Regional Detention Doctor

12 November 2019

As part of its protection mandate, the ICRC delegation in London is looking for a regional detention doctor.  

  • Based in London with frequent travel throughout Europe
  • Contract type: Fixed-term contract (two years), extendable
  • Start date: January 2020

Your role

The detention doctor for Europe works across four ICRC delegations: London (35%), Brussels (35%), Paris (20%) and Belgrade (10%). S/he will be based in London with frequent travel throughout Europe.

The detention doctor visits places of detention as part of a team of ICRC delegates working in the four respective delegations. The task of the detention doctor is primarily to examine everything relating to individual and collective detainee health, including the functioning of the health-care system. The scope of work could also involve examining specific cases and documenting instances of ill-treatment, both physical and psychological.

The detention doctor provides support in the dialogue that each ICRC delegation has with the authorities at prison and central level. These include the prison administration, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Health and, for Paris, the International Criminal Tribunals (ICTs).

S/he contributes to the analysis, definition of strategy and approaches in detention.

Main responsibilities

  • Assesses the needs, and plans and implements activities aimed at improving detainees' access to effective health care, their health and nutritional status, and the health system
  • Monitors and evaluates these activities. Collects and analyses relevant data to this end
  • Shares the findings and results with other members of the detention team and writes relevant reports
  • Analyses, documents, and contributes to define the detention strategies addressing priority thematic areas in the different contexts
  • Establishes and maintains contacts/partnerships with external players involved in health care in detention
  • Contributes to the organisation of workshops to sensitize/train medical staff and general detention authorities on health in detention related thematic
  • Monitors and ensures respect for medical ethics by all prison staff
  • Documents cases of ill-treatment when needed
  • Follows up with sick and wounded detainees in line with internal agreements
  • Advises and follows up with hunger strikers and the medical staff in charge of those individuals
  • Keeps abreast of developments, including reviewing the relevant policies and related documents, in the priority thematic areas

 Education and experience required

  • University degree in medicine with a valid medical licence to practise in your country of residence
  • Minimum of three years professional experience in general medicine (with sound knowledge in public health) and relevant competencies/experience in mental health
  • Previous experience in prison health and health systems in Europe, as well as prior experience with ICRC in the field of detention is a strong asset
  • Experience in project management cycle is an asset
  • Excellent command of English and basic knowledge of French
  • A good command of Dutch, Arabic or Russian is an asset

Desired profile and skills

  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work and the field of detention
  • Strong interest in working in the contexts covered by the delegations
  • Able to work under pressure in a complex environment
  • Flexible to work with different teams
  • Available for extensive travel

Our operational context

  • Position based in London (UK), with work across four ICRC delegations: London (35%), Brussels (35%), Paris (20%) and Belgrade (10%). Frequent travel throughout the UK, Belgium and to other European countries.

Application process

Your complete application should include:

  • CV - detailing your national and international experiences, duration, roles and responsibilities
  • Cover letter - stating your motivation for joining the humanitarian world, the ICRC and the position of detention doctor
  • Please forward your CV (no longer than two pages), together with a separate Word cover letter in support of your application, including salary expectations, to the Head of Finance & HR at: 
  • In the subject line of your email, please write: Detention Doctor application
  • All applicants must confirm in their initial application that they have the right to work permanently in the United Kingdom
  • Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience
  • Official working hours: 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday
  • Start date: January 2020

Closing date for applications will be at midnight on 4 December 2019. 

Written tests will be held prior to interviews. Interviews expected to be w/c 16th December. We regret that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.