Policy Advisor

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 11

Position description

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) 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 ICRC Regional Delegation for the US & Canada, based in Washington D.C., is at the heart of our efforts to deliver on the ICRC’s mandate, including working to secure much-needed and widespread support for our work in conflict zones. We cultivate active and relevant relationships with US government agencies, the US Congress, the armed forces, think tanks, civil society, donors, and the media.

The Policy Department aims to raise awareness of the ICRC’s main field operations, further the ICRC’s global humanitarian diplomacy priorities in Washington, DC, and create opportunities for collaboration in support of the ICRC’s humanitarian goals. Further, this department advises Delegation management as well as senior leaders of the organization on US policy affecting ICRC’s mission and programming. The position is in the Washington DC office; there may be some domestic and international travel.

The ICRC is recruiting an experienced, highly motivated, and qualified Policy Advisor. The Policy Advisor will be an integral member of the ICRC’s policy team in Washington, DC. She/he will be expected to do the following:

  • Represent the ICRC with the US government and other important stakeholders in the US and Canada;
  • Leads the policy team’s work on restrictive measures (i.e., sanctions) and several key contexts (i.e. Afghanistan, Israel/Palestinian Territories, Iraq, Syria, Yemen), collaborating with relevant teams, delegation management and the global file holders to support influencing objectives;
  • Develop and maintain an active network of contacts in the US government relevant to the policy advisor’s portfolio;
  • Provide support to global policy file holders of relevance and other relevant ICRC staff, including timely reporting on policy developments of relevance; and
  • Contribute to briefing packages and speaking points for ICRC principals.


Main Responsibilities of this Role:

  1. Strategy Development and Positioning: The policy advisor will be responsible for developing the delegation’s influencing strategies and positioning the ICRC on a portfolio of humanitarian policy issues, including: humanitarian impact of sanctions; several country operations (i.e. Afghanistan, Israel/Palestinian Territories, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen); and other contexts or humanitarian policy issues as requested by the team management. This is done in coordination with respective managers, global policy file holders, the ICRC’s management in-country operations, and other internal stakeholders.
  2. Monitoring and Reporting on US Policy: The policy advisor will be responsible for proactively monitoring and reporting on policy issues within his/her portfolio to respective file holders in headquarters, policy capitals and delegation management as appropriate. The policy advisor will also be expected to support the policy team’s management in analyzing and reporting on significant US foreign policy and national security developments.
  3. Networking: The policy advisor will be expected to develop and maintain a network relevant to her/his contacts inside the US government and other important stakeholders. She/he will be expected to communicate institutional messages and materials to their network as relevant to their files and occasionally arrange high-level meetings for ICRC principals to advance institutional priorities.

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


Minimum required knowledge & experience:

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in foreign policy, international relations, or a related field
  • Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, Political Science, or a Related Field; Master's or JD a plus
  • Strong analytical, writing, presentation, and interpersonal skills
  • Background in humanitarian/ development policy and/or operations is a plus but not required
  • Experience working on foreign policy issues in the US government, including Congress, a plus
  • Policy experience working on Middle East, Afghanistan, and the humanitarian impact of sanctions a plus 

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