Delegates contribute to organizing and implementing the ICRC’s operations in the field. They thus work in close collaboration with different ICRC departments.

Their specific responsibilities may vary according to the duty station. For example, they:

  • contribute to analyzing the general situation (including security) in their place of assignment and the humanitarian needs of the population;
  • help expand or consolidate a network of dialogue partners and contacts within their area of responsibility and the communities affected by conflict or other situations of violence (e.g. local authorities, weapon bearers, non-governmental organizations, National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, community/tribal leaders, etc.), and represent and promote the ICRC’s mandate;
  • carry out field trips and visit places of detention in order to conduct protection-related activities, such as: talking in private with detainees and following up individual, sensitive cases; restoring links between family members separated by armed conflict, violence or migration, and managing missing persons files; assessing the needs of vulnerable civilians and potential violations of international humanitarian law.
  • coordinate with other departments (e.g. health, economic security, communication, cooperation within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement) and contribute to implementing their activities (including field-trip planning);
  • produce timely and concise internal reports, with due respect for confidentiality.

The tasks may change and evolve rapidly based on operational needs on the ground.


You are:

  • Flexible and able to adapt to changing situations and react appropriately
  • Able to work in a multicultural environment with multidisciplinary teams
  • Able to function in an insecure environment with very few social outlets
  • Focused on helping people in need
  • Able to manage all types of stress


You have:

  • A master’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent work experience
  • At least two years’ professional experience
  • Voluntary or humanitarian experience
  • International exposure
  • Fluent command of English and one other ICRC working language: French, Arabic, Russian or Spanish. Knowledge of a third ICRC language or any other language of interest (e.g. Portuguese, Hausa, Dari/Pashto) as an asset
  • Good understanding of security risks and capacity to follow security rules and procedures
  • Ability to work independently, plan and organize, establish priorities and work to tight deadlines
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to prepare clear and concise reports
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills, and ability to engage with a large variety of stakeholders on sensitive issues
  • Track record in team and project management as an asset
  • Preferably experience in the field of education, sexual violence, accountability to affected populations or other protection-related topics (e.g. detention, missing people and their families, protection of civilians, internal displacement, migration, community-based protection, child protection)
  • Driving license for manual transmission vehicles and ability to drive independently on unfamiliar terrain


By joining our organization, you will have an opportunity to practise your profession in stimulating, complex and sometimes challenging environments, where your work can really make a difference. 

You will work with colleagues from various fields of expertise in a cross-cutting manner to help victims of conflict and other situations of violence. You will be dealing with humanitarian situations that require experience, resourcefulness and innovation in order to achieve the best possible impact, often with limited resources.

You will work for the oldest major international humanitarian organization in the world, adding to your sense of achievement in alleviating the suffering of people and communities and giving you the chance to promote humanitarian values in these turbulent times.

You will benefit from a competitive employment package, including different possibilities for career and personal development. You will take part in an onboarding course and follow continuous training, in order to build your career within the ICRC and beyond.

Please note:

On average, we run one recruitment campaign for ICRC delegates per year. More vacancies may be published to respond to specific needs in the field.


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