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First Aid and Pre-hospital Emergency Care Delegate (Focus on Arabic, French or Spanish Speakers)

Requisition ID:  12171
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.

Your Role


In territories affected by armed conflict or other situations of violence, the First Aid and Prehospital Care Delegate ensures that the wounded and sick receive safe, humane and effective emergency assistance and are promptly referred to the right place for further care. To this end,  you contribute to developing the capacity of the ICRC (to act, to educate), of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and of any other relevant local stakeholders. You work with to ensure that emergency responders are confident and skilled, act safely and in accordance with humanitarian values and principles, and are part of an emergency response system that is adapted to local needs and realities.

Main responsibilities


The scope varies according to context and length of the assignment.

  • Develop a deep understanding of the health and emergency care system in given contexts
  • Identify the support needed in order to improve the emergency response from the scene to the referral health structures
  • Select adequate interventions to support and develop local capacity, and establish realistic project proposals in line with ICRC guidelines taking into account local realities
  • Implement, monitor and evaluate activities according to set objectives, and create actions plans according to needs and available resources
  • Ensure proper staff management and safety and support local stakeholders involved in the emergency response system
  • Foster constructive working relationships amongst emergency response stakeholders (State and non-State actors, including the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement)
  • As an ambassador of the ICRC, maintain contact and negotiate as necessary with all relevant actors in order to ensure the work is carried out as securely and effectively as possible.
Education and experience required
  • University degree as paramedic - bachelor of paramedic science/practice (an EMT diploma is unfortunately NOT sufficient),
  • A minimum 3 to 5 years’ relevant experience post degree, including 2-3 years of international humanitarian field experience
  • Significant experience in Prehospital Emergency Care and First Aid with managerial responsibilities
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills
  • Fluency in a second language of interest for the ICRC, such as French, Arabic, Spanish or Russian
  • Qualification and experience as a trainer especially in low resource settings
Desired profile and skills
  • Strong leadership, with capacities in networking, partnership and negotiations
  • Excellent analytical skills with problem-solving mindset, strong strategic and creative thinking
  • Able to work under pressure and lead a multicultural team in a complex environment
  • Positive, flexible and able to adapt to challenging living conditions and/or unstable security environment
  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work   
  • Objective oriented, with an ability to contextualize his/her expertise, and be pragmatic
  • Previous experience within the Red Cross & Red Crescent movement is an asset
  • Project management training a strong 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) for at least the first 24 months.
  • 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 assignments: 6-12 months. First mission for a duration of 12 months
How to apply


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
    • Copy of your academic diplomas and certificates
    • Copy of your valid license to practice/registration (if applicable in your country of residence)
    • Copy of your work certificates/employment records 

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