Professional Development Specialist - Humanitarian Negotiation
hace 8 días

Reports to (role)

Negotiation Support Specialist 2

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 Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN) is a common undertaking of five organiszations, namely HD Centre, ICRC, MSF-

Switzerland, UNHCR and WFP. The CCHN's creation and its 5-year incubation periond is governed by a strategic partnership agreement between the 5 initiators and hosted by the ICRC.

The aim of the CCHN is to facilitate the capture, analysis and sharing of humanitarian negotiation practices on the frontline to support the efforts of humanitarian practitioners in seeking access to and protection of populations.

It intends to contribute to the creation of a "community of practice" among humanitarian negotiators across agencies and regions centered around the specificities of humanitarian negotiation.


The Professional Development and peer exchange Specialist enhances the CCHN's capabilities in terms of experiential learning and peer-

to-peer exchanges. S / he will work transversally in support of the Negotiation Specialists of each region to further strengthen CCHN's ability to develop and deliver curriculum components and tools pertaining to humanitarian negotiation.

S / he will contribute to the design and methodology of the CCHN training activities across regions to ensure coherence in their delivery.

S / he will be in charge of mobilizing CCHN facilitators for peer workshops and training events as well as ensuring the quality of CCHN activities.

More specifically, s / he will be in charge of the design and cooridnation of the Training of Facilitators (ToFs) sessions that will be offered in Switzerland, as well as in the regions covered by CCHN (Africa, Asia, Latin America and Middle-

East). S / he will also support the CCHN team in the delivery of designated sessions at the Peer Workshops in the field together with contributing to the consolidation and development of specific tools that will be integrated into the CCHN Field Manual for Frontline Negotiators.

Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities

  • Mobilizes and manages a pool of facilitators for CCHN activities in collaboration with the CCHN Negotiation Support Specialists in charge of specific regions.
  • Organizes and leads the Training of Facilitators (ToFs) sessions.
  • Develops methods and tools to enhance the experiential learning and peer-to-peer exchanges.
  • Designs and consolidate a comprehensive handbook for CCHN facilitators.
  • Facilitates designated sessions during the CCHN Peer workshops and Specialized sessions.
  • Contributes and coordinates the iterative development of the CCHN Field Manual on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation.
  • Design and assist in the mainstreaming of CCHN sessions within training curricula of CCHN Strategic Partners.
  • Scope & Impact

  • Strategic impact : plays a critical role in enhancing and consolidating exchanges between field practitioners on frontline negotiations.
  • Geographic remit : global.
  • Certifications / Education required

  • Master s degree in international relations, political science, law or equivalent.
  • Fluent command of English. French, Spanish or Arabic are an asset.
  • Computer proficiency.
  • Professional Experience required

  • Minimum 5 years experience in the humanitarian sector and a good understanding of humanitarian negotiations, of the humanitarian system and trends affecting humanitarian action.
  • Field experience in humanitarian action is an asset;
  • Solid and demonstrated experience in the delivery, design and facilitation of professional workshops.
  • Experience in the organization, coordination and facilitation of professional events.
  • Experience in the creation and mobilization of professional networks.
  • Desired profile and skills

  • Proven ability to think critically, succinctly and creatively.
  • Capacity to work effectiveyl in a small team, independently, under pressure with tight deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including good public presentation skills.
  • Strong pedagogical and facilitation skills.
  • Excellent writing, editing and analytical skills and ability to translate complex issues into practical easy-to-use guidelines.
  • Available for regular field missions (up to 50%).
  • Additional Information

  • Location : Geneva
  • Type of contract : Open-ended
  • Activity rate : 100 %
  • Start date : ASAP
  • Application deadline : 26.05.2019
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