Reports to (role)
The Thematic Associate works within the ICRC's Armed and Security Forces Unit (FAS) based in the Headquarters in Geneva and reports to the Thematic Team Coordinator.
The FAS Unit sits in the ICRC's International Law and Policy Department, and consists of a Headquarters element of 8 FAS advisers, and around 70 FAS delegates in field delegations around the world.
FAS advisers are almost exclusively former senior military or police officers.
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.
In support of its mandate, the ICRC has a unique dialogue with arms carriers (armed forces, police and security forces, non-
state armed groups and private military / security companies) in over 100 hundred countries. FAS field delegates support this dialogue, including through expert advice, networking, conduct of hostilities and use of force expertise, and operational analysis.
At the Headquarters level in Geneva, the FAS Unit has prime responsibility for defining concepts, guidelines, policies, procedures and tools within the framework of this dialogue.
The FAS Unit also has a key role in ensuring strategic linkage and regional coherence of FAS operational effort in each region, as well as providing strategic level analysis on regional and pan regional issues.
Based in Geneva, the FAS Thematic Associate contributes to the work of the unit in charge of the dialogue with weapon bearers.
Up to 50% of the job will be allocated to researches amongst the following not exhaustive list of files :
In addition, the Associate provides thematic support to the FAS advisers in the team and assists them for collecting data and for the organization of events, round tables, and workshops.
Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities
Certifications / Education required
Master’s Degree (ideally in social sciences, international law, humanitarian action, and related areas)
Professional Experience required
Desired profile and skills
Fluency in English and French, knowledge of another language (Arabic, Russian, Spanish) would be considered an asset.