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ICRC – Come diventare Delegato della Croce Rossa Internazionale

Si tratta della figura professionale più importante della luna rossa internazionale, quella del Delegato. Ce ne sono centinaia sparsi per il mondo anche nei contensti più difficili. ICRC seleziona continuativamente nuovi candidati per ricoprire la posizione di Delegato che può essere anche specifica su queste tematiche (detenzione, sicurezza alimentare, cooperazione). Di seguito le caratteristiche principali richieste ai Delegati internazionali e le modalità per accedere alla selezione.


Profession: delegate


Your task
The delegate has several functions: visiting persons deprived of their liberty, restoring family links, developing activities in favours of the missing and their families, promoting the respect of the international humanitarian law, organizing assistance operations. As a representative of the ICRC, he/she also maintains contact and negotiates with authorites and armed actors in order to carry out his/her work as effectively as possible..


Selection requirements

ideal age: 25 to 35
prepared to accept unaccompanied postings for the first two missions (minimum 12 months each)
excellent command of English, good knowledge of French, Spanish and Russian an asset
Arabic speakers: please refer to the special vacancy announcement
university degree or equivalent
minimum two years of professional experience a must
driving licence (for manual transmission vehicles)
fully conversant with IT tools
previous humanitarian field experience is an advantage
previous experience in the detention work is an asset


Your profile
strongly motivated by humanitarian work
open-minded and adaptable
responsible and well-organized
neat appearance, good speaker, well-developed writing and summarizing skills
excellent ability to work in a team and under pressure in a potentially dangerous environment


What we offer
rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment
a four-week orientation course in Switzerland prior to posting abroad
opportunities for further in-house training
generous social benefits

For reasons related to the institution’s working procedures, in particular its principle of neutrality, ICRC personnel cannot be nationals or originate from the countries to which they are assigned.


Profession: economic security delegate (food security and livelihoods)


Main Objective
The ICRC defines Economic Security as the status of an individual, household or community that is able to cover its life and livelihoods obligatory expenditures in a sustainable manner, consistent with its environment, culture and customs. As such, economic security includes food security and encompasses a livelihoods approach. The Economic Security Delegate is responsible for planning and implementing Economic Security programmes in compliance with ICRC guidelines and standards.


Develop a comprehensive overview and understanding of the livelihoods, economy, culture, customs, social structure and politics of a context
Instigate and participate in assessments of the population economic security situation, when appropriate jointly with other ICRC departments such as Protection, Health, and Water and Habitat
Contribute to the identification of beneficiaries, selection of appropriate interventions, and formulation of projects proposal
Implement, monitor and evaluate activities according to objectives and plans of actions
Promote the principles of the Red Cross and of international humanitarian law
As a representative of the ICRC, maintain contact and negotiate with government authorities – civilian and military – in order to carry out the work as effectively as possible


Selection requirements
Ideal age: 25 to 35 years
Prepared to accept unaccompanied postings during the first 24 months of collaboration
University degree in the fields of economics, geography, agronomy, veterinary, nutrition, rural development, public health or anthropology or strong equivalent experience in the humanitarian field
Minimum of 3 years professional experience in humanitarian matters, including field missions abroad in dangerous environments
Excellent command of French and English – Arabic, Spanish, Russian an asset
Familiarity with word processing and spreadsheet software
Driving license (must cover manual transmission – a license for automatic-transmission vehicles only is not sufficient)


General Skills
Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
Open-minded and adaptable
Neat appearance good speaker, well-developed writing and summarizing skills
Able to work under pressure in a dangerous environment
Able to work in a team and in a multicultural environment

Minimum length of the assignment: 12 months


Application process: step by step


Applications for advertised vacancies and skills always in demand 
Once you have completed your application, you will receive an e-mail confirming the creation of your personal account for future visits. This mail will come from the address jobs.gva . If you use a spam filter, please configure it to allow messages from jobs.gva, otherwise you may not receive an acknowledgement.
If your application meets the ICRC’s basic selection criteria, we will tell you about the next steps in the recruitment process.
If your application does not meet our basic selection criteria we will inform you, but we will not give further details.
Because we receive so many applications, we can only enter into oral discussions with candidates whose applications have reached the interview stage.


Interviews for specialists 
If we select your application we will invite you to ICRC headquarters in Geneva for a day of interviews. You will have one-on-one interviews with two or three members of ICRC staff from different units. The interviews will enable us to add to the information contained in your application and to assess your motivation for humanitarian work. They last 60 to 90 minutes each.
You will also take written and oral language tests in English, French and any other language mentioned in your application.
We will let you know the results of your application no later than two weeks after your interviews.
If you are successful, you will receive an offer of employment.


Interviews, tests and assessment days for delegates and administrators 
If we have selected your application, we will invite you to ICRC headquarters in Geneva for an in-depth interview with a recruitment officer, who will assess your motivation and your professional and personal experience.
You will also take written and oral language tests in English, French and any other language mentioned in your application.
If you are successful at the initial interview stage, we will invite you to attend an assessment day in Geneva at a later date.
The assessment day enables us to decide whether you have the necessary skills for ICRC field work, such as motivation, leadership, stress management, decision-making, communication, team work and the capacity to conceptualize. This is not a competition between candidates: our board of observers assesses each candidate individually.
We will let you know the results of your application no later than two weeks after your assessment day.

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