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Traineeships in the Legal Division

Requisition ID:  14567
Region:  Europe (HQ)
Contract type:  Traineeship
What we do


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance. The ICRC also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles. Established in 1863, the ICRC is at the origin of the Geneva Conventions and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

The ICRC’s Legal Division fosters the respect for and promotion of international humanitarian law (IHL). This is in particular achieved by delivering legal expertise necessary to the ICRC’s actions in its dialogue with parties to conflicts, and by assisting States in implementing IHL at the national level. Moreover, the Legal Division works for the reaffirmation, clarification and development of IHL.

Purpose of the post


The ICRC's Legal Division is offering seven 7 paid traineeships for a period of one year at its headquarters in Geneva. The traineeships start in autumn 2020.

Main duties and responsibilities


The post-holders will undertake a variety of assignments, including carrying out research and writing project briefs on specific legal questions primarily related to IHL, both in French and in English. They will also review legal documents, contribute to the preparation of meetings, prepare draft reports or minutes of meetings and give presentations on IHL to groups visiting the ICRC.

Education and experience required


  • A university degree in law or international relations and a Master degree in international law (or an equivalent post-graduate legal training).
  • Candidates with a PhD in international law are not eligible for these traineeships.
  • Maximum of one year of professional experience since graduation (in relation to the position), or two years if these professional experiences are traineeships.
Desired profile and skills


  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
  • Excellent knowledge of IHL (shortlisted candidates will be tested in IHL during the course of the interviews)
  • Strong legal research and writing skills
  • Flexibility and ability to efficiently handle multiple tasks


Fluency in English, and a very good understanding of French.



  • A cover letter, not exceeding 800 words
  • A CV, not exceeding two pages
Additional information


  • Location:                                        Geneva
  • Type of contract:                            Traineeship
  • Length of assignment:                   12 months
  • Working rate:                                 100%
  • Relocation:                                     Not provided for traineeships
  • Visa/permit:                                    Legitimacy card provided
  • Gross monthly salary:                    3000 CHF
  • Estimated start date:                      01/10/2020
  • Application deadline:                  15/04/2020
  • 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 applications from all qualified candidates.