ICRC Delegates are deployed all over the world to contribute to the organization’s mandate and mission of ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. Their responsibilities vary according to the duty station and may evolve rapidly based on operational needs on the ground.

Under the management’s supervision, they are responsible for the following activities (non-exhaustive list), with a specific focus on detention activities depending on the context:

  • Contribute to the analysis of the general situation and humanitarian needs on the ground. Contribute to the definition, planning and implementation of ICRC activities in the area under their responsibility in close coordination and cooperation with relevant ICRC Departments (Economic Security, Health, Protection…);
  • Develop and maintain a network of relevant interlocutors, including NGOs and local organizations, with special emphasis on arms carriers and the civilian society;
  • Carry out field trips in order to monitor the situation and assessing the needs of the affected populations;
  • Implement protection activities, such as searching for family members separated by the armed conflict/other situations of violence or international migration, documenting violations of international humanitarian law/human rights law, or any other protection activity defined by the Protection department;
  • Prepare, participate in and follow-up on visits to places of detention; ensure that detainees are being treated with dignity and humanity (e.g. conditions of detention, treatment and respect for judicial guarantees); conduct interviews with detainees and follow-up on protection related information (e.g. restoring family links, follow up of individual sensitive cases); take part in expanding or consolidating the delegation's contacts and networks with detention stakeholders; contribute to the management of information related to detention, with due care to the respect of confidentiality;
  • Produce timely and concise internal reporting, with due care to the respect of confidentiality;
  • Represent and promote the ICRC mandate and activities;
  • Contribute to the security of ICRC staff and assets in the area under his/her responsibility, according to the delegation’s security rules and procedures;
  • Together with the Cooperation Department, maintain good network and partnership with RC/RC branches and Movement partners present in the area of responsibility;
  • Together with the Communication Department, organize and carry out ICRC operational communication sessions to target audiences.



  • Flexible and able to adapt to changing situations and react appropriately 
  • Able to work autonomously
  • Good planning and organizational skills
  • Able to establish priorities and work to tight deadlines
  • Able to function in an insecure and stressful environment with few social outlets
  • Understanding of security risks and capacity to follow security rules and procedures
  • Proven interpersonal skills and a strong commitment to a collaborative approach in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team. 
  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work and commitment to the ICRC’s mandate and principles 
  • Demonstrated ability to work in proximity to affected communities
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to prepare clear and concise reports
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills, and ability to engage with a variety of stakeholders on sensitive issues



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.