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Orthopedic Surgeon

Requisition ID:  12192
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

The Physician Specialist 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
  • In hospital settings:
  • 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. In general:
  • 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.
  • After analysing the context and disease patterns, makes proposals for programme adjustments and further development of services if necessary.
  • Conducts assessments in area of expertise and contributes to program development.
Education and experience required
  • University degree in medicine and a valid licence to practise in his/her country of residence.
  • Clinical specialization in area of expertise, with valid license in country of residence as relevant
  • Computer literacy.
  • Fluent command of English and/or French (both written and oral).
  • Russian, Arabic or Spanish an asset.
  • Minimum 2 years´ postgraduate specialized clinical experience.
  • Sound knowledge of protocols and guidelines relevant to low-resource settings.
  • Work experience with organizations in similar settings.
Desired profile and skills
  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
  • Able to work under pressure in a potentially dangerous environment
Our operational context
  • In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC dœs not assign personnel to a country of which they are nationals
  • Candidates must be in good health and will have to do a medical check-up prior to departure in the field
  • Candidates must possess a driving license (for manual transmission vehicles)
  • Candidates must be prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) for at least the first 24 months
Why work for the ICRC
  • Rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment
  • A two-week orientation course and other opportunities for further in-house training
  • Attractive social benefits
  • Length of assignment: 3 months, preferably longer
  • Join an ICRC talent pool and be considered for future assignments elsewhere
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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