Legal Adviser - Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore

10 March 2020

The position is a managerial position to head the IHL unit in Kuala Lumpur (KUA) under KUA Regional Delegation which covers the countries of Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore. The position also includes the management of a colleague, budgetary responsibilities, strategy drafting which involves the analysis of the situation in these countries, the drafting of IHL strategies as well as legal notes, reports, etc. and participation in decision-making at the coordination level.

Main duties and responsibilities:

Functional responsibilities for Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei (80%)

  • Initiates, formulates and implements strategies to identify the priority IHL treaties that should be promoted and implemented into domestic law as well as to meet the delegation's objectives in the legal domain.
  • Analyses the situation, advises and provides guidance on the applicable national and international legal frameworks and norms in relation to the delegation's activities, objectives, strategies, and plans of action to address identified legal and other related issues.
  • A focal point for all matters related to the status of the ICRC in Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei.
  • Drafts legal notes/analyses and contributes with legal aspects to working papers, summary reports, 'nonpapers' etc. related to the delegation's activities and objectives with a priority in view of the delegation's ongoing negotiations to obtain the status as International Organization in Malaysia.
  • Represents the ICRC in external fora and events and contributes to positioning it as a reference on IHL and its implementation.
  • Formulate strategies to strengthen the relationship with national societies and activities to build capacity within the national societies.
  • Oversees and furthers the relationship between the delegation and national societies on all IHL matters.
  • Interacts directly with government authorities, particularly MFA and AGC, legislators and the judiciary, providing them with technical legal advice and assistance for the adoption of legal and administrative measures.
  • HL implementation measures and related policies, in particular in the field of war crimes, weapons control, cultural property protection, etc.
  • Develops and maintains a network of influential institutions, in particular National Cyber Security Agencies, Bar Associations, and individuals and assists in devising strategies for mapping, attracting and mobilizing them in support of IHL and the ICRC.
  • Supports IHL dissemination activities directed at specialized audiences and the public at large and backs the implementation of strategies, programmes and action plans relating to IHL treaty participation and the development of related domestic legal and policy frameworks and mechanisms for their implementation, as far as possible by partnering with the Judicial Training Institute in Malaysia (ILKAP).
  • Contributes and supports the implementation of the delegation's prevention and protection objectives and activities, as relevant.
  • Coordinates and supervises external consultancies on legal issues; for instance, on customary IHL collection.
  • Manages the delegation's legal adviser 2 who supports him/her to carry out a/m functional responsibilities.


Additional functional responsibilities for Singapore (20%)

  • A focal point for Singapore on all legal and humanitarian matters, recognizing that IHL is the main entry-point in Singapore.
  • Initiates, formulates and implements IHL engagement strategy, contributing to the Singapore strategy.
  • Advises the delegation on national and regional issues and political affairs and how they impact/relate to humanitarian action.
  • Contributes substantively to ICRC's national diplomacy and policy objectives.
  • Crafts, builds and maintains a strong national network of stakeholders (RSIS and others) connected to humanitarian affairs important for both the delegation and the ICRC as a whole. In so doing, engaging with them independently on substantive issues.
  • Engages with humanitarian coordination structures as agreed with the Head of Delegation/Deputy Head of Delegation.
  • Represents the ICRC in key fora independently. Effectively communicates complex policy/diplomacy issues to diverse audiences.


Additional duties

  • Follows up on all work-related messages and correspondence with the relevant contacts and departments
  • Is aware of the delegation's objectives and has a good knowledge of the Movement and other contacts relevant to the position
  • Collects and shares information so as to improve the ICRC's understanding of the environment and humanitarian trends and responses.
  • Represents the ICRC in an appropriate way during activities, in meetings and in the field, and avoids any activity that may reflect negatively on the ICRC's image.
  • Takes responsibility for their own professional learning and development.


People management responsibilities

  • Understands and supervises the Performance Management & Development (PMD) activities for employees under their supervision.
  • Makes sure that deadlines for the PMD cycle are met.
  • Engages in ongoing and continuous feedback and support, particularly for employees under their supervision, but also other staff members.
  • Organizes regular meetings within their team to ensure optimal coordination of the work and proper flow of information.
  • Ensures that job descriptions for employees under their supervision are up to date; seeks feedback and support from the HR Department if needed.
  • Plans and coordinates the annual leave of the employees under their supervision ensuring continuity of the operations throughout the year and making sure that there are no outstanding holiday balances at the end of the year.
  • Coordinates and supports the employees under their supervision in their personal development by coaching and advising them on internal and external training and development possibilities.



  • Internally, interacts with different departments within the delegation, typically as a member of the delegation's management team, with the Regional Legal Adviser, and, as relevant, with technical reference persons at headquarters, in particular in the Legal Division; including DP_JUR_CHF with regard to P&I.
  • Externally, interacts autonomously with partners and contacts, including international organizations, dealing with relevant legal, policy and thematic issues (e.g. lawyers, bar associations, judiciary, legislators, Attorney General's department, relevant UN agencies, international and national NGOs, prison working groups, etc.), and with academic circles and think tanks.


Selection requirements and experience

  • 6–8 years' working experience in a similar function, within or outside the ICRC.
  • Work experience in government, the judicial sector an advantage.
  • ICRC experience an advantage.
  • Teaching/dissemination experience, including at academic level, an advantage.
  • Connections to governmental and academic circles, including own network of interlocutors (actors of influence).
  •  University degree in law.
  • Master's degree or specialization in a discipline of international public law, including IHL or international human rights law.
  • IHL skills are certified by the lead within the specialist function("métier") at headquarters (Legal Division and/or Legal Advisory Service).
  • Admitted to the bar/magistrate or Ph.D. an advantage.
  • Fluent in English and/or French with good knowledge (at least comprehension and reading) of the other; fluent command of locally spoken languages, including legal drafting skills.
  • Computer proficiency.


  • A national contract with competitive compensation and social package.
  • A challenging job in a learning organisation with development opportunities.
  • The opportunity to be part of an internationally renowned humanitarian organisation.



  • This position is open only to Malaysian nationals. Closing Date: 24.03.2020
  • Please send the following documents in English Language to the ICRC Kuala Lumpur via email to Rogini, HR Officer at
    o Motivational Letter
    o Resume/CV with passport size picture on CV, current and expected salary, details and contact number of three referees
    o Copies of educational and employment certificates

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for tests and interviews.