge of another language of ICRC interest: French, Arabic, Spanish and/or Russian is a strong asset.

Desirable skills

- Valid ATLS or ETC, ALS/ACLS certificates
- Sensitivity to cultural diversity
- Positive, flexible and able to adapt to harsh living conditions
- Previous international humanitarian and/or development experience in low income countries (NGO's, IO or charity organization)
- Previous experience(s) within the Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement is an asset

ICRC 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.

For more information on this role please contact International Recruitment Officer, Kim Goodall ( 

In the British Red Cross we will not tolerate any form of misconduct, including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse. We have a code of conduct in place, and are committed to creating a culture of integrity in the organisation where misconduct is not tolerated, situations of abuse are quickly investigated and perpetrators are dealt with effectively.

As part of its recruitment and selection process the British Red Cross undertakes DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checking of all individuals who regularly work with or have access to children and vulnerable adults.

The British Red Cross, incorporated by Royal Charter 1908, is a charity registered in England and Wales (220949) and Scotland (SC037738).

Follow us on Twitter @RedCrossJobsUK and on Linked in - British Red Cross, to hear about our latest job vacancies.
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.

What does it mean?

Click "SAVE JOB" to save this job description for later.

Sign up for free to be able to save this job for later.