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Traineeship in the Protection Data Unit

Requisition ID:  20307
Region:  Europe (HQ)
Contract type:  Traineeship

What we do


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide protection and 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 their International Federation 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 position


The Protection Data Unit has the objectives to reinforce the management and analysis of the data related to the protection activities of the ICRC, as well as develop and maintain digital data tools for use in the ICRC's protection response.


The associate's main tasks will be to support the Unit's activities by:


  1. Support the Data Analysis / Evidence-Based Protection team with quantitative and qualitative analysis;
  2. Supporting the Unit with the management of a resource center (the Unit's wiki page);
  3. Supporting the conceptualization, implementation, promotion, and management of a data collection tool;
  4. Participate in different data management-related activities of the Unit.

Reports to (role)


Head of Protection Data Unit

Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities


1. Work on Protection-related qualitative and quantitative analysis.


  • Contribute to the reflection, development, and implementation of qualitative and quantitative methodologies and analysis tasks to optimize evidence-based understanding of PROT priority topics. Perform ad-hoc research and data extraction requests;
  • Support the team by doing data cleaning, data transformation, and creation or development of data visualizations (dashboards);
  • Maintain/handle online collaborative community content;
  • Contribute to the internal communication of the PROT/DATA unit.


2. Continued d maintenance of the Protection Data Resource Centre (Wiki).


  • Act as focal person of the Protection Data Resource Centre (Wiki);
  • To best present institutional data-related resources, continue to ensure the production, editing, and adaptation of new Wiki pages. This includes technical oversight (e.g. metadata, search function) and close collaboration with relevant technical advisers;
  • Devise and implement procedures for and a plan of action to promote collaboration in producing Wiki pages that ensures quality, accuracy, and continued relevance over time;
  • Develop and adapt the technical structure of the Wiki as vital, in particular, to ensure ongoing/improved access to or integration of resources outside the Unit (e.g. links to other Wikis, search functionality). This includes collaboration with colleagues in other units/divisions with Wikis.


Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities


3. Act as a focal point of Device Magic (mobile data collection tool) for Protection.


  • Provide methodological support to delegations with the design of data collection exercises;
  • Provide support to delegations with the use of Device Magic;
  • Review and revise material regarding Device Magic as needed.


4. Other duties as required to support the Protection Data Unit.


  • Supports Data Management team when required;
  • Helps with the planning of events;
  • Provides support with projects when needed;
  • Takes ownership for their own development and learning, in particular in the use of the ICRC data management system (Prot6).

Certifications / Education required


University degree or diploma equivalent to a master's degree in social sciences, data analytics, interactive media, ICT, engineering, economics, information sciences, or equivalent experience.

Professional Experience required


Maximum one-year work experience (2 years if it is supplemented with traineeships).




  • Research experience in innovation projects with a high technology component;
  • Experience with automated collection and storage of data retrieved through web APIs;
  • Experience using tools such as SQL, Python, R, Tableau, PowerBI, Excel;
  • Experience with humanitarian organizations or NGOs

Desired profile and skills


  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work.
  • Ability to compile and holistically analyse diverse datasets.
  • Excellent digital literacy (Word, PPT, Excel).
  • Rapidity, rigor, and good organization skills.
  • Superb communication skills (oral and written).
  • Capacity to work in a team.
  • Proactivity.




  • Basic knowledge of R, Python, SQL, or other relevant scripting and programming languages is desirabl.
  • Knowledge of data protection and data security issues.



  • Excellent command in English
  • Good command of French
  • Other languages are assets 

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: 01/02/2023
  • Application deadline: 10/12/2022
  • Application documents required: diplomas, work certificates, scan color of passport - please upload it on your profile.


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