ICRC Mission in Seoul
Function: Policy Officer
Employment type: Full-time
Start Date: ASAP
Working Place: Seoul, Republic of Korea
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of persons affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance. The ICRC also endeavors to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening international humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles. Established in 1863, the ICRC is at the origin of the Geneva Conventions and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. It directs and coordinates the international activities conducted by the Movement in armed conflicts and other situations of violence.
The position will assist the ICRC in the Republic of Korea deepen its institutional partnership with the Korean ODA implementation agency of the Republic of Korea (KOICA) through expanded commitments and ICRC-ROK resource mobilisation opportunities.
Working within relevant ICRC strategic frameworks, the Policy Officer will build on established contacts and technical dialogue to spearhead ICRC institutional engagement with KOICA. S/he will integrate different partnership ambitions and workstreams on concrete KOICA proposals while supporting contacts between KOICA and ICRC delegations worldwide to secure financial resources for the ICRC. S/he will support interaction at leadership levels within KOICA and the ROK MFA, as well as help create and sustain headquarters- and field-level relationships through the exchange of expertise, operational briefings, and support to the SEO Mission’s Policy and Humanitarian Diplomacy messaging.
The Policy Officer will also analyse relevant KOICA and Government of ROK documents to link ICRC experts and file-holders to relevant KOICA actors, and to provide and coordinate feedback from ICRC to KOICA, reinforcing partnership between the two institutions.
Internally, interacts with Political Advisor and delegation management team along with relevant file holders, as well as REM_GVA and relevant REM regional actors. Externally, interacts with KOICA and other government officials and others as necessary.
ACCOUNTABILITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the supervision of the SEO Political Advisor and working closely with the SEO_HoM, the Policy Officer will be KOICA focal point, responsible for managing the SEO Mission’s relationship with KOICA and its different funding workstreams.
• Deepen network of relevant relationships with KOICA Headquarter and field offices
• Advance and sustain dialogue between REM_GVA and KOICA, regarding application procedures and processes, supporting REM and ICRC operational delegations’ passage through preliminary screening, application, monitoring, and reporting phases of the KOICA project cycles
• Facilitate thinking in the KOICA-ICRC partnership: Establishing links between the ICRC ‘s mandate and the Korean ODA and international humanitarian funding environment; Follow trends and developments in ODA policy; Identify opportunities for multi-agency (ICRC-Korean Red Cross) or cross-Ministerial (Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Ministry of National Defence) projects.
• Awareness of the Mission’s objectives and activities
• Understanding the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
• Applying the Mission’s security and Code of Conduct rules at all times
• Respecting and observing all staff regulations of the ICRC
• The employee may be asked to perform duties and tasks not covered in this job description as well as to provide support to other departments as necessary
• Experience with KOICA, knowledge of its structure and familiarity with its work on fragility and conflict preferred.
• Prior experience or familiarity with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and the humanitarian sector an asset.
• Confirmed capacity to analyse humanitarian and development-related trends and ROK/KOICA policies related to key issues for ICRC.
• Strong analytic and drafting skills; experience with KOICA programmatic documents, project design process, and inter-institutional expectations a strong asset.
• Excellent networker and proactive relationship-builder, resilience and patience in engagements.
• Bachelor’s degree or higher in relevant field (e.g. international relations, development, conflict resolution) and a least 5 years of experience working with related issues (international humanitarian or development organisations or government ODA agencies).
• Proactive team player, self-starter with strong organisational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
• Comfort and proven ability in cross-cultural communication (Korean-Other).
• Ability to conduct short (weeks) missions abroad.
• Excellent professional oral and written English.
• French or other ICRC working languages an asset.
HOW TO APPLY
Submit CV, cover letter and names & contact details with e-mail addresses of two referees in English to
firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 29 December 2021.
(Only successful candidates will be contacted for a written test and an interview)
▪ ICRC Website: https://www.icrc.org/ (ENG) | https://kr.icrc.org/ (KOR)
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