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Traineeship in the Movement Operations Unit

Requisition ID:  15366
Region:  Europe (HQ)
Contract type:  Traineeship
Reports to (role)


Individual Associates will report to either a Cooperation Regional Head of Sector and/or Thematic Advisor within the Division for Cooperation and Coordination within the Movement. Each of the three Associates will be assigned to work alongside and support a specific set of ICRC colleagues.

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 persons affected by armed conflict and other situations of internal violence. Cooperation is one of the four pillars of ICRC action, the others being protection, assistance and prevention.


Division for Cooperation and Coordination within the Movement

The Division for Cooperation and Coordination within the Movement is responsible for developing and implementing ICRC policy and action in the field of cooperation and coordination within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The Division serves as a centre of expertise for ICRC's interface with National Societies and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The Division provides strategic and technical support to divisional and regional operations management teams at HQ and, in coordination with regional and thematic advisors to individual Cooperation Coordinators at field level.



We are looking for three Associates. The post holders will be assigned to work across four broad priority areas of the Movement Division’s work: Support to ICRC Operations, Partnership and Coordination with other components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Policy. Associates are assigned developmental, operational and analytical, process and administrative oriented tasks in direct support of Operational Regional Heads of Sector, Advisors with global remits and the management of the Operations and Partnership Unit and wider Movement Division.

Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities


Common responsibilities


  • Participate/contribute to weekly meetings and other events
  • Contribute to the organization of meetings with National Societies (NS)
  • Provide policy/admin. support and contribute to various working groups (incl. drafting of background documentation, Minutes of meeting, etc.)
  • Contribute to research/analysis and drafting of synthesis documents
  • Participate in updating reference documents, the Cooperation toolbox and web-based materials
  • Management of narrative, statistical and financial information 


  • Support the planning of Movement events, meetings, visitors
    and missions. Contribute to analysis underlying defined strategy and ICRC participation
  • Respond to information requests from HQ and field
  • Produce specific matrices to track resource mobilisation, Movement coordination and staff deployment trends and training events
  • Participate in meetings of the Divisional Crisis Cell and Movement sub-Task Force following the activation of the ICRC Rapid Deployment Mechanism
  • Contribute to effective collection, analysis, management and dissemination of data and other information and reporting concerning the operational presence, activities and resource mobilisation of other Movement components during crises
  • Support to Operations’ Regions during the absence of Heads of Sector
Partnership and National Society Development


  • Contribute to the development of ICRC’s work on NS Development and capacity strengthening, including global thematic agreements with Movement partners
  • Contribute to the development, management and field support towards ICRC’s partnership modalities and decision-making relating to specific initiatives
  • Contribute to tools development, information dissemination, newsletters and support provided to delegations re NS Development and the Safer Access Framework
  • Contribute to capture good practice and lessons learnt
  • Support colleagues working with partnerships in monitoring/analysis
  • Support the development of training and workshops
  • Support the implementation of studies or applied research on ICRC’ partnerships
Coordination and the promotion of Inclusive Response


  • Support Movement coordination, the implementation of the Support to Movement Cooperation and Coordination (SMCC) initiative, the SMCC Movement Reference Group and technical implementation teams
  • Support implementation of steps defined in the ICRC ‘Accelerating the Inclusive Movement Response Approach (IRA), Plan of Action 2020 – 2021
  • Participate in ICRC-led Movement conference calls, drafting Movement narrative, etc.
  • Monitor/analyse trends and major events regarding interaction between Movement components and with external actors
  • Assist the production of consolidated reports linked to resolutions of Movement statutory meetings
  • Ensure regular exchange of information with Federation and other ICRC divisions and units


  • Assist to respond to initiatives and requests to address with in-depth analysis on a variety of humanitarian topics (IDPs, sexual violence, education, violent extremism, etc.)
  • Assist the Policy Advisor and Senior Management in the analysis and documentation of Movement dynamics and trends influencing ICRC’s interactions with other Movement components
Certifications / Education required


  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., international relations, humanitarian or development studies MBA/Organizational Development, Political Science, Law, Sociology, Public Administration, Communications)
  • An Evidence of language proficiencies. English mandatory.
Professional Experience required


Preferred candidates will have previous related professional (volunteer or paid) experience in a non-academic setting, preferably internationally, outside their country of birth. 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.

Desired profile and skills


  • Demonstrated analytical skills and experience in drafting policy and other briefing notes
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Good understanding of the mission and mandate of the ICRC, National Societies and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, with prior volunteer or working experience a definite asset.
  • Strong computer literacy, familiarity with updating websites and intranet sites, Windows 10, Share Point, Jive Communities, other business software (e.g. Excel)
  • Planning and project management ability; excellent organization skills
  • Fluent written and spoken English and good working knowledge of French. Spanish and/or Arabic skills a definite asset.
  • Ability to take initiatives and work autonomously when required
  • Able and interested to work as part of a team in a multicultural, dynamic and fast-paced working environment
  • A demonstrated interest in humanitarian action and the work of the ICRC and broader Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
  • Ability to work well managing multiple priorities and meeting
Additional information


  • Type of role: Traineeship - 3 positions
  • Working rate: 100%
  • Expected starting dates (varies): 1 September, 15 September, 15 October 2020
  • Location: Geneva HQ
  • Length of assignment: 12 months
  • Relocation: Not provided for traineeships
  • Visa/permit: Legitimacy card provided
  • Gross monthly salary: 3000 CHF
  • Application deadline: 10/07/2020
  • Application documents required: diplomas, work certificates, scan color of passport – please upload it on your profile

Candidates are encouraged in their cover letter to address which areas of work may be of particular interest and/or correspond to their experience and expertise (e.g. operations, partnership, coordination and policy).

The ICRC values diversity and is committed to create an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates. In the current exceptional circumstances, notwithstanding that certain travel and other restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic remain in place, the ICRC encourages applications from all qualified applicants, irrespective of their current country of residence.