World Bank Policy Officer

International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
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    Non Profit
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  • Posted
    Apr 30

Position description

World Bank Policy Officer


International Committee of the Red Cross

Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada


Resident position based in Washington D.C


(Only US citizen or Green Card holders may apply)




In line with the 2016 ICRC World Bank Group (WB) engagement strategy and the ICRC 2019-2022 Institutional Strategy, the ICRC intends to further engagement with the WB on its strategic direction as both organizational paths will increasingly overlap in the light of the Bank’s ambitions in Fragile, Conflict- affected and Violent environments (FVC), as well as the ICRC continued presence in protracted conflicts. The WB has voiced interest in working closer with humanitarian actors, in its overall commitment to reduce poverty by 2030 and to mitigate the effects of forced displacement, caused by conflict and violence.

Building upon the ICRC-World Bank 2018 Memorandum of Understanding, the World Bank Policy Officer will spearhead the ICRC’s engagement with the Bank, integrating the different facets of the partnership’s ambitions. S/he will help support interaction at the leadership levels with the WB, as well as help create and build relationships at World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC, at the expert level and in the field to promote policy /humanitarian diplomacy efforts, operational collaboration, as well as knowledge and expertise exchange. The position holder will also analyse relevant World Bank documents and reports and provide reporting to ICRC experts, provide and coordinate feedback from ICRC to the World Bank, reinforcing the progress between the two institutions in developing a partnership. The World Bank Policy Officer will also help identify and develop opportunities where ICRC could transition activities to the World Bank, per the ICRC long-term engagement strategy with the Bank.



Under hierarchical supervision of the Washington (WAS) Head of Policy Department, and in close support to ICRC’s Headquarters Resource Mobilization Division/Development Donors Unit (REM_DEV), the position is to support and strengthen the ICRC’s ongoing and foreseen activities with the World Bank:



  • Focal point for building and deepening network of relevant relationships (e.g. sectoral and country experts) across the World Bank, prioritizing units engaged on fragility, conflict, violence and resilience contexts and issues (such as forced displacement, urbanization, erosion of essential services such as water, health, sanitation). 
  • Advance and sustain dialogue as well as create opportunities for WB engagement with ICRC Geneva and Field colleagues, to increase exchange of information and expertise.  
  • Monitor World Bank reporting and research for relevant input for ICRC policy formulation and opportunities, to provide feedback and key events for possible ICRC contributions.
  • Play an active role in communication with and support to ICRC Geneva file holders, including appropriate support to regional directorates and other units which may benefit from World Bank engagement or could contribute to building ICRC-WB relationship, particularly REM_Dev.
  • Environmental Awareness and Influencing: Map WB organizational units for key actors relevant to ICRC humanitarian priorities (e.g. experts in Fragility, Conflict and Violence Unit, Global Practices, Regional units) and to initiatives which may be of interest to the ICRC operational and humanitarian diplomacy priorities.
  • Build relations with WB key actors and other influencers within and around the WB structure (e.g. key country executive directors and staff, mirroring ICRC key donors);
  • Monitor and report on World Bank new programs, activities and research on relevant ICRC priorities and interests
  • Knowledge and Expertise Exchange:  Develop strategies and action plans for convening and deepening knowledge, furthering information exchanges: e.g. technical workshop, peer exchanges, country-specific exchanges via teleconference, WB representation on exposure mission, dissemination of World Bank analysis and reporting to broader ICRC provide support and guidance as needed to ICRC detailee to World Bank;
  • Enhanced Operational Collaboration: Assist REM_Dev in furthering joint programmatic endeavours, whether through interfacing with key stakeholders at the WB HQ, drafting reporting documents, providing analysis, etc.
  • Coordination and communication: Support ICRC headquarters execution and communication of partnership strategy and delivery, conceptualisation and dissemination of information through GVA and to field, etc.
  • Contribute to writing of the Washington delegation’s strategic planning documents such as the yearly “Planning for Results” (PfR) and budget preparation and follow up of the related budget implementation.
  • Support leadership and expert-level visitors’ engagement with the World Bank; prepare in a timely and concise manner written reporting on activities and meetings which involve World Bank and other multilateral institutions
  • Contribute to ICRC’s learning agenda on engagement with International Financial Institutions




  • Experience with the World Bank, knowledge of its structure and familiarity with its work on fragility and conflict highly preferred;
  • Prior experience or familiarity with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and the humanitarian sector an asset; confirmed capacity to analyse humanitarian and development-related trends and WB policies related to key issues for ICRC (forced displacement, essential services in conflict etc);
  • Strong analytic and drafting skills; experience with World Bank programmatic documents, project design process, M&E an asset.
  • Excellent networker and pro-active relationship builder, grit and resilience in engagement and drive.
  • Pro-active team-player, self-starter with strong organisational, communication and inter-personal skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (e.g. international relations, development economics, conflict resolution) and at least 5 years of experience working with international humanitarian or development organizations or government agency on related issues;
  • Ability to conduct short (weeks) missions
  •  Excellent professional oral and written English
  •  French an asset


  • Be aware of the delegation's objectives and activities
  • Understand the three components of the Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement
  • Apply the delegation's security and Code of Conduct rules at all times
  • Respect and observe staff regulations of the ICRC
  • The employee may be asked to perform duties and tasks not covered in this job description as well as to provide support to other departments when necessary



Starting date:  June 10, 2019

Applications should be submitted to Laure Macabrey at [email protected] no later than   May 20, 2019

We thank all applicants for their interest in the ICRC. Due to the number of applications we receive, only those candidates for further consideration will be contacted.


Application instructions

Please send motivation letter and CV

Please note that this position is open only to US citizen or Green Card holders


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