ICRC Health Delegate / Primary Health Care (PHC) Doctor
Canadian Red Cross
7d ago


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Position Currently in Demand

ICRC Health Delegate / Primary Health Care (PHC) Doctor

Length of assignment : 12 months


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance.

The ICRC also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles.

Established in 1863, the ICRC is at the origin of the Geneva Conventions and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

It directs and coordinates the international activities conducted by the Movement in armed conflicts and other situations of violence.

For more information about the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) please visit ICRC website : https : / / www.icrc.org / en

Role description

The Health Delegate (HD) serves a population in a defined geographic area in emergency and non-emergency situations.

S / he assesses, identifies and prioritizes health needs for this populations taking into account community resilience mechanisms, including specific needs of vulnerable groups (children under five years old, women, the elderly, etc.

The HD is the interface between communities (local leaders, health staff, women’s groups etc.), internal (ICRC) and external (MoH, NGOs, UN system) stakeholders for health related issues.

The HD proposes evidence based strategies and responses based on international norms in an integrated approach developed in line with the Delegation’s priorities, including protection.

S / he implements assistance response and remains flexible to adapt it based on the results of the monitoring.

Main responsibilities

  • Understand the level of functionality of health services (public and private) and their actors in the referral pathway within the hospital catchment area
  • Respond to emergency and non-emergency health needs of the targeted population after assessment, strategic decision, coherent implementation and monitoring
  • Identify and support the community referral system to appropriate health services and management of mortal remains
  • Support or run all or part of different PHC components to adequately respond to the health needs in PHC facilities or Mobile Health Units
  • Ensure a continuum of care for beneficiaries from the community (support to First Aid and TBA networks) to hospital care, from support to existing Emergency Medical Systems and safe access to hospital care
  • Identify gaps in emergency hospital services and provide support with the hospital team for evaluation and involvement when needed
  • Ensure regular medical supplies in respect of MedLog ordering, storing and delivering norms
  • Communicate to relevant stakeholders and report internally on health context, needs, programme results and challenges
  • Within the Health in Detention Framework, guarantee that detainees have access to quality care corresponding to standards outside the detention place using a public health approach, including the follow up of ill treatment.
  • See ICRC Health Delegate in Action

    Desired profile and skills

  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
  • Able to work under pressure in a potentially dangerous environment
  • Medical degree
  • Registered physician with a valid license to practice in the country of residence
  • Minimum 2 years of additional international experience at field level in different contexts
  • Experience in humanitarian project management cycle
  • Very good command of English and at least one other language of ICRC interest (French, Arabic, Spanish or Russian)
  • Good command of computer tools.
  • Your assets

  • Postgraduate Master / diploma in Public Health, Tropical Medicine
  • Previous humanitarian experience in the field of Primary Health Care outside your own country
  • Sensitivity to cultural diversity
  • Previous ICRC experience(s) or within the Red Cross & Red Crescent movement.
  • 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 be in good health and will have to do a medical check-up and receive medical clearance prior to departure in the field
  • Candidates must possess a driving licence (for manual transmission vehicles) with practice
  • Candidates must be prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) for at least the first 24 month.
  • What we offer

  • Rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment
  • Join a CRC / ICRC talent pool and be considered for future assignments elsewhere
  • Package : paid annual leave, monthly living allowance, accommodation, travel costs, health benefits, RRSP plan, Employee Assistance Program
  • Individual development in a multicultural environment
  • A fascinating spectrum of new challenges in operational contexts
  • A specific integration program
  • Possibility for other types of missions within the Red Cross / Red Crescent movement.
  • Click here to learn more about the difference of being deployed through ICRC or the Canadian Red Cross Society.

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