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Emergency Room Specialist

Requisition ID:  14163
Region:  Europe (HQ)
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.

Purpose of the position


As part of the Health Unit, and within Hospital Care Service (HCP) program, the Emergency Room HQ Specialist provides guidance and technical support to field teams in developing, implementing and monitoring programmes and projects in his/her area if responsibility and expertise. S/he contribute to developing and deploying emergency room guidelines and organizing training in their use. S/he ensures quality care through the implementation of ICRC standards of care. S/he actively contributes to institutional technical files such as Emergency room training (ERTC, BEC, Mass casualty).



The Regional ER Specialist Doctor role is fundamental to the good functioning of the Hospital Team by ensuring the delivery of high quality emergency care to patients in the ICRC ER projects. As the title suggests, this role requires a senior, ICRC experienced doctor leader with a confirmed background in the emergency medicine. There is a strong teaching and mentoring element to the role to promote the transfer and exchange of knowledge and skills to resident staff and more junior mobile staff. Leadership skills and excellent communication skills are also required to ensure cohesion and close collaboration within the surgical team leading to the promotion of best practice in patient care.

The person undertaking this role must be solution-orientated, resourceful and able to work autonomously within the realm of emergency medicine.

General Responsibilities


  • Understands and adheres to the seven Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement;
  • Understands and adheres to the ICRC Code of Conduct;
  • Understands the roles of the components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement;
  • Respects and observes staff regulations and security rules at all times;
  • Represents the ICRC in a professional manner at all times;
  • Develops and maintains a pleasant and conducive working environment with colleagues and line managers;
  • Performs all duties with the highest level of confidentiality in the interest of the employees and the ICRC;
  • May be asked to perform tasks not covered in this job description and to provide support to other departments when necessary.
Main duties and responsibilities


  • Together with the HCP colleagues, supports the planning, implementation and monitors the progress of ICRC hospital projects in the field, assesses programmes' performance, ensures alignment with health/institutional strategies and objectives and reports on results;
  • Provides technical support to field programmes from Headquarters or via field visits in close coordination with relevant Programme Coordinator/Health Coordinator;
  • Ensures the quality of service delivery by actively developing, updating and promoting standards of care and the application of ICRC guidelines and processes;
  • Contributes to strategic management of the programme/project and helps develop technical content;
  • Contributes to human resources management in his/her area of expertise. This includes briefings, debriefings and support for recruitment and pool management;
  • Participates in building up a relevant pool of ICRC emergency medicine specialists and budgeting and planning exercises;
  • Represents the programme in internal and external fora as required;
  • Acts as focal point for institutional Emergency medicine related topics;
  • Coordinates and supports training such as ERTC,BEC ,Mass Casualty at global  levels to internal and external staff and globally when required;
  • Develops and maintains regional emergency medicine networks aimed at strengthening ICRC’s capacity building and operational outcomes;
  • Collects and shares information so as to improve the ICRC’s understanding of the environment and humanitarian trends and responses;
  • Represents the ICRC in an appropriate way during activities, in meetings and in the field, and avoids any activity that may reflect negatively on the ICRC’s image;
  • Takes responsibility for their own professional learning and development.
Education and experience required


  • Typically, 10+ years of clinical experience, including 7 years in the specialization area;
  • Solid experience in implementing/leading humanitarian programmes, with at least 3-5 cumulative years of ICRC field experience;
  • Proven ability to lead multi-cultural teams and to effectively transfer knowledge and build capacity;
  • Medical degree with postgraduate specialization in Emergency Medicine;
  • Further qualification in Emergency Medicine is a strong asset;
  • Valid licence to practise in country of residence;
  • Valid ATLS /or ETC certificate, ATLS instructor certificate is a strong asset;
  • Fluent English required. Fluent French and/or Arabic a strong asset.
Desired skills and profile


  • Minimum 2 years of (ICRC ) field experience;
  • Recent clinical practice as Emergency Room doctor;
  • Proven analytical and people skills as well as training and coaching skills;
  • Excellent representational skills;
  • Proven analytical and people skills as well as training and coaching skills;
  • Excellent representational skills;
  • Computer proficiency and literacy in health data tools;
  • Solid experience in humanitarian activities;
  • Proven management experience and ability to lead multi-cultural teams;
  • Able to adapt to rapidly changing workload and the ability to respond to deadlines;
  • Demonstrate a solutions-based approach to problem-solving;
  • Able to demonstrate excellent team communication skills.
Additional information


  • Location:                        Geneva
  • Type of contract:            Required-Rotation 
  • Length of assignment:    4 years
  • Activity rate:                   100%
  • Estimated start date:     March 2020
  • Application Deadline: Friday, the 31st of January 2020