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Forensic Specialist based in Peru (18 months assignment)

Requisition ID:  16991
Region:  Americas
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.

Role description


Are you the Forensic Specialist who can support us in supervising and managing ICRC forensic activities in Peru?

Based in Lima, the professional in this position will be responsible, for all forensic programmes, strategy, policies, framework, and technical capacity addressed to protect the dignity of the dead and their families. You will be in charge of defining and implementing prevention and operational forensic strategy. This aiming to contribute to the strengthening of the medicolegal and the identification systems for deceased and missing persons related to past conflicts to ensure the right to know of their fate. The Specialist will also be the manager of two ICRC forensic employees.

Main responsibilities


Reporting to the Missing Program Manager and to the Protection Coordinator, you will:

  • Coordinate and supervise forensic activities; by developing strategies, objectives, plans of action, timelines and the required resources (including budget). 
  • Manage and train technically ICRC staff involved in forensic actions in the region. 
  • Manage a team of two forensic staff by planning, organizing, implementing,  and supervising the work.
  • Participate/lead forensic missions in the field.
  • Identify the main challenges of the judicial / medico-legal systems, and the investigation of death and identification processes in Peru. Carry out assessments, and provide pertinent advice and strategic orientations for strengthening the system.
  • Support interagency communication and coordination among the institutions involved in the search, recovery, analysis and identification procedures.
  • Develop and/or maintain contacts with a network of actors and represents the ICRC on forensic- related issues, by promoting standard methodologies regarding the management of the dead.
  • Support national and regional agencies, as well as the local Red Crosses, with response to emergencies that involve large scale deaths (natural disasters, pandemic, etc.).
  • Support authorities with the identification of foreign nationals who died, including on COVID-19 cases, when needed and in conformity with the Sub-Regional Restoring Family Links strategy.
  • Develop forensic-related policies, concepts and approaches and be responsible for internal reporting. Organize seminars and briefings on forensics at the relevant level, by developing institutional or technical training.Internally, interact with ICRC’s missing team: six colleagues based in Ayacucho and in Lima. Interact closely with the manager based in Panama and the headquarter. 
  • Cooperate with departments dealing with relations with arms carriers, legal matters, Family Link, Cooperation with National Society, and Communication, on matters related to forensic issues.
  • Externally, interact with national authorities (Ministry of Justice, National Prosecutor, IML, AF, Police) and major partners (IOs, academic circles, NGOs, think tanks, and diplomatic community).

Desired profile and skills


  • Masters' degree or equivalent in medical, biological, or forensic sciences. Preferred areas of expertise: forensic pathology, odontology, anthropology/archaeology, genetics molecular biology.
  • Fluent of Spanish and intermediate English level.
  • Knowledge and experience in the organisation and functionning of medico-legal system and setting up/improving comprehensive identification system.
  • At least 8 years of experience in forensic practice applied to human rights or humanitarian investigations in an operational context.
  • Proven experience in managing and working with multidisciplinary teams, NGOs, and families of disappeared.
  • Experience in coordinating with judicial system and law enforcement partners.
  • Experience in negotiations and public relations, particularly in promoting the implementation of professional and ethical standards.
  • Skills and experience in forensic training and ability to adapt messages to different audiences.
  • Proven contribution to scientific publications on forensic practice, especially in the field of humanitarian and human rights investigations.
  • Experience in project management is an asset.


Our operational & field constraints


  • In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC does not assign personnel to a country of which they are nationals.
  • Candidates must possess a driving license (for manual transmission vehicles).
  • Applicants must be prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children, or dependents) for six months minimum.
  • The person hired needs to be in good health and will have to do a medical check-up prior to departure in the field.

What we offer


  • Rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment with attractive salary and social benefits.
  • Institutional onboarding programme and other opportunities for further in-house training. Opportunity to join an ICRC talent pool and be considered for future assignments elsewhere. One return trip to the employee’s contractual domicile accompanied by family members.
  • Maternity and adoption leave of four months and paternity leave of ten days.

Additional information


Length of assignment: 18 months 
Starting date: as soon as possible 
Application closing date: 14 August 2021


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


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