ICRC Humanitarian Affairs Adviser Job in Kenya

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Employment Opportunity: Humanitarian Affairs Adviser

(Open to Kenyan nationals only)

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organisation with the exclusively humanitarian mission to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence and to provide them with assistance.

It also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening International Humanitarian Law and universal humanitarian principles.

The ICRC’s Regional Delegation in Nairobi co-ordinates the institution’s humanitarian activities in Kenya, Tanzania and Djibouti.

The Regional Delegation in Nairobi is seeking for an experienced, highly motivated and qualified person to fill the position of:

Humanitarian Affairs Adviser

(Open to Kenyan Nationals only)

Overall Responsibility: The incumbent supports the Regional Adviser for Humanitarian Affairs in his/her specific area of expertise especially facilitating meetings with Muslim academics, religious scholars and religious / religio-political movements in the region for the purpose of promoting common humanitarian values and principles between International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Islamic law.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Develops, under the supervision of the Regional Humanitarian Affairs Adviser, a strategy for engaging religious scholars in a dialogue on humanitarian issues and ensures implementation of the strategy;
  • Maintains and develops contacts with a wide range of religious circles and related stakeholders, including religious scholars, religio-political leaders, heads of educational institutions, students, humanitarian organisations, media and other organisations;
  • Contributes to analysis and mapping of relevant stakeholders for a better understanding of the religious circles landscape in the region;
  • Contributes to the promotion of dialogue on the areas of convergence between IHL and Islamic law in order to raise awareness and promote respect for humanitarian principles and values;
  • Monitors political and security events and changes within the region that could have humanitarian consequences and have an impact on ICRC humanitarian activities;
  • Assists in, and progressively takes more responsibilities for, organising workshops, round tables, seminars and courses for religious circles, and manages a small budget for organising such events;
  • Helps to explore means to improve public communication in collaboration with Communication departments;
  • Writes institutional reports, such as minutes of meeting, analysis and project proposals, and contributes to internal meetings and discussions;
  • Works as focal point in the delegation for briefing new staff members, both local and international, on humanitarian affairs.
  • Provides support to the ICRC staff in other locations, whenever needed.


  • Master of Arts degree in Humanities/Political Science/International Relations or a relevant fields;
  • Sound knowledge of the Islamic world including Islamic movements; knowledge of Islamic law is an asset;
  • 3- 5 years’ experience as an academic/ researcher/ consultant/ analyst;
  • Excellent English and Kiswahili communication skills, both verbal and written. Working knowledge of Arabic will be an asset;
  • Confirmed capacity to analyse the political, security, humanitarian and social environment;
  • Ability to manage, analyse and summarise large amount of information;
  • Ability to build and maintain a large network of relevant stakeholders;
  • Well-developed computer skills.

How to Apply:

Interested persons with the required background and experience are invited to submit their application to: Human Resource Office at the e-mail address; nai_hrrec_services@icrc.org before 20th April, 2018 (indicate the position title in the subject line).

Please include: detailed CV and motivation letter, copies of relevant certificates, current and expected remuneration and contact details of three referees.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

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Nairobi County

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Updated: April 5, 2018 — 4:09 pm