ICRC recruits 01 Forensic Specialist

ICRC recruits 01 Forensic Specialist

Presentation of the ICRC

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), a neutral and independent humanitarian organization, has a vacancy at its Regional Delegation in Paris for a resident position: Forensic Specialist (4 months)


The Forensic Specialist will support ICRC forensic-related activities concerning migration in EURASIA, including coordination with Delegations in countries of origin or transit and participates actively in the ICRC’s efforts to influence and mobilize concerned stakeholders in this domain.

S/he will contribute to the formulation of programs, project policies and proposals in the field of migration. S/he will monitor and report on the achievement of specific objectives as per the PfR, and additionally provides technical support to the delegation on other issues forensic as required.

The Forensic Specialist contributes towards the achievement of ICRC’s objectives related to proper search mechanisms and dignified post-recovery management and identification of deceased migrants in Europe, particularly Mediterranean European countries (i.e. Spain, France, Italy), through promoting and supporting the development and effective implementation of relevant forensic standards, structures and networks in the region, including the necessary transregional coordination. The Forensic Specialist will also carry out contextual analysis related to deceased migrants and their management, when required.

The Forensic Specialist will support the Forensic Manager in the development and piloting of innovative tools (such as Complex Network Analysis) within the AoR, in partnership with National Societies, academic institutions and other external stakeholders as relevant.

Main responsibilities

• Developing good understanding and provide specialized advice on forensic sciences for ICRC staff in the respective contexts and to relevant stakeholders and interlocutors under direct supervision of line manager.

• Helping develop and disseminate the organisation’s key communications on forensic science and humanitarian action related to missing persons in the context of migration.

These include: -Contributing to the dissemination of all relevant information on forensics both within the ICRC and beyond, including the preparation and presentation of appropriate materials for diverse audiences.

– Actively promoting, advising and where appropriate helping develop standards of forensic best practice (for the search and for the identification of missing persons). • Contributing to national, regional and transregional networking activities in the field of forensic sciences as required for empowering their application to missing persons in the context of migration.

• Participate in Delegation meetings, working groups, seminars, etc. to:

– Contribute to discussions on forensic-related issues as applicable to the concerned contexts.

– Actively participate and provide advice for all ICRC coordination efforts related to forensics.

• Reporting as required to:

-Provide expert advice on policy proposals and texts

-Provide written and oral reports on forensic issues and missions as required for ICRC action and planning

-Contribute to institutional planning and reports

-Write periodic reports of activities.

• Researching issues as required related to humanitarian forensic action applied to migration

Expériences / Formation

• Postgraduate degree in medical, biological or forensic sciences.

• Fluent command of English and French; knowledge of Spanish and/or Italian an asset.

• Experience in forensic case work

• At least 6 years‘ experience in forensic practice applied to humanitarian or human rights investigations.

• Well acquainted with broad forensic processes of search and identification including the necessary exchanges and links with other non-forensic disciplines such as social anthropology.

• Well acquainted with current issues on migration including but not limited to routes and actors.

• Contribution to scientific publications on forensic practice, especially in the field of humanitarian and human rights investigations, a strong asset.

• Experience in negotiations and public relations, particularly in promoting the implementation of professional and ethical standards in his/her field of expertise.

• Experience in forensic training an asset.

• Ability to work in an multicultural environment and to work autonomously

• Good knowledge of computer tools ( word, Excel,..)

• Availability to travel in Europe

Have a legal status to work in France


  • Based in Paris
  • 4 months contract, with a possibility of extension
  • Resident position
  • Legal authorization to work in France.
  • Full time position
  • starting date : September 20st
  • Pass Navigo (100%)
  • Tickets restaurant
  • Health insurance

Comment postuler

Please send your application (CV and Cover Letter) to: before August 22nd 2021.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The ICRC is engaged to promote diversity and inclusion

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