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Traineeship in Technical Procurement

Requisition ID:  14458
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.



The associate will be in charge of improving and developing the technical specifications and classification of water fittings, vavles, pumps and electrical items. This should ease requests from the engineers in the field and guarantee fast processing without errors for procurement.

Main duties and responsibilities


  • Categorization: Based on procurement statics, define the main categories for each families and summarize it to have an overview of the codification strategy and necessary number of items.
  • Sourcing: Find reference suppliers for the different categories of items and collect catalogues and price list.
  • Specification Sheet : Based on the catalogues develop item specification sheet with the following content:
    1. General description to explain to a none specialist what is the item for with a picture
    2. Specifications: main functional specification, technical specification to be given by the requester with a short explanation and available options, technical specification to be given by the supplier on which evaluation of the item can be done.
    3. Main norms and standard for the items (to be purchased if necessary)
    4. Codification : proposed codification for the item and a short and long description
    5. Procurement strategy according to the availability, complexity and risks
    6. Main suppliers: list of proposed suppliers with catalogues and if possible price list
    7. Price estimation: how can the price be estimate, if it is indexed on a row material
    8. Contractual specifications: what to put in a purchase / service contract
    9. Relevant additional information such as storage
    10. References: list of the other main reference documents for this item such as installation guide
  • Item code list : Create Excel file with all wanted item codes with weight, estimated prices, codes, long and short description
Certifications / Education required


  • University Master’s degree in civil or electromechanical engineering
  • Maximum one-year work experience (2 years if it is supplemented with traineeships)
  • Good command of English and knowledge in French and another language (Spanish, Arabic, German), a plus.
  • Computer proficiency including good knowledge of Excel and good skills in presentations.
Desired profile and skills


  • Good capacity to communicate and work with a multi-cultural team
  • Good analytical and reporting skills
  • Willing to make a meticulous work
Additional information


  • Type of role:Traineeship
  • Working rate:100%
  • Starting date: 04/04/2020
  • Location: Geneva
  • Length of assignment: 6 months
  • Relocation: Not provided for traineeships
  • Visa/permit: Legitimacy card provided
  • Gross monthly salary: 3000 CHF
  • Application deadline: 23/02/2020