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Operating Theatre (OT) Nurse

Requisition ID:  12170
Location:  Geneva (GVA)
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


As an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team and within the speciality, the OT Nurse promotes and ensures the delivery of high-quality patient care to the beneficiaries. As an OT Nurse, you will work at building capacity in your specific area of expertise within ICRC assisted or independent hospital structures with often limited resources and in challenging environments.

As an OT nurse, you will be at the core of developing and implementing good practices in the operating theatres of hospitals. You will assess training needs, develop plans of action and draw up training programmes with local personnel.

Main responsibilities


  • Demonstrates and delivers a high standard of evidence-based patient care within the Operating Theatres (OT)
  • Develops and delivers a measurable programme of training/coaching within the OT based on the relevant ICRC Guidelines
  • Ensures quality care by adherence to sterilization and infection control policies and safety standards regarding the handling of sharps, fire safety, waste management, etc...
  • Establishes and/or completes, all relevant paperwork and ensures accurate and timely data collection for the OT activities
  • Facilitates an appropriate OT preparedness and timely response to emergencies
  • Collaborates fully and proactively with internal and external counterparts, assisting and supporting for an optimal day-to-day organization of operating theatres
  • Ensures that all resources available within their domain of expertise are managed and maintained in an appropriate manner
  • Supervises certain resident nursing and hospital support staff

Education and experience required


  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
  • Bachelor degree in Nursing (with a course of a minimum of 3 years)
  • Operating Theatre Nursing speciality degree or as equivalent, at least 5 years’ experience in the domain
  • Minimum 2 years of clinical experience post speciality degree
  • Registered nurse with a valid license to practice in your country of residence
  • Fluency in English and a good command of a second language is a strong asset (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian)

Desired profile and skills


  • Able to work under pressure and lead a multicultural team in a complex environment
  • Previous International experience in Humanitarian and/or Development in low-resource settings (NGO’s, IO or charity organizations)
  • Positive, flexible and able to adapt to challenging living conditions and/or unstable security environment
  • 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 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
  • An onboarding mission and 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: Minimum of 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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