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Detention Nurse

Requisition ID:  18441
Region:  Global Deployment Option
Contract type:  Open-ended contract

Reports to (role)


  • Protection Coordinator/ Health Coordinator / Health Project Manager/ Detention Doctor

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, your role as a Detention Nurse is to improve detainees' access to proper and ethical health care. You assess the needs and plan, implement, monitor and evaluate related projects and activities. You contribute to restoring, improving or maintaining the detainees’ dignity, health and nutritional status.


  • Assess needs, and plan and implement projects aimed at improving detainees' access to effective health care, their health and nutritional status and the health system
  • Monitor and evaluate these projects and activities. Collect and analyse relevant data to this end
  • Share 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
  • Establish and maintain contacts/partnerships with external players involved in health care in the detention system and outside
  • Ensure 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)
  • Train medical staff.

Your profile - Education and experience required


  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
  • Bachelor's degree/diploma in nursing with 3 years of study 
  • Good command of English (Minimum B2 level, written and spoken)
  • Good command of one of the following languages (Minimum B2 level, written and spoken)  : French, Arabic, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese 
  • 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
  • Able to work under pressure in a potentially dangerous environment
  • Computer literacy.

Our operational context


  • ​​​​​​​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 license (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.

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
  • Join an ICRC talent pool and be considered for future assignments elsewhere.

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.