Economic and Food Security - working with us

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Within its global Economic Security approach in conflict affected countries, the ICRC implements Relief-, Livelihood- and Rehabilitation Programs in order to improve, restore or maintain food- and economic security on the household level. Food production programs of the ICRC are multifaceted, bear different modes of intervention and aim at assisting victims in a timely and flexible way to meet their essential needs and expenditures in a sustainable and dignified way. Among the interventions are cash/voucher programming, microeconomic initiatives, agricultural and veterinary / livestock related relief / rehabilitation programs.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of mobile field functions hired by the ICRC.
Please note that all positions are not continually open.

Economic Security Delegate

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Your tasks

The Economic Security Delegate is responsible for planning and implementing Economic Security programmes in compliance with ICRC guidelines and standards.
- Develop a comprehensive overview and understanding of livelihoods, socio-economic context and related political and environmental issues;
- Instigate and participate in assessments of the economic security situation of crisis-affected populations;
- Contribute to the identification of beneficiaries, selection of appropriate interventions, and formulation of projects proposals;
- Implement, monitor and evaluate activities according to objectives and plan of actions, such as cash transfer programmes, livelihood support or emergency relief;
- Promote the principles of the Red Cross and of international humanitarian law;
- As a representative of the ICRC, maintain contact and negotiate with government authorities – civilian and military – in order to carry out the work as effectively as possible.

Your profile
- Strongly motivated by humanitarian work.
- Capable of leading a multicultural team. Responsible and well-organized.
- Able to work under pressure in a potentially dangerous environment.

Selection requirements

- University degree in the field of economics, anthropology, agronomy, veterinary, nutrition, public health or strong equivalent experience in the humanitarian field
- Minimum of 3 years professional experience in international humanitarian work including field missions abroad
- Direct field experience with some or all of the typical economic security interventions, including relief, cash transfer programming, livelihood support and social safety net approaches
- Sound understanding of the project cycle, establishing appropriate (SMART) objectives and indicators is required
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Strong organisational, managerial, planning, reporting skills
- Very good command of English and French.
- Knowledge of another ICRC working language used in the field (Spanish, Arabic or Russian) is a strong advantage
- Fully conversant with IT tools
- Commitment to the ICRC's humanitarian mandate

Our operational & field constraints
- In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC does not assign personnel to a country of which they are nationals
- Candidates must be in good health and will have to do a medical check-up prior to departure in the field (web link)
- Driving licence (for manual transmission vehicles)
- Candidates must be prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) for at least the first two years

Agronomist

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Your tasks

Within the context of its Economic Security programmes, the ICRC supports farming and agro-pastoralist communities around the world by providing material inputs for food production, technical support and coaching, to improve their livelihoods. A key focus in its work lies in the identification of needs faced by rural communities who have become victims of armed conflict, the planning and development of sustainable responses aiming at strengthening their resilience, and monitoring the impact of these programmes.

Your profile
- Strongly motivated by humanitarian work 
- Willingness to live for extended periods under difficult field conditions 
- Good communication and negotiation skills 
- Able and willing to work as part of a team

Selection requirements
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 Very good command of English and French
- Knowledge of another ICRC working language used in the field (Spanish, Arabic or Russian) is a strong advantage 
- University Degree or equivalent in agricultural engineering, a masters in a field relevant to tropical agriculture (both plant or animal production) would be an asset 
- Minimum of 3 years field experience in the context of agricultural rehabilitation or development programmes, working with farming or agro-pastoral communities 
- Fully conversant with IT tools
- Commitment to the ICRC's humanitarian mandate

Our operational & field constraints
- In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC does not assign personnel to a country of which they are nationals 
- Candidates must be in good health and will have to do a medical check-up prior to departure in the field (web link
- Driving licence (for manual transmission vehicles) 
- Candidates must be prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) for at least the first two years

Nutritionist

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Your profile

- Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
- Ready to work in a multidisciplinary team and strong capacity of collaboration
- Ability to work under pressure, in a dangerous environment
- Open-minded and adaptable, empathic and diplomatic 
- Good speaker, well-developed writing and summarizing skills
- Ability to take relevant decisions within a given framework
- Experience of work with the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is an asset

