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Inclusive Programming Adviser

Requisition ID:  17014
Region:  Europe (HQ)
Contract type:  Open-ended contract

Reports to (role)


Head of Accountability to Affected People

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.


The ICRC created positions dedicated to working on Community Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion, Accountability to Affected People and finally PSEA between 2017 and 2018. After conducting an external assessment on its approach to Accountability to Affected People (AAP) it adopted its institutional framework. Following the creation of a dedicated unit on Accountability to Affected People, the expansion of the team and the results of an assessment on Inclusive Programming, the ICRC brought together Community Engagement, Inclusive Programming and AAP in one team and under the umbrella of the AAP framework which provides the direction and objectives for the whole team. 




As the Inclusive Programming Adviser, you will operationalize the inclusion related dimensions of the AAP framework at regional and program (métier) levels. You will set priorities together with regions and programs, creating context-specific tools, standards and training material, providing technical support and delivering training modules. In doing so, you will make ICRC programs more inclusive and relevant to the diversity of people affected by conflict

Main responsibilities


Design and delivery of the inclusive programming curriculum

  • Links with regions and program focal points to understand training needs 
  • Leads the development, delivery and continuous updating of the inclusive programming training path and material (including tools and case studies), and the annual training calendar, from webinars to longer modules
  • Anchors training material within the Accountability to Affected People efforts and the practice, constraints and dilemmas of humanitarian response in conflict settings 
  • Adapts training offering to virtual delivery for increased reach and impact
  • Activates individual and team plans of action through the capacity development approach, activating champions for inclusive programming in the process
  • Manages and activates a network of programme alumni and a community of practitioners that showcases good practices, lessons learned and adapts materials 
  • Follows up relevant sector developments on inclusive programming and integrates sector good practice.


A focal point for select métiers 

  • Defines priorities with the above-mentioned programs and maintains dialogue and engagement on the full scope of the AAP framework
  • Advises on the integration of the AAP framework as part of the métier strategy and adapts relevant tools, guidance, policies and methodologies for these units
  • Influences and supports stakeholders’ strategy, tools, Program Reference Framework, training and practice
  • Advises provides training and supports efforts to operationalize agreed objectives at field level and during the annual planning (PfR) process
  • Participates and intervenes in relevant meetings for these units
  • Documents relevant case studies and report back to the team, including regional/thematic intersections.


Pilot programme on inclusive programming

  • Takes responsibility for the implementation of the inclusive programming pilot program in selected delegations and programs. 
  • In doing so, works in line with the pilot program Terms of Reference to:
    • Develop knowledge and capacity on inclusive programming in general (e.g. training, coaching,…) and social power analysis and data disaggregation in particular
    • Implement methodology on social power analysis and the collection and analysis of disaggregated data to inform delegations’ strategies, practices and priorities based on evidence
    • Introduce an inclusion lens within delegations’ PMfRs and other key documents
    • Integrate the Vision 2030 on disability plan of action within the delegation’s objectives related to Accountability to Affected People. 
    • Support delegations in meeting their inclusive programming objectives through an accompaniment approach
  • Supports AAP advisers and field staff on inclusive programming queries and provides support to non-pilot delegations as needed.

People management responsibilities





  • Internally, interacts with regions, programs and files in line with, program and thematic responsibilities. 
  • Externally, interacts with peers on thematic responsibilities.
  • Highly cross-cutting role, working across multiple departments, with management and métiers.

Education and experience required


  • A Masters level qualification relevant to the subject matter (e.g. law, gender studies, international relations & political science etc.)
  • Typically 10 years of professional experience, of which at least 3 years of relevant field experience. 
  • Experience designing and delivering (virtual) training, knowledge of adult learning principles. 
  • Proven experience coaching staff and linking training to actions. 
  • Knowledge of legal, operational, technical instruments and policies relevant to AAP and inclusive programming. 
  • Experience operationalising inclusive programming and humanitarian standards. 
  • Experience with the humanitarian situation and problem analysis, data analysis and information management
  • Solid understanding of the humanitarian environment and the challenges for the ICRC from an operational perspective.
  • Experience in people and relationship management an advantage.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, working knowledge of any other languages relevant to our field operations are an asset - French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian.
  • Computer proficiency.

Additional information


  • Location:                         Geneva
  • Type of contract:             Open-ended
  • Length of assignment:     4 years
  • Activity rate:                     100%
  • Estimated start date:        ASAP
  • Application Deadline:    Sunday, 25 April 2021


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