Water and Habitat Project Manager

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Requisition ID:  20770

Region:  Global Deployment Option

Contract type:  Open-ended contract

What we do

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide protection and 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.

Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities

As a Water and Habitat Project Manager working for the ICRC, you will be planning, designing and implementing public health engineering projects for victims of armed conflict. Being part of a multidisciplinary team, you will be responsible for all aspects of project, program and people management, to ensure their successful delivery within constraints of scope, quality, time and budget. You will be in charge of developing technical design, procurement, implementation and commissioning of projects, including reporting, and will manage relationships with the stakeholders involved (e.g. service providers, authorities, contractors, etc.).You will be accountable for:

  • Outputs delivery
  • Design of projects according to needs and demands
  • Implementation in terms of quality, costs, timelines, sustainability, etc.
  • Coordination and collaboration with other ICRC departments and external stakeholders
  • Management of allocated resources (human, finance, suppliers, etc.)

Currently we are mainly looking for project managers specialized in essential services in urban settings (water, wastewater, energy, construction) who are able to assess, plan, design and supervise projects in these contexts.

Watch our related videos:

To get a better idea of the kind of work the ICRC does in this field, please have a look at the below videos:

Water and habitat engineer  – video

Water and war in towns and cities – video

Urban services during protracted conflict – video

Building hospitals and rebuilding them – video

Desired profile and skills

  • University degree in architecture, urban planning or engineering: civil, structural, electro-mechanical, hydrogeology, environmental, energy or related fields
  • Minimum three years of professional experience in the management of Public Health Essential Services projects, including people and project management
  • Experience of working overseas for humanitarian or development organizations a strong asset
  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work and able to perform under pressure in a potentially dangerous environment
  • Very good command of English. Fluency in another ICRC working language (French, Spanish, Russian or Arabic) is a strong asset
  • Confirmed team leader, with strong level of intercultural understanding
  • Excellent organisational skills, able to prioritise a complex workload and to work autonomously as needed

Our operational and field constraints

  • In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC does not assign personnel to a country of which they are nationals
  • Candidates must be in good health and will have to do a medical check-up prior to departure in the field
  • Candidates must possess a driving licence (for manual transmission vehicles)
  • Candidates must be prepared to accept postings of minimum 12 months of duration
  • Candidates must be prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) for at least the first 24 months

What we offer

  • Rewarding work in a rich, multicultural and expansive operational humanitarian organisation;
  • Attractive employment package and social benefits: a salary paid on a basis of thirteen months, an open-ended contract with a minimum assignment of 1 year; a competitive pension plan; medical and accident coverage etc.;
  • Annual paid leave: 20–27.5 days (depending on age);
  • Accommodation provided and financed by ICRC when deployed internationally;
  • One paid return ticket home every year;
  • ICRC staff integration course and opportunities for further in-house trainings and career opportunities with ICRC;
  • All assignments are categorized into four levels of hardship, some of which are compensated with financial incentives and extra leave.
  • The opportunity to join our talent pool and be considered for future assignments elsewhere.

Please note that this is a pool selection. If your profile is validated to join the pool, you will not be offered a contract by ICRC until we offer you a specific mission/assignment.

Additional Information

  • Type of Position: Mobile
  • Contract: Open-Ended Contract
  • Working Rate: 100%
  • Length of Assignment: 12 Months 
  • Starting Date: Possible deployment starting Mid-late 2023
  • Application Deadline: 11.02.2023

Ready to apply?

Upload your CV and a cover letter in English or French, as well as copies of diplomas and certifications, passport and driving license. To apply for this opportunity, please click on the “Apply” button below and create/sign into your account!

The ICRC is a global organization that benefits from a uniquely diverse workforce and the inclusion of a wide range of experiences and skills. The ICRC values diversity and is committed to create an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates. Women are especially encouraged to apply.





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