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IDP Adviser - GVA

Requisition ID:  13474
Region:  Europe (HQ)
Contract type:  Open-ended contract
Reports to (role)


  • Head of Prot_CIV (PCP) Unit
What we do


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to ensure protection for the lives and dignity of people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence and provide them with humanitarian assistance. We also seek to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening respect for international humanitarian law. We are an impartial, neutral and independent organization, and our mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. We work closely with the other components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – i.e. National Societies and their International Federation – directing and coordinating the Movement’s humanitarian response in armed conflicts and other situations of violence.

Under the Operations Directorate and within the Protection Division, the Protection of Civilians Unit provides methodological guidance on complex protection issues pertaining to all categories of populations of concern to the ICRC – giving strategic and operational support to field delegations and other headquarters’ units in the following areas of activity: child protection, internal displacement, migration, conduct of hostilities/use of force, community-based protection and digital threats. The Unit is also responsible for producing policy guidance documents in its areas of expertise. The Unit promotes good practices and develops and delivers training for ICRC staff on enhancing the protection of civilians.



The Global Adviser on Internal Displacement is the institutional focal point for the ICRC’s multidisciplinary response to and positioning on issues related to internal displacement. S/he supervises the implementation of the ICRC’s Strategy on Internal Displacement and ensures operationalization of the ICRC’s specific approach to internal displacement. S/he is also the technical expert for all issues related specifically to protection of internally displaced persons.

S/he acts internally as “convener” of all institutional efforts to ensure effective operational programming in support to internally displaced persons and their host communities and the necessary forward-looking reflection on the topic. Externally, s/he is the point of engagement for all main international and non-governmental actors and experts on internal displacement and contributes to positioning the ICRC as a reference organization within the humanitarian sector on internal displacement-related concerns. Jointly with their counterpart at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (IFRC), s/he follows up on the implementation of the 2009 Movement Policy on Internal Displacement and related 2019 Council of Delegates resolution.


Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities


The main focus of the position are currently the convener and operational support role.

“Convener” on internal displacement within the ICRC

  • Supervise the implementation of the ICRC’s strategy on internal displacement and promote a multidisciplinary vision of the response to the needs of internally displaced persons within the Institution.
  • Ensure that the ICRC’s ambitions and strategy on internal displacement are relevant, clearly communicated internally and actively supported across the Institution.
  • Maintain regular interactions with colleagues in other divisions and units (e.g. Assistance, Policy and Humanitarian Diplomacy, Legal, Prevention, Cooperation within the Movement, Communication, Digital Transformation and External Resources), the Regions, the Operations Directorate and the President’s Office, as well as with other advisers within the Protection Division (Migration, Child Protection, Community-Based Protection, RFL/Missing, Digital Threats) and with Protection Heads of Sectors (geographic divisions, e.g. Africa, Americas, Asia, Eurasia, Middle East), mobilize their efforts and ensure their involvement in the reflection and response as relevant.
  • Organise and chair the meetings of the HQ-based institutional Working Group on Internal Displacement or defines other forms of collaboration across programs based on the objectives of the strategy and field needs for an effective response to internally displaced persons and their host communities.
Operational support


  • Support the ICRC’s operations (Regions and delegations) to integrate the specific needs, vulnerabilities and different capacities of internally displaced persons in all phases of displacement, as well as the impact of their displacement on host communities, into strategies and activities in support of the civilian population affected by armed conflict or other situations of violence, in accordance with the ICRC’s approach to internal displacement.
  • Provide targeted support to delegations (including through field missions) in the analysis and design of their multidisciplinary responses to internal displacement. In this framework, advise delegations on matters related to protection of internally displaced persons, and help them further strengthen the protection component of their response as part of a coordinated and multi-disciplinary endeavour, considering both dialogue with authorities and community-based approaches to strengthen people’s resilience.
  • Monitor internal displacement-related developments in key priority contexts and contribute to the concerned delegations’ yearly planning process.
  • Collect and promote good operational examples of multi-disciplinary responses to internal displacement situations and of protection responses to internally displaced persons.
  • Develop practical research on internal displacement-related challenges and issues where the ICRC should enhance its analysis and adapt its response.  Provide field teams with operational guidance as needed to ensure that the resulting recommendations are integrated into the ICRC’s response to internally displaced persons.
  • Brief and debrief key staff (e.g. protection coordinators, protection teal leaders and delegates, legal advisers, heads of field structures) assigned to countries facing internal displacement issues.
Guidance and Training


  • Keep ICRC staff updated of relevant developments on internal displacement and facilitate their access to key internal and external documents, including by organizing information sessions, webinars or newsletters.
  • In collaboration with the Protection Training unit, contribute to the delivery of relevant institutional trainings (e.g. Protection of Civilians consolidation course, Protection coordinator course). Support regional protection trainers in developing contextualized sessions on protection of internally displaced persons.
  • Produce guidance documents on implementing ICRC’s approach to internal displacement and on strengthening protection for internally displaced persons.
  • Organize thematic meetings/training sessions on internal displacement related issues at HQ or regional level.
  • When opportune, develop training modules in relation to ICRC’s approach to internal displacement and the specific needs and vulnerabilities of IDPs.
Movement coordination


