Risk Awareness/Education Specialist/WEC

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What we do

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence. We take action in response to emergencies and at the same time promote respect for international humanitarian law. We are an independent and neutral organization, and our mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. We work closely with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with their International Federation in order to ensure a concerted, rational and rapid humanitarian response to the needs of the victims of armed conflict or any other situation of internal violence. We direct and coordinate the international activities conducted in these situations.

Role Description

The ICRC and war affected communities are regularly faced with challenges related to weapon contamination (WeC). Such contamination can be of a conventional or a non-conventional type (CBRN – Chemical, Biological, Radioactive or Nuclear) and include unexploded or abandoned ordnance, landmines, weaponised or industrial toxic agents. Weapon contamination impedes relief work and hinders civilian’s access to essential materials and services. For a more extensive read on ICRC’s response to weapon contamination: https://www.icrc.org/en/document/overview-mine-action

The Risk awareness & safer behavior (RASB) delegate contributes to identifying the risks and patterns of behaviour that expose people to the effects of weapon contamination and developing and promoting measures aimed at reducing this exposure. Your role is to reduce the impact of weapon contamination on affected communities by ensuring that the WeC programme at country level is meeting its objectives. You also assess the need for new projects and activities for affected communities, provide information and advice for the security assessments of ICRC operations and helps promote IHL instruments related to weapons.

WeC Activities

While program content varies depending on the context, WeC activities include, the development and implementation of risk awareness and safer behavior (RASB) programs, often in partnership with National Societies; capacity building for national authorities in blast trauma care and explosive ordnance disposal to international standards; and, where needed, helping National Societies’ preparations for a CBRN response. WeC colleagues also contribute to security assessments and mitigation measures for ICRC staff and operations and analysis for Protection on conduct of hostilities issues.


As part of the WeC team and in relation to the country or countries that you cover:
• Develop a detailed understanding of the weapon contamination situation and provide ICRC management with hazards identification and risk assessments of the likely impact on staff, operations and civilians in affected areas
• Develop the tools for collecting, assessing and managing weapon-related data and understanding local knowledge attitudes and practices
• Define and manage the WeC objectives, priorities, strategies, plan of action and the associated budgets
• Develop the necessary strategies, plans of actions and tools for the promotion and implementation of the RASB guidelines
• Monitor and evaluate ICRC and Movement weapon contamination operations, including RASB activities, and propose improvements to the way activities are integrated and implemented in the delegations covered
• Support the relevant Red Cross or Red Crescent National Societies to fulfil their obligations under the Movement Strategy on Landmines, Cluster Munitions and other Explosive Remnants of War while at the same time fostering the development of an intra-Movement approach
• Provide training, mentoring and orientation to Red Cross or Red Crescent National Societies on RASB activities
• Contribute to ensuring staff safety and the continuation of ICRC and movement operations in situations where conventional or non-conventional weapon contamination pose a hazard
• Represent the ICRC in Mine Action and other relevant fora
• Develop and maintains good working relationships with national authorities (including military authorities), relief, assistance, development and other relevant organizations and UN agencies to maximize the impact of the ICRC’s work and for identifying priority areas for cooperation
• Liaise and coordinate with victim assistance and legal operations specialists on weapon contamination issues to ensure institutional coherence, contributes to Protection activities as appropriate in particular evidence gathering and analysis on conduct of hostilities issues
• Develop and maintain standing operating procedures (SOPs) and other guidelines for WeC related activities. Ensure that lessons learned in operational activities are integrated into the development of related tools, methodologies and procedures


• Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences or similar); or a first level university degree (bachelor’s degree or equivalent) with equivalent proven experience
• 3 years of planning and training experience or program management experience (in the field of weapon contamination or Humanitarian mine action)
• 3 years’ experience representing before governments and external partners
• 2 years training and education experience
• Strong communication skills and good knowledge of behavior change practices
• Experience in data collection and data management (Excel, Device magic, Tableau)
• Proven experience and capacity to work constructively with your team under considerable pressure
• Proficiency in English. Any other languages recognized by the ICRC (French, Spanish, Russian or Arabic) would be an asset

Our operational & field constraints

• In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC does not assign personnel to a country of which they are nationals
• You are in good health and will do a medical check-up prior to departure in the field
• You possess a driving license (for manual transmission vehicles)
You are prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) for at least the first 6 months up to 24 months

What we offer

• Rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment
• Opportunities for further in-house training
• Competitive salary and attractive social benefits

Application deadline: November 15th, 2021

The ICRC values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.

How to apply

Please apply here: https://careers.icrc.org/job/Geneva-%28GVA%29-Risk-AwarenessEducation-SpecialistWEC-17390/723543301/?locale=en_GB

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