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Traineeship in the Health Unit

Requisition ID:  15441
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.

Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities


  • Supports Prehospital Emergency Care & First Aid field projects from the ICRC HQ.
  • Follows up of initiatives, studies, innovations and trends to implement lessons learns in other contexts (for example Mass Casualty Management or Triage).
  • Organizes workshops and seminars for National Red Cross or Red Crescent Societies and other stakeholders (logistics and administration).
  • Participates in the development of thematic internal and external communication and network.
  • When needed, supports emergency operations.
Certifications / Education required


University degree in medicine, nursing (with emergency specialty), paramedic science (not EMT) or humanitarian aid (with a strong emergency health background). ICRC only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/.


Important: For candidates to be eligible as associates, they must have a maximum of one year's professional experience after graduation (relating to the post) or two years if it includes previous traineeships.

Desired profile and skills


  • Good understanding of the health and prehospital emergency care systems.
  • Knowledge of First Aid education.
  • Knowledge in the field of disaster management and/or humanitarian aid.
  • Very good command of computer tools (Windows 10, Microsoft Office, etc.).
  • Familiar with new technologies, social media, apps and other networking platforms.
  • Good English verbal and written communication skills.
  • Flexible, communicative, and open-minded to cultural diversities and challenges.
  • Strong strategic and creative thinking.
  • Team player, very organized and result-oriented.
  • Strong motivation to work in humanitarian intervention.
  • Sense of responsibility and ability to work autonomously.
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: 3000 CHF
  • Estimated start date: 15/09/2020
  • Application deadline: 21/08/2020
  • Application documents required: diplomas, work certificates, scan color of passport - please upload it on your profile


The ICRC values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.