Military Affairs Officer

18 January 2018

Only EU/EFTA national may apply

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Delegation to the EU, NATO and the Kingdom of Belgium is seeking to hire an EU-national (or from EFTA Member States (Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein) or Switzerland to work as a FAS Delegate (advertised as a "Military Affairs Officer") within the unit for relations with armed and security forces (FAS unit).

The ICRC is an impartial, neutral and independent 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. It directs and co-ordinates the international relief activities conducted by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in situations of conflict. It also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles. Established in 1863, the ICRC is the origin of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Maintaining a dialogue with the armed forces is an integral part of ICRC's operations around the world. The aim is to ensure that all levels of the armed forces know and apply IHL and Human Rights law in their operations and facilitate humanitarian action for the victims of conflict.

The applicant should be a former senior military officer, a graduate of his/her Nation's senior Staff College, and preferably have proven operational experience. Combat experience would be an asset. The applicant must be fluent in English. Fluency in French and Deutsch would also be an asset as would be other European languages. Good knowledge of international humanitarian law and prior work experience in the ICRC or a National Society would be an advantage. Whilst military experience is essential, the candidates must display and prove good knowledge of detailed military structures, and military training, education and exercise processes. Direct experience of NATO or the EU military staff would be an asset, especially from having been on operations with one of these organisations. If without military experience, very experienced former ICRC or Red Cross/Red Crescent persons will be considered for this post.

The FAS Delegate position will require travel and extended periods of work outside of normal hours at unsociable hours and at week-ends. The individual must be able to present with confidence and to very high standards at lectures, meetings, seminars and other venues to very senior military Commanders, as well as to Staff Officers at Strategic, Operational and Tactical level Headquarters. There will also be a need to fulfil field roles, on exercises, overnight and as required by the Delegation. Deployment on ICRC operations will be expected if operations occur within the Delegation area.

The position requires regular preparation of reports and minutes. In addition, the management and filing of information on a regular basis is a key requirement, as is the ability to draft formal letters and emails.


Location: Brussels
Contract: resident – full time - as per Belgian work legislation and social security scheme
Starting date: mid – 2018
Submission date: no later than 27 February 2018

Salary conditions are based on the remuneration package of ICRC Brussels as per relevant experience, within Belgian salary scales and grading.

Questions & application in writing, to include a covering letter and a CV, plus further information at: (reference: names + application for Military Affairs Officer – or questions)

ICRC Delegation to the EU, NATO and the Kingdom of Belgium
B-1040 Brussels, 7 rue Guimard