Program Assistant

International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Location
    Remote, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jul 22

Position description

The ICRC: The International Committee of the Red Cross is an impartial, neutral, and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance. The ICRC also endeavors to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles.

The program assistant supports the Head of Policy and Head of Partnerships at the Washington Regional Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). This is an entry-level opportunity to work with two fast-paced teams advancing the ICRC’s humanitarian diplomacy and donor engagement in Washington.  

Below you will find more information about the interworkings and makeup of the Policy and Partnerships Teams to which this role will provide support.

POLICY: The Policy Department raises awareness of the ICRC’s priorities, amplifies humanitarian policies, shares knowledge, and creates opportunities for collaboration in support of the ICRC’s humanitarian goals. Further, this department provides policy advice to the delegation and leads the organization´s humanitarian diplomacy in Washington on key themes and contexts.

PARTNERSHIPS: The Partnerships Department helps ICRC headquarters manage the ICRC’s institutional relationship with key external entities that are headquartered in Washington, DC, including State/PRM, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Inter-American Development Bank, and, as needed and in close coordination with the American Red Cross, with US-based private donors to the ICRC. The department advises on priority issues and leads the organization’s engagement on key themes with these partners.

1.      Program Support, 40%: The Program Assistant will provide administrative, scheduling, research, and notetaking support as requested by the Head of Policy and Head of Partnerships. The program assistant will also support external outreach to organize meetings and/or disseminate ICRC policy positions, public statements, and diplomatic letters.

2.      Budget Management, Internal Reporting, and Annual Planning Support, 30%: The Program Asssistant will be responsible for managing the budgets of the policy and partnership teams, file management on Team Space and internal ICRC register, and will coordinate the team’s quarterly and annual reporting that is provided to key donors of the ICRC. The program will also support the Head of Policy and Partnerships with their contributions to the delegation’s annual planning process. 

3.      Reporting on Events/ Meetings, 20%: The Program Assistant will also be asked to join public events and/or external meetings on topics relevant to the ICRC’s work and draft concise reports to internal stakeholders highlighting the relevance for the ICRC.

4.      Research and Policy Analysis, 10%: As time allows, given the above responsibilities, the program assistant may be asked to perform desk research and analysis on US foreign and national security policy developments and/or to support the drafting of speaking points.

Minimum required knowledge & experience:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, Political Science or a Related Field is strongly preferred.
  2. Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to efficiently coordinate schedules/ events/ tasks;
  3. Strong analytical, writing, and oral communication skills.
  4. Two to five years of relevant professional working experience, preferably in an international organization or NGO.

Additional Qualifications

  1. Spanish language professional working proficiency is highly desired;
  2. Proficiency with diplomatic correspondence a plus;
  3. Background in humanitarian/ development policy is a plus.

Management and Reporting Line: The Program Associate reports to the Head of Policy and the Head of Partnerships. She/he is expected to collaborate with colleagues on the policy team and throughout the delegation to carry out these and other reasonably related duties.

What we offer:

  • Join a leading multi-disciplinary humanitarian organization – part of the world’s largest humanitarian network
  • Rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment
  • A full-time resident position based in the US Delegation
  • Competitive salary
  • Robust health and dental insurance plan
  • 20 paid vacation days (annually)
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Exciting professional development program
  • A hybrid working model with flexible scheduling and partial teleworking options
  • The ICRC contributes 11.5% salary equivalency towards employee 403b retirement.

Application instructions

  • Please forward your resume together with a separate Word cover letter. Please include salary expectations and how you heard of the position. Send via email to [email protected]
  • On the subject line of your email, please enter Program Assistant application.
  • Deadline to submit the application: August 5, 2022
  • All applicants must confirm in their initial application that they have the right to work permanently in the United States.
  • Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • Must reside in the D.C., Maryland, or Virginia area or be willing to relocate. Relocation assistant is not available. 
  • Desired Start Date: ASAP

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