Diplomatic Advisor for the UN
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Reports to

Head of Humanitarian Diplomacy


The ICRC’s Policy and Humanitarian Diplomacy Division is part of the Department of International Law and Policy, and plays a central role in developing and delivering the main institutional policy and diplomacy objectives of the ICRC as well as overseeing the ICRC’s delegation in New York.

The main role of the UN Advisor is to know and understand people, processes and policy across the United Nations system in Geneva and to support HQ preparations for the UNGA in New York and other key UN fora, so enabling ICRC to influence at the UN in a timely and effective way.

S / he will ensure that the ICRC is well aware of the critical policy and diplomacy challenges facing humanitarian action and will make recommendations for action.

Geneva is a strategic humanitarian policy hub for the ICRC because of the presence of the United Nations, many Permanent Missions to the UN, the Human Rights Council, ECOSOC’s Humanitarian Segment, headquarters of UNHCR, IOM and WHO, offices of UNOCHA, UNDP, UNICEF, WFP and the World Bank, and inter-

agency platforms like the IASC and the SCHR. UN Geneva is also a key policy development forum on Agenda 2030 and the humanitarian-development nexus.

The Diplomatic Advisor reports to the Head of Humanitarian Diplomacy and is part of a wider team of Diplomatic and Policy Advisors, who also work in close collaboration with the Presidency and the Department of Operations.

S / he will liaise closely with the Delegation in New York the other main centre of UN policy and diplomacy and with other experts working in ICRC’s diplomatic and policy hubs.

Accountabilities & Functional Responsibilities

  • Cultivate an effective network of counterparts in UN Geneva, which enable ICRC to understand the main views and diplomatic efforts of UN actors in Geneva, building a shared analysis with the ICRC in New York.
  • Design and deliver effective diplomatic strategies, tactics, plans and products to influence diplomacy and policy making on specific issues that POL is prioritizing.
  • Prepare analytical reports and briefing papers and make recommendations to senior leadership
  • Coordinate the ICRC’s engagement with the Human Rights Council, working with colleagues from the Legal and Protection Divisions
  • Coordinate ICRC’s engagement at High-level Week during the UNGA, in close collaboration with the President’s office and the NY delegation
  • Plan, design and coordinate strategic dialogue with key UN agencies (2-3 per year), ensuring objectives are agreed across several different departments
  • Act as ICRC’s focal point to the IASC and represent ICRC at other bilateral, multilateral and public meetings in Geneva as agreed
  • Play an active role in the thinking and teamwork of the Division
  • Relationships

  • Internally, interacts with other members of the policy and humanitarian diplomacy team, the New Ÿork delegation, operational regions at headquarters, and the Office of the President.
  • Externally, interacts with a wide range of diplomatic missions (ambassadors, humanitarian counsellors), UN member States and agencies, humanitarian and development partners, regional organizations, and NGOs (humanitarian directors and policy staff).
  • Certifications / Education required

  • University degree in international relations, social sciences or equivalent.
  • Master's degree in a related subject / policy issue.
  • Fluent command of English. French or other languages a plus.
  • Computer proficiency.
  • Professional Experience Required

  • 5-8 years of professional experience working in government, international organisations or international NGOs, with demonstrated capacity to analyze, strategize, network, represent, and influence
  • Strong record in tracking, formulating, negotiating and communicating global issues
  • Deep familiarity with humanitarian policies, strategies, institutions and operational environment
  • Demonstrated capacity to understand and influence member state positioning - including tracking divisions within and between key governments -
  • on critical humanitarian issues

  • Excellent communication skills, specifically in writing and editing briefs, reports and preparing presentations
  • Experience of working effectively in large and multi-disciplinary teams of specialists
  • Operational experience with the ICRC is desirable.
  • Desired Profile & Skills

  • A sophisticated understanding of international relations and global trends
  • Proven experience of high-level bilateral, multilateral and multi-stakeholder diplomacy
  • Knowledge of key UN actors, structures, power relations and decision-making
  • A high-level level network of key people across the UN
  • Analytical capacity that is critical, strategic, descriptive, predictive, qualitative / quantitative
  • An enabler with excellent people skills for collaborative teamwork
  • The ability to communicate complicated issues in a simple and compelling way
  • A capacity to work respectfully and successfully with a wide range of different cultures and with external and internal stakeholders
  • The ability to work well independently and in a team.
  • Evident curiosity, creativity and agility
  • The tenacity to pursue policy change even when it seems unlikely
  • The ability to understand and empathize with the experience of people affected by armed conflict and OSV
  • Additional Information

  • Location : Geneva
  • Type of contract : Open-ended
  • Activity rate : 100%
  • Desired start date : ASAP
  • Application deadline : 16.06.2019
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