Selection requirements
- Masters qualification in nutrition
- University degree in the fields of agronomy, veterinary, anthropology, medicine, nursing, or public health is an advantage
- Minimum of 5 years professional experience in international humanitarian work and field missions abroad, especially in emergencies
- Very good command of English and French.
- Knowledge of another ICRC working language used in the field (Spanish, Arabic or Russian) is a strong advantage
- Familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet software and basic nutrition computer programmes
- Commitment to the ICRC's humanitarian mandate

Our operational & field constraints
- In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC does not assign personnel to a country of which they are nationals
- Candidates must be in good health and will have to do a medical check-up prior to departure in the field (web link)
- Driving licence (for manual transmission vehicles)
- Candidates must be prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) for at least the first two years

Veterinarian

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The veterinary programs actually conducted by the ICRC include vaccination campaigns, veterinary treatment programs, de- (re-) stocking, fodder production / -banks, capacity building, herders' awareness training, support to existing structures and institutions and, as well, they aim at sustainable outcomes.

Your tasks

- Depending on the country and the context, she/he is the focal point for livestock related food production programs
- Direct operational responsibility for the implementation of livestock programs
- Design and propose appropriate livestock interventions, integrated into the Economic Security programs
- Communicate and network with partners and other actors involved in livestock programs
- Contribute to the set-up of a monitoring system and evaluations including:
o Identification of SMART indicators
o Preparation of data collection tools and modalities
o Drafting a data analysis plan including linkages with decision making or adjustments as necessaryConduct post-intervention monitoring and impact evaluation of the livestock program / projects implemented by the ICRC delegationGuide and coach EcoSec team members on livestock issues

Requirements
- Degree in Veterinary Sciences with emphasis on Animal Production / Husbandry
- 2 – 3 years of experience in international humanitarian work related to livestock programs and food security
- Sensitivity, knowledge and understanding of livestock owners and livestock based livelihoods (including pastoralist/agro pastoralist livelihoods, migration routes, specificities of land tenure and locally based agreements and negotiations, challenges/tensions between livestock owners and agriculturalists)
- Capacity and interest to work in a multidisciplinary team involving other sectors linked to the economic security of a population as well as ICRC "Protection" related activities
- Good veterinary diagnostic skills
- Has a strong motivation to work in difficult contexts and spend large amounts of time in the field, or - on the contrary – has to manage programs without being able to go to the field
- Strong capacities to analyse complex situations
- Ability to work under stress, particularly associated with a conflict affected environment
- Has the capacity and skills to manage, coach and motivate a small team of specialists
- Is able to live and work in a complex mix of cultures and profession
- Sound understanding of the project cycle, establishing appropriate (SMART) objectives and indicators is required
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Good organisational, managerial, planning, reporting skills
- Is fluent in French with good English; any other language knowledge (e.g. Arabic) is an asset
- Be ready to spend the first 2 years on unaccompanied mission (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents)
- Possess a valid driving licence
- Commitment to the ICRC's humanitarian mandate

Your asset
- A postgraduate degree in Tropical Veterinary Medicine / Agriculture or any degree linked to food security or the humanitarian sector
- A strong interest in, and understanding of complex food security and basic food production processes
- Experience in emergency and / or Economic Security interventions outside the livestock programming

Cash & Market Specialist

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The ICRC defines Economic Security as the status of an individual, household or community that is able to cover its life and livelihoods obligatory expenditures in a sustainable manner, consistent with its environment, culture and customs. Within its global Economic Security approach in conflict affected countries, the ICRC implements Relief, Livelihood and Rehabilitation Programs in order to improve, restore or maintain food and economic security at household level. To achieve this objective Economic Security uses a combination of different interventions and modalities, such as cash and voucher programs, microeconomic initiatives, agricultural and livestock programs, and relief items distributions.
The Cash and Market Specialist (CMS) is responsible for supporting sub-delegation teams in designing, planning, implementation and monitoring of cash-based programmes in the country of assignment in line with the Delegation's strategy. She/he travels to other sites and provides advice and coaching to the EcoSec field staff.

