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Water and Habitat Engineer

Requisition ID:  12137
Region:  Global Deployment Option
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.

Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities


Main responsibilities


As a Water and Habitat Engineer working for the ICRC, you will be responsible for the planning, design and implementation of engineering projects for victims of armed conflict. Working in a team, your tasks will include conducting needs assessments, surveying water and housing needs, negotiating with local authorities and firms regarding project implementation and handling all aspects of project management.


We are currently looking for engineers specialized in the water fields related to essential services in urban settings, able to assess, plan, design and supervise projects in those contexts.

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Desired profile and skills


  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
  • Able to work under pressure in a potentially dangerous environment
  • Very good command of English. Fluency in another ICRC working language (French, Spanish, Russian or Arabic) is a strong asset
  • University degree in architecture, civil or structural engineering, hydrology, hydraulic, geology or related fields
  • Minimum three years of professional experience in this field, including the management of technical support staff
  • Experience of working internationally is mandatory, in particular for a humanitarian organisation
  • Proficient in the use of IT Office Tools and CAD drawing software. Knowledge of Epanet software is an asset
  • Prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) for the first two missions (minimum 12 months each)
  • Valid driving licence for manual transmission vehicles
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent team leader, with a high level of intercultural understanding
  • Excellent organisational skills, able to prioritise a complex workload and to work autonomously as needed
  • Hands-on approach to project management
Our operational and field constraints


  • In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC does not assign personnel to a country of which they are nationals
  • Candidates must be in good health and will have to do a medical check-up prior to departure in the field
  • Candidates must possess a driving licence (for manual transmission vehicles)
  • Candidates must be prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) for at least the first 24 months
What we offer


Rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment


  • Attractive social benefits
  • Length of assignment:  12 months
  • Join an ICRC talent pool and be considered for future assignments elsewhere
  • Deadline of application : 31.12.19