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Detention Nurse

Requisition ID:  16673
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.

Our ‘healthcare in detention’ programme aims at ensuring that all people deprived of their liberty have decent conditions allowing them to regain their health and remain healthy throughout their detention.

We focus on four main areas: monitoring and improving access to health care services, strengthening penitentiary health-care systems, capacity-building and advocacy, and managing outbreaks. We also foster collaboration among people and ministries who are in a position to make a difference.

You are part of a multidisciplinary team that has a coordinated approach in order to address the range of detainees’ needs and provide a continuum of care. Internally, you interact within the Protection and Health departments at the delegation and consult relevant specialists at headquarters on technical issues. Externally, you interact with penitentiary staff and authorities and on a broader level with local and national health authorities.

Your role


Within a detention team, the role of the Detention Nurse is to improve detainees' access to proper and ethical health care. You contribute to improving the health care system and to restoring, improving or maintaining detainees’ dignity, health and nutritional status.


  • Assesses needs and plans and implements projects and activities
  • Monitors and evaluates these projects and activities. Collects and analyses relevant data to this end.
  • Shares the findings and results with other members of the Detention team (from the Protection, Water and Habitat, Economic Security departments) and the Health team, and writes relevant reports.
  • Establishes and maintains contacts/partnerships with external players involved in health care in the detention system and outside.
  • Ensures respect for medical ethics by all staff (ICRC and prison staff).
  • May have to draw up the annual institutional budget and planning document (Planning for Results).
  • Trains medical staff.

Your profile - Education and experience required


  • Strong motivation by humanitarian work
  • Bachelor's degree/diploma in nursing
  • Minimum 5 years' nursing experience
  • At least 2 years' project management experience
  • Experience in public health.
  • Previous exposure to international human rights issues an asset.
  • Proficient command of English (written and spoken) and a good command of two additional languages (French, Arabic, Spanish, Russian)
  • Digital literacy

Our operational constraints


  • In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC does not assign personnel to a country of which they are nationals
  • You are in good health and will do a medical check-up prior to departure in the field
  • You 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, you hold a manual driving license

Our offer


  • Rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment
  • A two-week orientation course and other opportunities for further in-house training
  • Competitive employment package with attractive social benefits
  • Be part of the ICRC talent pool and be contacted for future assignments globally

How to join


Ready to apply? You will need to upload your resume and a cover letter as well as copies of your diplomas and certifications, valid license to practice, passport and driving license.

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