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Humanitarian Affairs Advisor

Requisition ID:  13915
Region:  Near & Middle-East
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.


The role of the Humanitarian Affairs Adviser is to support the operations of the ICRC in Afghanistan by maintaining, developing and coordinating contacts with a network of stakeholders in the ongoing conflict; and by providing detailed research and analysis-based advice regarding the security, political and humanitarian situation in the country.

Accountabilities & Responsibilities
  • Maintain and expand a network of contacts with stakeholders in the conflict in Afghanistan, including non-state armed groups (‘NSAG’) in relation to the ICRC operations and security, including organising, participate in and prepare detailed reports of meetings with meetings with such stakeholders.
  • Negotiate on an ongoing basis with key stakeholders in relation to ICRC activities, access and security.
  • Manage a team comprising of Afghan and international staff, coordinate and supervise activities of larger group of staff operating out of ICRC structures in various parts of Afghanistan.
  • Act as interpreter (English – Pashto) for the delegation’s management in meetings with high-level stakeholders.
  • Monitor security environment and conflict trends particularly in relation to non-state armed groups – provide ongoing and timely research and analysis-based reports and advise to the Head of Delegation.
  • Draft, translate and review correspondence with and from stakeholders.
  • Support and coordinate with several ICRC structures throughout Afghanistan in relation to their contacts with stakeholders, including NSAG.
  • Participate in detention visits and provide advice to relevant colleagues.
  • Provide cultural advice and orientation for international staff.


People management responsibilities
  • Understands and supervises the Performance Management & Development (PMD) activities for employees under his/her supervision.
  • Organizes regular meetings within his/her team to ensure optimal coordination of the work and proper flow of information.
Required skills and Qualifications
  • Fluency in English and Pashto.
  • Knowledge of French and Dari (Persian) an asset.
  • Experience in negotiation with challenging counterparts, ideally front-line humanitarian negotiation.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, drafting and analytical skills and a proven capacity to operate under pressure.
  • Experience in managing teams comprised of colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
  • University Education to Masters’ Degree Level in Political Science, Law, Humanitarian Diplomacy or another related field.
  • Professional experience in the field of humanitarian action, diplomacy, governance and policy, journalism or another related field.
Our operational & field constraints
  • In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC dœs 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 license (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
  • A two-week orientation course and other opportunities for further in-house training
  • Attractive social benefits
  • Join an ICRC talent pool and be considered for future assignments elsewhere
Additional information
  • Starting date: 15/02/2020
  • Location: Kabul (KAB)
  • Length of assignment: 18 months
  • Application deadline: 31/12/2019