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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


Your role is to act as an operational adviser for the delegation(s), contributing to the development and application of engagement strategies with military groups and non-state armed groups (NSAGs) to promote and influence legally compliant operations, whilst facilitating the ICRC’s access and security.


Specifically: Improving the awareness of the ICRC's role and operations among military forces and NSAGs to further our acceptance, security and access;

Protecting and assisting individuals affected by 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 assisting the protection dialogue of the delegation.

Improving 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.

Facilitating the delegation(s) comprehension of the military and NSAGs, including through mapping and situational analysis, as well as through networking with key individuals at different levels.




  • By working closely with Delegation management and  Protection, Legal and Prevention teams, contribute to the definition of the delegation’s strategy and its implementation in respect of state militaries and NSAG.
  • Engage in operational and thematic issues pertaining to dialogue with state militaries and NSAG, and advise on the technical and operational aspects of alleged Law of Armed Conflict violations.
  • Provide technical advice on the humanitarian implications of the conduct of hostilities by militaries and NSAG.
  • Provide  technical analysis of conflict/violence dynamics and advise and supports delegations on dialogue with arms carriers.
  • Build and maintain a network of contacts, ensuring substantive engagement with the military command structures and institutions (National and Regional), and supporting the wider humanitarian diplomacy effort of the ICRC.


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 design and implementation 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;
  • Proficiency in English and proficiency in another second language such as French or Spanish or Russian or Arabic is required;
  • Available for a period of minimum 2 years (renewable) for a field assignment;
  • 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
  • Confirmed 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;
  • Personable and convincing speaker and instructor, with strong presentation and power point skills,
  • Operationally orientated and results driven, with the capacity to deliver at pace.


Our operational & field constraints


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


What we offer


We offer a variety of attractive benefits:


  • Rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment;
  • A competitive employment package with attractive social benefits: a salary paid on thirteen months, an open-ended contract with a minimum assignment of two years; a competitive pension plan; medical and accident cover etc.;
  • Annual paid leave: 20–27.5 days;
  • Accommodation provided and paid  by ICRC;
  • One paid return ticket home every year;
  • ICRC staff integration course, a one-week specialist course, and a short mentoring mission in the field; opportunities for further in-house training and career opportunities with ICRC;
  • All assignments are categorized into four levels of hardship, some of which are compensated with financial incentives and extra leave;
  • Both non-family and accompanied positions are available (when possible and after a minimum of 6 months of seniority);
  • The opportunity to join our talent pool and be considered for future assignments elsewhere.


Please not that if selected, you will not be hired by ICRC until we offer you a specific mission/assignment.



How to join?


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The ICRC values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.