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Traineeship in the Cross-Media Unit

Requisition ID:  14211
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 overall aim of the Cross-Media Unit is to deliver global campaigns and tell compelling stories to ICRC’s key audiences about our mission and the people we serve, across all platforms and channels.


The Cross-Media Associate helps manage media enquiries and outreach and produces and distributes relevant content. S/he also takes on various administrative tasks in coordination with the team assistant and participates in trainings as relevant.

Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities


The Associate reports administratively to the AV producer, working transversally across all areas of expertise. S/he works with and receives feedback from relevant staff members in the following domains:


Media and Channels 

  • Supports in drafting communication products such as messaging documents, articles and news releases.
  • Arranges media interviews, press conferences and other related media events, with the support of the assistant.
  • Helps triage and handle media requests, with oversight from media and channels lead.
  • Conducts day-to-day management of Cision, sending out media products, maintenance and creation of CISION lists and databases.
  • Responsible for posting relevant material, including news releases, on ICRC.org using Drupal.
  • Conducts journalist research and identification to develop MuckRack lists of thematically-focused journalists.
  • Supports the development of thematic campaigns by preparing media material, planning, and developing digital promotion plans.


Creative Content 

  • Supports with input and management of the digital asset management tool, including writing scripts, log lists and captioning where required.
  • Manages inventory of camera and MOJO equipment for the team and respond to ad-hoc requests for material.
  • Acts as production assistant for the TV Studio Manager.
  • Edits short video pieces for social and traditional media.
  • Assists on filming interviews in Geneva.
Professional Experience required


  • Relevant undergraduate qualifications (journalism /communications / marketing / TV production / international relations)
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Fluency in English, knowledge of French desirable, and German an asset
  • Strong computer skills and software knowledge
  • Digitally savvy with a good knowledge of social media, ideally with experience of video editing/production
  • Interested in media relations
  • Effectively manages multiple projects and priorities
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Ability to operate in a global environment and successfully navigate cross cultural differences
  • Detail oriented, proven capacity to take initiative
Additional information


  • Type of role: Traineeship
  • Working rate: 100%
  • Starting date: Ideally, March 2020
  • Location: Geneva
  • Length of assignment: 12 months
  • Application deadline: 02/02/2020