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Policy & Humanitarian Diplomacy Adviser

Job type: Effective

Work model: Hybrid

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Job description

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance. The ICRC Regional Delegation for Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay, based in Brasilia, is looking for a qualified candidate to work in the post of: Policy & Humanitarian Diplomacy Adviser

Purpose of daily activities:

The Policy & Humanitarian Diplomacy Adviser II provides key support to the delegation’s humanitarian diplomacy by improving the latter’s understanding and influencing capacity with regards to the wider political and humanitarian environment in Brazil and in the other countries of the South Cone (Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay). He/She advises the Delegation on relevant political developments and changes with a focus on conflict, violence, and security dynamics. He/She identifies, maintains, and broadens a network of contacts at the national level, and facilitates Pre-Management’s access to them. The Policy & Humanitarian Diplomacy Adviser initiates and conducts relevant research and analysis for the Delegation and encourages relevant humanitarian research by influential members of his/her network. He/she advises on policy thematics of humanitarian diplomacy value in the region. 

Responsibilities and assignments


Humanitarian law and policy thematic

The Policy & Humanitarian Diplomacy Adviser II supports the Head of Law and Policy Department and the Management in international law and policy thematic in the region and beyond, including through:

  • Enhancing Brazil’s and Southern Cone countries’ contribution to the development of IHL.
  • Monitoring IHL development, compliance with IHL, IHRL, and ICRC’s acceptance on the continent.
  • Enhancing a Brazilian and Southern Cone countries contribution to the strengthening and development of IHRL and other humanitarian considerations such as Missing, Detention, Access to Education.
  • Designing the Delegation’s engagement, on strategic thematic, notably the identification of the countries’ positioning and profiling on humanitarian issues regionally and globally.
  • Supporting organization and running of regional and global events related to humanitarian diplomacy.
  • When required support Regional Policy work on other spaces such as OAS (under coordination of Regional Diplomatic Advisor and RRN).
  • Monitoring Brazil’s foreign policy (and related positions and initiatives) and nurturing a network of contacts related to this.

Political advice, positioning and humanitarian research/analysis

The Policy & Humanitarian Diplomacy Adviser II builds and shares a practical understanding of dynamics of regional politics and State positioning, including through:

  • Researching, analyzing, and advising staff on multilateral initiatives and efforts concerning the five countries cover by the RD; the positioning of these States in universal and regional fora and their promotion of the law and humanitarian action, any other relevant topic of interest, with a focus on geopolitical positions of Brazil and the South Cone governments and other key multilateral players in the region.
  • Analyzing for the Delegation the financial capacities and spending trends of the South Cone governments, the private sector and development banks within Brazil, and highlighting evident fundraising opportunities and possibilities for innovative practices and processes to address humanitarian concerns.
  • Conducting environment scanning to better understand threats and opportunities, thereby contributing to the identification of the Delegation’s strengths and weaknesses and the visioning of the Delegation’s outcome-focused strategies.
  • Producing anticipatory research to inform ICRC positions and strategies on key humanitarian topics, including relevant positions States and opportunities of engagement with them.
  • Contribute to the delegation’s networking and influencing activities.
  • Help the HoD and Law Adviser stay abreast of institutional positions and diplomatic objectives on key crisis.
  • Be a reference to the Diplomacy Affairs as a key relationship

Requirements and qualifications

Minimum requirements:

  • Master’sdegree in International Relations, Diplomacy, Social or political Sciences, as Law or similar.
  • Good knowledge of International Public Law (specialized knowledge of International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law, and International Criminal Law an additional asset).
  • Having belonged to the Brazilian diplomatic corps or similar background.
  • Solid understanding of national/regional relations and their interplay with humanitarian affairs.
  • Experience in international humanitarian work at the ICRC or another Movement component (NS and/or International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) will be considered a plus.
  • Fluent in spoken and written Portuguese, English and Spanish – C1 Level. • Knowledge of French an asset.
  • Good proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet, Skype, Microsoft Teams.
  • Work experience in a similar function or related activities.
  • Hold Brazilian work permit.
  • Availability for professional travel in Brazil, in the region and abroad.

Your attitude is everything: 

  • Respect for human rights, cultural diversity, gender diversity, different sexual orientations, and equal opportunities.
  • Interest in humanitarian work or experience in social work.
  • Enthusiasm for working collaboratively in teams and across departments at all levels of the organization in Brazil and abroad.
  • Excellent synthesis skills in written and verbal communication.
  • Excellent research and analytical thinking.
  • Ability to demonstrate the existence of a relevant network of contacts.
  • Ability to work in a team and interact with heterogeneous audiences.
  • Diplomatic, advocacy and policy making skills.
  • Performance-drive. 

Additional information

What we offer:

  • The opportunity to join a humanitarian organization active in 100 countries, part of the largest humanitarian network in the world and the oldest;
  • Create impact and influence through the work that the Law Adviser team develops in the Brasília Regional Delegation;
  • Professional development and stimulating benefits package;
  • A unique, global, hybrid and diverse team;
  • You will work at the ICRC office in Brasilia, Brazil 

Additional Information:

Start date: 08/2024

• 40 hours per week

• Open-ended contract ruled by the Brazilian labor law (exclusivity dedication to ICRC)

Some of the benefits we offer: International retirement/private pension plan; health and dental plans; meal allowance; Total Pass or Gympass (discount plan for various physical activities at gyms); language policy, among others.

Process stages

  1. Step 1: Registration
  2. Step 2: Motivation Letter
  3. Step 3: Knowledge Test
  4. Step 4: Interview
  5. Step 5: Hiring

Comitê Internacional da Cruz Vermelha (CICV)

O Comitê Internacional da Cruz Vermelha (CICV) é uma organização imparcial, neutra e independente cuja missão exclusivamente humanitária é proteger a vida e a dignidade das vítimas dos conflitos armados e de outras situações de violência, assim como prestar-lhes assistência.