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Requisition ID:  12187
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


The Physiotherapist is a full member of the interdisciplinary team providing patient-centered care to surgical patients and ICRC patients/service users in need of rehabilitation services. S/he is responsible for all physiotherapy related activities at field level from acute to rehabilitation and re-integration stages. The physiotherapist leads the promotion, improvement, and maintenance of people’s mobility and physical functioning. S/he assesses and provides physiotherapy services to a population in need of physical rehabilitation within an ICRC-run or an ICRC-supported structure during emergency and non-emergency situations. Furthermore, s/he ensures quality by the implementation of ICRC physiotherapy standards and adjusts professional activities based on the results of on-going monitoring & evaluation process as well as on the project priorities.

Main responsibilities


  • Deliver physiotherapy services that are timely and sustainable in the long term and organize all resources within an interdisciplinary approach
  • In coordination with the hospital / PRP teams identify, address and relay health concerns of individuals and communities
  • Build a community of practice, advocate for on-going learning based on good practice, develop professional networking and advocate health promotion activities
  • Supervise, coach and train team members involved in the delivery of physiotherapy services
  • Implement and improve appropriate professional standards and organize training programs based on reflective practice
  • Ensure the continuum of care by referring individuals to the appropriate structure after discharge
  • Dialogue, communicate and report on rehabilitation related contexts, needs and programs, both internally and externally
Education and experience required


  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Physiotherapy, with up-to-date registration
  • Minimum of 2 years of recent clinical experience in hospital and/or physical rehabilitation centre
  • Fluency in English and a good command of a second language is a strong asset (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian)
  • Good command of computer tools
Desired profile and skills


  • Able to work under pressure and lead a multicultural team in a complex environment
  • Previous experience in international humanitarian projects, public health projects or other related training in low-resource setting (NGO's, IO or charity organization)
  • Experience in teaching and transfer of knowledge and skills or clinical research
  • Public Health or other related training
  • 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
  • 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 considered for future assignments globally
  • Length of assignment: 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/registration (if applicable in your country of residence)
    • Copy of your work certificates/employment records 


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