British Red Cross - Operating Theatre Nurse

The British Red Cross recruits delegates to second to the ICRC for their missions. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence. They take action in response to emergencies and at the same time promote respect for international humanitarian law. The ICRC are an independent and neutral organization, and the mandate stems from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. The ICRC work closely with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with the 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. The ICRC direct and coordinate the international activities conducted in these situations.

Role description

  • As an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team and within the speciality, the OT Nurse promotes and ensures the delivery of high quality patient care to the beneficiaries. S/he works at building capacity in its specific area of expertise within ICRC assisted or independent hospital structures with often limited resources and in challenging environments.
  • The OT nurse is at the core of developing and implementing good practices in the operating theatres of hospitals. S/he assesses training needs, develops plans of action and draws up training programmes with local personnel.
  • Length of assignment: minimum of 6 months

Main responsibilities

  • Demonstrates and delivers a high standard of evidence-based patient care within the Operating Theatres (OT)
  • Develops and delivers a measurable programme of training/coaching within the OT based on the relevant ICRC Guidelines.
  • Ensures quality care by adherence to sterilization and infection control policies and safety standards regarding the handling of sharps, fire safety, waste management, etc...
  • Establishes and/or completes, all relevant paperwork and ensures accurate and timely data collection for the OT activities.
  • Facilitates an appropriate OT preparedness and timely response to emergencies.
  • Collaborates fully and proactively with internal and external counterparts, assisting and supporting for an optimal day-to-day organization of operating theatres.
  • Ensures that all resources available within their domain of expertise are managed and maintained in an appropriate manner.
  • Supervises certain resident nursing and hospital support staff.

Skills & Experience required

  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
  • Able to work under pressure in a potentially dangerous environment
  • Bachelor in nursing (with a course of minimum 3 years)
  • Operating Theatre Nursing speciality degree or as equivalent, at least 5 years' experience in the domain
  • In addition, 2 years clinical experience post speciality degree
  • Registered nurse with a valid license to practice in your country of residence
  • Very good command of English and at least one other language of ICRC interest (French, Arabic, Spanish or Russian)
  • Previous International experience in Humanitarian and/or Development in low income countries (NGO's, IO or charity organizations)
  • Sensitivity to cultural diversity
  • Good communication skills, capacity to manage and work within a multidisciplinary team
  • Positive, flexible and able to adapt him/herself to harsh living conditions and/or unstable security environment

Desirable qualities

  • Previous experience(s) in acute care departments such as ER, ICU and Recovery Room
  • Previous experience(s) within the Red Cross & Red Crescent movement

ICRC operational & field constraints

  • In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC does not assign personnel to a country of which they are nationals
  • Candidates must be in good health and will have to do a medical check-up prior to departure in the field
  • Candidates must possess a driving licence (for manual transmission vehicles) with practice
  • Candidates must be prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents)

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For more information on this role please contact International Recruitment Officer, Kim Goodall (

As part of its recruitment and selection process the British Red Cross undertakes DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checking of all individuals who regularly work with or have access to children and vulnerable adults.

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