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Health Field Officer 1 – The International Committee of the Red Cross Delegation

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Health Field Officer 1 – The International Committee of the Red Cross Delegation, September 16 2022
Organization: The International Committee of the Red Cross Delegation
Position: Health Field Officer 1
Deadline: 09.26.2022
Employment: Full Time
Location: Nekemte with frequent field trips across the priority zones in Western Oromia and to Guji, including overnight stays of extended periods., Oromia

Job Description:


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance.

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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Delegation in Ethiopia is looking to hire an experienced, highly motivated and qualified person to fill the position of Health Field Officer 1 (1 year fixed term contract), based in Nekemte with frequent field trips across the priority zones in Western Oromia and to Guji, including overnight stays of extended periods.


Health Field Officer 1 contributes to implementing, running and monitoring the health programme(s), in cooperation with the health team, according to the objectives set out in the delegation’s annual planning (Planning for Results) for a specific geographic area or field of activities. More specifically S/he contributes to the improvement of the living conditions of detainees through ensuring proper access to quality medical care and improving the health conditions whether on systemic or individual approach.


  • Understands and adheres to the seven Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
  • Understands and adheres to the ICRC Code of Conduct
  • Understands the roles of the components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
  • Respects and observes staff regulations and security rules at all times
  • Represents the ICRC in a professional manner at all times
  • Develops and maintains a pleasant and conducive working environment with colleagues and line managers
  • Performs all duties with the highest level of confidentiality in the interest of the employees and the ICRC
  • May be asked to perform tasks not covered in this job description and to provide support to other departments when necessary


Health in Detention (30%)

  • Contribute to the general contextual analysis in detention and defines the delegation’s strategies in relation to healthcare in detention Nekemte AoR ; this is in coordination with the Health Delegate and Protection Team Leader.
  • Ensure the assessment of needs, planning, implementation and follow up of all Health in Detention (HCD) activities in places of detention, aimed at improving detainees’ access to effective health care.
  • Carries out the assessment of the detainees’ health status and monitors their access to quality healthcare, with emphasis on nutrition, maternal and child health, war-wounded injuries, and chronic illnesses
  • Accompanies and assists the Health Delegate/ Detention Doctor/Nurse in detention visits.
  • Assists in medical data collection, translation (from Amharic/Oromifa to English) and interpretation
  • Assists the Health Delegate/Detention Doctor/Nurse during the anthropometric evaluation and mass deworming exercise if needed
  • Assists the Health Delegate/ Detention Doctor/Nurse in the preparation of health staff trainings
  • Assists the Health Delegate/ Detention Doctor/Nurse in the management of medical kits.

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Healthcare (70%)
  • Deals with providing, monitoring and follow up of medical-surgical assistance of health facilities in his/her area of responsibility.
  • Contacts with concerned field hospitals to assess situations on the field and provide the delegation with accurate related data
  • Establishes and maintain professional contact with health authorities and health institutions.
  • Liaises with other internal departments (Protection, Wathab, Ecosec, and Field team)
  • Implements prioritized health programs, monitors the progress and proposes corrective actions in his/her geographic area or field of responsibility
  • Conducts health assessments and regular field visits/monthly to monitor health activities and health care access threats to the population in his/her area of responsibility.
  • Facilitates field trips and helps communicate with the local population/victims/beneficiaries.
  • Ensures proper management of health-related information collected and produces the subsequent reports.
  • Participates in analysis of and reflection on the overall health situation; contributes to realistic project proposals in line with the sub-delegation’s objectives and priorities.
  • Helps organize meetings; advises staff members in matters such as culture, politics, the economy, security, etc.
  • Interprets at meetings and translates documents into local languages.
  • Carries out logistical tasks regarding medical and non-medical items (Supply request, confirmation of good receipt, and reconciliation of donation), including for staff-health issues, and organizes distributions to beneficiaries in the field when required.
  • Liaises and builds networks with local stakeholders to facilitate communication on and coordination of activities, thereby ensuring more efficient implementation of health programs. May represent the ICRC vis-à-vis beneficiaries, local authorities, humanitarian players, armed groups, etc.


  • Follows up on all work-related messages and correspondence with the relevant contacts and departments
  • Is aware of the delegation’s objectives and has a good knowledge of the Red Cross / Red Crescent Movement and other contacts relevant to the position
  • Collects and shares comprehensive and timely information to improve the ICRC’s understanding of the environment and humanitarian trends and responses
  • Represents the ICRC in an appropriate way during activities, in meetings and during activities in the field and in places of detention, and avoids any activity that may reflect negatively on the ICRC’s image
  • Takes responsibility for their own professional learning and development
  • Occasionally participates in a field visit where administrative support is required.

Job Requirements:

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Certifications / Education required

  • University degree in Medicine (medical doctor) or a degree in Nursing, or a degree in BSc. Public Health (Health Officer) with public health background (required)
  • Fluent knowledge of English, Amharic and Afaan Oromo (written and spoken).
  • Computer literacy

Professional Experience required

  • Minimum 2 year working experience working with the Ministry of Health
  • Minimum 2 years of international humanitarian experience.
  • Solid experience in health project management and public health.
  • Experience working in humanitarian context (NGO’s/ humanitarian organizations) and in a multicultural environment an added value
  • Good knowledge of the assigned geographic area (Wellegas and Guji) and the humanitarian concerns
  • Good knowledge of National Health Programs and Government health structure.


How To Apply:

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Candidates are expected to

1. First, submit a short online application form through the following link: and THEN

2. Formally apply through ethiojobs, with the usual application documents (CV and cover letter)

NOTE: A CANDIDATE WHO DID NOT SUBMIT the online application form will not be considered for this position.

Closing date: September 26, 2022

Women applicants and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted at all stages of the selection process.


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