ICRC in DC is Hiring a Field Migration Officer

Field Migration Officer

International Committee of the Red Cross

Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada

Resident position based in Washington D.C and/or near the US/Mexican border

(Only US citizen or Green Card holders may apply)

JOB PURPOSE

In line with the delegation’s institutional priorities - within the frame of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement resolutions - to help mitigate specific humanitarian consequences linked to migrants entering the US from Mexico and Central America, the position holder will facilitate and support ICRC efforts in this regard. Main areas of work will include looking at issues around treatment of migrants, family links and separation of families, use of force, deportation processes and migrants going missing, and will necessitate working in close collaboration with ICRC Mexico Delegation, the American Red Cross as well as regular contact with the main governmental and non-governmental stakeholders working in the area in addition to migrant populations.  At least 50% of the position holder’s time will be spent in the US Southern border area.

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Under hierarchical supervision of the Washington (WAS) Protection Coordinator (CoPROT), the position is to support and strengthen the delegation’s ongoing and foreseen activities on migration:

  • Focal point for US southern border missions to be regularly conducted on his/her own and/or in tandem with WAS or MEX colleagues and/ or with the American Red Cross representatives regarding the situation for migrants arriving in the United States, particularly those who have lost contact with their families or have disappeared, and those subject to deportation or in detention. Maintains dialogue with all relevant authorities, NGOs, consulates, Movement members and northern field teams of MEX RD.
  • Follow-up at US capital level with CoPROT of ICRC migration dialogues at capital level  with relevant stakeholders (authorities, NGOs, IOs, consulates and Embassies, American Red Cross).
  • Supports CoProt in transversal work within ICRC delegation in WAS, ensuring relevant information shared with all colleagues implicated in the file (Restoring Family Links (RFL), Inter-American Affairs, Policy, Legal, Armed Forces and Security, Communication) in addition to the Migration Coordinator (CoMIG) based in MEX.
  • Plays an active role in maintaining, strengthening and developing ICRC and American Red Cross partnership.                 

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Confirmed capacity to analyse migration-related trends and policies affecting migrants in North America, ideally with experience of working on US southern border.
  • Pro-active team-player with strong organisational, planning and inter-personal skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (e.g. sociology, anthropology, social work) and up to 5 years of experience in the field.
  • Excellent professional oral and written English and Spanish.
  • Prior experience within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement an asset.

GENERAL DUTIES

  • Respect and observe staff regulations of the ICRC and apply the delegation's security rules at all times
  • The employee 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

ICRC is a humanitarian organization, which works to protect and assist victims of armed conflicts. The position within the institution requires to convey/carry a certain image of the ICRC. ICRC expects its employees to behave in an appropriate manner at all times and in all places. All members of staff should ensure their attitudes correspond to ICRC principles both during and after working hours.

Starting date: September 2018

Applications should be submitted to Laure Macabrey at lmacabrey@icrc.org no later than August 6.

** Pre-selected candidates will be required to take a written and oral Spanish language test **