Ended Legal Adviser

The Job

Update: Deadline has been extended, and the highlighted part in the ad below has been added

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an independent, neutral organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of war and armed violence. Please visit www.icrc.org for more information.

The ICRC is looking for a suitable candidate to fill the position of:

Legal Adviser 2          

Contract type: Open Ended

Number of Posts: 1 Post

Duty Station: SANA’A


  • The Legal Adviser (hereafter LA) supports the institutional and delegation objectives aimed at promoting and implementing IHL and other relevant international legal norms at domestic level, including Sharia Law, with a view to enhancing respect thereof. He/she facilitates the understanding and acceptance of the ICRC role and its operational activities and priorities in Yemen.
  • LA’s interlocutors are primarily national authorities. Academic circles and other influential actors and key institutions in the legal field within civil society also form part of his network. Using dialogue, legal advice and technical support, high-level national and sub-regional seminars and conferences (assisting in organization and / or participation in), as well as mobilization for multilateral diplomacy, the LA:
    • Works at enhancing local expertise in IHL and other relevant legal norms, including Sharia Law;
    • Proactively contributes to position the ICRC as both a reference on IHL and a non-political, neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian actor;
  • The post furthermore contributes to the implementation of the ICRC overall prevention (PREV) strategies and approach responding to identified humanitarian problems in each context and focused on overcoming protection challenges.

Accountabilities & Responsibilities

 Functional Responsibilities:

He/she holds the following specific responsibilities:

Assist in the establishment and implementation of strategies, programs and action plans, in line with institutional objectives and regional strategic frameworks, in the following areas:

  • the participation to IHL treaties and other relevant instruments;
  • the enhancement of IHL knowledge and development of comprehensive domestic legal and policy frameworks and the adoption of mechanisms for the implementation of IHL treaties;
  • the monitoring of the development and implementation of international treaties other than IHL instruments bearing on the protection of persons in situations of violence other than armed conflict or on the mandate/activities of the ICRC, and their application in domestic contexts; this includes the general reflection and work carried out by the Institution on judicial guarantees and on the understanding of detention legal frameworks applicable to persons deprived of their liberty;
  • the positioning of the ICRC as reference institution for IHL, and for humanitarian principles and neutral impartial independent humanitarian action.
  • Work with academic circles and institutions in promoting and supporting the teaching and research in the field of IHL, as well as developing a network of professors and academics, in the legal and other relevant fields, who can promote respect for the law, influence its development and contribute to its implementation, as well as support acceptance of the ICRC.
  • Contribute to the implementation of the framework for ICRC’s humanitarian diplomacy in Yemen and NAME region.

Main Tasks:

Advisory Service

  • Undertakes bilateral meetings with representatives of the relevant governmental and legislative bodies involved in treaty ratification, domestic implementation and drafting of laws/regulations.
  • Establish strategies, working frameworks and training materials for the promotion of IHL and IHL and Sharia Law and its implementation for the judiciary and the legal profession.
  • Organise national / sub-regional round-tables, symposium and conferences in cooperation with national authorities.
  • Keep updated on all initiatives and developments regarding the development and clarification of IHL, institutional policies and positions, relevant academic debates and works, relevant resolutions of intergovernmental platforms and shares them with delegations (management and legal officers/file holders).

Interaction with and promotion of the law through academic circles

  • Support the Yemen delegation in monitoring the development of IHL teaching in the region and provide technical and strategic input, with a view to achieving the sustainable integration of IHL teaching in key academic institutions.
  • Support IHL and IHL and Sharia Law training for academic circles and other relevant publics at national and sub-regional level, in partnerships with others (sub-regional organisations and institutions, NS, universities, think tanks); seek the involvement of national/local experts in international/regional expert consultations, training events and other IHL/ICRC related events.


  • Position the ICRC on IHL and non-political, neutral, independent impartial humanitarian action through participation in national, sub-regional and international events/fora where those questions are discussed.
  • Identify, develop and maintain networks of interlocutors working or that could be workin on IHL among national authorities and institutions (government, parliament, judiciary).
  • Identify interlocutors of operational relevance among national authorities, academic circles and other influential actors to engage in dialogue around priority issues (legal and others) for the ICRC in the countries covered. 
  • Contribute to identify, develop and maintain a network of interlocutors among sub-regional organisations working on matters of relevance for IHL national implementation.
  • In close support of ICRC operations, identify, develop, maintain and mobilize networks of academics teaching or doing research, or involved as consultants or experts, on matters related to IHL and other norms applicable in armed conflicts and other situations of violence, the protection of persons in such situations or to humanitarian action.

Certifications/Education Required

  • Master Degree in law with a confirmed knowlegde of domestic and Sharia law, as well as International Humanitarian Law – IHL;
  • Excellent command of English and Arabic – both oral and written level (including legal drafting skills).

Professional Experience Required

  • At least 3-5 years’ professional experience;
  • Confirmed knowledge of domestic legal frameworks, structures and procedures;
  • Confirmed knowledge of Sharia Law
  • Demonstrated pedagogical skills and experience in academic teaching
  • Confirmed experience with organizing events for expert publics
  • Confirmed political, social and cultural knowledge
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills;
  • Good communication skills in Arabic and English;
  • Team spirit and capacity to work as part of multidisciplinary teams
  • Excellent computer skills (Word, internet, PowerPoint)
  • Well-organised, with capacity to work alone and in a team;
  • Flexibility to travel


  •  Leadership                               
  •  Accountability                           
  •  People management                             
  •  Team work & Collaboration                               
  •  Representing the ICRC                         
  • Beneficiary & Client focused                  
How to Apply
  • Letter of Motivation in English
  • C.V. in English (maximum 3 pages);
  • Copies of the Academic Certificates, Work Certificates, and Letters of Recommendation if any.

Please send your applications by email to: san_hr_services@icrc.org           

 Indicating in the subject line: Legal Adviser 2  

Applications with no clear indication of the subject will not be considered

Deadline to send your application: 13.02.2020

  • Employer: ICRC
  • Category: Development/Non-Profit
  • Location: Sana'a
  • Posted on: 6 February 2020
  • Deadline: 20 February 2020