Vacancy: ICRC Public Affairs and Policy Advisor (Maternity Cover)

03 February 2017



A. Context

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a neutral, independent and impartial organisation whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence and to provide them with assistance. The ICRC directs and coordinates the international relief activities conducted by the Red Cross and Crescent Movement in situations of armed conflict. It also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening international humanitarian law (IHL) and universal humanitarian principles.

The ICRC UK and Ireland Mission in London engages bilaterally and confidentially with the UK and Irish authorities on issues of humanitarian policy, international humanitarian law and funding to the ICRC globally. The team in London also engage externally through public communication, to UK Parliament and within the humanitarian community and experts based in London. ICRC London also oversees the work of an ICRC office in Belfast which responds to ongoing humanitarian consequences of violence in Northern Ireland.

B. Minimum required knowledge, experience and abilities

Motivation and commitment to undertake humanitarian work.University degree in political/social sciences or other relevant field.At least five years' work experience for government, Parliament, in public affairs and/or policy for the humanitarian/human rights sectors. Experience working for government in particular is an added strength. High level of professionalism.

Knowledge of current debates affecting global conflict and humanitarian affairs.Proven oral and written communication skills with internal and external audiences.A proven ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Significant contribution to organisational/business strategy, analysis and reporting.Demonstrated ability to correctly handle sensitive and confidential information.Good interpersonal and networking skills.


The post of ICRC Public Affairs and Policy Adviser has two main responsibilities: to lead the work of the ICRC in Westminster with the UK Parliament, and manage the Mission's engagement on key policy priorities as set by ICRC London. The Adviser works closely with the Senior Humanitarian Affairs and Policy Adviser and within a close knit London team that furthers the aims of the ICRC globally. A key part of the work will involve context analysis, and supporting the growing external engagement for the ICRC team, in particular within government circles.

D. Application process and job length:

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All applicants must confirm they have the right to work in the United Kingdom. Official working hours: 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday – position can be 80% or full time depending on arrangement made between applicant and ICRC.

Start date: 01 April 2017 for one year (maternity cover). Interviews will be held during the week commencing 20February 2017.

Please forward your CV (no longer than two pages) together with a separate Word, Cover Letter in support of your application, including salary expectations, to the Finance & HR Manager at:   and on the Subject Line of your email, please enter: Public Affairs & Policy Adviser

Closing date for applications will be midnight on 19 February 2017. Only short listed applicants will be contacted.

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