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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is offering Traineeship positions in the Policy and Humanitarian Diplomacy Division for the Africa Region for a period of 12 months starting 1 February 2020 at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

The main role of the Associate is to give high quality and timely research and support to Diplomatic Advisors and Policy Advisors and to be a positive member of the Associate Group and the wider Division. Amongst other responsibilities, the trainee will conduct research that analyses humanitarian trends, issues and policy developments to support policy and diplomatic work; and contribute analysis to the development of diplomatic strategies for advancing operational or policy change objectives in Africa.


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Applicants must have a Masters degree in a relevant field (e.g. international relations, international politics, international law, humanitarian action, development, peace/conflict studies, etc.) and a 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.

They need to have basic knowledge of international humanitarian law, human rights law and refugee law and possess understanding of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, including its structure, policies, approaches, etc.. Those with relevant publications and strong knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methodology (e.g. through previous research experience or training), are desired, as are those with interest in and prior exposure to international affairs and diplomacy. They should have an interest for humanitarian action/issues and/or the ICRC; and knowledge or good understanding of and/or prior experience working in Africa on issues from a humanitarian and/or diplomatic perspective. They need to know or have prior experience working on at least 1 of the following policy themes: migration, displacement, public health, education, climate, counter-terrorism, development, peace building, conflict mediation, and reconciliation.

Excellent analytical, research and writing skills are required, as is the ability to think strategically and to express ideas clearly. They should be able to work independently and as part of a team. They need to have excellent English and a good command of French.


Applications are to be done online by 14 October 2019.

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