Primary Health Care Doctor/Nurse

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Primary Health Care Doctor/Nurse

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No family postings

Bilingual French and English

Your task

Based on the needs of specific target groups , support to one or more existing health facilities, or through an independent ICRC clinic, the Primary Health Care (PHC) Doctor / Nurse ensures the organization and management of Health activities for patients and/or a population in accordance with the context, ICRC protocols and universal hygiene standards, by providing quality and continuity of care.

Ensure supervision and training of a team.

Protection of the medical mission among the basic components of the programme (collection of allegations of disrespect for the medical mission, reporting, follow-up…).

Functions and responsibilities

Health activities

  • Assessment of the health situation in a community
  • Support and supervision of local health-care facilities
  • Training of national staff
  • Management and treatment of Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Set-up and implementation of immunization programmes
  • Detection and treatment of acute malnutrition
  • Response to health emergencies
  • Clinical management for victims of rape
  • Implementation and supervision of various aspects of the reproductive health package
  • If necessary prescribe relevant treatment based on ICRC and national guidelines and protocols
  • Ensure quality medical follow-up and if necessary refer to other health facilities
  • Apply hygiene standards in all health activities

Pharmacy and medical equipment management

  • Prepare orders for medical supplies
  • Identify new needs, in terms of drugs and medical equipment, in line with pathologies treated in his/her health practice

Organization and team management

  • Organize and work in collaboration with other departments
  • Supervize, motivate and train a multidisciplinary health team, in particular staff carrying out medical activities (formal and informal training)
  • Propose protocols and guideline for medical activities if they do not exist (after validation by the technical referent)
  • Ensure respect for implementation of ICRC and national protocols and guidelines in order to ensure continuity of care

Monitoring, analysis and reporting

  • Regular follow-up of the activities, including order of medical items (drugs and material)training, supervision, monitoring and reporting
  • Monitoring of the health activities, analysing them in the context, with a public health approach, and make proposals for further development, if necessary

Selection requirements

  • Ideal age: 30 to 50
  • Preparedness to accept no family postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) for the first two assignments (minimum 12 months each) 
  • Excellent command of English AND French, Spanish an asset
  • Registered nurse (Psychiatric nurses and nurse-midwives must have extensive experience in general medical and surgical care. Nurses with qualifications in maternal and child-health care must have some experience working with adults.)
  • Medical doctor: university degree in Medicine
  • Valid medical or nursing license to practice in your own country
  • Public health diploma, an asset
  • At least five years’ post-graduate experience out of 3 as expatriate (both nurse and medical doctor)
  • Driving licence (for manual transmission vehicles) and regular practice
  • Fully conversant with IT tools

Your profile

  • Organization skills, self-disciplined, flexibility
  • Ability to work with a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team
  • Good communication skills, ability to listen, diplomatic
  • Humanitarian commitment
  • Able to cope with stress
  • Preparedness to work under pressure in a potentially dangerous environment


Please note that owing to the ICRC’s working procedures and principles, in particular the principle of neutrality, we cannot assign personnel to a country of which they are a national.


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