Head of Zone North-West at International Committee of the Red Cross


In his/her capacity as the Field Team Leader in charge of North-West zone in Mexico, he/she is responsible for the overall coordination and management of the ICRC’s operations in the states of Chihuahua, Sonora, Baja California and Sinaloa. Those states conform an operational unit in which the ICRC implements strategies, objectives, programs, and activities as defined by the Regional Delegation. In particular, in line with the operational strategies of the delegation, he/she establishes intervention strategies at operational unit level together with technical coordinators, defining and designing action plans along with his/ her teams, and ensuring the proper implementation and mediation of operations in his/her zone.

RESPONSIBILITIES Under the ultimate responsibility of the Head of Operations MEX: ▪ Sets the priorities and ensures the course of the operations in favour of those affected by the armed violence and its consequences in the North-West regions/states of Mexico. ▪ Coordinate, facilitate and measures the impact of all operations of the ICRC in his/her assigned area or responsibility (AoR’s), ensuring their coherence and meaningfulness on the backdrop of the context and the Delegation’s main operational priorities. Develops a solid analysis of AoR’s/ zonal context through direct and secondary sources. ▪ Manages the zonal multidisciplinary team of generalists and specialists who directly report to the Field Team Leader. ▪ Leadership and coordination of humanitarian need assessments (in collaboration with technical departments), and design of operational responses (projects), ensuring an integrated approach between technical departments. ▪ Manages security in his/her AoR/ zone, maintaining an effective security policy within the framework of the Delegation’s security rules to ensure that the ICRC’s operations are carried out as safe as possible, also in relation to beneficiaries and Mexican Red Cross staff. ▪ Develops and maintains a good network of contacts with various interlocutors present in the his/her AoR/ zone to allow the smooth development of the activities (authorities, civil society, armed and security forces, academics, community leaders, NGO’s, international organizations)MAIN TASKS In close coordination with the Head of Operations-MEX: Strategy & Humanitarian Response ▪ Contributes to the overall strategy of the operations. Ensure, together with the coordinators, overall consistency and coherence through an integrated approach. Participate in the analysis of Mexico’s overall situation. ▪ Ensures the strategies of response in favour of the Migrants and Residents or other joint operations in his AoR/ zone are designed and coordinated with the MRCS local / state teams. ▪ In line with the Delegation strategies, in close coordination with the technical coordinators, in charge of the implementation of the response to the needs of the Missing & families, Health, Forensic and Migrants. Security management tasks: ▪ Develops an in-depth analysis of the security situation, as well as of economic, political and social dynamics in his/her AoR/ zone with the help of field officers; ▪ In consultation with the HoOps, defines and reviews if necessary the security rules for his/her AoR/ zone. ▪ Ensures that security rules are followed by all ICRC staff working in the his/her AoR/ zone, and takes corrective measures if necessary; ▪ Based on the security analysis, approves or denies ICRC movements within the AoR/ zone, follows/monitors their movements, and takes appropriate measures if required by a sudden change in the security situation; ▪ Ensures security management is coordinated with the MRCS local / state team. Develops a joint security protocol in zones of intervention resident. Participate to the needs assessment aimed at strengthening the Safer Access Framework in his AoR/ zone. Networking and representation: • Create, maintain and possibly expand his/her network of interlocutors relevant to the smooth running of operations and the management of security in his/her AoR/ zone. • Contribute to the external representation of the ICRC towards the state authorities and humanitarian community in his/her AoR/ zone. • Supports and advises staff working in his/her AoR/ zone in their networking activities with various interlocutors such as Mexican authorities, NGOs and other relevant actors working in the AoR; • Contributes a solid, pragmatic humanitarian coordination at field level, ensuring a smooth management of all humanitarian responses / projects carried out in cooperation with the MRCS or other partners. Supervision and coordination • Coordinates the implementation of strategies and programs of the various departments in His/her AoR/ zone, to ensure integration of the programs, to achieve the objectives of the Delegation, and to adjust programs according to unforeseen changes in the environment. • Assures the overall operational coherence and appropriate communication flows between the various technical departments working in his/her AoR/ zone; • Follows up the general daily implementation of ICRC activities in the AoR/ zone with the various departments; • Supports the staff in identifying and analysing humanitarian assistance and/or protection issues in the AoR/ zone and ensures proper follow-up of cases through the concerned departments and/or through a dialogue with the relevant authorities; • Working closely with the Cooperation Coordinator, advices and ensures proper coordination of all ICRC/MRCS joint activities in his/her AoR/ zone;• In charge of the operations and their support throughout the AoR. Give guidance or take corrective measures where and when necessary. In charge of the planning of activities in AoR/ zone. Reporting, internal and external proposes • Contribute to the relevant operational reporting of the Regional Delegation for internal or external purposes, institutional reports and ad hoc analytical documents.


This position requires solid experience in participatory management of multidisciplinary teams in complex operations, and transparent and collaborative attitude both internally and externally, good analytical skills, openness to the multicultural composition of the teams and advanced English language skills in addition to fluent Spanish • Professional degree in social sciences (sociology, social work, anthropology, international relations and / or related sciences) or economics. • At least 5 years relevant professional experience working on other humanitarian organizations carrying out activities / projects in the field. • Experience of dialogue with international agencies, institutions or NGOs in the humanitarian field. • Demonstrated ability in writing, communication, and public speaking. • Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish Personal requirements required for this post: • Capacity for synthesis, analysis, planning, organization, and evaluation; • Management of multidisciplinary teams; • Proactivity within institutional frameworks; • Sense of responsibility and autonomy; • Excellent interpersonal relationships and teamwork; • Availability and flexibility to travel throughout the national territory; • Discretion, neutrality, and confidentiality in relation to your work; • Ability to negotiate and resolve conflicts with calm and equanimity

How to apply

Candidates who meet the requirements, please send by email your CV and motivation letter in the same document as a PDF, the name of the attached file must follow the format: (Surname Name). In the subject of the message, please quote “application Head of Zone North-West + (your full name)” Send your application to the email address: jmaciaslopez@icrc.org Deadline to receive applications: 24:00 hrs, 9th May 2021. Please note that the working environment of our offices is open-plan, regardless of the hierarchy of the positions. During this pandemic, we follow official and internal health & safety guidelines, including teleworking whenever possible. Please include your salary expectation in your application and also if you already have the right to work in Mexico, since the successful candidate will hold a local Mexican contract

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