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Requisition ID:  12194
Location:  Geneva (GVA)
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


The Obstetrician provides clinical services and/or supports hospital teams and/or other teams in improving the quality of medical/surgical care and the organization and management of medical and/or clinical services, in close collaboration with her/his local counterparts. S/He ensures the continuity of care and respect for medical ethics and patient confidentiality. This position can be used by hospital programs as well as by other health programs requiring specialized support.

Main responsibilities


  • Assesses the organization, activities and performance of the medical/surgical department
  • Conducts medical rounds regularly with local doctors; participates in patient assessments, treatment plans and documentation
  • Participates in setting up medical/clinical/surgical procedures and treatment protocols
  • Supervises the outpatient and emergency departments
  • Ensures rational prescription practices in accordance with valid national and international protocols/standards
  • Contributes to preparing orders of medical supplies and identifies new needs for drugs and medical equipment, in accordance with pathologies encountered, guidelines and standards
  • Contributes to ensuring respect for professional ethics and standards of care as per ICRC protocol
  • Implements teaching programmes to develop the skills of medical and clinical staff. May serve as adviser/supervisor for other ICRC health professionals
  • Analyses health statistics and contributes to reporting
  • Conducts assessments in area of expertise and contributes to program development

Education and experience required


  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
  • University Degree in Medicine with a valid medical license to practice in your country of residence
  • Clinical specialization in area of expertise, with valid license in country of residence as relevant
  • Fluency in English and a good command of French is a strong asset 

Desired profile and skills


  • 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
  • Sound knowledge of protocols and guidelines relevant to low-resource settings
  • Previous experience within the Red Cross & Red Crescent movement 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) for at least the first two missions (total of 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
  • 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: 6 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
    • Copy of your work certificates/employment records 


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