Delegate in charge of relations with police and security forces

Multiple locations

Your task

ICRC delegates to the police and security forces work as part of one or several delegation(s) depending on the number of countries they are tasked to cover. He/she is responsible for contributing to the dialogue of the delegations with the police or security forces with a dual aim: to enhance understanding of the ICRC's role and its operational procedures among these forces; and support national efforts for the dissemination or integration of human rights law and humanitarian principles.

Main tasks are:

  • Dialogue with the authorities to facilitate acceptance of the ICRC.

  • Sensitize authorities on compliance with international norms.

  • Deliver trainings on international rules for police conduct and use of force.

  • Assess police results, failures and structures and evaluate the need for change and reform.

  • Contribute to the evolutions of structures, procedures and mindsets in the security forces for a better compliance to international norms.

  • Contribute to the delegation’s security assessments and contribute to its access to areas with humanitarian concerns.

 Selection requirements

  • Police career: Senior Police Commissioned Officer (Major/Superintendent/ Commissaire).
  • Ideal age: 40 to 55 years.
  • Available for a period of minimum 2 years (renewable).
  • Prepared to accept unaccompanied postings if required (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents).
  • Very good command of English AND French is mandatory. Fluency in another ICRC working language used in the field such as Spanish, Arabic or Russian would be an asset.
  • Education: Master degree or equivalent police/military academy diploma.
  • Minimum of 10 years' professional experience in police-related positions (or equivalent such as gendarmerie or another policing/law enforcement agency) - amongst which minimum 5 years of operational experience in the following fields: training, crowd control, judicial/criminal investigation or special tactics and leadership.
  • Minimum 1 year of international deployment abroad in a relevant position for policing.
  • Good knowledge of the international principles for the use of force and firearms.
  • Knowledge of international humanitarian law and the red cross/red crescent movement is an asset.
  • Fully conversant with common IT tools.

Your profile

  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work.
  • Excellent people skills, proven capacity to adapt to new environments and integrate within multidisciplinary teams.
  • Charismatic speaker, proven instructor, sound capacity to network and negotiate.
  • Able to work under pressure in a potentially dangerous environment.
  • Ready to travel.

What we offer

  • An opportunity to use the skills acquired in your previous profession in a multicultural and humanitarian environment.
  • Induction comprising basic delegate training, short field mission and training as specialist before departure on mission.
  • Opportunities for further in-house training.
  • Generous social benefits.

Please note that owing to the ICRC's working procedures and principles, in particular the principle of neutrality, we cannot assign personnel to a country of which they are a national.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: ICRC - International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Criminology, Police Affairs and Anti-Corruption
  • Closing Date:

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