Reports to (role)
Head of Regional Affairs (Direct Supervisor)
Head of Water & Habitat (Functional Supervisor)
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.
As part of the Water and Habitat Unit, s / he carries out analysis and provides recommendations for electrical energy generation, transmission, distribution and consumption networks / installations at national and regional levels in accordance with relevant national / local standards and directives.
S / he will assess the conflict’s impact on the energy situation (and vice versa) and narrow down the areas of ICRC’s interventions according to Institutional mandate and strategies.
Based on these assessments s / he will propose solutions (short-term for emergency and medium to long term for support to service providers) in the operational contexts related to electrical energy.
S / he will also provide technical advice and guidance on key outputs for the initiation phase of projects to contribute into comprehensive project proposals and response management functions.
Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities
Leads research and development on technical and institutional guidelines and tools related to electrical energy in the NAME region.
Capitalizes on best practices from the field and shares guidelines, frameworks, tools and information related to improvement of electrical energy infrastructure and use of renewable where applicable.
Develops and provides electrical energy advices to colleagues at the regional and global levels, acts as a focal point for electrical energy related projects within the NAME region.
Coordinates with other colleagues from the Regional Affairs Team and HQ staff, including interconnecting and defining common grounds of the electrical energy file with other thematic (e.
g. health, protection, urban, economic security, etc.).
Provides support to the organization and takes part in national / regional seminars related to electrical energy at regional and global level.
Contributes to development of strategies, plans and programs related to electrical energy at delegation and regional level.
Contributes to development of analytical capacity and skills through coaching and high-quality dedicated trainings in addition to capacity development plans at global, regional and national level, in close collaboration with the WatHab Knowledge Manager and the Electrical Focal Point in Geneva.
Initiates, maintains and develops relations with electrical energy related Ministries, Service Providers and Regulators at regional and national levels, in close cooperation with concerned delegations.
Negotiates and coordinates with public / private partners and stakeholders into partnership development, community engagement and outreach through forums, peer reviews, etc.
People management responsibilities
Scope & Impact
Serves as the regional focal point for WatHab programmes and activities involving electrical energy .
Develops specialized WatHab guidelines, strategies, objectives and budgets for the regional and national levels.
Contributes to policy and practice and gives guidance on interpreting them.
Contributes to annual planning (orientations, strategy, objectives and resources) for their area of expertise.
Supports and follows up on all WatHab programmes and activities involving electrical energy at regional level.
Identifies and addresses human-resources issues, including recruitment, coaching, training, etc.
Internally, interacts with staff in the NAME Regional Affairs Team, delegation staff in the region and contacts at the operational region level.
Externally, develops and maintains a network of specialized contacts, especially in the private (e.g. Utilities, electrical suppliers), and development sectors (e.
g. World Bank), networks with other actors working in their area of expertise and advises on guidance issued by entities other than the ICRC.
Certifications / Education required
University Degree in Electrical Engineering or other Engineering Degree - with a Post Graduate Specialisation on Heavy-
Current and / or Electrical Energy Biased
Proficient in the use of IT Office Tools and electrical software tools
Valid driving license for manual transmission vehicles
Professional Experience required
Minimum ten years of professional experience after graduation in Electrical Energy Projects including the assessment, design and planning phases (generation / transmission / distribution)
Experience of working internationally is mandatory, in International Organisations a strong asset
Desired profile and skills
Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
Able to work under pressure and in a potentially dangerous environment
Demonstrated strategic and creative thinking, able to formulate strategies
Very good analytical and synthetises skills
Excellent coordination and communication skills, with a high level of intercultural understanding
Fluency in English required, Arabic is an asset.
Very good organization skills, able to prioritize a complex workload and to work autonomously as needed
Hands-on approach, solution oriented
Minimum age 35
Prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) for the first 6 months
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)
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