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Traineeship in the Global Protection Affairs Unit

Requisition ID:  19560
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.

Purpose of the role


The Global Protection Affairs Unit (Prot Glob) acts as a focal point for protection issues related to global actors' extraterritorial activities and global counter-terrorism measures. The Unit supports ICRC delegations to develop their protection strategies and confidential dialogue with various actors by sharing experiences and tools, by analyzing current global conflict and trends in counter-terrorism measures, and by developing the ICRC's protection programs in accordance with those trends.

Reports to (role)


Head of Unit Prot Glob

Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities


  • Support and contribute to the Unit's analytical and advisory roles;
  • Assist directly on specific files, particularly support to Foreign Fighter and their Families file, dialogue with Global actors and former Guantanamo Bay detainees;
  • Communicate, upon request, with various field delegations to assist them with their work;
  • Contact (or participate) research and development of the Unit's projects by carrying out information collection, synthesis, and summarization;
  • Take part in the creation and maintenance of information-sharing tools;
  • Upon request, be responsible for administrative tasks within the Unit;
  • Coordinate and maintain electronic and paper records;
  • Take part in planning and coordinating the Unit's meetings and workshops, in coordination with other Units.

Certifications / Education required


  • Only individuals enrolled in higher education or who have recently completed their studies are eligible to be trainees/associates;
  • University degree in Law, Political Science, or related field is required;
  • Proficient in written and spoken English and French, native speakers an advantage. Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.

Professional Experience required


For candidates to be eligible they must have a maximum of one year's professional experience after graduation (relating to the post) or two years if they have been in previous traineeships.

Additional information


  • Location: Geneva
  • Type of contract: Traineeship
  • Length of assignment: 12 months
  • Relocation: Not provided for traineeships
  • Visa/permit: legitimacy card provided
  • Gross monthly salary: 3,723.20 CHF
  • Estimated start date: 21/11/2022
  • Application deadline: 26/08/2022
  • 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 an inclusive working environment. We encourage application from all qualified candidates.