Traineeship in Communication and Information Management Department

08 August 2017

The ICRC's Department of Communication and Information Management (CIM) is offering a one year paid traineeship starting October 2017 at the ICRC headquarters in Geneva.


Information and communication are at the core of what the ICRC does. As the first vital step in protecting and assisting people adversely affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence the ICRC gathers information on their situation that can be shared with ICRC colleagues concerned or, when it is in the interest of the data subject, with relevant decision-makers. The role of the Department of Communication and Information Management (CIM) is notably to ensure that ICRC staff has a secure access to relevant and reliable information, in line with data protection and data security standards, in order to provide a better response to humanitarian needs. The role of the post holder will be twofold:

  • to contribute to the information security governance, led by the CIM Department, in promoting policies and guidelines related to the responsible use of information and communication technologies.
  • to assist the Direction of CIM Department in defining, promoting and implementing the information environment strategy of the ICRC.

Tasks and responsibilities

The post holder will assist the Deputy Director of CIM with the following files:

  • Information Security
  • Data Protection
  • Revision of the information environment strategy
  • Strategies, partnership and innovation related to information systems

The post holder's main responsibilities related to the above mentioned files are the following:

  • Carry out research and draft synthesis notes
  • Contribute to the organization and follow up of internal/external meetings and workshops
  • Collect and organize information
  • Draft reports, messages and minutes of meetings
  • Contribute to corporate communications, update the ICRC Intranet and organize surveys
  • Contribute to presentations, roadmaps and training modules
  • Contribute to other administrative tasks as required

Required qualifications and experience

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in a relevant field (Information Management, Information Security or Data Protection) OR degree in a different field (ex. International Affairs, Humanitarian Action, etc.) and demonstrated interest/experience in one or more of the following:
    – Information Management
    – Information security, cybersecurity and surveillance
    – Data protection
    – New information technologies
  • A maximum of 2 years of professional experience

Required Competencies

  • Excellent written and spoken English and French
  • Excellent organization skills, ability to take initiatives and work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to quickly understand complex organisational issues
  • Flexibility and ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines
  • Ability to produce powerful documents and presentations and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Strong computer literacy, familiarity with updating websites/intranet sites, Windows, Lotus Notes, SharePoint and various software programs (Excel, Power Point)
  • Interest in humanitarian concerns and international relations
  • Understanding of the mandate and modus operandi of the ICRC


  • Paid traineeship contract, based in Geneva
  • Starting date: 9. October 2017
  • Duration: 1 year

To Apply

Application deadline: Sunday 3. September 2017

Interested candidates should send their application in either English or French, via email to Subject line should read: Traineeship at CIM.

Only complete applications will be considered and shall include:

  • Cover letter expressing motivation for applying and relevant skills (max. 800 words)
  • Resume/CV (max. 3 pages)
  • Recommendation letter if any

Due to the expected high number of applications no confirmation of receipt will be provided.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted subsequently for interviews and may be asked to prepare a short assignment to be presented during the interview. The ICRC is not in a position to cover any related travel or accommodation costs. Interviews may be conducted by phone/internet.

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