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Traineeship in the Water and Habitat Unit - Architecture/Architectural Engineering

Requisition ID:  17433
Region:  Europe (HQ)
Contract type:  Traineeship

What we do


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance. The ICRC also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles.

Each year, armed conflict disrupts millions of lives. The ICRC’s water and habitat activities ensure that people in conflict zones have access to water and create or maintain a sustainable living environment. Ultimately, this work reduces death and suffering due to habitat damage or disruption to water supplies. The ICRC’s Water and Habitat (WatHab) Unit has five main areas of activity:

  • Water supply, storage and distribution
  • Sanitation, waste management and environmental science
  • Restoration and management of electric power
  • Construction, repair and safety of structures
  • Provision of temporary community facilities

More information on ICRC and the Water and Habitat Unit can be found on https://www.icrc.org/en/what-we-do/water-habitat



The associate will be part of the Water and Habitat team and work within the ICRC Assistance Division at the headquarters level. S/he will participate in the development of the Unit's activities by supporting the team in its day to day tasks.

Main duties and responsibilities


The Associate will be working mainly on the Construction file.

His/her main duties will be to:

  • support the Unit activities in the tasks that will be deemed necessary (architectural design project reviews, construction files, support in Unit’s resource center and, also, in publication processes, graphs, presentations and flowcharts design)
  • research and produce content for the development of guidelines and technical standards on different topics (e.g. bioclimatic architecture, sustainable buildings design principles, etc.)
  • work on the development of tools and templates to expand the project management framework of WatHab Unit construction projects (e.g. construction data analysis, risk assessment templates, quality assurance procedures and principles, reporting templates, etc.).

Professional Experience required


Only individuals enrolled in higher education or who have recently completed their studies are eligible to be trainees/associates. 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


  • Interest in humanitarian issues
  • Educational background in the field of Architecture/ Architecture Engineering
  • Good knowledge of the building construction sector
  • Knowledge of project management, risk and data management
  • Literate in AutoCAD, SketchUp, Adobe InDesign, and Microsoft Office
  • Proficiency in Excel an asset
  • Writing skills and capacity to communicate scientific information to non-specialists
  • Proficient in written and spoken English, knowledge of French an asset
  • Creative with an artistic sense
  • Autonomy, flexibility, adaptability.

What we offer


The position will be a full-time paid traineeship of 12 months based at the ICRC headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Additional information


  • Location: Geneva
  • Type of contract: Traineeship
  • Lenght of assignment: 12 months
  • Relocation: Not provided for traineships
  • Visa/permit: legitimacy card provided
  • Gross monthly salary: 3567 CHF
  • Estimated start date: 18/10/2021
  • Application deadline: 27/06/2021
  • Application documents required: diplomas, work certificates, scan color of passport - please upload it on your profile


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

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted subsequently for interviews. Interviews will be conducted via skype.