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Prison doctor/nurse

23-07-2014 Job Opportunity Ref. fd-doctor-det-welfare

Location: Field

Your task

ICRC detainee-welfare doctors/nurses visit places of detention as part of a team of ICRC delegates. The task of the detainee-welfare specialist is primarily to examine everything relating to individual and collective detainee health: hygiene, the detainees' access to water, their nutritional status, access to food and medical care, and the functioning of the health-care system. The work also involves examining specific cases and documenting instances of torture and other types of ill-treatment, both physical and psychological.


Selection requirements

  • ideal age: 30 to 45
  • prepared to accept unaccompanied postings during the first 24 months of collaboration
  • 2 years commitment as a detention doctor / nurse
  • degree in medicine or equivalent (nursing degree II, minimum)
  • a minimum of 3 years clinical experience, sound knowledge of general medicine
  • public health diploma and/or relevant professional experience in this field, an asset
  • experience in dealing with prison system and/or humanitarian field, an asset
  • talent for dealing with the individual from a psychological point of view
  • excellent command of English, very good knowledge of French
  • driving licence (must cover manual transmission – a licence for automatic-transmission vehicles only is not sufficient)


Your profile

  • strongly motivated by humanitarian work
  • active interest in community health
  • able to work under pressure in a dangerous environment
  • able to work in a team


What we offer

  • an opportunity to help the victims of conflict
  • engrossing, rewarding work in an unusual setting
  • a five-week orientation course in Switzerland prior to posting abroad
  • ample support in integrating into the new working environment

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