Protection of Family Links Delegate, Undetermined

ICRC - International Committee of the Red Cross

ICRC HQ Geneva

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What we do

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian protection and 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.

Role description

Within the protection team, your role as PFL Delegate is to ensure the protection of the separated, the missing and their families in armed conflict, disaster, migration, and other situations of violence. You assess the needs, plan, implement, monitor related projects and activities. Your main responsibilities are:

  • Monitoring the evolution of PFL needs, the occurrence of emergency situations involving family separation and the relevance and efficiency of operational practices
  • Contributing to the design, planning, implementation and enhancement of operational strategies and methods to address PFL needs, including possible participation in ICRC visits to places of detention
  • Taking part in the good functioning and management of a field PFL Office / team, in particular by:

    • supervising, coaching and training the staff carrying out PFL activities
    • ensuring proper quality control and (internal) reporting
    • ensuring adequate treatment, follow-up and filing of all individual cases according to established procedures, including full respect for the consent, best interest and protection of beneficiaries
  • Maintaining operational coordination and liaison with the National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society in the country of assignment, as well as with other ICRC delegations and National Societies concerned abroad
  • Providing as needed support and advice to the National Societies engaged in PFL partnerships with the ICRC in order to strengthen their own PFL capacities (guidance, training, etc.)
  • Establishing and maintaining contacts with beneficiairies, local authoriries, national / international stakeholders addressing issues of interest for PFL, such as migration, disaster management, child protection or others.
  • Drafting representations and interventions related to PFL activities
  • Contributing to analyses of the security, socio-economic, cultural and political environment in which the ICRC is working

Desired profile and skills

  • Minimum two years’ humanitarian work experience, including 1 year working abroad, such as experience within the RFL service of a National Society, and/or equivalent multicultural experience in the field of protection, missing, child protection, support to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, or social welfare
  • Excellent command of English and another institutional language such as French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian
  • Master’s degree in Social Science, International Relation, Political Science, IHL, Human Rights, Humanitarian Action, Migration, Development or other related fields.
  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work and direct contact with people in a multicultural environment (families, vulnerable children and individuals, persons deprived of freedom, refugees, etc.)
  • Practical knowledge of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement an asset
  • Previous experiences in management (project, team…), training and capacity building an asset

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills
  • Rigorous in the collection and processing of information and individual data and high sense of discretion in dealing with confidential information
  • Able to work under pressure in a potentially dangerous environment
  • Excellent ability to work in a team and to take on leadership role
  • Well-developed writing and summarizing skills
  • Open-minded , proactive and adaptable
  • Willingness to learn new technology
  • Fully conversant with common IT tool

Additional information

  • Type of mobility: International
  • Type of contract: open-ended contract
  • Job grade: B2 or B3
  • Starting date: selected candidates will integrate the PFL roster and will be deployed in the field depending on operational needs.

Our operational & field constraints

  • Prepared to accept unaccompanied postings for the first two missions (minimum 12 months each)
  • In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC doesn’t 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)

What we offer

  • Rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment
  • Opportunities for further in-house training
  • Attractive social benefits.

The ICRC values diversity and is committed to create an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.