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Doctor responsible for ICRC personnel in the field (Staff health manager)

Requisition ID:  18437
Region:  Global Deployment Option
Contract type:  Open-ended contract

What we do

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide protection and 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.


The ICRC Staff health manager (medical doctor responsible for ICRC personnel in the field) oversees all Staff health activities in one specific country. You manage a team of medical doctors and nurses locally hired (Staff health officers) and receives both Regional and Headquarters technical support.

Your role


  • Implement ICRC Staff health strategy in all sites of one specific country
  • Promote and apply preventive health policies and activities in the domain of physical and mental health, e.g., communicable and non-communicable diseases, addictions, stress, etc., for all ICRC staff
  • Carry out health briefings for all newly employed ICRC staff and expatriates arriving in the country
  • Assess and mitigate health risks linked to living conditions in remote sites, in particular, to prevent illness and promote good standards of general hygiene (i.e., housing, use of mosquito nets when indicated, use of water filter, hygiene standards of cooks and cleaners, nutritional advice)
  • Ensure appropriate case management of ICRC staff with physical or mental health problems, including indication for repatriation on medical grounds ‘Medevac’ or follow-up on-site on the medical problem until resolution
  • Act as a focal point for the organization and coordination of repatriation on medical grounds (‘Medevac’ of ICRC staff)
  • Assess the quality of medical services provided by the referral structures selected for the treatment of ICRC staff
  • In collaboration with management and logistics, develop, update and implement the country's medical contingency plan
  • Provide direct medical advice following critical incidents in the field and follow up in case further intervention is required
  • Provide support to the crisis cell during critical events and incidents (abduction, death, and other casualties of staff in the field)
  • Set up means to prevent and contain outbreaks of communicable illness amongst ICRC staff
  • In collaboration with the ICRC Staff MHPSS team (mental health and psychosocial support), implement prevention activities according to the ICRC Staff health strategy
  • Collect accurate and monitor data pertaining to illnesses, accidents, and professional diseases, with a view to providing anonymized data for HR and management in full respect of medical confidentiality
  • Support the management with recommendations on issues related to the health and well-being of the staff in the country

Your profile: Education and experience


  • At least B2 level in English
  • B2 in French and/or Arabic would be an asset
  • Proven experience in staff health and/or occupational health is mandatory
  • Medical degree (title of specialist) in general medicine, internal medicine, or equivalent
  • Additional training or experience in tropical medicine, travel medicine, public health, or occupational health is an asset
  • Clinical experience of at least 2 years after specialization
  • International experience in 2 different continents is highly desired
  • Capacity to supervise other members of the medical team
  • Assertiveness and negotiation skills are important
  • Good knowledge of the ICRC
  • Computer literacy

Our operational & 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 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
  • ICRC staff integration course and opportunities for further in-house training 
  • A competitive employment package with attractive social benefits: a salary paid on thirteen months, a competitive pension plan, medical and accident coverage, etc.
  • An open-ended contract with a minimum assignment of 6 months up to 18 months
  • After 6 months of deployment and depending on the context, the possibility of bringing partner/spouse and children under 20 years of age on assignment
  • Join an ICRC talent pool and be considered for future assignments elsewhere
  • Annual paid leave: 20–27.5 days
  • All assignments are categorized into four levels of hardship, some of which are compensated with financial incentives and extra leave
  • Accommodation provided and paid  by ICRC
  • Maternity and adoption leave of four months and paternity leave of ten days

How to join?


Ready to apply? 


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



We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.

The ICRC values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive working environment.