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Enterprise Architect for Data Layer

Requisition ID:  18679
Region:  Europe (HQ)
Contract type:  Open-ended contract

Purpose of the position


The Enterprise Architect role supports institutional strategy-business-resource alignment, helps business leaders enable their future-state business capabilities, provides decision-making support, supports harmonization and best practices, and identifies opportunities for efficiency gains and cost reductions.


This Enterprise Architect role will be focused on the Data Layer of the Enterprise Architecture. 

Main duties and responsibilities


  • Helps develop, promote, and enforce enterprise architecture best practices;
  • Helps develop, promote, and enforce architecture standards for the artefacts on the Data Layers;
  • Ensures the reference, As-Is, and To-Be architectures on the Data Layers are maintained up to date;
  • Helps develop to-be architectures for the Data Layers;
  • Monitors quality of the information in the Enterprise Architecture repository for the Data Layers;
  • Collaborates with the EA team on mapping of the Data Layer to the Business and Technology Layers
  • Participate in the Architecture Review Board, for the Data Layer: in assessing all projects with an IT component, and provides support to project teams in preparing the assessments;
  • Participates in conducting As-Is assessments of the data architecture landscape;
  • Promotes the value of the Enterprise Architecture practice to stakeholders;
  • Promotes the understanding of Enterprise Architecture as a service which supports strategic decision-making, planning, accountability and transparency;
  • Provides user support;
  • Supports the Chief Enterprise Architect in tasks such as stakeholder management and metamodel analysis.

Scope & Impact


Remit: global. Provides enterprise architecture expertise on the Data Layer across all the organization’s lines of business.  



  • Internally, interacts with roles including but not limited to Heads of Unit, various DTD and ICT roles, Project Management Office Advisors, Project Managers, Change Advisors.
  • Externally, interacts with service providers and other enterprise architects in the humanitarian aid sector.

Education required


Master's or Bachelors’ in computer science, information systems management, or other field of study related to data or enterprise architecture

Experience required


  • Minimum 10-12 years’ overall professional experience.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience working with enterprise architecture tools and methodologies.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in large scale, transversal projects.

Desired profile and skills


  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
  • Strong team player
  • Enterprise architecture skills
    • Must demonstrate expertise in enterprise architecture concepts 
    • Must demonstrate experience enterprise architecture in repository management 
    • Must be able to support architecture standards definition and help ensure they are applied
    • Must have strong analytical skills, be able to understand both big picture and detailed perspectives
  • Data architecture skills
    • Must have a strong data modelling, data flow modelling, and data architecture background.
    • Must be able to assess IT projects and the proposed data flows and data architectures regarding their fit within the landscape.
    • Must be able to assess current data architecture and data flows, propose solutions for improvements. 
    • Must be able to harmonize, rationalize, and simplify existing data architectures.
    • Database management is a plus.
  • Soft skills
    • Communication and Collaboration — Must be a strong listener, communicator and collaborator. Must be able to communicate and adapt to different stakeholder groups. Must be able to facilitate group work sessions. Given the scope of enterprise architecture, the person must be able to create strong collaborations and trust relationships in order achieve EA program goals.
    • Presentation — Must have strong presentation skills and be able to adapt to the audience.
    • Leadership — Must be a catalyst for change and be a thought leader. The person must resist the urge to execute “business as usual” and push the organization to use EA effectively.
    • International and multicultural — Experience in a complex and diverse international environment is a plus.



  • Strong English (written and spoken) is a must
  • French is a plus

Additional information


  • Location: Geneva
  • Type of contract: Long-term assignment  
  • Duration of assignment: Open-ended
  • Grade: C1
  • Activity rate: 100% 
  • Estimated start date: ASAP
  • Application deadline: Sunday, the 29th of May 2022


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