Field, Protection & Detention

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As the custodian of the International Humanitarian Law, the ICRC's mandate (delivered by the international community) focuses on providing humanitarian protection and assistance to victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. This involves visiting prisonners of war and civilian detainees, searching for missing persons, passing messages between family members separated by conflict, reuniting dispersed families, spreading the knowledge of international humanitarian law (IHL), negotiating for humanitarian purposes etc.

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

Field delegate (speaking Arabic / Russian / French / Spanish)

Your tasks
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The field delegate monitors and analyses the political, security and humanitarian developments in his/her area of responsibility (AoR). He/she is in charge of planning, implementing, following up and reporting on activities in his/her AoR. He/she is responsible for planning and implementing field activities and thematic files in his/her AoR as per set objectives (PfR).

Selection requirements
- Bachelor degree level or equivalent
- Minimum two years of professional experience
- Voluntary or humanitarian experience
- International exposure
- Fluent in English with additional excellent command of two of the following languages: Arabic, Russian, French, Spanish
- Fully conversant with IT tools
- Available to live in locations as assigned by the ICRC, without family members, for at least 24 months
- Prepared to work under pressure in a potentially dangerous environment
- Driving license for manual transmission vehicles and ability to drive such vehicles independently in unfamiliar terrain


Our operational & field constraints
- In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC does not assign delegates to countries 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 (ICRC medical standards)

Prison Systems Advisor

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Your tasks
a) With the ICRC delegations:
- Within a multidisciplinary framework, undertake to provide advice and guidance concerning assessment and analysis of detention and related criminal justice systems; actively participate in visits to places of detention, assisting delegations in developing their capacity to understand the underlying or systemic causes of humanitarian problems;
- Provide technical advice and guidance concerning the management of places of detention and development of other relevant aspects of detention and related criminal justice systems;
- Provide advice to delegates at senior management and working level on how the ICRC can best assist the authorities at various levels in their efforts to improve relevant aspects of the detention or related criminal justice systems;
- Prepare thematic papers, and analysis of policies, legislation, national, regional and international trends and other topics of humanitarian relevance in the particular context, for internal or external use.

b) With the authorities:
- Consistently with the delegation strategy, assist in developing long-term strategic planning processes for the improvement of detention and related criminal justice systems, or where such change processes exist, support continued development and implementation;
- Provide technical expertise concerning the management of places of detention and development of detention and related criminal justice systems, in line with the humanitarian concerns identified and internationally recognised standards;
- In line with the delegation strategy, develop and maintain relationships with a range of authorities, professional organisations, other stakeholders and interlocutors in the region;
- Assist the delegation in supporting the emergence of an inter-institutional dialogue on detention-related matters (such as with the detaining authorities, law enforcement agencies, the judiciary, Ministries of Health and Finance etc.);
- Participate in and/or co-organise events aimed at improving mutual understanding of detention /criminal justice systems-related strengths and constraints; exchanging experiences and sharing good practices;
- Contribute to the design of a coherent ICRC training strategy for prison staff, in line with the operational priorities identified by the delegation, and mobilisation of the needed resources (e.g. training by the delegations' staff, invitation of external experts, exposure to best practices or other contexts)

c) With the institution:
- Contribute to the development of ICRC institutional policy and tools for detention / criminal justice systems-related support, particularly systemic support, including discussion, documentation and sharing with HQ of interesting practices and lessons learnt;
- Contribute to the development and implementation of training programmes at field and HQ levels as necessary;
- Participate in external conferences and other meetings where detention systems and related issues are discussed;
- Develop comprehensive knowledge of the programming and engagement of other actors active in penitentiary/related criminal justice systems in the relevant country/region and share this as necessary.

Essential knowledge and skills
- Advanced degree in social science, management or criminal justice;
- Comprehensive knowledge of prison operations, management and development of detention systems;
- At least 10 years' experience in senior management/policy roles within places of detention or related criminal justice systems;
- Experience conducting analysis of detention / related criminal justice systems in conflict affected and fragile states;
- Experience in developing adherence to international standards and promoting good practices in detention / related criminal justice systems;
- Experience in building capacity and providing advice at both the policy and operational levels, in project and change management, mid to long-term strategic planning processes and reform / development plans;
- Comprehensive knowledge of main problems and current debates in the academic and professional world linked with detention and criminal justice systems; in particular, but not exclusively, non-custodial measures and sanctions, sentence management, overcrowding, drugs and detention, vulnerable groups, etc;
- Experience in working in different parts of the world and/or a wide network in these areas would be an asset
- Experience in developing strategy and addressing issues related to overcrowding (mitigating its consequences but also acting on its legal and judicial causes) and supporting the design and construction of the prison estate would be valuable

What we offer
- Rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment
- Attractive social benefits
- Length of assignment: 12 months
- Joining an ICRC talent pool and be considered for future assignments elsewhere

Detention delegate

Your tasks
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 old
- University degree relevant to the needs of those deprived of their liberty eg. penology, prison management, criminology, criminal law, psychology, sociology, economics, human and social sciences.
- Previous humanitarian field experience is an advantage.
- Very good command of English and fluency in another ICRC working language used in the field eg. French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Thai, Burmese, etc (Language requirements depend on current field activity and may vary over a short period of time).
- Fully competent in using common IT tools.
- Minimum of 2 years professional experience within national or international organizations that work on detention-related issues.
- Work in detention-related institutions to include 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,. Or as a criminal defence lawyer or in other relevant judicial functions such as prosecutor, investigating judge, etc.
- Commitment to the ICRC's humanitarian mandate

Our operational & field constraints
- In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC does not assign delegates to countries of which they are nationals
- Available to live in locations as assigned, without family members, for at least 24 months
- Candidates must be in good health and will have to do a medical check-up prior to departure in the field (ICRC medical standards)
- Driving licence for manual transmission vehicles, and ability to drive such vehicles independently in unfamiliar terrain

Delegate for the missing files

Your tasks
Within the framework of the priorities, objectives and strategies set by the delegation and under the supervision of the Protection Coordinator (and / or the Deputy Protection Coordinator in charge of Missing), the Missing Delegate is responsible for the implementation of the activities in relation to the Missing file (Please specify the specific activities She/he follows up and whether these are at the local and/or regional levels). She/he contributes to the definition of the strategy in relation to the Missing file as well as to the coherence of the program with other protection activities and other programs (especially Forensic, Psychosocial, Jur, Ecosec etc). She/he directly supervises (number) staff assigned to the Missing file and/or provides technical and/or functional support to those who are actives in the field of the Missing working in other sites of departments (if relevant).

Selection requirements
- Ideal age: 30 to 45 years old
- Minimum of 2 years humanitarian work experience such as training and capacity building experience, and/or experience leading multi-disciplinary teams, preparing strategies and action-plans, planning and developing multi-year projects and/or equivalent multicultural experience in the field of missing persons and their families 
- Well-developed writing and summarizing skills.
- Open-minded and adaptable
- Practical knowledge of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement an asset.
- University education or equivalent.
- 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 common 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 delegates to countries of which they are nationals
- Available to live in locations as assigned, without family members, for at least 24 months
- Candidates must be in good health and will have to do a medical check-up prior to departure in the field (ICRC medical standards)
- Driving licence for manual transmission vehicles, and ability to drive such vehicles independently in unfamiliar terrain

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