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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

The Surgeon, as part of an ICRC hospital team, performs safe surgical procedures for emergency and elective surgical interventions.

These are often for the benefit of trauma and weapon wounded individuals. S / he works in assisted or ICRC independent hospital structures, regularly in limited resources settings and challenging security environments.

The Surgeon leads the ICRC mobile surgical team deployed in certain contexts, when required.

Main responsibilities

  • Performs and supervises emergency and elective surgical procedures, in line with the internationally / ICRC recognized standards, on evidence based practices, and ensures adequate patient post-operative follow-up
  • Responsible for the clinical management within the hospital in collaboration with the Head Nurse, including compliance to the admission criteria
  • Ensures precise, clear and timely medical documentation
  • Ensures that all required resources are available to conduct safe surgical procedures
  • In collaboration with the other members of the ICRC surgical team, provides technical advice and supports local counterparts to maintain / develop the local capacities and maintain / reach international standards
  • Regularly reviews the contingency plan and other plans of action for the hospital in collaboration with the hospital management team and (sub)-delegation
  • Coordinates the triage and management of patients in the event of mass casualties, together with the Head Nurse
  • Consults with the Health Unit in Geneva in case of exceedingly difficult cases warranting a second opinion
  • Always remains conscious of the limitations (human & material resources) and seeks advice when required
  • Desired profile and skills

  • Board certified General / Trauma surgeon with a minimum of 2 years’ experience after certification and a valid license to practice in your country of residence
  • Attended the Definitive Surgical Trauma Care (DSTC) course or the ICRC War Surgery Seminar
  • Competence to perform caesarian sections
  • ATLS or ETC certification or ATLS or ETC-refresher course, from within the last 5 years
  • Comfortable performing life-saving surgery with limited resources
  • Significant experience in general surgery, particularly in traumatology, including basic treatment of fractures
  • Good organizational skills, capacity to manage and work within a team
  • Able to develop and supervise local surgical staff
  • Very good English verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good command of computer tools (Window 8, Lotus Notes )
  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
  • Able to work under pressure in a potentially dangerous environment

  • Certificates on basic security course (ICRC & IFRC) and on basic ICRC-facts dated no more than 5 years, are strongly recommended before the recruitment interview (link : https : / / ifrc.
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  • French, Arabic, Spanish or Russian language skills with good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Sensitivity to cultural, ethnic and gender diversity
  • Positive, flexible and able to adapt him / herself to harsh living conditions and / or unstable security environment.
  • Previous international humanitarian and / or development experience in low income countries (NGO’s, IO or charity organization)
  • Previous experience(s) within the Red Cross & Red Crescent movement
  • Our operational 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 prior to departure in the field
  • Candidates must possess a driving licence (for manual transmission vehicles)
  • What we offer

  • Rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment
  • Attractive social benefits
  • Length of assignment : preferably 3 months, at least for the first mission
  • Join an ICRC talent pool and be considered for future assignments elsewhere
  • Requested documents

    Please upload in the system :

  • Your resume and a cover letter that expresses what exactly attracts you to the humanitarian world as well as to the ICRC.
  • Copy of your diplomas and certifications
  • Copy of your license to practice and two letters of references
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