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.
Health Care in Danger is a Movement-wide initiative led by the ICRC aimed at reducing the incidence of violence and attacks against healthcare, as well as at mitigating the impact of such violence and attacks in countries affected by conflict and other emergencies.
While the initiative has a distinctly practical focus oriented towards making a tangible impact on the ground, it also makes use of the entire palette of approaches available to the ICRC and includes humanitarian diplomacy, community mobilization and research.
building resilience and preparedness of health systems to face violence; and, increasing the respect of the general population towards healthcare through behavioral change campaigns.
While the work of the Health Unit, especially through its field programming, contributes to the achievement of all these objectives, the focus is primarily on the building resilience and preparedness of health systems component.
Purpose of the post
As a highly multidisciplinary theme, HCiD is managed by a hybrid team part of which is based in the Directorate of Operations and part of which is dispersed across various specialized units in the ICRC HQ.
The HCiD Health Advisor is part of the HCiD team and works 100% on HCiD, but is located within the ICRC Health Unit. As such this position ensures that ICRC’s efforts to protect healthcare workers worldwide benefit from the expert knowledge and operational expertise vested in the Health Unit while contributing to the practical implementation of HCiD objectives in ICRC field operations.
It also contributes to ensuring that the security of ICRC Health staff in the field is enhanced by learnings from the HCiD initiative.
The primary responsibilities of this post are two-fold :
It has also invested in the promotion of these policies and tools towards the global healthcare community. To support responses related to security challenges facing ICRC’s own Health operations, as well as to remain credible in its advocacy, it is necessary for the ICRC to fully integrate HCiD tools within its health approach.
The HCiD Health Adviser is responsible for determining a minimum package of tools, in collaboration with specialists from the Health Unit, Security and Crisis Management team and key delegations, and for ensuring its integration into internal guidelines working modalities.
The earlier global efforts were focused on multilateral diplomacy and global awareness. With the focus shifting towards practical implementation on the ground, the role of the HCiD Health Advisor is to work with members of the global HCiD Community of Concern, delegations and regional teams to grow regional and national Communities of Concern in order to foster joint action as determined by the HCiD Theory of Change.
Main duties and responsibilities
Management : Deputy Head of Health
The position is embedded in the Health Unit and reports directly to the Deputy Head of Health, who is ultimately responsible for objective setting and performance appraisal.
S / he is also responsible for the approval and guidance regarding the integration of HCiD in Health documentation and programming.
S / he provides advice on coordination between Health programming in the field and national Communities of Concern.
Technical : Head of HCiD
The Head of HCiD is responsible for the technical content of HCiD tools promoted within Health and provides guidance and assures accountability on coordination of Community of Concern.
S / he assures transparency and coordination between the HCiD Health Advisor and all other members of the HCiD team.
While this structure requires alignment and coordination between the Deputy Head of Health and the Head of HCiD, it is the HCiD Health Advisor that is responsible for maintaining the flow of information on day-
to-day business between the HCiD team and the Health Unit.
Education and experience required
Desired profile and skills