Director of People and Culture

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 People and Culture, a leadership role responsible for ensuring the acquisition and growth of a competent, diverse and inclusive workforce to meet ICRC's operational needs worldwide and to allow for its sustainability.

The Department of People and Culture drives the development of ICRC staff, promotes their wellbeing and strives to protect their mental and physical health. It leads efforts to improve the workplace culture and provides an enabling environment fostering strong people management across the organization.

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Passion for people - extensive and demonstrated experience in designing, leading and implementing employee-centric strategies in large-scale organizations, where people are their most important asset.
  • Well-developed understanding of the diverse humanitarian and legal contexts in which the ICRC operates and the people-related aspect of its operational reality.
  • A strong track record of results in leading a large-scale transformation and its impact on improving organizational performance and its people, fostering a safe and inclusive environment.
  • Excellent people management skills with the ability to attract, motivate and retain talent; strong and proven team-building skills with an established record of implementing equity, diversity and inclusion policies to develop and foster an inclusive workforce at all levels of the organization.
  • Established record of implementing equity, diversity and inclusion policies and developing and fostering an inclusive workforce at all levels of the organization, reflecting the ICRC's employees' values.
  • Demonstrated strategic planning capabilities and ability to operationalize strategies that successfully translate into practical implementation on the ground; experience of introducing new ways of doing things and a collaborative approach to leadership and decision-making.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and influencing skills; proven representation skills and a demonstrated track record ensuring fairness and equity in the treatment of all employees.
  • Proven track record of collaborative leadership style.
  • Fluency in English and French; fluency in additional relevant languages an advantage.
  • Advanced university degree.

The Director of People and Culture Is accountable for:

  • Leading on transversal collaboration, alignment, and orchestration to achieve Strategic Orientation #4 of the Institutional Strategy 2019-2024 - 'Creating an inclusive and diverse working environment' - under the oversight of the Executive Office of the Director-General.
  • Developing and implementing appropriate people- and culture-related strategies and policies (e.g. in terms of learning and development, staff feedback mechanisms, job grading and rewards, talent management, performance management, social partnership) that enable and support staff to thrive in a healthy work environment and deliver at best for affected people.
  • Co-creating and delivering efficient, transparent, consistent and user-friendly HR services required by the organization, in collaboration with the Department of Support and Digital Transformation, particularly the Global Shared Services.
  • Driving the acquisition and growth of a competent, diverse and inclusive workforce in collaboration with all the other departments and functions.
  • Developing a sustainable strategic workforce plan in collaboration with all departments, focusing on the future capability to ensure the ICRC's continued relevance.
  • Enhancing an inclusive workforce that values, welcomes and integrates individual differences, and fosters an approach to collaboration that leverages diverse perspectives and experiences.
  • Developing awareness and mechanisms to protect ICRC colleagues from external and internal threats and promoting physical and psycho-social wellbeing.
  • Ensuring ICRC's legal compliance with national laws and regulations on employment, equal opportunities, labour relations, taxation and benefits.
  • Developing and maintaining mechanisms for individuals to nurture the competencies needed by the ICRC and apply them to the benefit of the people it serves.

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.