Environment & Climate Change Team Leader at International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Established in 1863, the ICRC operates worldwide, helping people affected by conflict and armed violence and promoting the laws that protect victims of war. An independent and neutral organization, its mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. We are based in Geneva, Switzerland, and employ some 14,500 people in more than 80 countries. The ICRC is funded mainly by voluntary donations from governments and from national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Overall Responsibility

In coordination with the Environment and Climate Change Adviser, the Environment and Climate Change Team Leader oversees the implementation of the Sustainable Delegation Process and manages the team of Environment and Climate Change Specialists in Nairobi, with the objective of efficiently supporting delegations globally to reduce their environmental footprint. S/he also brings technical expertise in project management as well as one of the priority environmental aspects (sustainable energy, (hazardous) waste management, water management, resource consumption, climate change / greenhouse gas emissions).

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Manages the Environment and Climate Change team in Nairobi, including Specialists in specific key technical areas;
  • Ensures that the Sustainable Delegation Process, an annual cycle of environmental data collection, analysis, performance assessment, action planning and footprint reduction at delegation level, is implemented on time and continuously improved;
  • Supports the team members in their engagement with delegations, thereby contributing to creating a vibrant global community of environmental practitioners at the ICRC;
  • Maintains an overview of the progress of the different projects the Environment and Climate Change team in Nairobi is engaged in, including work plans, status of deliverables, management of interdependencies and risks, and ensures the qualitative delivery of all documents produced by the team;
  • Presents the ICRC’s sustainable development approach and environment and climate change orientations at internal or external national and/or regional events and supports the team during their internal and/or external presentations;
  • Represents the team in internal meetings at the Regional Delegation in Nairobi and liaises with selected stakeholders;
  • Provides project management tools and expertise to the Environment and Climate Change team and coaches the team members to improve their project management skills;
  • Performs environmental assessments in office environments, workshops/warehouses, and in humanitarian project fields and complements the findings with recommendations on mitigation actions, capitalizing on best-practices from delegations and the field and sharing guidelines, frameworks, tools and information among delegations;
  • Establishes and maintains a network of, and close communication with, key humanitarian players.

Minimum Requirements and competencies

  • University degree (master level) in one of the following areas: sustainable development, environmental science, waste management, engineering, electrical engineering;
  • Minimum 10 years’ work experience, including 5 years’ experience in project management and 5 years with people management responsibilities;
  • Proven capacity for analysis and synthesis of various problems in different contexts and ability to write clear and concise documents;
  • Experience in an international organization or NGO is an added advantage;
  • Fluent English is mandatory, French knowledge or multilingual is a strong asset;
  • Must have a certificate in project management;
  • Certificate of good conduct.

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