ICRC DELEGATION TO THE UN (NEW YORK)
Humanitarian Affairs Adviser
US CITIZENS OR RESIDENTS (GREEN CARD HOLDERS) ONLY
The ICRC Delegation in New York City plays a key role in humanitarian diplomacy. The ICRC is a Permanent Observer to the United Nations. Key international policies that originate at the UN in New York can affect the ICRC’s field operations and development of the law and policy. Therefore, ICRC NYC engages externally in humanitarian diplomacy on the countries of concern where the ICRC is operational, and on priority concerns of the ICRC’s field delegations which translate into thematic ICRC concerns to be raised with UN Member States, UN entities and other relevant interlocutors.
NYC team members must be highly motivated, skilled relationship-builders, curious and flexible, and quickly able to adapt to the fast-paced and ever-changing dynamics at UNHQ and with Permanent Missions. Good political instincts, the ability to identify and capitalize on opportunities, experience managing competing interests, and the ability to think creatively and analyze an issue from multiple perspectives are indispensable
MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Monitoring/analysis/reporting/influencing of deliberations and decisions of the Security Council; relations with Permanent Missions in New York
- Focal point for the Middle East and Eurasia regions.
- Focal point for the following entities of the Secretariat: OCHA (working level, both operational and policy divisions), DPA (working level, relevant contexts).
- Focal point for coordination at New York level with UNICEF, WFP, MSF, operational NGOs, selected New York based civil society.
- Monitoring/analysis/reporting/influencing of relevant UN General Assembly & EcoSoc resolutions,
- Focal point for ICRC participation in EcoSoc Humanitarian Affairs Segment
- Supporting Delegation in management of ICRC visitors & planning & implementation of events at the United Nations (UNGA High Level Week and ICRC leadership visits to NY)
- Supporting ICRC IASC membership role at New York level
- Maintaining permanent dialogue with Federation working level on these issues
- Contributes to designing and delivering effective diplomatic strategies, tactics, plans and products based on the ICRC's global (and regional) humanitarian diplomacy priorities.
- uilds and shares a practical understanding of the dynamics of both global and regional politics and positioning at State, regional and UN levels .
- Works with the ICRC New York and GVA teams to cultivate and maintain an effective network of contacts within diplomatic circles, international organizations, governments, regional organizations, NGOs and UN agencies.
- Listens to and understands the main views and policy objectives of State and regional players and the UN.
- Advises all levels of the ICRC on processes, fora and players related to humanitarian diplomacy.
REQUIRED BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE:
- 5 years’ experience in humanitarian affairs.
- Sound knowledge of international relations and the humanitarian environment.
- Demonstrated capacity and experience in developing and maintaining networks across a range of diplomatic or humanitarian actors.
- Excellent knowledge of ICRC & institutional issues (operations, IHL, humanitarian principles, Movement)
- Field experience in complex operations with an important presence of multilateral political, humanitarian & military actors of the UN including agencies & secretariat (OCHA, DPKO, SRSG, DPA), as well as Movement & NGOs. ICRC field experience will be particularly valued.
- Experience in contexts high on the UN agenda (in particular at the Security Council) is an advantage.
- Good knowledge of challenges & issues around humanitarian action & coordination .
- Experience and sound knowledge of multilateral fora and humanitarian diplomacy, with previous experience in HD capitals / HQ (Geneva, New York, Addis Ababa, …)
- Capacity to conceptualize, and proven track record in planning, reporting and analysis
- Understanding of the nature of both contemporary and future conflict, and the potential implications for humanitarian actions
- Highly adept in networking and relationship management. ability to engage diverse diplomatic interlocutors at different levels) Experience in negotiation between States and among UN entities, proven ability to negotiate. Understanding of underlying issues in negotiations between States, capacity & will to influence resolutions/PRSTs of the Security Council, General Assembly and EcoSoc.
- Demonstrated experience in communicating with influence, particularly across cultures and within organizations. Ability to communicate concisely and fluently, both orally and in writing, and including production of reporting / analysis.
- Excellent people skills and a team player,
- Proven ability to balance competing demands, assess political risk, and manage time in a fast-paced work environment. Flexibility and responsiveness are key.
- Sensitivity to humanitarian, political, economic & legal analyses (HR, IHL)
- Strongly motivated by humanitarian work and scrupulous respect of the humanitarian principles