Weapon contamination - Programme coordinator

Multiple locations

The ICRC Weapon Contamination Unit (WeC) is recruiting a WeC– Programme Coordinator

Introduction to ICRC WEC activities

The ICRC is regularly faced with challenges related to weapon contamination. Such contamination can be of a conventional or a non-conventional type and include unexploded or abandoned ordnance, landmines, weaponised or industrial toxic agents.

The ICRC undertakes a range of activities to minimize the impact of weapon contamination on affected populations and to ensure a rapid and effective response. Such response could be one or more of the following activities:

  • Information gathering and analyses of weapon contamination
  • Risk awareness and risk education on conventional and non-conventional (CBRN) weapons hazards, including in urban armed violence contexts
  • Risk based training to increase resilience for civilians in armed conflict
  • Non-technical and technical survey activities
  • Clearance of conventional and non-conventional (CBRN) weapon hazards and
  • Capacity building of Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies and authorities

The ICRC WeC services are focused on the following four strategic areas:

  • Assist in managing risks posed by weapon related hazards to own staff and partners as a part of the organisations 'duty of care' processes
  • Assist in maintaining the integrity of the organisation by securing continuation of key operations in situations where weapons or weapons systems pose a risk
  • Assist in protecting the vulnerable in situations of armed conflict (e.g. risk education, risk management or contribute to a more robust Conduct of Hostilities reporting) and
  • Support the development of the National Societies of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in their implementation of WeC activities

WeC – programme coordinator role and responsibilities

He/she works under the administrative authority of the Head of Delegation; under the overall coordination of the WeC Regional Adviser on policy and technical issues.

  • In her/his country of deployment, to ensure that weapon contamination related needs are effectively understood by the management team and properly relayed to the Regional Weapon Contamination Adviser
  • In her/his country of deployment, to ensure that the necessary resources are availed to implement weapon contamination activities
  • To ensure that the ICRC and Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement remain engaged with relevant national bodies, processes and activities
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the weapon contamination situation in her/his area of responsibility and provide ICRC management with hazards identification and risk assessments of the likely impact of weapon contamination on staff, operations and civilians in affected areas
  • Monitor weapon contamination operations implemented in the area of responsibility by the RC / RC Movement to ensure that they are appropriate, adapted and in line with both the Preventive Mine Action Framework, the International Mine Action Standards and the ICRC Regional Strategic Framework, and coordinate the WeC activities implemented by the ICRC
  • Promote understanding and implementation of the Movement Strategy and the Preventive Mine Action Operations Framework
  • Maintain and promote institutional engagement with external national networks and engage with these networks as appropriate
  • Liaise and coordinate with victim assistance and legal operations experts on weapon contamination to ensure institutional coherence
  • Provide feedback and lessons learned from programmes to further develop and improve weapon contamination operational policy at the institutional level
  • Provide training, mentoring, orientation and support to ICRC and RC / RC Movement staff working in mine and weapon contaminated environments
  • Take part in all aspects of ICRC WeC operations including risk awareness, survey, data management, planning and prioritization of EOD or CBRN task implementation
  • Ensure WeC activities are implemented in a transversal manner in coordination with the different internal stakeholders and facilitate and complement other aspects of ICRC emergency programming such as relief distributions, water provision, and dead body management
  • Contribute to ICRC protection led reporting mechanisms providing weapon technical scene analyses
  • Develop good working relationships with stakeholders in the area of responsibility (i.e. relief and development organisations, UN agencies and local government representatives) to maximise the impact of the ICRC's work and to identify high priority areas for cooperation on WeC related activities
  • Develop and maintain Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs) and other guidelines for WeC related activities
  • Creatively overcome challenges presented by operating in a conflict or post conflict environment

Your profile

  • Education: advanced university degree (master degree or equivalent) with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience with demonstrated capabilities in management, planning and implementation of training/capacity building; or a first level university degree (bachelor degree or equivalent) with a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience; or military experience (or relevant police experience) at the senior NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) or officer level (or equivalent) with a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience
  • Instructor qualification (from an internationally recognised institution)
  • Experienced and successful manager
  • Very good command of English. French, Russian and Arabic, an asset
  • Manual transmission driving license with driving experiences mandatory
  • A demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationships at all levels both internally and externally with strong representation, communication and negotiation skills
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to coordinate multiple activities
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work calmly under pressure
  • Excellent diplomatic skills, including proven experience and capacity to work constructively in teams under considerable pressure

Minimum length of assignment: 24 months - Non-family posting (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents)


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: USG, Under-Secretary-General
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation
  • Closing Date:

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