Your tasks

- Develops a clear understanding of the context and leads on CTP feasibility assessment and market analysis in EcoSec programming, including
- Monitoring the evolution of the context regarding cash and markets, based on both secondary and primary data ;Ensures that cash-specific elements are integrated into needs assessments;Leads CTP feasibility assessments, including market and service provider assessment;Supports EcoSec teams on identifying risks in CTP and relevant mitigation strategies; Identifies opportunities and constraints and advise EcoSec teams and the Delegation on response options and strategies related to CTP;Coordinates market assessments in the field and monitors key market indicators (prices, inflation, exchange rates, etc.).
- Participates to ensure the coherent design, implementation and monitoring of EcoSec CTP according to the objectives set in the annual planning. In doing so, s/he supports EcoSec teams in the design, implementation and monitoring cash-based interventions as per CTP Standard Operating Procedures.
- Defines delegation specific CTP guidance based on the generic Standard Operating Procedures and ensures coherence among the sub-delegations; Supports the setting-up of monitoring systems for cash based interventions and markets, including identification of SMART indicators; preparation of data collection tools; developing a data analysis plan; analyzing data and drafting concise reports; Reviews cash-related aspects in EcoSec project proposals; Defines action priorities and appropriate 'fall back' alternatives in case of no access; Drafts the Terms of Reference for service provider contracting; Coordinates all CTP related issues during the transfers/distributions; Cooperates and coordinates closely with other departments in the Delegation, especially with Administration and Logistics, on all aspects related to CTP.
- Builds the capacity of staff.
- Provides technical support, guidance and coaching to EcoSec delegates, field-officers and other staff on CTP; Contributes to the identification of cash & market related training needs at delegation level; Organizes orientation sessions on CTP and co-facilitates formal CTP and market analysis training in country.
- Coordinates with external actors, by establishing and develops contacts and coordinates with the local authorities and other humanitarian agencies or partners working on CTP.
- Representing the ICRC, with local authorities; business partners and merchants; internal and external interlocutors.
- Ensures internal and timely reporting on progress and achievement of the EcoSec programme according to the objectives; By writing reports and other documents whether related to assessments, distribution or monitoring and evaluation reports.


Desired profile and skills
- University degree, preferably in Economics, development studies, anthropology, sociology or other related fields.
- At least 2 years' experience in designing and implementing relief and/or livelihood programmes;
- Strong practical experience in designing and implementing CTP
- Experience in the Red Cross – Red Crescent Movement is an asset
- Ability to work within a conflict-affected environment with potentially highly restricted movement;
- Good analytical skills allowing for 'bigger picture' perspectives, contributing to a multi-disciplinary understanding of trends, and thematic;
- Ability to understand the constraints and opportunities relating to actions under his/her responsibility, take them into account and adapt to them accordingly;
- Sound understanding of the project cycle, establishing appropriate (SMART) objectives and indicators is required;
- Coaching skills and ability to motivate colleagues both individually and as part of a larger team;
- Good organisational, managerial, planning, reporting and networking skills.
- Ability to integrate a multi-disciplinary team and work in team, possibly under remote control or with limited field visits
- Fluent English is essential, French or Arabic is an asset.

Our operational & field contraints
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In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC does not assign personnel to a country of which they are nationals
- Candidates must be in good health and will have to do a medical check-up prior to departure in the field
- Candidates must possess a driving licence (for manual transmission vehicles)
- Candidates must be prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) for at least the first 24 monthsOur operational & field contraints

What we offer
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Rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment
- A two-week orientation course and other opportunities for further in-house training
- Generous social benefits
- Length of assignment: 12 months
- Join an ICRC talent pool and be considered for future assignments elsewhere

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applications for mobile field economic and food security positions received in 2016
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new mobile field economic and food security staff recruited in 2016
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mobile field economic and food security staff deployed in 2017