Position: Humanitarian Affairs Adviser
Industries: Political Science/International Relations
Job Type: Full Time
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. The ICRC Regional Delegation for East Asia covers China, DPRK, South Korea, and Mongolia. The delegation's main task is to promote awareness and implementation of international humanitarian law, the legal framework that seeks to minimize human suffering caused by war. The delegation also aims to familiarize governments, experts, National Red Cross Societies and civil society with the ICRC's humanitarian work and emergency response around the world.
Purpose of the Position:
Under the supervision of the Deputy Head of Regional Delegation for East Asia, the Humanitarian Affairs Adviser supports the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and delegation's objectives aimed at promoting respect and support for the ICRC's operational humanitarian activities, in China, and globally. He/she will develop a network and dialogue with relevant national authorities and related institutions in China on policy issues of institutional importance, relevant to the ICRC's humanitarian work.
The Humanitarian Affairs Adviser provides significant support to the delegation in understanding and influencing the humanitarian environment in China. S/He also helps it shape the ICRC's engagement with relevant stakeholders in the country, including government authorities, think tanks, academic institutions and multilateral organizations, on humanitarian affairs and policy-related issues.
Accountabilities and Responsibilities
- Listens to and understands the main views and policy objectives of key government bodies, UN agencies, humanitarian organizations and NGOs and the dynamics related to humanitarian affairs.
- Advises the delegation on national/regional issues and political affairs and how they impact/relate to humanitarian action.
- Supports and advises the delegation in achieving diplomacy and policy objectives.
- Engages with humanitarian coordination structures as agreed with the Deputy Head of Regional Delegation.
- Keeps regular contact on humanitarian issues with the policy and humanitarian diplomacy team based in Geneva.
- Represents the ICRC in key fora in coordination with the Deputy Head of Regional Delegation.
- Builds and maintains a strong national network of stakeholders connected to humanitarian affairs and beneficial to the delegation. Engages with them autonomously.
Scope & Impact
- Contributes to designing and achieving the delegation's objectives in relation to policy/humanitarian diplomacy.
- Is in charge of the delegation's humanitarian affairs budget.
- Participates in the annual planning and budgeting process for the delegation and monitors impact/outcomes.
- Internally, interacts with the delegation management team and relevant heads of department/unit, as well as the Policy and Humanitarian Diplomacy Division at headquarters.
- Externally, interacts with government officials, UN agencies, humanitarian players and think-tanks
- University degree in a relevant subject (e.g. international relations, social and/or political sciences).
- Master's degree or other specialization in a related subject/policy issue.
- Fluent command of English (written and spoken).
- Computer proficiency.
Professional Experience Required
- At least 5 years' experience in humanitarian action or political affairs.
- Proven experience in cultivating networks and influencing others.
- Solid understanding of national/regional relations and their interplay with humanitarian affairs.
- Knowledge of multilateral organizations/fora/agencies and platforms.
What we offer:
- An opportunity to practise your profession in a humanitarian and multicultural environment
- Competitive remuneration package and generous social benefits
- Friendly and fair working environment
- Strengthen your knowledge, skills and experience in international policy and humanitarian affairs/diplomacy
Anyone who is interested in this position please submit your cover letter and resume in both Chinese and English to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for applications is January 31, 2018.