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Armed Forces and Non-State Armed Groups Delegate

Requisition ID:  18426
Region:  Global Deployment Option
Contract type:  Open-ended contract

Applications deadline


30 JUNE 2022

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


The Armed Forces and Non-State Armed Groups (NSAGs) Delegate supports ICRC’s dialogue with armed forces, law enforcement agencies, NSAGs and other arms carriers by sharing their knowledge and experience, across the full range of ICRC activity. We strive to improve the ICRC’s positioning and access as well as encourage legally compliant behavior in military operations, in order to limit or prevent suffering of people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence.

Our Delegates act as operational adviser on military affairs, procedures and conduct, in support of the full range of ICRC operations, drawing on the delegate's knowledge and experience. The delegate supports the development and application of strategies to engage with weapons bearers of all backgrounds, to promote and encourage legally compliant behavior including, where necessary, capacity building programmes and facilitate ICRC’s safe access to areas of conflict.


Main Responsibilities


  • As an expert within a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team, the Delegate contributes to the definition of national-level strategies and their implementation in respect of state armed forces and NSAGs.
  • Provides technical advice on the humanitarian implications of military operations to the Delegation.
  • Advises on the approach to dialogue with state armed forces and NSAGs and on the technical and operational aspects of alleged LOAC (Law of Armed Conflict) violations, based on the delegate's experience.
  • Provides country analysis of military and NSAGs, including respect for humanitarian principles and conflict/violence dynamics; advises and supports dialogue with arms carriers across a wide range of humanitarian issues.
  • Accompanies armed forces and NSAGs in implementing mechanisms which support and enable legally compliant operations, including through targeted capacity building programmes.
  • Builds and maintains a network of contacts with relevant military commanders, staff and institutions (National and Regional), to support 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 (accumulated) service deployed on operations in conflict areas, with more extensive operational experience considered an advantage;
  • Experience in an operational or strategic level HQ is appreciated;
  • Military Staff College diploma is preferable;
  • Proficiency in English and in a second language such as French, Spanish, Russian or Arabic is required (at least at a B2 level);
  • 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 security environments, from the tactical to strategic level;
  • Willingness to work impartially with arms carriers of all natures in a 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 incorporating LOAC considerations in the planning and conduct of military operations is an advantage;
  • Ability to communicate concisely and fluently, both orally and in writing, including the production of analytical papers and demonstrating strong presentation skills;
  • The capacity to integrate within a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural team and adapt to new settings is essential;
  • Strong networking skills and the ability to engage and persuade decision makers – both civilian and military - from the tactical to the strategic level to act in the interests of vulnerable people;


Our operational & field constraints


In line with the principle of neutrality, we do not assign personnel to a country of which they are nationals. Furthermore, for operational and security reasons, some nationalities cannot be deployed in particular countries.


Candidates must be prepared to accept overseas missions without your family, partner, other dependents and without receiving visits (for at least 6 months and possibly beyond, depending on the nature of the context).


Candidates should be in good health and will have to successfully complete a medical check-up prior to departure.


Candidates must possess a driving license (for manual transmission vehicles).


What we offer


  • Rewarding work in a rich, multicultural and expansive operational humanitarian organisation;
  • Attractive employment package and social benefits: a salary paid on a basis of thirteen months, an open-ended contract with a minimum assignment of two years; a competitive pension plan; medical and accident coverage etc.;
  • Annual paid leave: 20–27.5 days (depending on age);
  • Accommodation provided and financed by ICRC when deployed internationally;
  • 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.
  • The opportunity to join our talent pool and be considered for future assignments elsewhere, including at our HQ in Geneva once suitable experience has been acquired.


Please not that this is a pool selection. 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 is a global organization which benefits from a uniquely diverse workforce and the inclusion of a wide range of experiences and skills.


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