Humanitairan Affairs Adviser

International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Oct 05

Position description

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an independent, neutral organization providing humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. It acts in response to emergencies, works in protracted conflicts and other situations of violence and at the same time promotes respect for international humanitarian law (IHL) and its implementation in national law.

Brussels is home to the main institutions of the European Union (EU) - the Council of the EU, the European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Commission, the European Parliament - and to the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). We, as the ICRC delegation in Brussels, seek to make our mandate better known and to mobilize political, diplomatic and financial support for our activities. We also seek to ensure that relevant political and military decision-makers in Western Europe view the ICRC as the main reference point for neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian action, as well as for International Humanitarian Law (IHL).

As part of its diplomatic activities towards the European Union (EU) , NATO and Belgium, the ICRC delegation in Brussels is looking for a Humanitarian Affairs Adviser (resident position based in Brussels).

Purpose of the post

The Humanitarian Affairs Advisor plays a key role in supporting the delegation to understand and influence the European Union (EU) policy and diplomatic environment. You also enable the delegation to shape its engagement with EU institutions on priority humanitarian policy matters, including those related to EU funding, in support of Resource Mobilization and Donor Relations. As the humanitarian policy focal point, you are able to advise on EU humanitarian policy developments and trends, and translate ICRC policy priorities into the EU context. You work under the supervision of the Deputy Head of Delegation and interacts with other Humanitarian Advisors for EU and Legal Advisors.

Main duties and responsibilities

Interacts with the delegation management team and advisors, as well as the Humanitarian Diplomacy Division at headquarters (DP_POL) and other Humanitarian Affairs Advisors in other diplomatic delegations.

  • Monitors and understands the main views and policies of EU bodies and analyses the dynamics related to humanitarian affairs and policy (in particular, but not limited to, Funding, Nexus, Protracted conflict, Urban warfare, Resilience, Climate, refugees, Disaster Management; this includes attending/following hearings, conferences, workshops, external briefings and subsequent reporting);
  • Interacts with the delegation management team and senior advisors, as well as Geneva/HQ and when relevant other Humanitarian Affairs Advisors in other delegations. (has already been mentioned before);
  • Builds and maintains a network of EU partners connected to humanitarian policy affairs and beneficial to the delegation. Engages with them autonomously;
  • Develops and champions ICRC’s network within DG International Partnerships (DG INTPA) to support the funding diversification strategy in close coordination with the Resource Mobilisation EC Unit;
  • Supports and advises the delegation in achieving diplomacy and policy objectives, notably through mapping engagement opportunities and plans for thematic files under their responsibility;
  • As humanitarian policy “focal point”, coordinates preparations in relation to the EU/ICRC strategic dialogue, as well as ICRC’s engagement in high-level humanitarian events such as the European Humanitarian Forum. In charge of analyzing EU’s humanitarian agenda/new policy orientations and their implications for ICRC;
  • Represents the ICRC in key fora in coordination with the Head of Delegation/Deputy Head of Delegation;
  • Engages and coordinates with other humanitarian partners;
  • in Brussels (Red Cross EU office, coordination platform VOICE-MSF-RCEU office) as agreed with the management team;
  • Keeps regular contact on humanitarian issues with the policy and humanitarian diplomacy team based in Geneva, as well as other diplomatic delegations;
  • Manages a policy intern, responsible inter alia for monitoring EU developments and the internal filing tool on salient policy subjects.

Desired profile and skills

  • University degree in a relevant subject (e.g.political sciences);
  • Typically, between 6 and 9 years of overall professional experience;
  • At least 3 years’ experience in humanitarian action or political affairs;
  • Fluent command of English and French;
  • Digital Literacy;
  • Analytical skills (incl. legal and policy) and synthesis;
  • Teamwork and networking skills;
  • Proven experience in cultivating networks and influencing others;
  • Solid understanding of national/regional relations and their interplay with humanitarian affairs;
  • Knowledge of multilateral organizations/for a/agencies and platforms.

What we offer

  • An inspiring opportunity to practice your profession in a multicultural environment at the oldest humanitarian organization in the world;
  • A full-time open-ended contract under Belgian legislation;
  • Progressive professional development and stimulating benefits package;
  • A competitive salary according to ICRC Brussels salary scale and experience.

Application instructions

Ready to apply? Please send your CV and application letter before 19 of October 2021 by email to: [email protected](subject of the email: NAME + HAA 2021).

Estimated start date: ASAP

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an online test and interviews.

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The ICRC values diversity and is committed to crafting an inclusive working environment. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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