International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Traineeship 2017 Policy and Humanitarian Diplomacy Division – Geneva, Switzerland (Paid Traineeship)

Application Deadline:  August 8th 2017 (by midnight Swiss time).

The Policy and Humanitarian Diplomacy Division of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) offers five traineeship positions for a period of one year, starting either in January, February or March 2018.

Policy and Humanitarian Diplomacy Division:

The ICRC’s Policy and Humanitarian Diplomacy Division is part of the Department of International Law and Policy, and plays a central role in developing and delivering the main institutional policy and diplomacy objectives of the ICRC as well as overseeing the ICRC’s delegation in New York. The Division works closely with the ICRC’s Presidency, the Department of Operations and across the institution to shape strategic policy objectives, design and deliver diplomatic strategies, and influence key ICRC stakeholders. The Division also works closely with the International Federation and National Societies on areas of mutual policy interest.

Job description: Under the supervision of a Diplomatic or Policy Adviser, the post holder will be responsible for:

  • Analysing humanitarian trends, issues and policy developments;
  • Preparing/attending conferences, seminars and bilateral meetings;
  • Conducting research, writing speeches/speaking points, drafting reports, taking minutes of meetings;
  • Informing ICRC delegations in the field about a variety of international issues;
  • Assisting with the day-to-day management of relations with international organisations and UN agencies, regional organisations, major international NGOs and humanitarian think-tanks;

The candidate will support the work on regions and/or policy issues, such as:


  • Africa;
  • Asia and the Pacific;
  • Americas;
  • Europe and Central Asia;
  • Near and Middle East.

: ICRC are looking for candidates who meet the following mandatory requirements:

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. international relations, international politics, international law, humanitarian action, development, peace/conflict studies, etc.).
  • Knowledge or good understanding of at least one of the regions and issues from a humanitarian perspective.
  • Excellent English and a good command of at least one of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish. Additional languages are an asset.
  • Minimum of 6 months full-time prior experience with an international organisation, an NGO or within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and no more than 2 years of relevant experience.
  • A manifest interest for humanitarian action/issues and/or the ICRC.
  • A demonstrated interest in international affairs and diplomacy.
  • Available for 1 year, starting in either January, February or March 2018.

Issues may include:

  • Access to education;
  • Assistance (cash, health, etc.);
  • Counterterrorism, preventing and combatting violent extremism;
  • Detention;
  • Displacement;
  • Gender;
  • International humanitarian law;
  • Healthcare in danger;
  • Humanitarian-development nexus;
  • Localisation of aid;
  • Migration;
  • Missing;
  • UN (UN General Assembly, Human Rights Council, ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment, Inter-Agency Standing Committee, etc.);
  • Urban violence.

Desirable requirements:

  • Understanding of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, including its structure, policies, approaches, etc.;
  • Any relevant publications;
  • Experience in diplomatic and/or inter-agency work;
  • Field experience.


  • The ability to think strategically, to express ideas clearly, both orally and in writing, and to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Capacity for research and analytical writing.
  • Flexibility and the ability to assist with a variety of tasks based on the needs of the Division.


  • Successful candidates will be recruited on a 12-month paid traineeship contract. The positions are based at ICRC headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. There is no expectancy of extension or any subsequent contract with the ICRC.To apply: Interested candidates should send their complete application in Word or PDF format (cover letter of no more than 700 words and CV), in English to: [email protected] (quote reference number: DP_POL2018). Any documents other than the two listed above will not be considered.

    In you cover letter, please answer the following questions:

  • How does your background and previous experience relate to this position?
  • What is your interest in applying to this position at the ICRC?Which added value can you bring to the Division and the ICRC?
  • What are your career plans for the future?
  • Do you have any preferences for regions and/or issues which you would like to follow? (NB: this will not be taken into account in your selection process, but used further in the recruitment).

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Traineeship 2017


  1. To ICRC Department of traineeship,
    Dear sir/Madam,
    I would like to submit my interest of traineeship to your office, i understood that date line or time line has gone but am very intersted to do Traineeship/internship with you in Juba South Suddan in 2017 or 2018. am very much having interest to work with ICRC if my qualifications meet their criteria for selection.


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