Director of Mobilization, Movement and Partnerships

15 September 2021

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 and to provide them with assistance. The ICRC works to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles.

The ICRC seeks applications for its future Director of Mobilization, Movement and Partnerships, a leadership role responsible for steering, guiding and enabling ICRC's interactions and partnerships within the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement and with other partners, government donors, the private sector and the public.

The Department of Mobilization, Movement and Partnerships mobilizes the necessary political and financial support, and stakeholders required to deliver on its institutional strategic objectives. It ensures strategic and organizational alignment in external and internal communication.

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Significant leadership experience within the ICRC or the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Established success in cultivating high-impact partnerships in an international context.
  • Well-developed understanding of the political and humanitarian fora in which the ICRC and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement operate and the opportunities to deliver greater outcomes to affected populations with networks of donors and partners.
  • Excellent communication skills, with demonstrated ability to strengthen the synergies between departments and ensure that ICRC's distinct identity and reputation is maintained and amplified.
  • Proven track record as a change agent who can mobilize, motivate and inspire diverse cross-functional teams to drive for results collectively; one who connects and engages within the ICRC and externally to ensure the necessary resources are in place to deliver on institutional ambitions.
  • Ability to coordinate several high-level priorities and to pivot comfortably from "concept and development" to "operation and implementation" on a strategic level.
  • Proven track record of collaborative leadership style.
  • Fluency in English; fluency in French an asset and in additional relevant languages a distinct advantage.
  • Advanced university degree.

The Director of Mobilization, Movement and Partnerships is accountable for:

  • Leading on transversal collaboration, alignment and orchestration to achieve Strategic Orientation #3 of the Institutional Strategy 2019-2024 - 'Working with others to enhance impact' - under the oversight of the Executive Office of the Director-General.
  • Planning strategically and taking the necessary decisions to ensure that ICRC and RCRC Movement partners are the 'partners of choice' for governments, IFIs and private sector donors as well as the general public.
  • Enabling meaningful strategic and operational partnerships with selected humanitarian organizations, including the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, as well as development actors, academic centres, professional organizations and business actors in support of greater outcomes for affected people.
  • Being the reference point for strategic, policy and operational questions related to Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement matters, especially partnerships with National Societies and their International Federation, in collaboration with the Executive Office of the Director-General and other relevant departments.
  • Supporting strategic engagement at the level of the Executive Office of the Director-General and the Presidency, with the ambition to enable greater Movement collective impact.
  • Strengthening ICRC's overall partnering approaches, including by fostering an internal peer network of partnership experts; providing tools, guidance and support to all departments to enable successful outcome-based partnerships.
  • Overseeing and implementing the Resource Mobilization Strategy, generating flexible, diversified and sustainable income streams to ensure ICRC's long-term viability is aligned with operational ambitions.
  • In external communication, amplifying the 'brand'; preserving the reputation and strengthening awareness of ICRC's distinct identity; managing its reputation and public positioning as a reference organization for humanitarian action and IHL, in collaboration with the Department of International Law, Policy and Humanitarian Diplomacy.
  • In collaboration with the Department of People and Culture, developing and implementing consistent communication strategies where ICRC's internal and external messages are aligned to build trust and engagement both within and outside the organization.

To apply:

  • Submit your CV and cover letter to the dedicated mailbox: by 31 October 2021. Applications will be treated confidentially by the Executive Office of the Director-General and our chosen third-party executive search team.
  • Expected start date in the role: April 2022 (allowing for transition period ahead of the official start of the new Directorate on 1 July 2022).
  • The ICRC values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.