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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.

Violence against health care in armed conflict or other emergencies continues to be a serious humanitarian concern with devastating short and long-

term consequences for the wounded and sick, affected communities, health care facilities and transports, and for the thousands of health care personnel who seek to provide assistance precisely when it is needed most.

Since the 31st International Conference in 2011, States, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the health-

care community and civil society have mobilised around the Health Care in Danger (HCiD) initiative to take steps to address this issue.

This initiative has provided an opportunity for National Societies to engage with a broad range of stakeholders on an issue that goes to the very heart of the Movement.

Over 70 National Societies have responded in many ways, ranging from measures to train and strengthen the capacity of their own staff and volunteers, to advocacy, training and dialogue with the broader health-

care community, authorities and civil society. Of particular note is the HCiD Movement Reference Group (MRG), which comprises 26 National Societies and the International Federation.

At the current stage, the main focus of the initiative is to implement practical measures aimed at better respect for healthcare by arms carriers, enhancing domestic legislation, strengthening the preparedness of healthcare systems and instigating behavioural change.

The main modus operandi is through a partnership with local healthcare providers. Various components of the RCRC Movement have a role to play in all of these components.


As a member of the multidisciplinary HCiD team embedded in the Division for Cooperation and Coordination within the Movement (MOUV), the HCiD Movement Adviser will continue to mobilise and support National Societies and the International Federation to implement concrete measures at the national, regional and global levels, while fostering a Movement approach to address violence against health care in priority contexts.

  • Initiate and support initiatives to share good practices, and encourage Movement partners to adopt tools and methodologies developed by the HCiD team aiming at addressing violence against health care at national level.
  • Support preparations for the International Conference (2019) and for other national, regional and international fora where National Societies and the Federation are playing a role.
  • Responsible for the preparation and facilitation of HCiD regional meetings organized every year.
  • Endeavour to reinforce the synergy between the HCiD initiative and the safer access framework (SAF).
  • Contribute to providing strategic recommendations for how the ICRC will continue to support the work of National Societies and Federation, from 2020 onwards.
  • Main Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the overall discussions and orientations of the initiative, as a key member of the HCiD team
  • Encourage and support National Societies to develop context-specific national responses based on HCiD tools and methodologies and best practices within the Movement, and initiating peer-
  • to-peer exchanges with sister National Societies.

  • Continue to map the activities of National Societies and the Federation, with specific emphasis on those operating in critical contexts.
  • Contribute to developing a strategy for how the ICRC will continue to support the work of National Societies and Federation from 2020 onwards.
  • Seek strategic partnerships with champion National Societies in order to foster practical implementation of HCiD in the field and support ICRC operations.
  • Provide organizational support for all Movement consultation processes related to the HCiD project To this end, actively contribute to meetings with National Societies and Federation who may form part of a reference group or a community of action and contribute to the reporting of meetings;
  • Keep all Movement components regularly updated on the initiative’s developments, new tools and resources, and ensure their involvement and participation where relevant (e.

    g. via thematic webinars).

  • Encourage, through ICRC cooperation file holders, the development of joint problem analysis, planning and implementation of HCiD strategies and activities at country level between ICRC delegations and Movement partners, emphasizing the actors’ complementarity.
  • Coordinate the twice-yearly HCiD regional meetings bringing together ICRC, broader Movement and Community of Concern members on a regional platform
  • Support the inclusion of and reporting on the HCiD initiative in Movement meetings : Support in the planning for the 2019 International Conference, particularly the development of a progress report, the signature of HCiD-
  • related pledges, and the organization of a potential side event.

  • Additional other Movement-related files may be added as instructed by the management.
  • Relationships

  • Internally, interacts with divisions / units at HQ and various departments in the field related to the issue of violence against health care.
  • Externally, interacts with a strong network of interlocutors (health-care professional organizations, States, academia, etc) interested or working on the issue of violence against health care.
  • Education and experience required

  • University degree or equivalent.
  • Fluent knowledge of English, knowledge of a second language (French, Spanish, Arabic) is an asset.
  • Strong, demonstrated understanding of the Movement and experience in working in / or with National Societies.
  • Proven ability to coordinate with many stakeholders, manage complex issues and develop joint strategies and plans of action.
  • Ability to work on transversal issues and experience in negotiating across interests.
  • Ability to work under pressure and subject to tight deadlines.
  • A minimum amount of travel is required for this position (5%-10%).
  • Good communications skills, being at ease with internal and external audiences.
  • Very good analytical and reporting skills.
  • Computer proficiency.
  • Desired Profile / Skills

  • ICRC operational experience (preferably with experience in HQ) is preferred.
  • Previous field experience, specifically in an HCiD country is an asset.
  • A natural networker with a good understanding of partnerships dynamics, processes and stages.
  • Additional Information

  • Location : Geneva
  • Working rate : 100%
  • Starting date : ASAP
  • Length of assignment : 12 months
  • Type of position : Long term assignment (until the end of the current HCiD Strategy)
  • Application deadline : 5 May 2019
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