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Delegate for armed forces and armed groups

07-04-2015 Job Opportunity Ref. fd-fas-delegate

Location: Field

Your task

The ICRC delegate to armed forces and armed groups is responsible for contributing to the analysis, dialogue and operational effects of the delegation(s) they are tasked to cover, with the aims being to:

  • Enhance understanding of the ICRC's role and how it operates, among military forces and non-state armed groups (NSAGs), in order to further the ICRC’s acceptance, security and access
  • Protect and assist the victims of armed conflict through the bespoke design and delivery of Law of Armed Conflict/International Humanitarian Law and customary law approaches or programmes, fully adapted to their operational context and audience

Selection requirements

  • Ideal age: 35 to 55 years
  • Available for a period of minimum 2 years (renewable)
  • Prepared to accept unaccompanied postings if required
  • Very good command of English and fluency in another ICRC working language used in the field such as French, Spanish, Arabic or Russian. In addition, a good command of French would be beneficial for career development within the ICRC, as French is an institutional language
  • Senior officer (minimum rank of Major) with a minimum of two years’ accumulated operational experience
  • Knowledge and practical experience of the Law of Armed Conflict/International Humanitarian Law including Rules of Engagement
  • First-hand experience with the ICRC/Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement in the field
  • Knowledge of International Human Rights Law as applicable to operations is an asset
  • Fully conversant with common IT tools
  • Driving license for manual transmission vehicles

Your profile

  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work.
  • Capacity and willingness to work with all arms carriers in the contemporary operating environment
  • Proven analytical skills spanning complex, contemporary tactical environments to strategic level
  • Demonstrable understanding of the nature of both contemporary and future conflict, and the implications for humanitarian actions
  • Excellent people skills, proven capacity to integrate within a team and adapt to new settings
  • Charismatic speaker and confident instructor, sound capacity to network and negotiate
  • Able to work calmly and inspire confidence among colleagues when under pressure and in potentially dangerous situations
  • Ready to travel

What we offer

  • An opportunity to use the skills acquired in your previous profession in a multicultural and humanitarian environment
  • Induction comprising basic delegate training, short field mission and training as specialist before departure on mission
  • Opportunities for further in-house training
  • Generous social benefits

For reasons related to the institution's working procedures, in particular its principle of neutrality, ICRC personnel cannot in principle be nationals of or originate from the countries to which they are assigned.

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