Health Delegate – Primary Health Care Nurse At International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Requisition ID: 20464

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 Health Delegate (HD) serves a population in a defined geographic area in emergency and non-emergency situations. As a Health Delegate, you will identify and prioritize the health needs of this population taking into account community resilience mechanisms, including specific needs of vulnerable groups (children under five years old, women, the elderly, etc.).You will act as an interface between communities (local leaders, health staff, women’s groups, etc.), internal (ICRC), and external (Ministry of health MoH, NGOs, UN system) partners for health-related issues. You will propose evidence-based strategies and responses based on international norms in an integrated approach developed in line with the Delegation’s priorities, including protection. You will respond to the health needs from a project management point of view, remaining flexible and adapting your actions to the monitoring results.

Main responsibilities

With a public health approach, you will:

  • Understand the level of functionality of health services (public and private) and their actors in the referral pathway within the hospital catchment area
  • Conduct assessments, strategic decisions, coherent implementation, and monitoring to:
    • Respond to emergency and non-emergency health needs
    • Ensure that a continuum of care for beneficiaries is reached at all levels of healthcare
  • Identify and support the community referral system to appropriate health services and management of mortal remains
  • Ensure the good functioning of different PHC facilities, mobile health units, and other ICRC PHC strategies/modes of action.
  • Identify gaps in emergency hospital services and provide support to the hospital team for evaluation and involvement when needed
  • Ensure regular medical supplies in respect of the internal system (MedLog)
  • Communicate to relevant stakeholders and report internally on health context, needs, program results and challenges

Education and experience required

  • Degree in Nursing with a minimum of three years’ university studies
  • Postgraduate master´s degree/diploma in Public Health, Tropical Medicine and/or Health Management a strong asset
  • Registered nurse with a current valid license to practice
  • Minimum two years of clinical experience post-diploma in a specific country
  • At least two years of additional international humanitarian projects in the field of Primary Health Care or overall public health
  • Very good command of English (Minimum B2 level, written and spoken)
  • Good command of one of the following languages (Minimum B2 level, written and spoken): French, Arabic, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese
  • Experience in Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) is a strong asset is highly appreciated
  • Good negotiation skills are mandatory

Desired profile and skills

  • Strongly motivated by the humanitarian field
  • Able to work under pressure and lead a multicultural team in a complex environment
  • Positive, flexible and able to adapt to challenging living conditions and/or unstable security context
  • 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

Our offer

  • A competitive employment package with attractive social benefits: a salary paid on thirteen months, a competitive pension plan; medical and accident cover, etc.
  • An open-ended contract with a minimum assignment of 12 months.
  • Annual paid leave: 20–27.5 days.
  • Accommodation provided and paid by ICRC.
  • One paid return ticket home every year.
  • ICRC staff integration course and opportunities for further in-house training and career opportunities with ICRC.
  • All assignments are categorized into four levels of hardship, some of which are compensated with financial incentives and extra leave.
  • The opportunity to join our talent pool and be considered for future assignments elsewhere
  • Depending on the context, possibility to bring partner and/or children on assignment after 24 months of employment
  • Maternity and adoption leave of four months and paternity leave of ten days

How to apply

Ready to apply?

You will need to upload your resume and a cover letter, copies of your diplomas and certifications, a valid license to practice, a passport, and a driving license.

We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.

The ICRC values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive working environment.


Please apply through this link.


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