Legal Adviser

Overall Responsibility

Legal adviser advises the ICRC Colombia delegation on international humanitarian law (IHL), international human rights law (IHRL), and national and/or international legal matters and conducts related legal work.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Initiates, formulates, and implements strategies to address identified issues and delegation objectives in the legal domain.
  • Guides research on and analysis of specific legal matters and broader sectors of the national legal system.
  • Supports specific projects or thematic topics and contributes to providing legal expertise to external stakeholders. interacts directly with government authorities, legislators and the judiciary, providing them with technical legal advice and assistance for the adoption of legal and administrative IHL implementation measures and related policies.
  • Drafts legal notes/analyses and contributes legal aspects to working papers, summary reports, ‘non-papers’, etc. related to the delegation’s activities and objectives.
  • Represents the ICRC in external fora and events and contributes to positioning it as a reference on IHL and its implementation.
  • Supports the implementation of the delegation’s prevention and protection objectives and activities, as relevant (including in the fields of detention, missing persons, etc.).
  • Coordinates and supervises external consultancies on legal issues.

Minimum Requirements and Competencies

  • University degree in law.
  • Master’s degree or specialization in public international law, including IHL or international human rights law.
  • At least 4 years of working experience in a similar function, within or outside the ICRC.
  • Having previous professional experience in related legal matters (international humanitarian law, human rights, international criminal law, transitional justice).
  • Work experience in government, the judicial sector, or an international organization, is an advantage.
  • ICRC experience is an advantage.
  • Teaching/dissemination experience, including at the academic level, is an advantage.
  • Fluent command of locally spoken languages, including legal drafting skills.
  • Connections to governmental and academic circles, including own network of interlocutors (actors of influence).
  • Adaptability to a highly dynamic work environment.
  • Fluency in English (Minimum C1 Level)
  • Comprehension and reading of French, an asset.

What we offer

  • Rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment
  • Work location: Bogota
  • Contract type: Indefinite local contract (under Colombian labour law)
  • The salary is determined under Colombia’s ICRC Salary Scale, for this position the Grade in B3
  • Activity rate: 100%
  • Starting date: As soon as possible
  • Benefits in academic studies, languages, ​​and professional development
  • International savings financed by the organization, of 11.5% of the monthly salary.

How to apply


The interested candidates should fill up a form by clicking the link below and then submit their CV, motivation letter, including reference details, supporting documents (Certificates, Diplomas, Degrees etc), and current and expected remuneration to ICRC Bogota Delegation, HR Department via the link address provided below no later than 21st June 2024 at 18:00 hs:

Application Link (PandaPé)

Additionally, you must complete this form, which is mandatory to consider your application.

Joining the ICRC delegation in Colombia is a unique opportunity to work in a rewarding international humanitarian environment, within multicultural and diverse teams and to benefit from exceptional learning and development opportunities and a competitive salary.

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