Forensic pathologist

Multiple locations

The ICRC is a reference organization in humanitarian forensic action, defined as the application of forensic science to humanitarian activities, principally for the search, recovery, analysis, documentation, identification and dignified management of the dead from armed conflicts and catastrophes, helping prevent and resolve the tragedy of people unaccounted for as a result of armed conflict or internal violence, and addressing sensitive forensic questions about the living.

Your task

To contribute towards the implementation of ICRC's humanitarian forensic action by:

  • Promoting and supporting the effective implementation of relevant forensic standards and procedures, including the management of the dead, for preventing and resolving the missing and other applications of forensic science to humanitarian action including clinical forensic medicine
  • Assisting forensic institutions and practitioners involved in humanitarian forensic action
  • Contributing to the effective implementation of the ICRC's strategies in humanitarian forensic action
  • Providing specialized advice on human remains, clinical forensic medicine, and forensic sciences to relevant stakeholders and institutions
  • Carrying out appraisals and assessments on forensics as required by ICRC field operations
  • Defining specific objectives and strategies aimed at supporting medico-legal and other external structures relevant to the missing, the management of the dead and clinical forensic medicine
  • Contributing towards the ICRC's policy, strategies and tactics related to issues requiring forensic assistance
  • Representing the ICRC where necessary for furthering the organization's principles and goals in humanitarian forensic action
  • Contributing to the dissemination of all relevant information on humanitarian forensic action, both within the ICRC and beyond, including the preparation and presentation of appropriate materials for diverse audiences.
  • Actively promoting the ICRC's and other relevant international standards applicable to humanitarian forensic action, including participation and/or organization of appropriate initiatives
  • Training relevant external stakeholders and ICRC staff, on issues related to humanitarian forensic action, including forensics in data collection and management and management of human remains and data collection

Selection requirements


  • Forensic case-work experience
  • At least 5 years' proven experience in forensic practice applied to humanitarian or human rights investigations in at least three different operational contexts
  • Extensive experience in clinical forensic medicine, especially as related to medico-legal management, documentation and evaluation of ill-treatment and torture

Highly Preferred:

  • Experience in Management of the Dead from Emergencies/DVI, with particular experience and skills in high-throughput mortuary management and forensic identification methods in mass casualty events
  • Knowledge and experience with LIMS, laboratory accreditation, establishing technical and non-technical laboratory SOP's, and data management
  • Experience in medico-legal management of sexual assault cases
  • Proven experience and skills in delivering forensic training and a capacity to adapt the message to diverse audiences
  • Broad based (multi-disciplinary) technical and non-technical knowledge and experience related to the scientific and legal identification of human remains and an integrated forensic reconciliation process
  • Broad based (multi-context) knowledge and understanding of the medico-legal framework for death investigations
  • Experience with high-level legislation/regulation/policy development and associated exchanges with concerned authorities
  • Experience in development of technical and non-technical guidelines and protocols
  • Broad and varied experience in post-mortem documentation and evaluation of trauma
  • Experience and skills in rapid situation analysis and strategy development
  • Proven networking skills
  • Commitment towards highest forensic scientific and ethical standards
  • Understanding of and professional experience with cultural diversity, gender equality and equal opportunities

Your profile

  • Proven contribution to relevant scientific publications in the field of forensic practice, especially as it applies to humanitarian and human rights investigations
  • Experience and practice in negotiations and public relations, particularly applied to the promotion and implementation of professional and ethical standards related to the field of expertise
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including experience and capacity to work constructively in teams under considerable pressure
  • Experience in technical and non-technical report writing
  • Experience in strategy development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Project and staff management experience
  • Excellent level of oral and written English; other languages an asset
  • Driving license (must cover manual transmission – a license for automatic -transmission vehicles only is not sufficient)
  • Preparedness to accept a deployment to non-family postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) may be a requirement for some positions

Length of assignment: 12 months, extendable

Please note that owing to the ICRC's working procedures and principles, in particular the principle of neutrality, we cannot assign personnel to a country of which they are a national.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: ICRC - International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
  • Closing Date:

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