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.
As a surgeon, you are part of the ICRC hospital team, performing safe surgical procedures for emergency and elective surgical interventions.
These are often for the benefit of trauma and weapon-wounded individuals. You work in an assisted or ICRC independent hospital structures, regularly in limited resources settings and challenging security environments.
You are leading the ICRC mobile surgical team deployed in certain operational contexts when required.
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 with 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
Education and experience required
Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
Board certified General / Trauma surgeon with a minimum of 2 years’ experience after certification
Valid license to practice in your country of residence
Current ATLS, ETC, JATEC or EMTS certification or refresher course, from within the last 5 years
Comfortable performing life-saving surgery with limited resources
Competence to perform caesarian sections
Significant experience in general surgery, particularly in traumatology, including basic treatment of fractures
Good organizational skills, capacity to manage and work within a multicultural team in a challenging environment
Able to develop and supervise local surgical staff
Excellent command of English
Desired profile and skills
Attended the Definitive Surgical Trauma Care (DSTC) course or the ICRC War Surgery Seminar
Knowledge of another language of ICRC interest : French, Arabic, Spanish or Russian is a strong asset
Sound knowledge of protocols and guidelines relevant to low-resource settings
Previous international humanitarian and / or development experience in low-income countries (NGO’s, IO or charity organization)
Previous experience within the Red Cross & Red Crescent movement
Completed training on basic security course and basic ICRC facts are strongly recommended before applying (link : )
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
Why work for the ICRC
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 contacted for future assignments globally
Length of assignment : 3 months, preferably longer
How to join
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 Your current ATLS / ETC / JATEC / EMTS certificate Your medical license (license to practice) Copy of your academic diplomas and certificates Copy of your work certificates / employment records
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