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Enterprise Architect

Requisition ID:  13926
Region:  Europe (HQ)
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.

Purpose of the position

The enterprise architect is responsible for helping business leaders enable their future-state business capabilities that, in turn, drive the organization's targeted business outcomes through the choice of programs, projects and initiatives the organization chooses to invest in. This role must be capable of practically applying existing, new and emerging technologies to new and evolving business and operating models.



The Enterprise architect will lead and coordinate all aspects of the EA program, including:

  • business architecture, which is focused on guiding people, process and organizational change;
  • solutions architecture, which is focused on developing a direction for managing the portfolio of to-be solutions;
  • technical architecture, which is focused on evolving the technical infrastructure.


This role is responsible for defining the EA process and architecture review and advisory process, and for leading the integration of those processes with related business and IT processes. They will lead, prioritize and develop the overall enterprise architecture approach for the organization, and communicate architectural direction.


Main duties and responsibilities


  • Lead the creation or evolution of the enterprise architecture program/function.
  • Promote the business value of the EA program/function and its process, and the results of the EA program to business and IT leaders/executives.
  • Lead the development of an implementation plan for the enterprise architecture based on business strategy and requirements.
  • Seek opportunities to highlight how digital business initiatives will potentially impact enterprises' economic architecture and metrics.
  • Demonstrate the business value of EA as an enabler of strategy formulation, and as support for technology innovation, which drives the organization's top and bottom lines.
  • Formulate, translate, advocate, support and execute business strategy to achieve the organization's targeted business outcomes.
  • Construct technology-enabled operating models and provide viable options and visibility into execution issues.
  • Present a gap analysis and/or IT investment roadmap that reflects the status of the existing IT estate, namely, its ability to contribute to future-state business capabilities around ecosystems and digital platforms.
Main duties and responsibilities continued


  • Lead the development of an implementation plan for the enterprise architecture based on business requirements and IT strategies.
  • Lead and facilitate the creation of governance, assurance and standards to guide EA decision making.
  • Lead the analysis of business and operating models, market trends and the technology industry to determine their potential impact on the enterprise's business strategy, direction and architecture.
  • Lead analysis of the business' future-state capabilities and future (and current) IT environments to detect critical deficiencies and recommend solutions for improvement and driving the business forward.
  • Oversee the documentation of all architecture designs and analysis work.
  • Communicate the value of the enterprise architecture to the organization.
Education and experience required


  • Master's or Bachelor’s degree in business, computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, system analysis or a related field of study, or equivalent experience.
  • Extensive experience in cloud computing, from an architecture perspective.
  • Seven or more years of experience in at least three disciplines, such as business, information, solution or technical architecture, application development, middleware, information analysis, database management or operations in a multitier environment.
Competencies required


  • Ability to balance the long-term ("big picture") and short-term implications of individual decisions.
  • Ability to translate business needs into EA requirements.
  • Ability to estimate the financial impact of EA alternatives.
  • Ability to apply multiple solutions to business problems.
  • Ability to rapidly comprehend the functions and capabilities of new technologies.
Desired skills and profile


  • Knowledge of business models, operating models, financial models, cost-benefit analysis, budgeting and risk management.
  • Familiarity with information management practices, system development life cycle management, IT services management, infrastructure and operations, and EA and ITIL frameworks.
  • Knowledge of business ecosystems, SaaS, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), SOA, APIs, open data, microservices, event-driven IT and predictive analytics.
  • Good knowledge of “Erwin Casewise Enterprise Architecture” suite tools to maintain it up-to-date, be the Business owner of the solution and train the different Businesses of the Institution on the use of it.
  • Exposure and understanding of existing, new and emerging technologies, and processing environments.
  • Exceptional soft and interpersonal skills, including teamwork, facilitation and negotiation.
  • Excellent analytical and technical skills.
  • Excellent written, verbal, communication and presentation skills.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of all components of holistic enterprise architecture.
  • Knowledge of business engineering principles and processes.
  • Written and spoken English is essential, French is a bonus.
  • Trusted and respected as a thought leader who can influence and persuade business and IT leaders.
  • Comfortable, experienced and accomplished at working with business executives, and able to push back in a professional and diplomatic way.
  • Highly collaborative and supportive of business and of its ideals and strategies.
Additional information


  • Location:                        Geneva
  • Type of contract:            Open-ended
  • Length of assignment:    Long-term assignment 
  • Activity rate:                   100%
  • Estimated start date:   February 2020
  • Application Deadline:  Sunday, 5 January 2020