Weapon-Contamination Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Adviser
15d ago

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.

Your role

As the Weapon-Contamination(WeC) Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Adviser, you ensure that WeC subject matter experitnse and support is available to ICRC delegations and programmes.

You provide assessments, analysis and guidance on all matters relating to the impact of CBRN hazards on staff safety, operational continiuty and the civilian population.

And in many instances, and in practciulary affected contextes where there is no ICRC presence, you need to ensure that the needs are effectively addressed by the National Red Cross Crescent Societiies or local authorities.

You are based within the WeC unit, in the Operations department at the ICRC headquaters and report to the Head of the WeC unit.

Main responsibilities

  • Provides specialist guidance and operational support to ICRC delegations and National Societies through the WeC regional managers : Implements assessment, analyses, trainings, and participates to technical field missions globally
  • Provides technical expertise and guidance to operational regions at headquarters, helping identify appropriate strategies, facilitating successful implementation of strategic objectives set out in the annual planning process, and supporting any emergency-
  • and security-related WeC cases they put forward

  • Responsible for keeping CBRN policy, positioning, guidelines, SOPs and equipment in the ICRC up to date
  • Monitors and evaluates ICRC and The Movement CBRN operations to ensure that they are appropriate, adapted if necessary, and comply with international standards
  • Fulfil the role of WeC operations coordinator for two defined geographical regions where he / she operates standards for all WeC operations including for conventional weapons
  • Liaises proactively with government bodies, specialist agencies, the UN, international organizations, educational centres, NGOs and the private sector on issues related to policy, research and development, coordination and good practice on CBRN issues
  • Monitors needs related to CBRN contamination, both current and future, including planning for the impact of new conflicts and ensuring that in older contexts continuing needs are addressed through a Movement approach
  • Liaises and coordinates with victim-assistance and legal-operations experts on CBRN contamination to ensure coherence of activities and approaches
  • Provides security / safety training for ICRC and the Movement staff working in CBRN-contaminated environments
  • Has primary responsibility for the assigned thematic area but can be allocated others when need is critical

    Is a part of the ICRC Rapid Deployment Mechanism


  • Internally - interacts with the operational regions at headquarters on WeC issues and technical reference delegates in the field.
  • Externally - interacts with humanitarian and development organizations, UN agencies and local authorities.
  • Level of interlocutors : Regional Director, Regional Coordinator, Head of Delegation / Head of Mission - Civil authorities : Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Director of Mine Action Authority -
  • Military Authorities : Commanding Officer of Centre of Excellence, General Staff The Movement : National Society Secretary General, relevant department at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

    Education and experience required

  • Advanced university degree (master's or equivalent) is preferred.
  • At least 2 years of operational experience spent at the international level.
  • A minimum of 5 years relevant operational CBRN experience in an international organisation - civil defence, fire fighters, National Society of The RCRC movement, ambulance organisation, or military experience (or relevant police experience) at officer level or senior Non-
  • Commissioned Officer level.

  • Demonstrated experience in management, planning and implementation of training / capacity building.
  • Experienced and successful manager of multidisciplinary teams.
  • Trained in reconnaissance, management, and clearance of CBRN hazardous materials or weapons e.g. chemical weapons inspector or ammunition technical officer (ATO).
  • Instructor qualification from an internationally recognized institution.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.
  • Computer proficiency
  • Desired profile and skills

  • Degree in Risk Management would be an asset.
  • Fulency in another language - French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, or Chineseese is a strong asset.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent writing and summarizing skills
  • Ability to communicate and represent the ICRC to international audiences and to the media
  • Strong political acumen and good negotiation skills
  • Ability to work transversally
  • Knowledge of The RCRC movement at an international level is a decisive asset.
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