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Detention delegate

01-04-2013 Job Opportunity Ref. fd-det-del

Location: Field

Your task

ICRC detention delegates aim to secure humane treatment and conditions of detention for people deprived of their liberty by:

  • developing and maintaining a good understanding of the humanitarian situation in places of detention through collection and analysis of information received from various sources (such as detainees, ex-detainees, their families, authorities, individuals and organizations, available documents and legislation, etc.)
  • visiting places of detention in accordance with ICRC standard procedures and conditions, which include meetings with detaining authorities and interviews with detainees
  • taking action (making oral and written interventions, promoting relevant laws and standards, facilitating re-establishment of family links, providing material and technical assistance, supporting the work of specialized ICRC colleagues, working with the authorities to address humanitarian concerns, etc.)
  • In addition, the delegates contribute to other humanitarian objectives of the delegation to which they are posted, depending on needs and operational priorities in that specific context.

Selection requirements

  • ideal age 25 to 35 years
  • prepared to accept unaccompanied postings for the first two missions (minimum 12 months each)
  • previous humanitarian field experience is an advantage
  • excellent command of English and fluency in another ICRC working language used in the field such as French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Thai, Burmese, etc. (Language requirements depend on field activity evolvement and may vary over a short period of time). In addition, a very good command of French is a distinct asset for career development within ICRC as French is an institutional language.
  • university degree relevant to the needs of those deprived of their liberty, such as penology, prison management, criminology, criminal law, psychology, sociology, economics, human and social sciences  
  • minimum two years’ professional experience (essential, may include internships):
  • in national  or international organizations that work on detention-related issues
  • in detention-related institutions,  in any of the following roles: supervision, management, training, psychosocial support to people deprived of their liberty,  legal aid, education, training and social reintegration, inspection and monitoring, etc.
  • as a criminal defence lawyer or in other relevant judicial functions such as prosecutor, investigating judge, etc.
  • driving licence (for manual transmission vehicles)
  • fully competent in using common IT tools

Your profile

  • strongly motivated to improve respect for the dignity of persons deprived of their liberty
  • open-minded and adaptable
  • responsible and well-organized
  • good speaker, well-developed writing and summarizing skills, neat appearance
  • excellent ability to work in a team and under pressure in a potentially dangerous environment

What we offer

  • rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment
  • a four-week orientation course in Switzerland prior to posting abroad
  • opportunities for further in-house training
  • generous social benefits

For reasons related to the institution's working procedures, in particular its principle of neutrality, ICRC personnel cannot in principle be nationals of or originate from the countries to which they are assigned.

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