Traineeship in the International Review of the Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross’s (ICRC) mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other violence. They work to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law.  The ICRC produces the International Review of the Red Cross, a specialized peer-review journal dedicated to international humanitarian law, policy, and action. The Review consists of a small team of three people within the Department of International Law and Policy of the ICRC: Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor, and Associate. The trainee position works in assistance to the editors.  This assignment is located in Geneva, with an estimated start date of November 11, 2021, and a duration of 12 months.

The deadline to apply for this opportunity is June 30, 2021.


  • Assistance to the Editor-in-Chief and the Managing Editor of the International Review of the Red Cross across all daily activities of the Review;
  • Evaluation and editing of article submissions (checking the reasoning, arguments, structure, and sources), including submission dealing with topics of a legal nature;
  • Identification of potential authors and peer reviewers;
  • Research on a variety of topics in the realm of IHL, humanitarian policy, and action, as per the needs of the Review in relation to articles under consideration;
  • Responding to queries or dispatching them to the appropriate colleague;
  • Engagement with authors, peer reviewers, and publishers, in a diplomatic and politically astute manner, as an ambassador for the journal and the ICRC;
  • Management of the team inbox, including acknowledging receipt of submissions and either responding to or dispatching queries;
  • Interaction with both external and internal interlocutors on identifying potential topics to be covered in the Review and for commissioning articles. These include, but are not limited to: colleagues across the various units and departments in HQ, ICRC delegations, National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, beneficiaries, and professionals outside the ICRC;
  • Preparation and co-conduct of interviews of key experts in the field of humanitarian law, policy, and action for the Review;
  • Assistance in the development of a promotion strategy for upcoming editions of the journal in close collaboration with other members of the editorial team and other units within the Law & Policy Outreach Unit.


  • A Master’s degree in law or international relations, preferable including a focus related to armed conflict studies. Demonstrated credentials in the field of international humanitarian law (IHL)
  • Must have a MAXIMUM of one year’s professional experience after graduation, or two years if they have been in previous internships, traineeships or etc.
  • Previous editorial work experience
  • Demonstrated interest in humanitarian work, IHL, and other relevant branches of public international law
  • Excellent command o English with good French reading abilities, knowledge of Arabic, Chinese, Spanish or Russian is an asset
  • Initiative and capacity to work independently under minimal supervision;
  • Excellent ability to work in a team;
  • Excellent communication skills including strong writing abilities;
  • Excellent organizational skills;

For more information and to apply, click here.

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