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 Legal Counsel's role is to second and support the General Counsel, to whom she reports diretly, in all areas within the GC's scope of responsibility and replaces him / her in case of absence.
S-he provides legal advice and support notably in the following areas : HR, contracts, risk management, operations, governance.
The ICRC General Counsel provides independent legal advice to all departments of the ICRC on most corporate matters, thereby contributing to the adequate protection of the ICRC's interests and the prevention and appropriate management of legal risks facing the institution in a coherent and dynamic manner.
The General Counsel ensures the adequacy and compliance of internal processes, policies and practices with external and internal legal requirements and suggests improvements to the extent necessary or advisable.
The General Counsel acts as a strategic adviser in the context of social, financial, technical and commercial decisions of the institution.
The General Counsel represents the ICRC in litigations and coordinates the work done by external counsel.
Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities
her areas of responsibility.
People management responsibilities
Certifications / Education required
Professional Experience required
Professional experience of 5 - 8 years in (above-mentioned) relevant areas
Sound experience in contract drafting and negotiation and / or Swiss employment law
ICRC experience an asset
Desired profile and skills