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Specialist Nurse - Urgently looking for Spanish speaking Specialist Nurses

Requisition ID:  12175
Location:  Geneva (GVA)
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 an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team, the Specialist Nurse promotes and ensures the delivery of high quality patient care in the field of their expertise aiming to achieve national/international standards depending on the context. The Specialist Nurse works at building capacity in specific nursing care and infection control in ICRC assisted or independent hospital structures with often limited resources and in challenging environments.

Main responsibilities


  • Provides high quality specialized care, often in a limited resource setting, to admitted patients, following the ICRC Nursing Guidelines and international guidelines and in collaboration with other members of the hospital team
  • Participates in the delivery of a programme of training/coaching to measurably improve the provision of specialized patient care
  • Promotes a clean and safe patient environment and ensures that ICRC hygiene standards are regularly measured and maintained (sterilization and infection control and safety regarding the handling of sharps, fire safety, waste management, etc…)
  • Ensures accurate data collection through the timely completion and filing of all patient/structure related documents
  • Participates effectively in the team and medical structures preparedness & response to emergencies
  • Develops a dialogue which demonstrates a strong understanding of the need to cooperate with and support both internal and external counterparts
  • Ensures a rational use of resources available and reordering of supplies. Ensures the appropriate use and maintenance of equipment
  • May supervise certain resident nursing and hospital support staff
Education and experience required


  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
  • University degree in Nursing (with a minimum of a 3 years course)
  • Specialized nursing degree in the a/m field of expertise
  • Registered nurse with a valid license to practice in the country of residence
  • Minimum 2 years experiences post-speciality in hospital posting
  • Significant experience(s) in acute care departments such as ER, ICU and Recovery Room and in treating trauma cases
  • Experience in Mass Casualty Management and related Training
Desired profile and skills


  • Able to work under pressure and lead a multicultural team in a complex environment
  • Sensitivity to cultural diversity
  • Very good Spanish and English verbal and written communication skills
  • French, Arabic, or Russian, as a second language, with good verbal and written communication skills
  • Previous International experience in Humanitarian and/or Development in low-resource settings (NGO’s, IO or charity organizations)
  • Good communication skills, capacity to manage and work within a multidisciplinary team
  • Positive, flexible and able to adapt to harsh living conditions and/or unstable security environment
  • Previous experience within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and 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)
  • In line with our security guidelines, our staff members must hold a manual driving license
What we offer


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: 2-month onboarding + 6-month mission minimum, preferably longer. Non-family posting
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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