Please note that the ICRC is not a UN-system organization.

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 victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance.

The ICRC is mandated to work in countries affected by armed conflict or other situations of violence. The ICRC is present in over 80 countries and has some 19,000-field staff.

In 2014, the ICRC expanded its presence to Ukraine. There are more than 600 ICRC staff working in Kyiv, Dnipro, Poltava, Vinnytsia, Lviv, Donetsk, Luhansk, and Odesa.

The ICRC is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated person to fill the position of Legal Advisor 1 in its sub-delegation/ delegation in KYIV.


The Legal Adviser 1 advises the delegation on international humanitarian law (IHL), national law as well as national and international legal matters. He/She initiates and formulates strategies to address identified issues. She supervises and guides research on and analysis of specific legal matters and broader sectors of the national legal system.

Functional Responsibilities:

  •  Analyses the situation, advises and provides guidance on the applicable national and international legal frameworks and norms in relation to delegation activities, objectives, strategies and plans of action to address identified legal and other related issues.
  •  Drafts legal notes/analyses and contributes with legal aspects to working papers, summary reports, ‘non-papers’ etc. related to delegation activities and objectives.
  •  Performs independent research on and analysis of specific legal issues, as well as broader sectors of the national legal system.
  •  Supports IHL dissemination activities directed at specialized audiences and the public at large and supports the implementation of strategies, programmes and action plans related to IHL treaty participation, the development of relevant domestic legal and policy frameworks and mechanisms for their implementation.
  •  Supports the provision of legal advice and technical assistance to national authorities and other interested parties.
  •  Monitors developments in the national implementation of IHL, relevant international human rights law (IHRL) norms and other relevant legislation or regulations related to the humanitarian needs of the population affected by the conflict in Ukraine.
  •  Maintains relations with academic circles, supports the teaching of IHL and develops and maintains a network of partners and contacts linked to legal questions and IHL promotion and implementation.
  •  Manages administrative tasks related to the activities of the legal department and carries out tasks in information management
  •  Represents the delegation(s) in meetings with external contacts; participates in dissemination sessions if required.
  •  Advises on socio-political and legal aspects related to delegation strategy and operations.
  •  Coordinates and supervises external consultancies on legal issues.
  •  Ensures follow-up on specific processes related to internal procedures (including organization of online and onsite events, correspondence, information management, reporting etc.)

Required Qualifications and Skills:

  •  Ukrainian citizenship
  •  University Degree in Law, International Law or International Relations
  •  Master’s Degree or specialization including in a discipline of public international law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law
  •  Degree or specialization in IHL is a strong advantage
  •  Excellent command of English and Ukrainian (including legal drafting skills)
  •  Computer proficiency (MS Office package); experience in information management or administrative functions is an asset
  •  Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team and in an international setting is a strong advantage
  •  1-3 years of professional experience in a similar function

Social package and other benefits

  •  Official employment according to Ukrainian labour law
  •  Annual paid 20 working days’ vacation
  •  Medical insurance for employees and family
  •  ICRC Institutional training
  •  Individual development covered by ICRC
  •  Foreign language courses
  •  Convenient office location in the city centre

Starting date: ASAP

How to apply

Please submit your CV, along with your motivation letter in English and salary expectations to the attention of the Human Resources Department.

Application deadline: 31.03.2023

Only candidates meeting the above-mentioned criteria will be considered and contacted for tests and/or interviews. No inquiries by phone, please.

ICRC is Equal Opportunity Employer giving the highest priority to staff safety and security.

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