Traineeships at the Women and War Sector, ICRC, Switzerland

Deadline: 31 August 2014
Open to: holders of Master degree in international relations, law, sociology, history, anthropology, gender studies or a related field
Remuneration: 3,000 CHF per month (approx. €2,500)


The International Committee of Red Cross is an independent and neutral organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, that works worldwide to provide humanitarian help for people affected by conflict and armed violence and to promote the laws that protect victims of war.

The ICRC is seeking two trainees who will assist  the Women and War Advisor and the Sexual Violence Advisor in ensuring that ICRC operational activities (at headquarters and in the field) adequately incorporate the different protection and assistance needs and capacities of women, men, girls and boys, and in supporting the ICRC’s operational response to sexual violence in armed conflict and other situations of violence.

The key tasks and responsibilities include:

  • Ensure the implementation and monitoring of the ICRC’s Women and War Strategy  and the Special Appeal to strengthen the ICRC’s response to sexual violence at all levels of the organization including  units and regions at headquarters as well as delegations in the field;
  • Research, draft and edit briefing notes, speeches and statements, articles and institutional papers on issues related to gender analysis and sexual violence in armed conflicts for internal and external use;
  • Review and monitor guidance documents, reports and other materials produced by other ICRC units or external stakeholders to ensure consistent messaging concerning gender, gender analysis, special protection of women and/or sexual violence;
  • Assist in the organisation of external events on sexual violence and gender issues such as International Women’s Day;
  • Represent Women and War at relevant internal and external meetings, draft agendas and minutes of meeting, and follow-up as necessary;
  • Provide administrative and coordination support to the Women and War team.

The trainees will be located in ICRC Headquarters in Geneva and the duration of the contract will be one year. The first trainee will begin mid-November 2014 and the second will begin mid-February.


In order to be eligible you must have:

  • A master’s degree in international relations or law, sociology, history, anthropology, gender studies or a related field;
  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of issues relating to sexual violence, gender, and women;
  • Work experience in a relevant field;
  • Knowledge of areas related to protection and humanitarian assistance;  and of the mandate and operation of the ICRC;
  • Capacity for analysis and synthesis of complex ideas;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and strong capacity to work as part of a team;
  • Demonstrated sense of initiative and capacity to work independently under minimal supervision;
  • Native-level of English and good level of French (other languages are an asset).

It is desirable that you have had previous experience in the Red Cross and in the fields of sexual violence, gender issues and violence against women.


The trainees will receive a monthly allowance of 3,000 CHF (approx. €2,500).


In order to apply for the traineeship you must send the following documents in one PDF file:

  • CV, including the contact details of two referees (up to 3 pages);
  • A cover letter including relevant experience and motivation for applying (1 page);
  • A writing sample (up to 4 pages).

All documents must be submitted to:, with the subject line: LAST NAME, First Name + Women and War trainee.

The deadline to apply is 31 August 20145 pm Geneva time.

For any questions regarding the position, please contact I. Jacobs on or visit the official call.

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