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Requisition ID:  19304
Region:  Europe (HQ)
Contract type:  Open-ended contract



As part of the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) team, the Mental Health and Psychosocial Specialist 2 (Psychiatrist) is the ICRC technical reference point for psychiatry.


The Psychiatrist provides guidance and technical support to ICRC departments and field teams in developing, implementing and monitoring MHPSS programmes which respond to the needs of different groups affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence. These groups include people affected by emergencies; victims of violence, including sexual violence and children; families of missing persons; helpers (people in frontline humanitarian positions); people who are hospitalised with weapon-wounds and/or physical disabilities; and people deprived of their liberty or have been released from detention.


The Psychiatrist is responsible for developing and deploying technical guidelines and governance related to MHPSS and in particular specialized mental health care.

Reports to (role)


MHPSS Programme Coordinator

Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities


  • Under the guidance of the MHPSS Coordinator, in collaboration with the MHPSS Regional Specialists and the corresponding Head of Sectors at the Health Unit, assist in aligning field operations with ICRC strategic directions.
  • Provide technical support to the MHPSS field programmes to strengthen ICRC’s capacities to respond to MHPSS needs, especially in specialized mental health care, in collaboration with the MHPSS Regional Specialists.
  • Support and mentor MHPSS Regional Specialists and field teams in the implementation of high-quality technical programs including assessments of needs, development of strategies, plan of action and monitoring.
  • Hold responsibility 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.
  • Manage the MHPSS aspects of health care in detention including care inside places of detention, post­ release care and substance use disorders among people deprived of their liberty.
  • Develop guidelines and governance material.
  • Maximize capacities to mainstream MHPSS activities in the other five health areas (First Aid and Prehospital Emergency Care, Primary Health Care, Hospital Services, Physical Rehabilitation and Health Care in Detention).
  • Advocate and promote MHPSS activities with the ICRC and with other stakeholders, including the International Red Cross and/ Red Crescent Movement.
  • Contribute to the development of the pool of MHPSS specialists, particularly the pool of psychiatrists
  • Contribute to the development and field implementation of monitoring tools, including digital tools

People management responsibilities



Scope & Impact


Contributes to meeting MHPSS objectives at global, regional and national level.



  • Internally, interacts with staff from the different programmes within the Health Unit and with other  relevant units/divisions (e.g. Protection, the Sexual Violence Advisory team).
  • Externally, represents the ICRC with international organizations, professional associations, academic institutions and relevant authorities when necessary.

Certifications / Education required


  • University degree in Psychiatry with a valid license to practice.
  • Training in public health an asset.

Professional Experience required

  • Exposure to psychiatry in places of detention/prison
  • Field experience implementing MHPSS programmes in low-income countries a strong asset
  • ICRC field experience an asset
  • Red Cross/Red Crescent experience an asset
  • Understanding of community public health psychiatry with multidisciplinary teams an asset



Fluency in English. Any other language of ICRC interest, such as French, Arabic, Spanish or Russian a strong asset

Additional information


  • Type of contract: Open ended
  • Length of assignment: 4 years
  • Working rate: 100%
  • Starting date: ASAP
  • Location: HQ - Geneva
  • Application deadline: 10.07.2022


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