What we do
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence.
We take action in response to emergencies and at the same time promote respect for international humanitarian law. We are an independent and neutral organization, and our mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949.
We work closely with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with their International Federation in order to ensure a concerted, rational and rapid humanitarian response to the needs of the victims of armed conflict or any other situation of internal violence.
We direct and coordinate the international activities conducted in these situations.
The ICRC has set out the ambition to strengthen the capacity of the organization in the humanitarian dialogue with non-State Armed Groups (NSAG), to achieve better understanding and compliance with International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and other applicable rules.
The position sits with the Global Affairs Unit, with its mandate to develop and adopt operational approaches and engagement strategies that allow ICRC to work in proximity and effectively in contexts affected by the post 9 / 11 polarization, to drive and coordinate the implementation of this objective, and function as a single "entry point" for coordination of field and HQ initiatives pertaining got NSAG.
Building on the specific experience and practice of delegations, and in-house expertise, with other types and categories of NSGA, as well as the commonalities between Global Affairs and other NSAG approaches.
The Advisor for NSAG, as a member of the Global Affairs Unit, will play a pivotal role in field support, coordination, oversight and connecting the dots as well as representation of the organization on all levels.
Reports to (role)
Head of Global Affairs & Policy
Provides the ICRC with an overview of relevant networks, anticipates trends and their consequences on ICRC work in the region(s) of responsibility.
In collaboration with field-based colleagues, develops tools to support delegations and regional operations management in analyzing transversal actors and defining strategies to convey the ICRC s identity to the groups of concern.
Provides direct support to delegations to develop strategies for engagement with non-State Armed Groups.
Coordinates all NSAG-related activities and in-house expertise, via the NSAG coordination group in HQ.
Ensures coherence of approaches and initiatives, developed by the members of the Global Affairs Unit and the field network and the NSAG strategies.
Having an overview, promoting and further developing the methodology for mapping, analysis, tools and the contextual adaptation of the NSAG strategies.
Develops the institutional knowledge and learning for better organizational engagement with NSAG - training on essentials of NSAG engagement strategies and methodology, sharing best / good case practices and experience, peer to peer exchanges.
Together with internal and external stakeholders (e.g. States, International NGOs, Humanitarian organizations, Impact of counterterrorism on humanitarian action, etc.
ensures the development and coordination of policies and ICRC's institutional strategy in regards to the engagement with NSAG.
Represents the ICRC in the interaction with other organizations and institutions, working on humanitarian engagement with NSAG.
Ensures relevant and regular / ad hoc analytical reporting on evolving and emerging trends.
Continuously evaluates the quality and scope of interaction between the ICRC with NSAG and their larger social and political environment.
Internally, interacts with Operations Coordinators, Heads of Sector and Unit, Heads of Delegation and their deputies, and networking colleagues.
Externally, interacts with prominent ideologues, academics, commanders and shadow ministers when needed, and also meets with think-
tankers, journalists, NGO directors and activists.
Education and experience required
University degree or equivalent.
Proven operational experience in the engagement with non-State Armed Groups.
Minimum of 5 years international experience in an institutional / strategic role.
Excellent interpersonal skills, with strong ability to represent the institution, network, negotiate and influence at all levels.
Robust ability to interact with a large number of interlocutors and stakeholders, at all levels within and outside the ICRC.
Able to adopt the institutional strategy, work on policy development and be able to provide concrete and practical guidance to the organization.
Able to travel to the field for extended periods of time. (up to 50% travel)
Excellent command of written and spoken English.
Desired profile and skills
Fluency in another language - Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian is a strong asset.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Excellent writing and summarizing skills.
Ability to work transversally.
Knowledge of The RCRC movement at an international level is a decisive asset.
Previous ICRC operational experience in the engagement with NSAG, combined with sound knowledge of the institution and the ability to navigate its complexity.