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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.

Reports to

Reports to the Community-Based Protection Adviser and to the Adviser on Internal Displacement.


The associate will contribute to the work of the Protection of Civilian Population Unit, which sets the methodology for enhancing protections for civilian populations in armed conflict or violence, and is a pool of specialists within the Central Tracing Agency and Protection Division. The individual will provide support to the unit’s work on community-based protection (50%) and internal displacement (50%).

Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Community Based Protection Adviser and the Adviser on Internal Displacement, the post holder will be responsible for:

On community-based protection (CBP):

  • Work with the community-based protection advisor in supporting and orienting field delegations on integrating the CBP approach in their analysis and responses to affected populations.
  • Assist in the finalizing of guidelines and training materials on the ICRC CBP methodology and implementing the partnership with DRC on humanitarian mediation.
  • As the CBP advisor also deals with sexual violence-related issues from a protection perspective, assist in finalising guidelines and training materials regarding sexual violence concerns.

On internal displacement:

  • Work with the adviser on internal displacement to support field delegations in operationalizing the ICRC’s approach to internal displacement and strengthening the protection part of the response. In this framework:
  • Contribute to the elaboration of internal guidelines, checklists, collection of best practices and other tools, the mapping of ICRC activities benefiting internally displaced people (IDPs) and the monitoring of key operational contexts, including through debriefing of field colleagues.
  • Maintain an updated internal IDP platform and IDP webpage. 
  • Assist with the preparation of and reporting on internal and external meetings and events on IDP-related topics.


  • On occasion, the associate may be requested to take on other tasks for the unit or Protection Division.

Certifications / Education required

Master’s Degree (ideally in international humanitarian law, human rights, humanitarian action, international  relations, gender studies, political or social sciences, etc.)

Professional Experience required

Maximum one year work experience (2 years if it is supplemented with traineeships), with an international organization or an NGO (particularly working on issues related to protection of civilian population and/or gender and diversity or sexual violence or community-based programming approaches or internal displacement);

Desired profile and skills

  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work and interested in protection work
  • Fluency (oral and written) in English, and a very good understanding of French. Another language is an asset (e.g. Spanish, Arabic)
  • Demonstrated ability to research, analyze, and synthesize information
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely (written and oral)
  • Comfortable working in a team, good interpersonal skills
  • Good level of autonomy/independence in managing work
  • Competent user of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point)

Additional information

  • Type of role: Traineeship
  • Length of assignment : 12 months
  • Working rate: 100%
  • Starting date: 23/08/2018
  • Application deadline: 23/07/2018
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: traineeship
  • Grade: Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Rights
    • Population matters (trends and census)
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-23

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