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Armed Forces and Non-State Armed Groups Delegate

Requisition ID:  15238
Region:  Global Deployment Option
Contract type:  Open-ended contract
What we do


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence. We take action in response to emergencies and at the same time promote respect for international humanitarian law. We are an independent and neutral organization, and our mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. We work closely with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with their International Federation in order to ensure a concerted, rational and rapid humanitarian response to the needs of the victims of armed conflict or any other situation of internal violence. We direct and coordinate the international activities conducted in these situations.


Role Description


Main responsibilities




Act as an operational adviser for the delegation(s), tasked with supporting the development and implementation of engagement strategies with militaries and non-state armed groups to promote and influence legally compliant operations, whilst facilitating ICRC’s access and security. Specifically:


  • Enhance understanding of the ICRC's role and operations among military forces and non-state armed groups (NSAGs), in order to further the ICRC's acceptance, security and access;


  • Protect and assist victims of armed conflict through practitioner dialogue with militaries and NSAG on legally compliant conduct of operations, designing and delivering Law of Armed Conflict programs adapted to the operational context and supporting the protection dialogue of the delegation.


  • Enhance operational compliance by supporting efforts of militaries and NSAG to integrate the law of armed conflict and other relevant norms and standards into their doctrine, education and training, and to adopt sanctions in the event of violations.


  • Facilitate the delegation(s) understanding of the military and non-state armed groups, including through mapping and stakeholder analysis, as well as its networking with key individuals at different levels




  • By working closely with Delegation management and transversally with the Delegation’s Protection, Legal and Prevention teams, contribute to the definition of the delegation’s strategy and its implementation in respect of militaries and NSAG.


  • Engage in operational and thematic issues pertaining to dialogue with militaries and NSAG, and advise, when relevant, on the technical and operational aspects of alleged Law of Armed Conflict violations. 


  • Provides technical advice on the humanitarian implications of the conduct of hostilities and its evolution.


  • Provides technical analysis of conflict/violence dynamics and advises and supports delegations on dialogue with arms carriers.


  • Provides country analysis of military and NSAG respect for humanitarian principles regarding the conduct of operations in relation to the ICRC Operations in the country.


  • Maintains and develops a network of contacts, ensuring substantive engagement with the military command structures and institutions (National and Regional), and supporting the ICRC’s wider humanitarian diplomacy effort.
  • On request and where applicable, supports wider efforts to integrate law of armed conflict  and application of international rules and standards into policing doctrine, training and relevant aspects of operations.


  • On request and where applicable, supports wider efforts to integrate law of armed conflict  and application of international rules and standards into policing doctrine, training and relevant aspects of operations.


Desired profile and skills




  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work;
  • Able to work under pressure in a potentially dangerous environment;
  • Former mid to senior level military officer with minimum rank of Major and 15 years of professional experience;
  • Strong operational experience covering planning and conduct of military operations, preferably at Brigade level and above;
  • A minimum of 1 year deployed on operations in conflict areas, with more extensive operational experience considered an advantage;
  • Previous experience in an operational or strategic level HQ is an advantage;
  • Military Staff College diploma is an advantage;
  • FLUENT in English and FLUENT in another second language such as French or Spanish or Russian or Arabic is mandatory;
  • Available for a period of minimum 2 years (renewable) for a mission in the field;
  • Ideal age: 40 to 55 years.




  • Capacity to conceptualise, and proven analytical skills spanning complex, contemporary tactical environments to strategic level;
  • Capacity and willingness to work with all arms carriers in the contemporary operating environment;
  • Demonstrable understanding of the nature of both contemporary and future conflict, and the implications for humanitarian actions;
  • Knowledge and practical experience of the integration of Law of Armed Conflict into the planning and conduct of operations;
  • Ability to communicate concisely and fluently, both orally and in writing, and including production of analytical papers;
  • Excellent people skills, proven capacity to integrate within a team and adapt to new settings, combined with good networking skills and the ability to engage interlocutors from tactical to strategic level;
  • Charismatic and convincing speaker and confident instructor, with strong presentation and power point skills;
  • Operationally orientated and results driven, with the ability to deliver at pace.


Our operational & field constraints


  • In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC does not assign personnel to a country of which they are nationals
  • Candidates must be in good health and will have to do a medical check-up prior to departure in the field
  • Candidates must possess a driving license (for manual transmission vehicles)
  • Candidates must be prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) for at least the first 6 months.


What we offer


  • Rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment
  • A two-week orientation course, a one week specialist course, and a short mentoring mission in the field, along with other opportunities for further in-house training
  • Attractive social benefits
  • Length of assignment: 24 months up to 48 months
  • Join an ICRC talent pool and be considered for future assignments elsewhere