Location : Beijing
Type of contract : Fixed-term
Type of position: Resident
Grade : B2
Activity rate : 100%
Length of assignment : 2 years, extendable
Estimated start date : ASAP
What we do
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence. We take action in response to emergencies and at the same time promote respect for international humanitarian law. We are an independent and neutral organization, and our mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. We work closely with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with their International Federation in order to ensure a concerted, rational and rapid humanitarian response to the needs of the victims of armed conflict or any other situation of internal violence. We direct and coordinate the international activities conducted in these situations.
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.
As a recognized humanitarian actor, the ICRC has over 150 years' experience and expertise assisting the victims of armed conflict.
Within the ICRC, the Cooperation Department's role is to build capacity of local Red Cross National Societies to assist victims of armed conflict and other emergencies in a timely and flexible manner in order to meet their essential needs in ways that are both sustainable and respectful of their dignity. As well, ICRC shares its skills and competencies for these National Societies to operate internationally.
The Cooperation Program Officer, under the direct supervision of the Cooperation Coordinator, assumes responsibilities to contribute to the overall cooperation and coordination within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
In the East Asia Region, the ICRC, in its mandate and expertise, supports the National Red Cross Societies (NSs) to enhance their capacity to better address the needs of vulnerable groups, their positioning and recognition as humanitarian actor, and currently focuses on the following areas: 1) Emergency preparedness and response (especially in situations of armed conflict and other situations of violence); 2) External and internal communication and Red Cross knowledge/International Humanitarian Law dissemination capacities; 3) Capacities to restore family links; and 4) Strengthening the International Red Cross coordinated approach.
Main duties and responsibilities
- Works within a team environment, assisting the Cooperation Coordinator on selected Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement issues, particularly regarding enhancing partnerships and capacity building of the National Societies.
- Develops and maintains contacts with external partners at various levels independently
- Assumes main responsibilities for specific projects/files independently, including contributing to the planning, coordination and implementation of related programs with the National Societies in the region
- Organizes, and when required, conducts training on various topics including emergency preparedness and response, to the Red Cross Societies
- Contributes to financial reporting and manages the financial aspects of selected Cooperation programs with National Societies with maximum autonomy
- Coaches partner focal points on specific skills development
- Performs institutional written reporting
Desired profile and skills:
- University degree or equivalent.
- 2-4-years work experience in a similar field.
- Willingness to learn new skills and apply those abilities confidently in their work
- Fluent in written and spoken English and Chinese.
- Sound knowledge of the Chinese context, and an ability to apply this knowledge to facilitating the sharing of ICRC's experience and expertise.
- Experience in managing projects or programs, including emergencies is an asset.
- Willingness to travel, possibly frequently, within China and sometimes overseas.
What we offer:
- An opportunity to practise a profession in a humanitarian and multicultural environment
- Competitive remuneration package and generous social benefits
- Friendly and fair working environment
Anyone who is interested in this position please submit your cover letter and resume in both Chinese and English to email@example.com.
Deadline for applications is the 18 March 2018.