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Detention delegate

01-04-2013 Job Opportunity Ref. fd-det-del

Location: Field

Your task

ICRC detention delegates aim to secure humane treatment and conditions of detention for people deprived of their liberty by:

  • developing and maintaining a good understanding of the humanitarian situation in places of detention through collection and analysis of information received from various sources (such as detainees, ex-detainees, their families, authorities, individuals and organizations, available documents and legislation, etc.)
  • visiting places of detention in accordance with ICRC standard procedures and conditions, which include meetings with detaining authorities and interviews with detainees
  • taking action (making oral and written interventions, promoting relevant laws and standards, facilitating re-establishment of family links, providing material and technical assistance, supporting the work of specialized ICRC colleagues, working with the authorities to address humanitarian concerns, etc.)
  • In addition, the delegates contribute to other humanitarian objectives of the delegation to which they are posted, depending on needs and operational priorities in that specific context.

Selection requirements

  • Ideal age: 25 to 40 years
  • Prepared to accept unaccompanied postings for the first two missions (minimum 12 months each)
  • Minimum two years’ professional experience in detention-related institutions (national or international) in any of the following roles and/or function: management, supervision, training, reintegration, inspection, legal aid and judicial functions
  • University degree directly relevant to those deprived of their liberty, a distinct asset (ex.: penology, criminology, criminal and penal law, prison management)
  • Excellent command of English and fluency in another ICRC working language used in the field such as French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian. In addition, a good command of French is a distinct asset for career development within the ICRC, as French is an institutional language.
  • Fully conversant with common IT tools
  • Driving license for manual transmission vehicles

Your profile

  • Strongly motivated to improve conditions and respect for the dignity of persons deprived from their liberty
  • Able to work under pressure in a potentially dangerous environment
  • Excellent ability to work in a team and to take on a leadership role
  • Well-developed writing and summarizing skills
  • Open-minded and adaptable

What we offer

  • rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment
  • a four-week orientation course in Switzerland prior to posting abroad
  • 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 be nationals of or originate from the countries to which they are assigned.

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