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DNA Matching Specialist

Requisition ID:  19274
Region:  Europe & Central Asia
Contract type:  Open-ended contract

What we do


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian protection and 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.

Role Description


The ICRC seeks a DNA Matching Specialist to provide support to the ICRC Delegation in Tbilisi in its efforts to clarify the fate and whereabouts of persons who went missing in Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia during the conflicts of 90’s and 2008.

A DNA Matching Specialist will carry out DNA matching, statistical analysis of DNA matches and issues Kinship and other DNA reports and will manage all DNA related data. In addition, the DNA Matching Specialist will provide training and support on DNA matching and DNA data management matters to other ICRC’s contexts worldwide in which such support is required.  

The DNA Matching Specialist will work as a member of ICRC’s Center for Forensic Genetics, which is currently based in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities


  • Performs DNA matching and statistical analysis of kinship and direct DNA matches related to the genetic activities of the GEO/ABK/SO Missing file or other contexts, or quality control of DNA matches;
  • Designs and conducts procedures for a systematic process of DNA matching and statistical analysis of DNA matches using specialized software (e.g. DNA-VIEW™, Familias 3);
  • Drafts and updates Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), guidelines, policies and forms for the DNA matching and statistical analysis procedures.
  • Issues Kinship and other DNA reports.
  • Provides training sessions and workshops in DNA matching and statistical analysis internally and externally
  • Conducts assessment of laboratories' DNA related data management and DNA matching procedures.
  • Provides support and advising in implementation of specialized software for DNA matching and DNA data management.
  • Communicates with ICRC external experts about statistical analysis, kinship analysis and DNA matching procedures when necessary.



  • Postgraduate degree in Biology, Genetics, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Forensic Genetics or similar sciences.
  • Proficient command of English (C1) and knowledge of ICRC's languages (French, Arabic, Spanish, Russian) is desirable.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in DNA Matching using specialized Statistical softwares (e.g. DNA View, Familias or similar software), and at least 6 years' experience in case management and forensic practice applied to humanitarian field.
  • Contribution to scientific publications on forensic practice, especially in the humanitarian field a strong asset.
  • Experience in negotiations and public relations, particularly in promoting the professional and ethical standards in their field of expertise.
  • Training experience is an asset.

Desired profile and skills


  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work.
  • Has the willingness to work with one of well known humanitarian actors.
  • Willing to work in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Has a good understanding of ICRC's mandate and activities.
  • Possess the knowledge and experience in mass-identification.

Our operational & field constraints


  • According to our principle of neutrality, the ICRC does not assign personnel to a country of which they are nationals.
  • Candidates must be in good health and will have to do a medical check-up prior to departure in the field.
  • Must possess a driving license (for manual transmission vehicles).
  • Should be prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) for at least the first 12 to 24 months.

What we offer


  • Rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment.
  • A two-week orientation course and other opportunities for further in-house training.
  • Attractive social benefits.
  • Length of assignment: 12 months renewable.
  • Join an ICRC talent pool and be considered for future assignments.


How To Apply


Ready to apply? You will need to upload your resume and a cover letter as well as copies of your diplomas and certifications, valid license to practice, passport and driving license.




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