Traineeship in Policy and Diplomacy, International Committee of the Red Cross – Geneva

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence. We take action in response to emergencies and at the same time promote respect for international humanitarian law. We are an independent and neutral organization, and our mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. We work closely with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with their International Federation in order to ensure a concerted, rational and rapid humanitarian response to the needs of the victims of armed conflict or any other situation of internal violence. We direct and coordinate the international activities conducted in these situations.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supervise and report on UN/NGO/policy discussions in Geneva on key themes and contexts of relevance to the work of the ICRC;
  • Prepare background notes and briefing files on key thematic- and context-specific discussions;
  • Contribute research to and draft a wide range of policy products;
  • Support ICRC’s participation at bilateral, multilateral and public meetings in Geneva;
  • Support in coordinating the ICRC’s engagement with the Human Rights Council, collaborating closely with Operations and the Legal Division;
  • Support in coordinating the ICRC’s engagement at high-level week during the UN General Assembly, in close collaboration with the President’s office and the New York delegation;
  • Support in the planning, design and coordination of strategic dialogues with key UN agencies and other key actors;
  • Support in the planning and coordination of ICRC engagement at the IASC and SCHR;
  • Support the Division, as required, on other tasks related to senior leadership external engagements, engagement with NGOs, and collaboration with the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement on policy and humanitarian diplomacy efforts.

Required Education & Experience 

  • A Master’s degree OR 5-year undergraduate degree in a relevant field (e.g. international relations, international politics, international law, humanitarian action, development, peace/conflict studies, etc.);
  • Two years of relevant professional experience after graduation;
  • Proven prior experience supporting senior leadership in high-level external engagements;
  • Prior work experience with the UN, an NGO, or a diplomatic mission (at HQ or in-country);
  • Proven experience in critical analysis, research and writing;
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, writing and communication skills;
  • Capacity to work fast in response to tight deadlines and with attention to detail;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Sound understanding of international humanitarian law and/or human rights law;
  • Excellent English speaking and written skills; French a strong asset:
  • Available for 1 year.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter of no more than 700 words and a CV (Word or PDF format), in English. Any documents other than the two listed above will not be considered. In you cover letter, please answer the following questions:

  • What is your interest in applying to this specific position at the ICRC?
  • What can you bring to the Division and the ICRC?
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

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