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Traineeship for New & prospective Donors (REX_PROSPECT)

Geneva (Switzerland)

Full-time (100 %)

Purpose of the unit

The "New & Prospective Donors" unit (REX_PROSPECT) focuses on building strategies and approaches to attract new government donors and strengthen existing relationships with a number of key non-traditional donors. In line with the ICRC's fundraising strategy of diversifying the ICRC's donor base, the unit focuses as a matter of priority on developing relationships with new, or "emerging", donors and on innovative approaches to developing a sound financial dialogue with them.

Ambitions of the unit

  • Enlarge the ICRC donor base by intensifying the levels of interaction and dialogue with new donors, increase their financial contribution and other high value alternative forms of support.
  • Ensure greater in-house synergy and involve delegations in new donor countries where there is a potential to develop a stronger dialogue in the capitals or in the field, focused on common over-arching objectives and ambitions.

Job description:

Under the supervision of REX_PROSPECT Head of unit, the post holder will be responsible for:

  • Assisting with the day-to-day management of relations with global stakeholders, such as new State donors
  • Helping the unit with the implementation of its initiatives (field trip, briefing of delegates, mobilization of Embassy/Permanent mission)
  • Contributing to the unit research and development on specific thematic (donor visibility, In-kind contributions, seconded staff/staff-on-loan, developing innovative proposals for new budget lines and new communication tools).
  • Representing the unit at internal and external meetings and preparing/attending donor events, bilateral meetings – this may involve research work and speech-writing and, in terms of follow-up, the drafting of reports / minutes;
  • Provides the division/unit with key information on specific operations in South America, especially major operational changes and new orientations (e.g. Colombia).
  • Advises the region and delegations covering South America on donor perspectives (e.g. weekly meeting presence), general fundraising issues and REX policies; replies to ad hoc financial/REX-related requests from field or regions.
  • Analyzing humanitarian funding trends, issues and policy developments;


We are looking for candidates who meet the following, mandatory requirements:

  • A Master's degree in a relevant field (e.g. international relations, international law, international economics, international politics, humanitarian action, development, diplomacy, etc.)
  • A good command of English, French and Spanish. It is necessary to have a very good level of written English and a good working knowledge of French and Spanish.
  • Born between 1 January 1985 and 1 January 1989
  • Minimum of 6 months full-time prior experience, with a government bodies (Ministers, Cooperation agency, etc.), an international organization, an NGO or a Red Cross or Red Crescent Society an asset.
  • Available for 1 year, starting 3 January 2017.

If you do not fulfil the above conditions, your application will not be considered.

Successful candidates will also meet the following criteria:

  • A manifest interest for humanitarian action/issues and the ICRC.
  • A demonstrated interest in international affairs, diplomacy and funding dialogue/issues.
  • The ability to think strategically, to express ideas clearly, both orally and in writing, and to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Flexibility and the ability to assist with a variety of tasks based on the needs of the unit.
  • Additional languages are an asset.


Recruited candidates will be offered a 12-month paid contract. The position is based at ICRC headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

To apply:

Interested candidates should send their complete application (cover letter, résumé/CV), in either English or French to   (quote reference number: PROSPECT_2017).

Do not send any documents other than the two listed above.Please note that we request you to submit these two documents together in one single Word or PDF document.

Deadline for the receipt of applications is 02.12.2016 (by midnight Swiss time)

Late or incomplete applications, as well as those that do not meet the stated requirements, will not be considered. Therefore, please refrain from applying if you do not fulfil the mandatory criteria listed above. Owing to the high number of applications, no information relating to the selection process or responses to personal queries can be provided.

Only short-listed candidates (a maximum of 5) will be contacted mid-December 2016 for an interview.

Please be aware that the ICRC has other traineeship programs with separate application processes (for further information see the ICRC website). The application process for delegates is also a separate one. No information on these will be provided.


Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: ICRC - International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Internship
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  • Closing Date: 2016-12-07

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