ICRC in DC is now Hiring a Deputy Legal Advisor

Deputy Legal Advisor

ICRC Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada                                                                                             Full-time resident position based in Washington D.C.                                                                                                         (Only US citizens or Green Card holders may apply)


The main purpose of this position is to provide legal advice and analysis to the delegation on matters of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)/Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) and U.S. domestic law, to support the ICRC’s mission in the United States and Canada.  This includes not only supporting the delegation in its bilateral and confidential dialogue with the authorities on such issues as conduct of hostilities, cyber warfare and other military doctrine, but also public outreach to civil society through regular participation in conferences, panels, and other fora. The chosen applicant must demonstrate a strong commitment to humanitarian principles and international law.

Under hierarchical supervision of the Washington Legal Advisor, the Deputy Legal Advisor provides legal and policy advice to the ICRC Regional Delegation for the US and Canada in Washington DC, and contributes to the implementation of its objectives, including by supporting its humanitarian operations and by advancing the organization's positions in the field of IHL.

More specifically he/she 

  • Provides legal advice to all the Departments of the Regional Delegation on matters of domestic law, IHL and other relevant international standards
  • Provides legal support to ICRC detention visits and other field operations
  • Monitors, analyses and comments on developments of US law and policy pertaining to national security and other relevant areas of humanitarian concern
  • Contributes to the drafting of the reporting of the ICRC and conveys its institutional positions in bilateral meetings with Government representatives
  • Provides legal input to the public communication of the Regional Delegation; drafts and edits articles on IHL issues
  • Discusses IHL with various audiences and represents the ICRC in conferences and public events
  • Maintains and expands the network of contacts of the Regional delegation in the legal community, notably in the executive (including the military) and legislative branches, civil society and academia
  • Some domestic and international travel required


  • J.D. from accredited US law school
  • Expertise in IHL (in particular re conduct of hostilities and weapons regulation would be an asset)
  • At least 5 years post-J.D. experience
  • Legal experience within the US defense or national security sector (JAG experience preferred)
  • Familiarity with international human rights law
  • Commitment to neutral and independent humanitarian action
  • Excellent representation skills and at ease in negotiations with senior personnel
  • Team player with an enthusiasm for working in a multicultural environment
  • Excellent professional oral and written English
  • French and/or Spanish as a working language desirable


  • Be aware of the delegation's objectives and activities
  • Understand the three components of the Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement
  • Apply the delegation's security rules at all times
  • Respect and observe staff regulations of the ICRC
  • 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

Desired beginning of assignment April 1, 2017.

Further information about this post may be obtained by contacting Andrea Harrison

Applications should be submitted to Laure Macabrey no later than March 17th, 2017