Armed forces and non-state armed groups delegate

Multiple locations

Your task

The ICRC delegate to armed forces and non-state armed groups is responsible for contributing to the analysis, dialogue and operational effects of the delegation(s) he/she is tasked to cover, with the aims being to:


  • Enhances understanding of the ICRC's role and how it operates, among military forces and non-state armed groups (NSAGs), in order to further the ICRC's acceptance, security and access.
  • Protects and assists the victims of armed conflict through the bespoke design and delivery of Law of Armed Conflict/International Humanitarian Law and customary law approaches or programs, fully adapted to their operational context, audience and through the support of the protection dialogue of the delegation with the parties to the conflict.
  • Facilitates the organization’s understanding of the military and non-state armed groups as well as its networking with key individuals at different levels.
  • Supports the efforts of armed forces to disseminate IHL or IHRL, to integrate these norms into their operational documentation, methods and to adopt disciplinary and penal sanctions in the event of violations.

Selection requirements

  • Military career : Senior officer (minimum rank of Major) with a minimum of 5 years' accumulated operational experience within the career.
  • Ideal age: 40 to 55 years.
  • Available for a period of minimum 2 years (renewable) for a mission in the field.
  • Very good command of English and fluency in another ICRC working language used in the field such as French, Spanish, Arabic or Russian. In addition, a good command of French would be beneficial for career development within the ICRC, as French is an institutional language.
  • Knowledge and practical experience of the integration of Law of Armed Conflict/International Humanitarian Law into the planning and conduct of military operations.
  • Knowledge of International Human Rights Law as applicable to law enforcement operations is an asset.
  • First-hand experience with the ICRC/Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement in the field.
  • Fully conversant with common IT tools.
  • Driving license for manual transmission vehicles.

Your profile

  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work.
  • Capacity and willingness to work with all arms carriers in the contemporary operating environment.
  • Proven analytical skills spanning complex, contemporary tactical environments to strategic level.
  • Demonstrable understanding of the nature of both contemporary and future conflict, and the implications for humanitarian actions.
  • Excellent people skills, proven capacity to integrate within a team and adapt to new settings.
  • Charismatic speaker and confident instructor, sound capacity to network and negotiate.
  • Able to work calmly and inspire confidence among colleagues when under pressure and in potentially dangerous situations.
  • Ready to travel and prepared to accept unaccompanied postings if required (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents).

What we offer

  • An opportunity to use the skills acquired in your previous profession in a multicultural and humanitarian environment.
  • Induction comprising basic delegate training, short field mission and training as specialist before departure on mission.
  • Opportunities for further in-house training.
  • Generous social benefits.

Please note that owing to the ICRC's working procedures and principles, in particular the principle of neutrality, we cannot assign personnel to a country of which they are a national. 

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: ICRC - International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
  • Closing Date:

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