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Requisition ID:  12168
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


As a Psychiatrist for ICRC mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) programmes you will identify the mental health and psychological support that the victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence require. You will be setting up the MHPSS projects and programmes in line with the ICRC priorities, providing standard operational procedures, including general frameworks and guidelines, referral protocols, data documentation and evaluation tools, taking the local cultural context into consideration. You will take full responsibility for MHPSS implementation, monitoring and follow-up, as well as the responsibility as a specialist physician for all MHPSS matters related to other health activities such as the care of persons who have suffered weapon wounds, physical rehabilitation, primary health care and “health in detention” programmes.

Main responsibilities


  • Evaluates risk factors and identifies communities, groups and individuals in need of long-term MHPSS support
  • Sets up MHPSS programmes, taking into consideration the concerns and coping mechanisms of the victims and the cultural context
  • Implements and ensures proper follow-up regarding MHPSS projects/programmes aimed at the victims of armed conflict or other situations of violence. This will often involve working in partnership with local entities such as NGOs and the National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society
  • Provides technical advice to ensure that victims receive optimal assistance, and to strengthen and develop local networks and their MHPSS capacities. Where programmes are already in place, building the capacity of national staff is one of the psychiatrist’s core activities
  • Continually evaluates patterns of violence, the situation of victims and MHPSS programmes
  • Analyses information, provides regular update reports and adapts the humanitarian response accordingly when necessary
  • Is responsible for all medical aspects of MHPSS activities, specifically those relating to primary health care and hospital care, care of persons wounded by weapons, physical rehabilitation and psychopharmacological matters
  • Manages the MHPSS aspects of health care in detention including care inside places of detention, post-release care and drug use/abuse among people deprived of freedom

Education and experience required


  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
  • Degree in medicine with specialized training in psychiatry
  • Minimum of two years’ postgraduate specialized clinical experience
  • Valid licence to practice in your country of residence
  • Excellent command of English and of another language of interest to the ICRC, such as French, Arabic, Spanish or Russian
  • Knowledge of public mental health and of integrated MHPSS models covering promotion/prevention and treatment at primary and secondary health care levels
  • Demonstrated ability to plan MHPSS support programmes and community health activities in response to the psychosocial consequences of violence

Desired profile and skills


  • Ability to work under pressure and lead a multicultural team in a complex environment
  • Significant experience of training and supervision processes
  • Good analysis, problem-solving and report-writing skills
  • Positive, flexible and able to adapt to challenging living conditions and/or unstable security environment
  • Previous experience of providing mental health support to detainees and/or drug users
  • Previous international field experience working directly with various populations and cultures

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)
  • 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 contacted for future assignments globally
  • Length of assignment: 10 days to 3 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
    • Your medical license (license to practice)
    • Copy of your academic diplomas and certificates
    • Copy of your work certificates/employment records

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