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 defines Economic Security as the status of an individual, household or community that is able to cover its life and livelihoods obligatory expenditures in a sustainable manner, consistent with its environment, culture and customs.
Within its global Economic Security approach in conflict affected countries, the ICRC implements Relief, Livelihood and Rehabilitation Programs in order to improve, restore or maintain food and economic security at household level.
To achieve this objective Economic Security uses a combination of different interventions and modalities, such as cash and voucher programs, microeconomic initiatives, agricultural and livestock programs, and relief items distributions.
The veterinary programs actually conducted by the ICRC include vaccination campaigns, veterinary treatment programs, de-
re-) stocking, fodder production / -banks, capacity building, herders' awareness training, Community Animal Health Workers (CAHWs) training, support to existing structures and institutions.
While few interventions have a marked relief connotation (e.g. de-stocking), most of them aim at sustainable outcomes. This should be done in compliance with ICRC's guidelines and standards.
Depending on the country and the context, she / he is the focal point for livestock related food production programs
Direct operational responsibility for the implementation of livestock programs
Design and propose appropriate livestock interventions, integrated into the Economic Security programs
Communicate and network with partners and other actors involved in livestock programs
Conduct post-intervention monitoring and impact evaluation of the livestock program / projects implemented by the ICRC delegation
Guide and coach EcoSec team members on livestock issues
Participate in internal / external workshops and seminars, and livestock-related forums
Promote the principles of the Red Cross and of international humanitarian law;
As a representative of the ICRC, maintain contact and negotiate with government authorities and other parties to the conflict civilian and military in order to carry out the work as effectively as possible.
Desired profile and skills
Degree as Veterinary Surgeon / Doctor
Any of the following advanced degrees is an asset :
Tropical Vet Medicine
Tropical Animal Production
Degrees linked to food security and / or the humanitarian sector
Sensitivity, knowledge and understanding of pastoralism and livestock based livelihoods, including :
pastoralist / agro pastoralist livelihoods
seasonal migration patterns
low-inputs livestock production systems
Farmers and pastoralists’ dynamics (grazing agreements, conflict between nomadic livestock keepers, land tenure issues, etc.)
Good veterinary diagnostic skills
Minimum 3 years field experience on animal health or production;
Experience in emergency and / or livelihood support interventions outside the livestock programming;
Professional experience in international humanitarian work and field missions abroad, especially in emergencies;
Experience of work with the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is an asset;
Sound understanding of the project cycle, establishing appropriate (SMART) objectives and indicators is required;
Good organisational, managerial, planning, reporting skills;
Excellent written and oral communication skills;
Excellent command of French and English is desired; any other language knowledge (e.g. Arabic, Spanish, Russian) is an asset;
Fully conversant with word processing and spreadsheet software;
Strongly motivated by humanitarian work;
Ready to work in difficult contexts and spend time in the field, or to manage programs without direct access to the affected population;
Possessing good capacity to analyse and summarise complex situations;
Excellent ability to work under pressure in a potentially dangerous environment;
Strong capacities to recruit, manage, coach and motivate a small team of livestock specialists;
Ability to take relevant decisions within a given framework;
Open-minded and adaptable, empathic and diplomatic;
Readiness and capacity to work in a multidisciplinary team involving other sectors linked to the economic security, and collaborating with Red Cross and Red Crescent movement' members.
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
A two-week orientation course and other opportunities for further in-house training
Generous social benefits
Length of assignment : 12 months
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