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Associate on IHL and Islamic Law

Requisition ID:  18064
Region:  Europe (HQ)
Contract type:  Traineeship

What we do


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.

Role of the ICRC Advisory Service on IHL


The Advisory Service on IHL (DP_JUR_CONSULT) contributes to institutional efforts aimed to support an environment conducive to the respect for the law, in particular international humanitarian law (IHL), by promoting universal acceptance of IHL treaties and the adoption of a comprehensive domestic legal framework to fulfil States’ obligations under these treaties and other relevant international norms.  Working worldwide through a network of legal advisers, the Service supplements and supports governments’ own resources by: encouraging and supporting adherence to IHL and related instruments; providing specialist advice and assistance to States as they adopt legal and administrative measures to give effect to their IHL obligations; and collecting and facilitating exchange of information between States on national IHL implementation laws and other measures adopted. It furthermore promotes and supports the work of committees on IHL established to facilitate the IHL implementation process.

The Advisory Service multifaceted approach includes an expertise in the main legal systems, i.e. common law, civil law, and Islamic law. In particular, the Advisory Service has developed in the recent years its capacity to understand the commonalities between IHL and the Islamic laws of armed conflict. Such expertise contributes to the ICRC’s work towards building a dialogue with different influential stakeholders, including governmental authorities, the judiciary, as well scholars and academic experts working on situations of armed conflict.

Reports to (role)


First to the Legal adviser on IHL and Islamic law and jurisprudence and second to the Head of the ICRC Advisory Service on IHL (DP_JUR_CONSULT) 



Working under the supervision of the legal adviser on IHL and Islamic law and jurisprudence, the associate supports all the IHL and Islamic law related activities of the Advisory Service. The associate is also expected to provide support to other colleagues in the Service, as necessary. Main responsibilities include:

  • Assisting the file holder in undertaking research on IHL and Islamic law themes, in particular themes directly connected to humanitarian problems identified in armed conflict involving Muslim actors or occurring in Muslim-majority contexts
  • Researching and drafting reports and reviewing documents on IHL and Islamic law
  • Drafting documents and speaking points for ICRC staff, including for broad communication purposes as well as for targeted events featuring ICRC activities on IHL and Islamic law
  • Supporting the launch of the first edition of the internal ICRC course on IHL and Islamic law and jurisprudence, and providing support to course participants
  • Drafting regular and timely reports and analyses on meetings and events attended, as well as relevant developments reported in external sources
  • Support communication (internal and external) on activities of the Advisory Service, in particular through the drafting of short texts to be published on the ICRC Intranet and Web sites
  • Prepare presentations including PowerPoint presentations on IHL and Islamic law themes
  • Support the organization of meetings with external interlocutors and experts
  • Assisting with managerial and administrative tasks as necessary
  • Assisting with short translations of the Service’s products in Arabic as necessary

Generally actively participates in team discussion on the role and work of the Advisory Service, including on files going beyond IHL and Islamic law

Background & Experience


  • Advanced degree in Islamic law (sharia) or Islamic studies diploma equivalent to a Master's Degree
  • Good knowledge of Public International Law, in particular IHL, would be an advantage
  • Familiarity with common law and/or civil law systems would be an advantage
  • Strong interest in humanitarian action and the ICRC
  • Experience with the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement would be an advantage.


Profile and skills


  • Excellent written and oral expression in English and Arabic are required; knowledge (oral and written) of French and/or other languages would be an advantage
  • Effective communication and analytical skills
  • Facility in interpersonal relations and ability to work as part of a team
  • Possessing excellent organizational and planning skills
  • Autonomous and motivated

Additional information


  • Location: Geneva
  • Type of contract: Traineeship
  • Lenght of assignment: 10 months
  • Relocation: Not provided for traineships
  • Visa/permit: legitimacy card provided
  • Estimated start date: 01/03/2022
  • Application deadline:  25/11/2021
  • Application documents required: diplomas, work certificates, scan color of passport - please upload it on your profile.


The ICRC values diversity and is committed to create an inclusive working environment. We welcome application from all qualified candidates.