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Senior Inclusive Programming Adviser

Requisition ID:  17013
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 Senior Inclusive Programming adviser, you will take the leading role on elements of the ICRC’s Accountability to Affected People framework related to inclusive programming. As such, you set the direction on a policy level and operationalize efforts to embed inclusive programming firmly within our work on Accountability to Affected People together with colleagues at HQ and field level.  

Main responsibilities


Overall responsibilities

  • Steers inclusive programming efforts on a policy level and ensures appropriate coordination of relevant workstreams, together with the Inclusive programming, disability inclusion and AAP regional advisers as well as AAP focal points
  • Follows up developments on inclusive programming and represents ICRC in relevant fora
  • Monitors and reports on progress for all areas of responsibility, including coordination of information flow and documentation of case studies
  • Develops synergies with Human Resources and Digital Transformation to develop an enabling environment for Inclusive Programming
  • Together with the Head of Unit, represents the ICRC and develops partnerships with key donor governments, organisations, networks, and other relevant stakeholders on Inclusive Programming.


Pilot program on Inclusive Programming

  • Manages the inclusive programming pilot program, overseeing the development of training, tools, methodologies. Implements pilot in selected countries and programs (together with the disability inclusion and inclusive programming advisers), refines and updates the concept based on learning between 2021 and end of 2023.
  • Links with regions and program focal points to understand needs and operationalize support
  • Develops capacity on inclusive programming within team and pilot contexts, supports other HQ and field team members in charge of roll-out


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.


Social analysis, data disaggregation and engagement with relevant stakeholders in the organization  

  • Sets objectives for the above-mentioned files
  • Link with regions and program focal points to understand needs and operationalize support
  • Leads on content development (policy, tools)
  • Develops capacity and supports colleagues in charge of implementing social analysis and data disaggregation at the field level
  • Monitors and reports on progress for these areas of work for internal and external needs, including documentation of case studies
  • Follows up relevant sector developments on these thematics and represents ICRC in relevant fora.

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.

Desired profile, experience and skills


  • A Masters level qualification in development or humanitarian studies, gender studies and/or corresponding experience.
  • Trained and familiar with humanitarian standards (e.g. Sphere, CHS, ADCAP, minimum standards for gender, protection and inclusion).
  • Typically 12-15 years of relevant professional experience in the humanitarian sector (project management advisory role, management or coordination roles), including recent field-level missions (minimum 5 years field experience). 
  • Experience with ICRC and/or the Movement is an advantage. 
  • Comprehensive understanding of the humanitarian environment and the challenges for the ICRC from an operational perspective.
  • Strong knowledge of instruments and policies related to inclusive programming (gender, age, disability, data disaggregation/analysis, vulnerability analysis).
  • Experience mainstreaming quality and accountability in general and inclusive programming in particular. 
  • Familiarity with data analytics applied to inclusion an asset
  • Experience writing policy, defining and implementing strategies and a strong project management background. 
  • Proven track record operationalising policy and enabling change without authority
  • Knowledge of best practices on training and adult training. 
  • Strong experience in people and relationship management.
  • 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.