IHL Coordinator, Atlantic

Canadian Red Cross - International Operations
  • Location
    Ottawa, Canada
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Dec 19

Position description

Join the world’s largest humanitarian network. The Canadian Red Cross Society, a not for profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to helping the most vulnerable in Canada and throughout the world, is currently seeking an IHL Coordinator, Atlantic.


The Regional Coordinator plays a key role in supporting provincial IHL Network staff to strategically develop, organize and execute activities in Eastern Canada to engage Canadians, particularly Canadian youth, on International Humanitarian Law and related humanitarian issues aligned with the National IHL program and priorities.


The Regional Coordinator contributes to the delivery of a series of academic conferences at universities throughout the region, and to promoting the inclusion of Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL)/Canada in Conflict (CiC) materials in high school curricula by means of engaging ministries of education and school boards as well as building educator’s capacity to deliver EHL/CiC course work. S/he also contributes to the identification and development of opportunities to engage other influential constituencies towards IHL promotion and compliance.


About the Canadian Red Cross (CRC):  http://www.redcross.ca



  • Provide capacity-building support and technical knowledge/advice to local staff primarily in Quebec and Ontario.
  • Assist the local staff primarily in Ontario and Quebec to plan, coordinate and execute outreach events and activities, such as academic conferences and EHL/CIC teacher training (including assisting with partner relations, outreach, promotion, budget, administration and follow up support to staff and participants)
  • Plan, coordinate and execute outreach events and activities with a particular focus on academic conferences and EHL/CiC teacher training (including developing and maintaining partner relations, outreach, promotion, budget, administration and follow-up)
  • Deliver IHL subject-matter presentations in outreach activities.
  • Assist in and contribute to the monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the CRC’s IHL programming  
  • Organize regular IHL updates
  • Align program resources with provincial curricula, legislation, and government initiatives. Identify where IHL fits with current educational trends and the environmental context. Researching the market for growth potential
  • Provide leadership and advocacy to increase uptake of IHL education in a systematic fashion into local curricula, school board/university priorities and professional development opportunities
  • Support the development of trainers, staff and volunteer
  • Provide support to staff to develop specific strategic partnerships and activities (e.g. law faculties for IHL, school divisions, Ministries of Education, NGOs, community based organizations, law firms, etc.)
  • Devise and implement innovative approaches to disseminate IHL and engage local communities
  • Support interprovincial networking and knowledge exchange
  • Liaise with other external partners and collaborators such as Canadian Armed Forces, bar associations and community organisations
  • Work with national IHL team to integrate national strategies and priorities into provincial delivery
  • Help identify and create synergies between IHL programming across Canada
  • Work with National Office to support information, best practices, resource exchange
  • Support National IHL initiatives and provide support to entire IHL network as a national resource person on EHL/CiC or academic conferences
  • Support creation of outreach and educational tools for the IHL Network
  • Liaise with other relevant humanitarian organizations and partners as is needed and relevant


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (Education, Law, International Relations, Development, Political Science, Communications or related field)
  • Three years of job related experience
  • Experience working within a team setting
  • Experience managing the demands and expectations of multiple stakeholders;
  • An understanding of humanitarian action, public engagement and outreach
  • A very good understanding of International Humanitarian Law
  • An understanding of provincial secondary and/or post secondary education systems
  • Excellent written and communication skills in English and French
  • Able to engage and manage a range of audiences and stakeholders
  • Excellent analytical and organisational skills and demonstrated skills in project management and event organizing
  • Initiative and innovation
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and social media as well as familiarity working on websites and databases
  • Resilience and adaptability to changing circumstances and priorities
  • Ability to work remotely with minimal supervision
    Possesses CRC Core Competencies
  • International humanitarian or development experience
  • Experience working within teams or networks at the provincial or national level
  • A working level understanding of the work of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
  • Good command of communication/presentation software
  • First Aid Certification or willingness to take training


  • Competitive pay and benefits package
  • Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP): All employees are entitled to open a RRSP account through voluntary payroll deduction the first of the month following three months of continuous employment 
  • Travel, accommodation, medical & insurance coverage when travelling
  • Conveniently located in the heart of the city of Ottawa with excellent access to public transportation, shopping, and restaurants.
  • Street and indoor parking upon availability
  • Modern and flexible working environment that promotes diversity and allows telecommuting.



  • The majority of work is performed in a clean and comfortable environment
  • May include long to moderate hours sitting and using computers and office equipment
  • Ability to work non-traditional hours on short notice
  • Completion of mandatory online courses and in-person training as required upon selection and onboarding
  • Successful completion of Vulnerable Sector criminal record and professional reference checks.


The Canadian Red Cross is committed to diversity and inclusion in our workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. We welcome applications from all applicants particularly Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification and share our values.

Please notify us as soon as possible of any adaptive measures you might require at any stage of the recruitment process.

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