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Traineeship in the Water and Habitat Unit

Requisition ID:  19083
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.



Within the mandate of the ICRC, the Water and Habitat Unit (WatHab Unt) is tasked with designing tools and developing systems to guarantee continuity of essential services such as water, sanitation and power, and by renovating public infrastructure that can be damaged or disrupted as a direct, indirect or cumulative result of conflict.

Water and Habitat delegates apply engineering principles to detect, control, evaluate and manage environmental factors that impact public health. 

The ICRC's Water and Habitat Unit has five core components:

  • Safe Drinking Water
  • Sanitation and Environmental Health
  • Energy Supply and the Environment
  • Building and Renovation
  • Essential services in urban areas

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

Reports to (role)


Strategic Planner, Geneva, Water & Habitat Unit

Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities


  • The associate will be part of the Water and Habitat team and work within the ICRC Assistance Division at headquarter level in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • The associate may also assist in developing a Monitoring & Evaluation framework for the Water & Habitat activities.
  • Such tasks will be complemented by assisting the Unit’s Knowledge Management Function at HQ in the consolidation and roll out of its Learning and Development Plan.
  • Occasional direct Support to field operations will complete his/her responsibilities.

Certifications / Education required


  • Educational background in the field of architecture or  civil or environmental engineering.
  • MSc or equivalent required in a discipline related to Planning, Engineering and Management of Infrastructure and services.

Professional Experience required


  • Maximum 1 year (2 years if traineeships included) of professional experience.

Desired profile and skills


  • Interest in humanitarian issues.
  • Background in Infrastructure or Urban Planning required
  • Proven interest in Monitoring & Evaluation for complex social programs
  • Experience in conducting research assignments.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Writing skills and capacity to communicate scientific information to non-specialists
  • Literate in Microsoft Office in particular with Excel
  • Autonomy and independency in organizing his/her work



Fluency in English required. Knowledge of any other ICRC working languages is an asset (French, Arabic, Spanish etc.)

Additional information


  • Location: Geneva
  • Type of contract: Traineeship
  • Lenght of assignment: 12 months
  • Relocation: Not provided for traineeships
  • Visa/permit: legitimacy card provided
  • Gross monthly salary: 3,723.20 CHF
  • Estimated start date: 05/09/2022
  • Application deadline: 30/05/2022
  • Application documents required: diplomas, work certificates, scan color of passport - please upload it on your profile


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