12 July 2016

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

Employer: The British Red Cross
Location: Overseas
Salary Package:
Monthly living allowances, accomodation, travel costs, full medical insurance

Role description

The British Red Cross recruits delegates to second to the ICRC for their missions. The ICRC operates in places of armed conflict throughout the world and the work and conditions are therefore often dangerous and volatile. Candidates must be willing to undertake unaccompanied postings.


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, he/she promotes and maintains the physical and mental health of the ICRC staff. He/she is also responsible to evaluate local referral health structures.

Main responsibilities:
Promote and apply preventive health policies and activities eg. regarding insect borne diseases, diarrhoea, 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
Provide advice and support to ICRC staff with health problems. Where necessary organize medical consultation and accompany ICRC staff as appropriate
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
Carry out defusing and emotional debriefing following critical incidents in the field and follow up in case further intervention is required

Qualified Doctor or Nuse with a minimum of 3 years clinical experience post qualification
Knowledge of tropical health and/or public health

Skills and requirements:

Excellent command of English and French
Preparedness to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) for the first 24 months
Experience in medical evacuation and transportation
Driving licence (for manual transmission vehicles)
Able to work in a team, under pressure in a sometimes dangerous environment
Ability to organise and carry out work with minimal supervision, with high sense of responsibility
Strongly motivated by humanitarian work

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