London, Greater London
Contract, Temporary, Full-time
Job description



The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) helps people around the world affected by conflict and armed violence, doing everything we can to protect their dignity and relieve their suffering.


The ICRC promotes the laws of war, championing the need for neutral and impartial humanitarian action at all times. People know they can rely on the ICRC to carry out a range of life-saving activities, supplying food, safe drinking water, sanitation and shelter; providing healthcare; and helping to reduce the danger of landmines and unexploded ordnance. We also reunite family members separated by conflict and visit people who are detained to ensure they are treated properly. Our work is based on a mandate which stems from the Geneva Conventions of 1949.


The ICRC’s mission in the UK & Ireland is at the heart of our efforts to deliver on this mandate, including working to secure much-needed and widespread support for our work in conflict zones. We cultivate active and relevant relationships with government departments, ministers, the armed forces, think-tanks, civil society, donors and the media. The team also works closely with our partners, the British Red Cross and the Irish Red Cross.



The Public Affairs and Policy Adviser role works with the broader team under the Head of Delegation to support and lead on key thematics with work with critical audiences. The purpose of this role and engagement is to further the influencing work of the ICRC in the UK.

Public affairs engagement in Parliament is undertaken by this role jointly with the other Humanitarian Adviser within the team and focuses on Select Committees, and individual MPs and Peers of influence, including those affiliated with All Party Parliamentary Groups.

The other key audience for this role is the Commonwealth Secretariat, a relationship the Humanitarian Adviser manages in coordination with colleagues in Geneva and in harmony with the British Red Cross who have a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commonwealth. The purpose of this engagement is to make better use of the opportunities the Commonwealth presents as outlined in the Commonwealth Strategy.

Thematics which the Humanitarian Adviser manages on behalf of the UK and Ireland delegation are sexual violence in conflict, access to education and violence against healthcare (Health Care in Danger). The role includes maintaining a level of knowledge and understanding of these files as well as managing workstreams to ensure better awareness, engagement and action on the issues at stake by policy makers.

Finally the Humanitarian Adviser takes on the global policy role for sexual violence in conflict. Providing policy direction, advice and documentation which support a coherent institutional engagement on sexual violence in conflict as a critical operational, diplomatic and policy file for the ICRC.


·        Internally, leads the work of the Delegation in engaging on sexual violence in conflict, access to education and violence against healthcare – working closely with the policy team and other relevant colleagues in fundraising, communications and protection.

·        Internally, leads the policy work of the ICRC globally for sexual violence in conflict, working closely with the Geneva policy, legal and sexual violence teams.

·        Internally, works jointly with the other Humanitarian Adviser to implement the ICRC UK’s Parliament Strategy and in complementarity with other file holders in the Delegation to ensure appropriate messaging across the ICRC’s priority influencing files.

·        Internally, represents the Delegation in engagement with the Commonwealth, working with the legal adviser, management and subject matter experts in London and closely aligned with the legal team in Geneva.

·        Externally, works with the British Red Cross to ensure harmonisation of the Commonwealth relationship across the Movement.

·        Externally, provides the first point of contact in the UK on thematics covered.

·        Externally, provides joint first point of contact with other Humanitarian Adviser for Parliamentarians.




·        Understands and adheres to the 7 Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement;

·        Understands and adheres to the ICRC Code of Conduct;

·        Understands the three components of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement;

·        Respects and observes staff regulations and security rules at all times;

·        Represents the ICRC in a professional manner at all time;

·        Develops and maintains a pleasant and conducive working environment with colleagues and line managers;

·        Performs all duties with the highest level of confidentiality in the interest of the employees and the ICRC;

·        May be asked to perform duties and tasks not covered in this job description as well as to provide support to other departments when necessary.



Thematic lead for sexual violence in conflict, access to education and violence against healthcare:

·      Maintains high level of knowledge and understanding of issues and external environment in relation to thematics.

·      Maintains networks on thematics of interest.

·      Leads engagement to influence key audiences and policy makers, including bilateral meetings, email contact, event organisation, public speaking and supporting the production of written products.

·      Works across the Delegation to ensure joined up thinking and opportunities are maximised.

·      Feeds back input, analysis and information regarding the environment and sector relevant to the issues in the UK.

·      Engages regularly, transparently and initiates joint working on areas of mutual interest with British Red Cross in London.


Joint lead on engagement with Parliament

·        Works closely and effectively with other Humanitarian Adviser role to deliver objectives set out in Parliament strategy.

·        Manages network of contacts in Parliament including specifically those connected to Select Committees.

·        Reaches out across delegation to ensure appropriate engagement on Delegation priorities in Westminster.

·        Manages Public Affairs Intern with other Humanitarian Adviser.

·        Provides ad hoc analysis and reporting of events of interest in Parliament.

·        Engages audiences in Parliament via bilateral meetings, email contact, providing written evidence, organising and sometimes delivering oral evidence to Select Committees, event organisation, and organising meetings and briefings for colleagues from the field and HQ.

·        Engages regularly, transparently and sometimes initiates joint working on areas of mutual interest with British Red Cross in London.


Management of institutional relationship with Commonwealth Secretariat from London

·        Works closely with colleagues in Delegation to ensure coherent engagement with Commonwealth on files of institutional interest.

·        Works closely with colleagues in Geneva, to ensure the legal engagement with the Commonwealth is complemented by an extension of this discussion with other departments such as protection.

·        Works closely with British Red Cross International Law Department to ensure the extension of ICRC engagement with the Commonwealth is mutually beneficial and supported.

·        Reaches out to Commonwealth to explore and maximise opportunities for greater engagement by ICRC, including via bilateral meeting, arranging senior level meetings for colleagues and by bringing over subject matter experts from Geneva.

·        Maintains a network and up to date mapping of departments of interest within the Commonwealth.


Global Policy Lead for Sexual Violence in Conflict

·        Works closely with colleagues in Geneva and the field, including the sexual violence team, policy unit, legal service and across operations to ensure institutional policy is reflective of all ICRC interests.

·        Produces relevant, useable and informative policy documentation including maintaining the key messages file, to support colleagues across the organisation in engaging and conceptualising this issue.

·        Maintains internal and external policy network on sexual violence in conflict to ensure ICRC positioning is appropriate and engagement is optimal.

·        Supports senior level diplomacy on sexual violence in conflict including on the international stage in person, in writing and by participating in discussion.

·        Works with communications colleagues as appropriate to translate policy messages and direction into effective communication products.

·        Represents the ICRC on this subject matter in relevant forums including through event attendance, organisation and public speaking.



·        Ensures the follow up of all messages and correspondence related to the work, in relation with the concerned interlocutors and/or departments;

·        Is aware of the delegation’s objectives and has a good knowledge of the Movement and other interlocutors relevant to the position;

·        Collects and shares information so as to improve the ICRC’s understanding of the environment, humanitarian trends and responses when relevant;

·        Represents the ICRC in an appropriate way during activities, meetings and in the field and avoids any activity that may reflect negatively on the ICRC’s image;

·        Takes responsibility of own professional learning and development;


Application process and job length:


·      All applicants must confirm in their initial application that they have the right to work permanently in the United Kingdom.

·      Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

·      Official working hours: 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday.


Start date: End of September 2019


Please forward your CV (no longer than two pages) together with a separate Word cover letter in support of your application, including salary expectations, to the Head of Finance & HR

On the subject line of your email, please enter: Policy and Public Affairs Adviser application


Closing date for applications will be midnight on Monday 5th August 2019.


Interviews expected to be w/c 12th August. We regret that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

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