ICRC in Ottawa is Hiring Head of Office for Canada

ICRC Head of Office for Canada/ Resident position 100%

Purpose of the Post

The Head of Office is the ICRC’s representative in Canada. She/he works towards ensuring that the Government of Canada continues to strongly and predictably support ICRC's field operations as well as its legal and policy positioning and addresses humanitarian problems within its competence. She/he also plays a key role in coordinating the legal, policy, operational and public communication efforts of the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) and the ICRC, as well as their joint and separate outreach to the Government of Canada.

Her/his main tasks include developing the strategic relationship with the Canadian Red Cross, and strengthening the relationship between the ICRC and relevant Canadian authorities including Global Affairs Canada, Department of National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces, Privy Council Office, Ministers' staff, Prime Minister's Office and Parliament.

Main Activities

Cooperation with Canadian Red Cross

  • Lead ICRC’s cooperation vision and ambitions in Canada, taking into consideration Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement-wide priorities and interests.
  • Support the implementation and monitor the impact of the ICRC-CRC Letter of Intent with a view to creating a more comprehensive strategic and operational partnership.
  • Improve the mutual understanding of ICRC and CRC’s priorities and policies; to this end, ensure a systematic information flow between the two institutions.
  • Seize and develop partnership opportunities, including cooperation on HR marketing and recruitment, as well as on financial resource mobilization.

Outreach to the Government of Canada and civil society

  • In close coordination with CRC, ensure that ICRC maintains a regular and substantive dialogue with the various branches of the Government of Canada on operational, legal and policy matters that relate to humanitarian action.
  • In close coordination with CRC, assist in outreach to academic circles and civil society in order to promote an environment conducive to respect for international humanitarian law and humanitarian action, and track policy conversations on matters of interest to ICRC.
  • Contribute to the continuous analysis of ICRC-relevant political and security environment in Canada.
  • Position ICRC America’s Regional Strategic Framework priorities in Canada: intersection between IHL and IHRL, impact of urban violence, migration, missing persons and detention.
  • Support ICRC headquarters in strengthening the funding relationship with Global Affairs Canada.

Main tasks

  •  Analysis and planning
  • Diplomacy and representation
  • Management and implementation of objectives
  • Networking and maintaining contacts
  • Internal communication liaison and reporting
  • Organization and active support to ICRC visitors to Ottawa from the field and HQ
  • Manage small office structure

Place of work

Ottawa (c/o Canadian Red Cross National Office), with moderate travel across Canada, as well as periodic travel to Washington DC, Geneva and other international destinations.

ICRC setup in Canada

The Head of Mission supervises the work of one Ottawa-based colleague (Legal and Policy Officer). She/he reports to the Head of the Washington DC Regional Delegation for the US & Canada and interacts regularly with relevant technical departments from the Delegation; while remaining in regular consultation with the Canadian Red Cross Vice President of International Operations for all cooperation-related issues. She/he interacts directly with the following Offices at ICRC HQ: Americas Desk, Cooperation Division, Resource Mobilization Division, Office of the Director General, Office of the Director of Operations and Office of the President.

Training and experience required

  • Previous field experience, minimum 8 to 10 years of ICRC experience
  • Representing the ICRC vis-à-vis diverse audiences
  • Working at an executive level
  • Confirmed ICRC cooperation skills, notably in managing strategic partnerships
  • Experience in working with a National Society and/or Federation is a strong asset
  • Leadership, diplomacy, responsibility and autonomy
  • Communication, public speaking and networking

Skills and Qualifications

  • Master's degree international relations, international law, politics or similar
  • Excellent English and French language skills in accordance with the ICRC official language level description requirements

Personal requirements

Candidates need to be able to contract local employment in Canada. The ICRC will not take any measure (sponsor, support documents) to facilitate work permits.

Desired start date:  June 1, 2018

If you are interested in this position and your profile matches the requirements listed above, please send your CV and cover letter to lmacabrey@icrc.org.before March 15, 2018.