AAP Regional Advisor based in Erbil (Iraq)
6d 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.

Role description

The AAP regional advisor supports operational delegations in their efforts to document, review and improve practice on the elements supportive of a humanitarian response that is relevant, responsive, inclusive, accessible, and effective for their context.

The advisor leverages the regional nature of the position to document and share good practice across the region and with the ICRC globally.

The AAP Regional Advisor is based in Erbil, Iraq but divides time reporting equally between the Iraq (50%), Syria (30%), and Jordan (20%) delegations.

Additional details on the specificities of each context are detailed below :

  • Facilitate annual AAP self-assessments for operational delegations in the region by organising the online survey, aggregating the results and facilitating discussion around them with management;
  • Prioritise and plan together with Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan delegations actions to be taken as a result of AAP self-assessment findings, helping to include relevant elements in the PMfR, and integrate them more consistently into programming, taking into account feasibility, expected impact and resourcing needs,
  • in particular with regards to :

  • Understanding and dcumenting power dynamics, and patterns of discrimination and marginalisation at all levels, e.g. from the household and community to the highest levels of decision making;
  • Understanding the varius, and interlinked factors, that make up a person’s identity e.g. gender, natinality, ethnicity, religion, culture, age, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity etc.
  • and hw this impacts their situation;
  • Understanding the needs, capacities and risks faced by grups potentially in situations of vulnerability e.g. wmen, persons with disabilities, LGBTI persons, children, older persons, and migrants;
  • Reviewing problems and response through the lenses of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity, and other diversity factors, striving to make programs and services more inclusive and accessible;
  • Increasing impact by understanding and respnding to problems in a multidisciplinary fashion;
  • Involving people in decisions that affect them through approaches that are relevant to the context;
  • Seeking and reacting t feedback from people affected by conflict as a way to improve program quality;
  • Reinforcing partner capacity on AAP - in particular within the Movement;
  • Navigating perational dilemmas and trade-offs while implementing AAP
  • Support the monitoring of progress, produce case studies on good practice and lessons learned, and when needed response to donor reporting requirements;
  • Provide introductory training on basics of AAP, and diversity inclusion from an operational perspective, to selected delegations in the region;
  • Link with members of the Movement in the region where relevant, informing the development of a Movement approach on AAP;
  • Discuss and identify with delegations obstacles to improved practice on AAP operationally and within ICRC systems and procedures with a view to address them at the relevant level;
  • Work to identify and develop capacity in the delegations, building a network of practitioners across métiers and delegations, sharing relevant experiences and tools within the region and globally when relevant;
  • Direct delegations towards in house specialists to address specific issues that require in depth support, in particular in relation to gender, age, and disability inclusion;
  • understanding local preferences in relation to communication and feedback systems, managing risk on sexual exploitation and abuse and, community based protection;
  • Update and coordinate with the region and AAP team in HQ to determine and address priorities;
  • Support the region to develop / implement relevant parts of the Regional Strategic Framework;
  • Represent ICRC at relevant regional meetings, in coordination with the region and relevant delegations.

  • Understand and adheres to the seven Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
  • Understand and adheres to the ICRC Code of Conduct
  • Understand the roles of the components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
  • Respect and observe staff regulations and security rules at all times
  • Represent the ICRC in a professional manner at all times
  • Develop and maintain a pleasant and conducive working environment with colleagues and line managers
  • Perform all duties with the highest level of confidentiality in the interest of the employees and the ICRC
  • May be asked to perform tasks not covered in this job description and to provide support to other departments when necessary

  • Support the Baghdad AAP delegate on the implementation of his responsibilities and plan of action. In particular, support the development of the Baghdad Community Contact Centre, the Iraq Accountability, Monitoring and Evaluation network of field focal points, and the development of delegation AAP documents.
  • Desired profile and skills

    Skills and knowledge / background :

  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work.
  • Able to work under pressure in a potentially dangerous environment.
  • Solid understanding of the humanitarian environment and the challenges for the ICRC from an operational perspective.
  • Experience in developing, implementing and monitoring humanitarian projects and programs in close proximity to people affected by conflict.
  • Experience working with groups potentially in situations of vulnerability e.g. women, LGBTI persons, children, older persons, migrants.
  • Proven knowledge of operational, technical instruments and policies relevant to quality and accountability in humanitarian response.
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise related to diversity inclusion, with specific skills and specialization in at least one key aspect of diversity e.
  • g. gender, disability inclusion, age, sexual orientation and gender identity an asset.

  • Experience designing and delivering engaging and interactive training to practitioners.
  • Experience in people and relationship management.
  • High level written and oral communication skills in English. Arabic is an asset.


  • Master level qualification relevant to the subject matter (e.g. law, gender studies, international relations & political science, etc.).
  • At least 5 years of relevant working experience in humanitarian setting.
  • Proficiency in English. Fluent Arabic is a strong asset.
  • Previous experience with the Movement is an asset.
  • Computer proficiency.
  • Our operational & field constraints

  • In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC dœs not assign personnel to a country of which they are nationals
  • Candidates must be in good health and will have to do a medical check-up prior to departure in the field
  • Candidates must possess a driving license (for manual transmission vehicles)
  • THIS IS A NON-FAMILY POSTING MISSION, R&R scheme will apply as per ICRC policy. Non-family posting compensations will apply after 6 months depending on your family situation.
  • What we offer

  • Rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment
  • A two-week orientation course and other opportunities for further in-house training
  • Attractive social benefits
  • Length of assignment : 24 months
  • Beginning of mission : IDEALLY September 2019


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