Water and Habitat - working with us


One way we relieve suffering in conflict zones is by restoring essential services such as water, sanitation and power, and by renovating public infrastructure. These systems can be damaged or disrupted as a direct, indirect or cumulative result of conflict.

The staff of our Water and Habitat Unit assess what the most vulnerable people need in order to have decent living conditions. Then they design, plan and oversee projects to meet those needs. This includes negotiating and working with local authorities and civil society bodies to get essential services restored. Our teams adopt sustainable strategies, even when responding in emergencies. 

Below is a non-exhaustive list of mobile field functions hired by the ICRC.
Please note that all positions are not continually open.

Water and Habitat Engineer


Your task

As a Water and Habitat Engineer working for the ICRC, you will be responsible for the planning, design and implementation of engineering projects for victims of armed conflict. Working in a team, your tasks will include conducting needs assessments, surveying water and housing needs, negotiating with local authorities and firms regarding project implementation and handling all aspects of project management.

We are currently looking for engineers specialized in the water fields related to essential services in urban settings, able to assess, plan, design and supervise projects in those contexts.

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Selection requirements
- Very good command of English. Fluency in another ICRC working language (French, Spanish, Russian or Arabic) is a strong asset
- University degree in architecture, civil or structural engineering, hydrology, hydraulic, geology or related fields
- Minimum three years of professional experience in this field, including the management of technical support staff
- Experience of working internationally is a strong asset, in particular for a humanitarian organisation 
- Proficient in the use of IT Office Tools and CAD drawing software. Knowledge of Epanet software is an asset 
- Prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) for the first two missions (minimum 12 months each)
- Valid driving licence for manual transmission vehicles
- Commitment to the ICRC's humanitarian mandate

Your profile
- Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
- Able to work under pressure in a potentially dangerous environment
- Excellent communication skills
- Excellent team leader, with a high level of intercultural understanding
- Excellent organisational skills, able to prioritise a complex workload and to work autonomously as needed
- Hands-on approach to project management

water and habitat mobile field staff deployed in 2017
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water and habitat mobile field staff recruited each year