  • In collaboration with the IFRC’s focal point on internal displacement, promote implementation of the 2009 Movement Policy on Internal Displacement for a more effective and coherent Movement’s response to internally displaced persons and their host communities. In this framework, contribute to creating and facilitating a Movement-wide community of practice to foster the sharing of experiences and lessons learned, as requested by the 2019 Council of Delegates resolution on internal displacement.
  • Contribute to the ICRC’s efforts to strengthen protection within the Movement by enhancing the capacity of National Societies to integrate protection concerns and professional standards in responding to internal displacement, including when working in and/or managing camps.
  • Contribute input to Movement material in relation to internal displacement.
Policy engagement on internal displacement

In coordination with the Policy and Humanitarian Diplomacy Division

  • Support the ICRC’s efforts to build our policy and humanitarian diplomacy work at regional and global level into influencing States’ responses to internal displacement at country level.
  • Represent the ICRC in public events and bilateral meetings with external actors/ diplomatic missions/ donors on issues related to internal displacement.
  • Draft/coordinate the drafting of speaking notes and speeches for high level meetings/events related to internal displacement (e.g. UNGA, Human Rights Council, African Union), conferences, donor meetings etc., at the global and regional levels.
  • Contribute to raising the profile of the ICRC and its work on internal displacement publicly, in coordination with the Communication department, including by initiating and/or supporting the production of public reports/ booklets/ online documents (for the ICRC website).
  • Provide technical review of key reports and strategic documents submitted by external partners, including NGOs, UN agencies, and other organizations.
Networking and coordination with external actors


  • Maintain and develop the network of external actors (UN Special Rapporteur, UN agencies, NGOs, think tanks, academics) working on internal displacement issues and represent the ICRC in selected inter-agency forums on the topic.
  • Enhance coordination and positioning with other actors working on internal displacement, as relevant, to promote the ICRC’s policy messages on the topic and foster complementarity and cooperation in support of internally displaced persons on the ground.
People management responsibilities


Directly manages 1 Associate, and is the techinical referant for the relevant regional positions.

Scope & Impact


Drives the ICRC's engagement on related issues in line with the ICRC PCP methodolgy to ensure an effective humanitarian response for the affected population.



Internally, interacts with other divisions, departments and units at HQ level, the Regions, the Operations Directorate and the President’s Office, other advisers within the Protection Division, Protection Heads of Sectors (geographic divisions, e.g. Africa, Americas, Asia, Eurasia, Middle East) and with Delegations in the field.

Externally, closely coordinates with the Movement and other actors (UN agencies, cluster system, NGOs, etc.) on internal displacement related issues.

Certifications / Education required


  • University degree or equivalent in relevant subject (including but not limited to: international law, economics, international relations, anthropology). Specialization in displacement related topics a strong asset.
  • Excellent English, French, and ideally a third ICRC working language (preferably Arabic or Spanish).
Professional Experience required


  • 10-15 years of professional experience, including 5-7 years in the protection domain.
  • Solid field experience in conflict-settings.
  • Demonstrated experience leading or working in teams of varied nationalities and cultural backgrounds.
  • Very good understanding of IDP thematic issues.
  • Previous experience of policy work and/or proven capacity to write reports for state authorites.
Desired profile and skills


  • Strong conceptual and practical understanding of protection issues and approaches in humanitarian contexts, including the constraints, sensitivities and risks associated with such work.
  • Sound understanding of protection of civilians related issues, notably dialogue with authorities/ armed carriers and community-based approaches.
  • Experience in carrying out analysis of internal displacement situations and designing and/or implementing responses to the specific needs and vulnerabilities of internally displaced persons.
  • Proven analytical skills and strategic thinking, ability to apply professional and ethical standards to data collection and analysis processes.
  • Proven experience in the provision of technical advice and support to field programs, and ability to design and conduct training sessions for various types of audiences.
  • Ability to work independently as well work as a team player.
  • Creativity and innovative thinking.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including high-level interpersonal, influencing, negotiation and representational capabilities (long listed candidates will be asked to provide a recent writing sample and/or respond to a test)
  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
Additional information


  • Starting date: ASAP
  • Location: Geneva (GVA)
  • Length of assignment: 48 Months
  • Type of contract: Open ended
  • Application deadline: 09/02/2020


In order to anticipate and facilitate the process and its organisation, please be informed that preselected candidates will be invited to particiapte to a written assigment the week of February 24th and potentially to interviews on Thursday, March 12th 

(This time frame is provided for information purposes and may change in case of operational constrain)