Health Delegate – Primary Health Care Doctor

Requisition ID:  15293
Region:  Global Deployment Option
Contract type:  Open-ended contract

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.Your role

The Health Delegate (HD) serves a population in a defined geographic area in emergency and non-emergency situations. As a Health Delegate, you will identify and prioritize the health needs for this population taking into account community resilience mechanisms, including specific needs of vulnerable groups (children under five years old, women, the elderly, etc.).You will act as an interface between communities (local leaders, health staff, women’s groups etc.), internal (ICRC) and external (MoH, NGOs, UN system) stakeholders for health-related issues. You will propose evidence-based strategies and responses based on international norms in an integrated approach developed in line with the Delegation’s priorities, including protection. You will give assistance responses and remain flexible to adapt it based on the results of the monitoring.Main responsibilities

  • Understand the level of functionality of  health services (public and private) and their actors in the referral pathway within the hospital catchment area
  • Respond to emergency and non-emergency health needs of the targeted population after assessment, strategic decision, coherent implementation and monitoring
  • Identify and support the community referral system to appropriate health services and management of mortal remains
  • Support or run all or part of different PHC components to adequately respond to the health needs in PHC facilities or Mobile Health Units
  • Ensure a continuum of care for beneficiaries from the community (support to First Aid and TBA networks) to hospital care, from support to existing Emergency Medical Systems and safe access to hospital care
  • Identify gaps in emergency hospital services and provide support with the hospital team for evaluation and involvement when needed
  • Ensure regular medical supplies in respect of MedLog ordering, storing and delivering norms
  • Communicate to relevant stakeholders and report internally on health context, needs, programme results and challenges
  • Within the Health in Detention Framework, guarantee that detainees have access to quality care corresponding to standards outside the detention place using a public health approach, including the follow up of ill-treatment

Education and experience required

  • Strongly motivated by the humanitarian field
  • Medical degree
  • Postgraduate master´s degree/diploma in Public Health, Tropical Medicine and/or Health Management is a strong asset
  • Registered physician with a current valid license to practice
  • Minimum two years of clinical experience post diploma
  • Minimum two years of additional international experience at field level in different contexts
  • Very good command of English and a good command of a second language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian)

Desired profile and skills

  • Able to work under pressure and lead a multicultural team in a complex environment
  • Previous experience in international humanitarian projects in the field of Primary Health Care
  • Positive, flexible and able to adapt to challenging living conditions and/or unstable security environment
  • Previous experience within the Red Cross & Red Crescent movement is an asset

Our operational context

  • In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC dœs not assign personnel to a country of which they are nationals
  • Our field staff members must be in good health and will have to do a medical check-up prior to departure in the field
  • Our field staff members are prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) for at least the first 24 months
  • In line with our security guidelines, our staff members must hold a manual driving license

Why work for the ICRC

Our organisation started with a desire to bring help without discrimination. Impartiality and neutrality have been central values for the Red Cross since the beginning. We hire professionals with strong humanitarian motivation to help people affected by armed conflict and other violence.

Our offer in a nutshell:

  • Rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment
  • A two-week orientation course and other opportunities for further in-house training
  • Attractive social benefits
  • Be part of the ICRC talent pool and be considered for future assignments globally
  • Length of assignment: 12 months

How to apply

Your complete application should include:

  • Your CV – clearly specifying your national and international experiences, duration, roles and responsibilities
  • Your Cover Letter – stating your motivation for joining the humanitarian world and the ICRC
  • A complete profile with the following documents uploaded in the system:
    • Your passport(s) copy
    • Your manual driving license
    • Copy of your academic diplomas and certificates
    • Copy of your valid license to practice/registration
    • Copy of your work certificates/employment records 

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The ICRC values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.

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