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Operations Support Traineeship in the Unit for Relations with Arms Carriers

Requisition ID:  19365
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.


In support of its mandate, the ICRC has an outstanding dialogue with arms carriers (armed forces, police and security forces, non-state armed groups and private military/security companies) in over 100 hundred countries. FAS field delegates support this dialogue, including through experienced advice, networking, expertise on the conduct of hostilities and use of force, and operational analysis. At the Headquarters level in Geneva, the FAS Unit has prime responsibility for defining concepts, guidelines, policies, procedures and tools within the framework of this dialogue. The FAS Unit also has a key role in ensuring strategic linkage and regional coherence of FAS operational effort in each region, as well as providing strategic level analysis on regional and pan regional issues.

Purpose of the position


The Operational Support Associate works closely with the FAS Operational Support Advisers/Head of Sectors at Headquarters, who act as strategic level focal points for FAS effort in each of the 5 operational regions. The Advisors ensure strategic linkage with the field and global coherence, including strategic planning, analysis, coordination, resource management and guide advice. The role of the Operational Support Associate is to contribute to the FAS Unit's objectives by collaborating on research and development, internal activities, data collection and management and support to the field.

Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities


  • Collect, collate and handle data on activities by all FAS field Delegates. Prepare and present quarterly analytical overviews of unit activity for review by management and respond to related ad hoc requests for information;
  • Draft the 2021 FAS Annual Report and Mid-year Review containing the main highlights of the year and all the statistics of FAS field activities and engagement;
  • Maintain FAS operational reporting mechanisms and support the development and implementation of new data collection tools;
  • Provide timely information on arms carriers activity, emerging issues and conflict trends to the Operational Support advisors, including through environment scanning/analysis, and provide to the development of policy and prevention approaches;
  • Support the internal collection and promotion of operational good practices and lessons learned;
  • Chip in to the development by FAS of concepts, guidelines, policies, rules and procedures in relation to dialogue with arms carriers;
  • On request, conduct specific research projects linked to the activity of the FAS Operational Support team;
  • Support the design and conduct of FAS flagship events;
  • Support the deployment of FAS Delegates to the field through the production of briefing packs and the delivery of presentations on the reporting system.

Certifications / Education required


  • Master's degree in a relevant field (e.g. International Relations, International Law, Political Science, Conflict Studies or similar);
  • No more than two years (including internships) of relevant paid experience – i.e. with international organisations and/or NGOs;
  • Demonstrated experience in at least one of the unit's work streams (state armed forces, police and gendarmerie, non-state armed groups);
  • Knowledge of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights is an asset;
  • Good understanding of the mission and mandate of the ICRC.

Desired profile and skills


  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work;
  • Operational approach, with the ability to prioritise multiple files simultaneously and delivering at pace in a complicated and critical environment;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Strong analytical and research skills;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Office, especially Excel;
  • Knowledge of MS Publisher would be an asset;
  • Comfortable dealing with former senior military and police officers, as well as senior management.

Additional information


  • Location: Geneva
  • Type of contract: Traineeship
  • Length of assignment: 12 months
  • Visa/permit: legitimacy card provided
  • Gross monthly salary: 3723,20 CHF
  • Estimated start date: 01/09/2022
  • Application deadline: 03/07/2022
  • Application documents required: diplomas, work certificates, scan color of passport - please upload it on your profile

The ICRC values diversity and is committed to build a broad working environment. We encourage application from all qualified candidates.