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International Council of Nurses Vacancy
Date Posted: 10/Jun/2012

Founded in 1899, ICN is the widest reaching health care organisation in the world.

As a federation of national nurses’ associations (NNA’s), ICN is a not for profit,
nongovernmental organisation representing millions of nurses in more than 130
countries. Operated by nurses for nurses, the organisation works to ensure quality
nursing care for all; sound health policies globally; the advancement of nursing
knowledge; the presence worldwide of a respected nursing profession; and a
competent and satisfied nursing workforce.
Nursing and Health Policy Consultant, Socio Economic Welfare
The Role
Faced with the global shortage of employed nurses and the increasing global labour
market for nurses, undertake specific responsibility for developing programme areas
related to socio-economic welfare, occupational health and safety, positive practice
environments, human resources development, violence, international migration.
Manage the Leadership in Negotiation project, direct the International Centre for
Human Resources in Nursing and support programmes of the International Centre on
Nurse Migration.
Additional duties and special projects include other areas of professional practice
(e.g. care of the older person, disaster preparedness, environment, refugees) and
Congress planning as agreed with the Chief Executive.
As part of a small dynamic team the Consultant is expected to actively participate in
the development, planning, implementation and evaluation of the total ICN
programme, including fundraising, information and marketing, networking and
promoting ICN’s goals.
This position provides opportunities to work internationally in a wide range of
socioeconomic and cultural contexts, advance the labour agenda of nurses, create
effective bi-lateral and multi-lateral partnerships, develop nurses’ communication and
negotiation skills, inform and influence public policymaking, and promote positive
collaborative relationships with other health sector stakeholders.
The Candidate
The post requires being a Registered Nurse as well as current membership in a
national nurses association and relevant university degrees to at least master’s level.
The candidate should have work experience in the areas of labour relations and
human resources development as well as proven experience working effectively with
people of other cultures. Experience and established credibility at top level in nursing
practice, education and policy would be an asset as well as management and
programme design experience.
Fluency in English is required, and preference will be given to those with a working
knowledge of French or Spanish.
The candidate is expected to be self-motivated, have strong leadership skills, be able
to work independently, in a team, and with people of various cultural backgrounds
and be able to work to deadlines and produce quality outputs within tight time frames.
Other attributes include the ability to bring analytical, critical and creative thinking to
the work; flexibility and openness to new ideas and ways to achieve goals; the ability
to use computer and telecommunication technology for work purposes; and effective
communication skills, both orally and in writing.
Workplace location
The post is based and operates from Geneva and the successful candidate will have
to relocate to Switzerland.
The package
Salary and benefits meet the market standards for Switzerland. More information is
available from:
Myriam Gomez
Director of Administration
For informal inquiries, please contact:
David Benton
Chief Executive Officer
Closing Date for Applications
Resumés, including contact information for 3 reference persons, must be received by
e-mail ( or by post, no later than midnight 30 June 2012;
Greenwich Standard Time.


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