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Project Officer, Global Relations and Humanitarian Diplomacy

Canadian Red Cross

POSITION: Project Officer, Global Relations and Humanitarian Diplomacy DURATION: Temporary, Full Time (12 months)
DEPARTMENT: IO - Global Relations and Humanitarian Diplomacy LOCATION: Ottawa, ON

Do you want to make a difference? Join the world’s largest humanitarian network. The Canadian Red Cross Society, a not for profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to helping the most vulnerable in Canada and throughout the world, is currently seeking a Project Officer, Global Relations and Humanitarian Diplomacy.

Reporting to the Senior Policy Advisor, Global Relations & Humanitarian Diplomacy (GRHD), the Project Officer plays a key role in achieving the GRHD team’s Global Relations mandate including as it relates to Movement Relations and Humanitarian Diplomacy. This position supports the International Operations (IO) Management team to refine and grow Canadian Red Cross (CRC) Global Relations and Movement Relations, strategic priorities and commitments by researching, analyzing, briefing, and reporting on specific issues, and  coordinating and preparing for key Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (RCM) meetings, activities, and visits. This includes providing support for the preparation for the Red Cross and Red  Crescent Statutory Meetings and the IFRC Governing Board elections.



  • Follow Movement processes, those linked to new policy or governance initiatives, and to the RCM statutory meetings. This includes attending webinars to gather information, identifying key dates for feedback/consultation, keeping track of when specific resolutions are released and any other tasks that inform our participation and engagement.
  • Manage and organize the flow of information ensuring that all relevant information on the statutory meetings is regularly uploaded onto PIMS and accessible to all stakeholders that need to input. This includes organizing information in a way that is easy to access, analyzing and summarizing where relevant and managing incoming information as well as submitting feedback on behalf of the organization.
  • Coordinate ongoing internal pledge reporting, and prepare mandatory external mid-term and external reporting on pledges made by the CRC. Liaise with the subject matter experts and technical leads on each pledge to ensure that we meet our reporting requirements. Liaise with GAC and other government departments with which CRC has made joint pledge commitments to ensure they are aware of relevant timelines for reporting.
  • Prepare briefing notes on priority topics including gathering and analyzing information from stakeholders and summarizing background and key messages.
  • Engage in any other tasks in relation to supporting CRC’s participation in Movement fora or in support of the organization’s Humanitarian Diplomacy objectives.
  • Liaise with CRC, Movement and Government of Canada interlocutors to establish objectives for visits and plan and execute visits that are successful in advancing CRC strategic objectives.
  • Mobilize administrative support for arrangements linked to hotel and meeting logistics, as appropriate.
  • Where relevant, provide support to non-Movement related visits to support the Global Relations mandate.
  • Develop channels and processes for regular dissemination on Movement related matters and positions to support consistent and strategic messaging by all relevant IO stakeholders.
  • Respond to specific requests for Global Relations support, where appropriate, including from IO operational teams, and Field Representatives.
  • Support IO working groups or initiatives, as appropriate.
  • Provide timely policy or Global Relations support in the context of a domestic or international emergency response.
  • Develop and maintain membership in the Global Relations & Humanitarian Diplomacy Team and designated IO project teams.

  • Collaborate to fulfill the agreed objectives, needs and expectations. Foster team work through a professional exchange of experiences and expertise that can be transferred to other areas of work. Ensure sharing and dissemination of services and related materials to all concerned actors.



Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (Law, International Relations, Development, Political Science, Communications or related field) or a combination of education and experience;
  • Minimum of three years of job related experience
  • Experience managing the demands and expectations of multiple stakeholders;
  • Previous work experience with the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is an asset.


  • Stakeholder engagement and management;
  • Knowledge of and capacity to communicate the impact of international humanitarian work;
  • Knowledge of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and/ or international humanitarian work a strong asset.

Skills and Attributes

  • Strong research, analytical, writing and organizational skills;
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills;
  • Able to connect and engage with a range of audiences;
  • Able to function well in high-pressure situations with competing priorities;
  • Resilience and adaptability to changing circumstances and an evolving environment;
  • Written and oral fluency in English is required. French language skills are an asset.



  • The majority of the work is performed in a clean and comfortable environment
  • May include long to moderate hours sitting and using computers and office equipment.
  • Ability to work non-traditional hours on short notice
  • Ability to work in stressful and often ambiguous conditions.
  • This position may require domestic or overseas travel to attend conferences, workshops and meetings as required.
  • Successfully complete a Canadian criminal record reference check and vulnerable sector check



Interested parties may submit their application by applying on the Canadian Red Cross Online Career Website
by midnight EST on July 4, 2017.

Please note that there is no relocation package for this position.


This position requires a successful Canadian criminal record, reference check, valid provincial driver’s license, valid passport and First Aid certification. The Canadian Red Cross Society is an equal opportunity employer.


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