Job vacancy: Movement Relations Advisor

18 January 2018


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.

Objective of the role

Reporting to the Head of Mission of ICRC London, the Movement Relations Advisor supports the implementation of the Partnership Framework Agreement (PFA) between the ICRC and the British Red Cross (BRC), by contributing to its optimal management through multiple interactions with ICRC units in Geneva, field delegations and at the working level in London.

He/she also supports the collaboration between the Irish Red Cross (IRC) and the ICRC. He/she is the Movement reference person in the ICRC London Mission for ICRC HQ and delegations.

Main responsibilities

  • Act as the working level focal point for the BRC ensuring that requests are met in an appropriate and timely manner; coordinate with the different units in ICRC HQ and/or delegations to facilitate interactions and implement programmes/initiatives as per the PFA
  • Assist the Head of Mission to have a full view of the different work-streams of the BRC-ICRC PFA as well as other ongoing activities
  • Act as the working level focal point for IRC
  • Ensure that the ICRC London Mission is aware of ICRC initiatives as they relate to the Movement globally and regionally; be connected and contribute to the implementation of the ICRC's institutional strategic objectives as they relate to the Movement.

Main tasks

Partnership Support

  • Facilitates, coordinates, documents and monitors the implementation of the PFA
  • Keeps an overview of the broader relationship between BRC and ICRC beyond the PFA
  • Ensures coordinated and coherent ICRC action and approach to facilitate the implementation of the partnership objectives, in close links with the ICRC field delegations and the ICRC HQs Units
  • Ensures the follow up with units in ICRC HQ and with BRC on joint commitments
  • Ensures coherence and appropriate information flows in the engagement across various work streams in coordination with ICRC work-stream leads (e.g. communication, policy, operations)
  • Coordinates the ICRC annual planning and review process as it relates to the PFA and joint commitments
  • Organizes meetings with BRC, as per the PFA terms or based on specific needs

Other tasks

  • Coordinates ICRC visitors to London and their engagement with the BRC
  • Coordinates BRC's field visits to delegations and HQ units
  • Supports IRC in its objective to source a higher number of Irish nationals to ICRC operations
  • Contributes to the institutional reporting of the ICRC Eurasia region and of the Movement Division as far as it relates to Movement issues
  • Acts as co-facilitator/trainer for BRC and IRC IMPACT courses.

Minimum required knowledge, experience and abilities

  • Field experience for the ICRC, International Federation or a National Society
  • An in-depth understanding of the Movement
  • An understanding of the internal functioning of the ICRC and the BRC
  • Very organized and process oriented, very good reporting skills
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in English; a good understanding of French is an advantage
  • University degree or equivalent experience
  • Willingness to travel

Application process

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.

Start date: ASAP

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: Movement Relations Advisor.

Closing date for applications will be midnight on Tuesday 13 February 2018. Only short listed applicants will be contacted.