Business and Conflict Traineeship at the Directorate of International Law and Policy in support of the ICRC Economic Adviser

15 May 2017


The Directorate of International Law and Policy of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is offering a one-year traineeship to support the work of its Economic Adviser,to begin in July 2017 if possible.

The Economic Adviser at the Directorate of International Law and Policy

The mission of the Economic Adviser consists in developing constructive engagement with business actors on their responsibility to carefully manage the impact of their operations, in particular in areas of armed conflict or in challenging security environments. This mission is carried out through: direct engagement with business actors; indirect engagement through industry associations or multi-stakeholder initiatives; the development of guidance tools for business actors and other stakeholders involved in 'business and human rights' and 'business and conflict' issues; and support to ICRC field operations in their own dialogue with business actors; among other means.


Job description

Under the supervision of the Economic Adviser, the post holder will be responsible for:

  • Assisting with the day-to-day management of various work streams such as: a joint project with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF); the ICRC's engagement with Chinese business actors and engagement with organizations such as the World Economic Forum, the United Nations Global Compact, and various other stakeholders in the business and conflict field.
  • Fostering internal and external communication on the mission and activities of the Economic Adviser and shaping the unit's communication and engagement strategy
  • Ÿ Keeping close watch on trends, issues and policy developments in the fields of 'business and human rights' and 'business and conflict'; and regularly producing synthetic oral and written analysis.
  • Carrying out ad hoc research work on ongoing work streams, supporting the development of projects.
  • Liaising with a wide-range of internal and external stakeholders to ensure smooth running of the various work streams and proper positioning of the ICRC.
  • Preparing and coordinating participation by ICRC stakeholders in conferences, seminars or workshops involving business actors, including compiling briefing materials and talking points.
  • Developing an overview of the ICRC's relationship with the private sector, and the capacity to participate constructively in a range of related work streams.
  • Ensuring business continuity in absence of the Economic Adviser.



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

  • Born between 1 January 1987 and 31 December 1991
  • A Master's degree in a relevant field (e.g. international relations/affairs, international economics, international law, humanitarian action, development, peace/conflict studies, etc.).
  • An excellent command of English and a good command of French, (you must have an excellent level of written English and will be expected to be able to converse and read in both languages. You will be tested in both languages.
  • Six months full-time prior experience with an international organisation, a business company, an industry association, an NGO or a Red Cross or Red Crescent Society.
  • A demonstrated interest in 'business and human rights' or 'business and conflict' issues.
  • Available for 1 year, starting in July 2017 if possible.

Successful candidates will also meet the following criteria:

  • A demonstrated interest for international affairs and diplomacy, humanitarian issues and the ICRC.
  • Ability to think strategically, to express ideas clearly, both orally and in writing, and to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Experience with client-oriented work and external relations, and ability to easily interface with high-level stakeholders.
  • Experience developing communications, marketing or business development strategies.
  • Flexibility and the ability to deliver high-quality results under time pressure.
  • Capacity for research and analytical writing, high level of attention to detail.
  • Creativity and a capacity to think outside the box and generate ideas and initiatives.
  • Languages in addition to English and French will be considered an asset.


The recruited candidate will be offered a 12-month paid contract at the ICRC headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

To apply

Interested candidates should send their application, in either English or French, to: [] with the subject "LASTNAME Application ECO2017."
Deadline for the receipt of applications is June 4 2017.

The application should consist of:

  • A curriculum vitae, including your nationality and date of birth;
  • A motivation letter of 400 words maximum, responding to the question: "What are three ways you could apply your skills and expertise in support of the mission of the Economic Advisor?"


Please submit the CV and motivation letter in a single Word or PDF document. Additional documents will not be accepted.

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