Team Leader, Medical – Pool Recruitment – HSP at Sea Job at IFRC – in Genf, GE

Job Description

Job Purpose

As part of a Federation-wide multiregional case for support, the IFRC seeks to extend its humanitarian assistance to people in distress in the Mediterranean Sea, by providing a Humanitarian Service Point at Sea, in partnership with SOS MEDITERRANEE. Merging SOS MEDITERRANEE’s sea rescue expertise and the IFRC network’s experience in humanitarian assistance, the common goal will be to rescue, save lives and promote dignity of as many people on the move as possible on the Central Mediterranean route applying neutral, impartial, independent humanitarian services.

This will include provision of first aid, healthcare services, maternal healthcare, food and non-food items, Protection, Gender and Inclusion case management with psychosocial support (PSS), and information about rights and processes, as well as Restoring Family Links (RFL).

The aim of the Humanitarian Service Point at Sea is to reduce human suffering at sea and prevent loss of life through the deployment of a fully able-to-assist rescue ship in the Central Mediterranean. IFRC are supporting SOS Mediterranee’s search and rescue operations by providing post-rescue assistance to those rescued at sea.

Reporting to the Post-Recovery Team Leader (PRTL), the Medical Team Leader is focused on hands on medical work, delivering first line health care and emergency care to the rescued people on board the Ocean Viking. Medical needs differ depending on the group and rescues, however a high level of medical acuity should be expected at any time.

Each rotation on board is expected to last approximately 7-9 weeks, although flexibility is required. As part of the pool of medics able to deploy, candidates would then be asked to return to the ship approximately 5 months later.

Job Duties & Responsibilities 1

The Medical Team Leader:
Manages the medical team and monitors medical activities to ensure high-quality health care delivery

Coordinates, supervises, coaches and supports the medical team members’ performance to improve the medical components of the operation

Report, liaise and coordinate regularly with PRTL to improve and optimize the efficiency of SAR/PR activities

Liaise between medical team and SOS coordination for pertinent programmatic priorities (health strategy, data, reporting, medical supply, and HR)

Ensures familiarization with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), ensuring SOP dissemination and adequate implementation in medical team

Organize training sessions (including First Aid trainings for the entire crew on board) and medical team meetings

Ensure adequate data collection within medical team and collate Medical Report per rotation

In collaboration with logistics, ensure medical waste is properly managed on the ship according to SOP

Provide medical care for both inpatient and outpatient consultations(including COVID-19 monitoring) for rescued persons and crew members

Provide psychosocial support (utilising PFA) in the acute settings and in collaboration with the PGI Coordinator identify patient’s that may require referral after disembarkation

Lead the medical response in Mass Casualty Incidents(MCI), ensure up-to-date MCI planning and training for all crew members

Organise MedEvac from the ship in collaboration with the Medical Doctor, SAR-Coordinator, PRTL and Captain.

Medical supply:
Check and control the rational use of medicines, medical supplies and equipment

Predict medical supply needs by regular inventory and consumption activities in collaboration with medical team

Organize regular medical orders with logistical supply based on inventory and consumption trends

Ensure appropriate removal of expired items

Work with Communications to update journalists and media about the medical situation onboard while balancing the need for medical confidentiality. Participate in comms activities as required- recording video and audio messages, speaking with journalists onboard and ashore at disembarkation

Job Duties & Responsibilities 2

The general duties of the medical team members include:
Apply medical knowledge and skills to respond appropriately to context specific morbidities including application of critical care skills related to life threatening morbidities and trauma cases

Participate in health screening/ assessment, identification of medical conditions, care and isolation of patients with infectious diseases of public health concern

Ensure universal precautions are followed at all times, reducing bio-hazard risks and improving infection control

Participate in medical trainings and drills in collaboration with the other members of the medical team

Participate in the development of the strategic medical plan for the project

Provide Psychological First Aid as required/necessary

Routinely participate in collection, encoding and analysis of relevant medical data and reporting

Participate in all on board activities as needed

All staff must be flexible and willing to focus not only on medical care, but on general tasks to meet the needs of rescued populations (such as food/NFI distribution, deck cleaning, deck watch, etc.)


Medical, nursing, or midwifery degree, with current medical registration in country of residence with good standing.


Four years’ professional experience minimum

Critical care and/or emergency room experience within the last 24 months

Experience within the last 24 months in resuscitation, stabilization of trauma and/or unstable medical cases, transport and/or critical care monitoring

Previous experience managing a team within a humanitarian context. Preferably within the RCRC Movement/ within emergency responses

Experience in public health, obstetrics/gynaecology, paediatrics, infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS/STDs, TB, general practice, general medicine, or minor surgery desirable

Experience supporting and caring for sexual violence survivors

Experience in a multicultural setting or low resource setting

Previous experience working at sea

Knowledge, Skills and Language

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training

Psychological First Aid in Emergencies (PFAiE) training or equivalent

Proficiency with Microsoft office programs (good command of excel)

Advance Trauma Life Support (ATLS), Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Neonatal/New-born Life Support (NLS)

ERU Team Leader Training or equivalent

Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) qualification

Fluently spoken and written English

Good command of another IFRC official language: Arabic and/or French

Good command of Amharic or Tigrinya also advantageous

Competencies and Values

Values: Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability

Core competencies: Communication; Collaboration and teamwork; Judgement and decision making; National society and customer relations; Creativity and innovation; Building trust

Special considerations for working out at sea:
The environment is physically demanding and will include some working through the night

Sea sickness can be significant

Space is limited on the ship and rooms will be shared with other colleagues with little personal space

Candidates should have awareness of and able to implement effective self- care measures to navigate stressful situations

Due to the current Covid-19 context interactions on deck with persons rescued require full PPE

The dates of the rotations may change at short notice, for reasons outside of the control of IFRC or SOS Med and therefore flexibility is necessary.

Transit with rescued people on board may last longer than planned, waiting for a place of safety (port admission givenby respective authorities)

Candidates must be able to handle a very high intensity workload during rescue and transit, balanced with periods of low workload and “down time” between rescues

Workload can be extremely exhausting depending on the weather conditions, the number of rescued people on board, and their condition during transit

All staff should be open minded, proactive, and adaptable; this includes providing a helping hand for other activities outside of those described in the JD, applyinga “one-team” spirit and contributing to the development of an effective operation

Candidates may be asked to participate in recording audio and video messages for the media

Candidates may be required to undertake specific training (up to 7 days) for personnel working on ships as part of the assignment.


Positions are contingent upon funding.

We are only able to accept fully funded candidates.

Job Reference: S00685

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Company Location:  Genf, GE

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