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National Societies HR Adviser

Requisition ID:  17297
Region:  Europe (HQ)
Contract type:  Open-ended contract

Reports to (role)


Head of Talent

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 National Societies Human Resources (HR) Adviser acts as the focal point for all HR issues with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, in order to ensure and further develop efficient partnerships for the mutual benefit of the ICRC and the respective National Society.

Main duties and responsibilities


  • Develops a coherent approach to strengthening and further developing the ICRC’s cooperation with National Societies, particularly in the area of staff on loan(STOL), but also with a view to achieving a better exchange of HR practices.
  • Interacts closely with all relevant internal stakeholders – HR Department, Operations Department (including the Security and Crisis Management Support Unit), Resource Mobilization Division, Division for Cooperation and Coordination within the Movement, and any other relevant units – and with all National Society HR focal points to ensure efficient management of existing HR partnerships involving personnel working for the ICRC, and for any future initiatives.
  • Advises, guides and updates the ICRC’'s HR leadership team, Directorate and any other internal stakeholders on National Society HR issues. 
  • Develops and updates all policies and guidelines related to National Society HR cooperation and statistics on staff on loan, as needed.
  • Represents the HR Department in all internal and external meetings and fora related to National Society HR partnerships and new initiatives.
  • Accompanies and supports other ICRC divisions/departments (e.g. Resource Mobilization, Operations) during visits by National Society representatives where and when relevant.
  • Supports new staff exchange/secondment initiatives with partners from outside the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, according to needs as identified by management.
  • As needed, monitors the progress of STOL through the recruitment and deployment process, this activity being managed variously by HRMs, Talent Managers, and the TAQ recruitment team. (this activity is intended to oversee the transition from having a dedicated NS recruitment coordinator role)

  • Supports the ICRC’s LND and Division for Cooperation and Coordination within the Movement in enabling the integration of National Society managers into ICRC’s HLMS.
  • Helps develop, maintain and improve online learning modules enabling National Society seconded staff with their understanding of the ICRC and their integration into operations.
  • Assists ICRC HR Branding and Acquisition efforts by advising which National Societies to engage with and by actively supporting the introduction of HR marketing to these National Societies when and where necessary.
  • Oversees and monitors the payments to NS for deployments and authorises agreed payments to NS in line with policy/agreements.
  • Supports the Global Talent Management(GTM) leadership team with project oversight of HR projects/initiatives with implications for NS and occasionally with projects more aligned to the overall GTM agenda.

People management responsibilities




Scope & Impact


  • Geographic remit: Global.



  • Internally, interacts closely within the HR Department (e.g. Talent Acquisition and Talent Sourcing teams, Career Management Unit, International Assignment Planning, Learning and Development Division, HR Operations Division) and with the Department of Operations (e.g. Security and Crisis Management Support Unit and Assistance Division), the Division for Cooperation and Coordination within the Movement, the Resource Mobilization Division, and delegation-based cooperation-programme, HR and Talent managers, on issues related to HR and National Societies.
  • Externally, interacts with National Society HR representatives, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the HR units of other international organizations, as per needs.

Professional experience required


  • University degree or equivalent.
  • Typically 10 years of professional experience.
  • A minimum of 2 years of field experience with the ICRC, the Federation or with a National Society, a practical understanding of how our field operations work. 
  • Knowledge of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – ideally prior experience or exposure to the IFRC and National Societies, would be advantageous
  • An HR generalist practitioner - bringing a sound knowledge, understanding and experience of how modern HR organization works. 
  • Demonstrated ability to serve as a successful participant on a senior management team 
  • High level of integrity and ethics.
  • Fluent in English and preferably also in French. Other languages an asset.
  • Computer proficiency.

Desired profile and skills


  • An excellent team player and keen to work and grow in a diverse, international environment with a truly global team. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with a strong ability to create relationships and influence decisions.
  • Result oriented, comfortable with challenging bureaucracy and process-oriented demarches.  
  • Dynamic, proactive, and able to work with diverse teams, with different views from yours.  
  • Ability to work as part of an overall effort, supporting and coordinating numerous players to get a satisfactory outcome for all.
  • Ability to make connections with interlocutors within the movement and in ICRC, and to be a positive interlocutor to those reaching out from RC.

Additional information


  • Location:                        Geneva
  • Type of contract:            Open-ended
  • Starting date:                 1 July 2021
  • Grade:                            C1
  • Activity rate:                   100%
  • Application deadline:  Monday,  24 May 2021


The ICRC values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.