According to the job description, the Head of Operations will perform the following activities:-
- – Plans operational policy in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the Foundation Board and the Executive President, and integrating strategic priorities into Appel de Genève / Geneva Call’s thematic areas;
- – Assumes responsibility for this policy implementation at Headquarters and in the field;
- – Ensures coordination and consistency between operational activities;
- – Manages the Operations Department (human resources, budget, safety, etc.);
- – Reports to the Executive President on the results of policy implementation and management, including analysis and proposals for necessary adjustments;
- – Contributes to the definition and monitoring of Appel de Genève / Geneva Call’s overall policy, as a member of the Directorate;
- – Leads critical thinking and discussion on operational issues within the Department.
Geneva Call is looking for someone with the following experience:
- – Excellent ability to define operational priorities and their planification for implementation and monitoring;
- – Ability to design, plan and integrate the Appel de Genève / Geneva Call’s specific themes into regional or transversal projects;
- – Ability to analyse the humanitarian contexts of armed conflicts, particularly concerning non-international armed conflicts and to define strategies for negotiations, interventions and follow-up;
- – Knowledge of humanitarian norms and challenges linked to the protection of civilians in armed conflicts;
- – Experience of dialogue with parties to armed conflicts, including armed non-State actors;
- – Ability to represent the Foundation at the highest levels and develop networks using excellent diplomatic and negotiating skills;
- – Ability to manage a budget, organize responsibilities and delegate tasks;
- – Ability to, lead and harmoniously work with the Operations’ team and external consultants;
- – Excellent writing skills;
- – Large flexibility, notably to travel to conflict areas;
- – University degree or equivalent;
- – Several years experience in similar activities;
- – Fluent French and English; a third language would be an advantage.
Op-ED Washington Post: ‘A new episode in the Turkish civil war?’
Human Rights Watch: Impose Arms Embargo on Syria Following Deadly Airstrikes
Amnesty International report: Fresh evidence of atrocities underscores need for impartial investigation into Turkish airstrikes in Kandil mountains.
IRIN News, which recently became independent of the UN, has launched a special feature up called “Forgotten conflicts: Drawing attention to the wars we neglect”. It explains that at present “there are more than 40 conflicts unfolding in countries around the world. Many of them don’t get the media or policy attention of the wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan or Ukraine, and they may not have the same geopolitical or economic importance. But the toll of decades-long conflicts – from Colombia to the Ogaden, from Kashmir to Western Sahara – is just as devastating for the people who live there.”
In a series of special features, IRIN “examines the root causes, human cost and potential for peace” of such conflicts. The first ones are Casamance (in West-Africa), South Kordofan (Sudan) and southern Thailand.
Each feature includes information about the conflict, states and graphs (like the ones below), as well as informative and personal stories about the conflict and the impact on those involved.
Although for more in-depth analyses you probably need to continue going to (paid) armed conflict databases such as SIPRI, “Forgotten Conflicts” is a useful new tool to get initial information about the various ongoing (non-international) armed conflicts around the world.
UK Court invalidates British Forces’ Afghan detention programme (Serdar Mohammed v Ministry of Defence)
IRIN News: Why peace won’t be enough in Colombia
Top UN relief official in Central African Republic urgently appeals for halt in attacks on aid workers, see also this press release on ärmed attacks on the main supply road”.
Op-Ed: ‘War Crimes and Rwandan Realities’
Human Rights Watch report on South Sudan: They Burned it All: Destruction of Villages, Killings, and Sexual Violence in South Sudan’s Unity State. In response: South Sudan spokesman: ‘Army didn’t commit atrocities’
International Crisis Group report: Revisiting Counter-terrorism Strategies in Pakistan: Opportunities and Pitfalls