Legal Advisor
JOB TITLE: Legal Advisor
EMPLOYER: The International Committee of the Red Cross DUTY STATION: Azerbaijan
PUBLISHED: 2018-06-12 LAST UPDATED: N/A DEADLINE: 2018-07-12


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. Established in 1863, the ICRC is at the origin of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

The ICRC Delegation in Azerbaijan is seeking candidates for the position of:

Legal Advisor

Main responsibilities:

Legal Adviser advises the delegation on international humanitarian law (IHL) and national and/or international legal matters and conducts related legal work. S/he initiates, formulates and implements strategies to address identified issues and delegation objectives in the legal domain. S/he supervises and guides research on and analysis of specific legal matters and broader sectors of the national legal system.

• 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.
• Provides legal advice and technical assistance to national authorities.
• Monitors developments in the national implementation of IHL
• Represents the delegation in meetings with external partners and contacts within his/her sphere of activities.
• Maintains relations with academic circles, supports the teaching of IHL and develops and maintains relations with influential players and a network of partners and contacts linked to legal questions and policy, as well as IHL promotion and implementation.
• Advises on socio-political and legal aspects of delegation strategy and operations.
• Supports protection objectives and activities (including in the fields of detention, missing persons, etc.).
• Coordinates and supervises external consultancies on legal issues. May supervise staff related to her/his function.
• Supports as relevant the implementation of other prevention or protection-related objectives of the delegation(s).

Minimum required knowledge & experience:

• University degree in law.
• Master's degree or specialization in a discipline of public international law, including IHL or IHRL.
• Admitted to the bar / magistrate or PhD an advantage.
• Fluent in English; fluent command of locally spoken languages, including legal drafting skills.
• Computer proficiency

Skills required

• 3–5 years' working experience in a similar function.
• Working experience in government or the judicial sector an advantage.
• Teaching/dissemination experience, including at academic level.
• Connections to government and academic circles, including own network of interlocutors.

This is a full-time position with a duty station in BAKU that requires travel to other countries up to 30% of their time.


If you consider to have all the necessary qualifications and the ability to take over the designed tasks, please send your CV in English, your motivation letter in English and copies of diplomas/certificates to the e-mail with subject line indicating “Legal Advisor”.

Deadline for submission of applications: Monday, 25 June 2018

Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted. Please do only send copies of employment and education certificates. The copies will not be sent back.

For additional information, please consult the ICRC website:

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