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Physical Rehabilitation Programme Coordinator

Requisition ID:  15515
Region:  Europe (HQ)
Contract type:  Max term contract
Reports to (role)


Deputy Head of Health

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. The ICRC Physical Rehabilitation Programme (PRP) has, over the last ten years, diversified and expanded, providing a wide range of services for persons with physical disabilities. In addition, the ICRC has adopted a more comprehensive approach in responding to the needs of persons with physical disabilities, including a continuum of care and societal integration in its operational programmes.


Purpose of the position


The Physical Rehabilitation Programme (PRP) Coordinator is responsible for effective implementation of the programme and the achievement of field, regional and global objectives. S/he ensures the provision of best possible quality care based on a public health approach. S/he is the organization’s technical reference point for the programme. S/he leads the development of strategies, guidelines, standards and programmes in the area of physical rehabilitation, and monitors the implementation of activities. S/he contributes to defining and promoting the general vision of the Health Unit, in relation to institutional and health strategies and responses, based on international standards and within an integrated approach. S/he also contributes to promoting the new endorsed ICRC disability inclusion vision 2030. S/he ensures worldwide coherent, cross-cutting and contextualized approaches.

Main duties and responsibilities


  • Analyses the trends, risks, and needs of persons with physical disabilities in armed conflict and other situations of violence, as well as monitors the emergence of new challenges and new practices;
  • Contributes to developing and implementing strategies, policies, standards, guidelines, and innovative approaches to support field PRP operations in line with institutional directions and guided by best practice and international recommendations;
  • Guarantees coherent and cross-cutting approaches through cooperation with all relevant stakeholders, and provides technical support to field staff to enhance access to comprehensive, multidisciplinary rehabilitation services;
  • Oversees the allocation of resources to meet operational requirements; contributes to sourcing, recruitment, and planning of competent staff and validates the technical skills of staff working under her/his responsibility (headquarters team and regional positions). Also contributes to managing the pool of mobile and key resident staff positions;
  • Identifies training needs, designs tailored trainings, and contributes to teaching/mentoring activities. Provides technical support to relevant internal and external audiences;
  • Manages headquarters PRP team members and related regional positions;
  • Conveys the Health Unit’s strategic approach to relevant internal and external stakeholders and provides them with the necessary technical information for/on programme implementation and follow-up;
  • Supports implementation of the programme in the field, monitors activities, assesses programme performance and evolution, ensures alignment with health/institutional strategies and objectives, and reports on results. S/he ensures that Result Based Management is an integrated part of PRP management;
  • Influences institutional policy decision-making based on best practices by promoting health perspectives in relevant internal fora;
  • Represents the ICRC in external fora and academic programmes, shapes the debate in physical rehabilitation.
People management responsibilities



Scope & Impact


The Physical Rehabilitation Programme Coordinator:


  • Is responsible for achieving the programme’s field, regional and global objectives, including monitoring and strengthening of quality service delivery as per institutional and/or internationally recognized humanitarian standards;
  • Contributes to the Health Unit’s vision and strategies and to positioning the ICRC in relevant technical and non-technical global and regional fora;
  • Plans the programme budget at the headquarters level;
  • Manages the programme team based at headquarters and regionally (more than 8 staff members, including the Health programme coordinator).


  • Internally: On programmatic issues, interacts with other programme coordinators and management within the Health Unit; other units within the Assistance Division; and other stakeholders, such as the Protection Division and ICRC management, disability inclusion, at headquarters, regional and field levels;
  • Externally: Plays a key role in representing the ICRC in its engagement with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, with different governmental and non-governmental humanitarian players, and with any other relevant stakeholders, such as governments, academic circles, professional associations and the corporate sector. S/he promotes peer to peer exchanges from different organisations develops and consolidates partnership, corporate in potential innovative solutions.
Education and experience required


  • University degree or Diploma in Physical Rehabilitation, physiotherapy or orthotist/prosthetist (equivalent IPSO category 1);
  • Training in public health a strong asset;
  • 15 years of professional experience;
  • Minimum 7 years' humanitarian experience with at least 1 year ICRC experience in field coordination and/or programme management;
  • Strong clinical experience in her/his area of expertise in particular in conflict settings;
  • Comprehensive previous physical rehabilitation experience in humanitarian/development work;
  • Familiar with health information tools (epidemiology and statistics);
  • Proven ability to analyse complex health needs and identify priorities.
Desired profile and skills


  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work;
  • Ability to work in a team as well as independently;
  • Communication and organisational skills;
  • Proactive communications across the organization;
  • Proven representational abilities (speaking and presentation skills);
  • Excellent people skills and proven ability to lead a team;
  • Fluent command of English and French. Notion of Spanish, Arabic, and/or Russian is/are an asset;
  • Computer literacy;
  • Familiarity with Results-Based Management / Logical Framework tools;
  • Red Cross/Red Crescent experience an asset.
Additional information


  • Location: Geneva
  • Type of contract: Maximum-term contract 
  • Length of assignment: 48 months
  • Activity rate: 100%
  • Estimated start date: July 2021
  • Application Deadline: Sunday, the 27th of September 2020


The ICRC values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.