Geneva Call recruiting new Head of Operations

About the author(s):

Katharine Fortin

Katharine Fortin is an Associate Professor at Utrecht University where she teaches IHL and IHRL. Before joining Utrecht University, she worked at the ICTY, ICC and Norton Rose Fulbright. She is the author of The Accountability of Armed Groups under Human Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2017) which won the 2018 Lieber Prize. She has written widely about the framework of law that applies to armed groups in non-international armed conflicts and is one of the editors of the Armed Groups and International Law blog.

Geneva Call

Geneva Call is recruiting a new Head of Operations and applications are requested to be sent by 22 September 2015.

According to the job description, the Head of Operations will perform the following activities:-

  •  – Plans operational policy in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the Foundation Board and the Executive President, and integrating strategic priorities into Appel de Genève / Geneva Call’s thematic areas;
  •  – Assumes responsibility for this policy implementation at Headquarters and in the field;
  • – Ensures coordination and consistency between operational activities;
  • – Manages the Operations Department (human resources, budget, safety, etc.);
  • – Reports to the Executive President on the results of policy implementation and management, including analysis and proposals for necessary adjustments;
  • – Contributes to the definition and monitoring of Appel de Genève / Geneva Call’s overall policy, as a member of the Directorate;
  • – Leads critical thinking and discussion on operational issues within the Department.

Geneva Call is looking for someone with the following experience:

  • – Excellent ability to define operational priorities and their planification for implementation and monitoring;
  • – Ability to design, plan and integrate the Appel de Genève / Geneva Call’s specific themes into regional or transversal projects;
  • – Ability to analyse the humanitarian contexts of armed conflicts, particularly concerning non-international armed conflicts and to define strategies for negotiations, interventions and follow-up;
  • – Knowledge of humanitarian norms and challenges linked to the protection of civilians in armed conflicts;
  • – Experience of dialogue with parties to armed conflicts, including armed non-State actors;
  • – Ability to represent the Foundation at the highest levels and develop networks using excellent diplomatic and negotiating skills;
  • – Ability to manage a budget, organize responsibilities and delegate tasks;
  • – Ability to, lead and harmoniously work with the Operations’ team and external consultants;
  • – Excellent writing skills;
  • – Large flexibility, notably to travel to conflict areas;
  • – University degree or equivalent;
  • – Several years experience in similar activities;
  • – Fluent French and English; a third language would be an advantage.
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