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Emergency Room (ER) Specialist

Requisition ID:  12163
Region:  Global Deployment Option
Contract type:  Max term 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


As an Emergency Room Specialist, you are part of the ICRC hospital team. You ensure that the weapon-wounded, as well as all medical and surgical emergencies, are treated in a timely and correct manner according to the principles established by the ICRC. You work in an independent or assisted ICRC hospital structures in often limited/low resources setting and challenging security environments. Your role is to participate in the organization and management of the emergency department, with local health stakeholders, as well as be the clinical referent for all activities in the department. 

Main responsibilities


  • Coordinates efficiently all the activities of the emergency department with the ICRC hospital team and the local health stakeholders
  • Organizes and manages the hospital emergency department while ensuring the medical team training
  • Ensures triage of patients in order to receive appropriate care in due time
  • Provides emergency treatments and coordinates the patients follow up with the required specialists
  • Participates, as a major player, in the implementation of the contingency emergency plan in case of a major influx of wounded
  • With the other members of the ICRC surgical team, provides technical advice and supports local counterparts to maintain/develop the local capacities and reach international standards
  • Identifies additional needs to ensure complementary clinical training

Education and experience required


  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
  • Degree in Medicine and a specialization in Emergency medicine
  • A valid license to practice in your country of residence
  • Minimum of 2 years experience post Emergency speciality degree
  • Current ATLS, ETC, JATEC or EMTS certification or refresher course from within the last 5 years
  • Fluency in English and a good command of a second language is a strong asset (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian)
  • Computer literacy

Desired profile and skills


  • Able to work under pressure and lead a multicultural team in a challenging environment
  • Good organizational skills, capacity to manage and work within a team
  • Sound knowledge of protocols and guidelines relevant to low-resource settings
  • Previous international humanitarian and/or development experience in low-income countries (NGO's, IO or charity organization) 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)
  • 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 contacted for future assignments globally
  • Length of assignment: 3 months, preferably longer

How to join


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
    • Your current ATLS / ETC / JATEC / EMTS certificate
    • Your medical license (license to practice)
    • Copy of your academic diplomas and certificates
    • Copy of your work certificates/employment records


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