Traineeship for the Law and Policy Forum

10 January 2018

The Law and Policy Forum brings together ICRC's various training and outreach capacities in humanitarian law and action, with a view to promoting international humanitarian law (IHL) and other relevant norms, and to influencing key actors and decision-makers on humanitarian issues of importance to the organisation. Through its different components (academic relations and research, the International Review of the Red Cross, online and onsite legal training, outreach and events, the Visitors & Conference centre), FORUM acts as a channel between the ICRC and the outside world. It carries out direct outreach activities to key external audiences, following a thematic approach and pursuing academic excellence.

Forum is offering a one-year paid traineeship entailing the following tasks: conceptualization onsite and online training, external communication and promotion, as well as contact and information management. The post holder will work under the supervision of the Legal Training Advisor, collaborating closely with other sectors within and beyond DP_FORUM.


The post holder is tasked with supporting the Training Strategy for humanitarian practitioners and, when relevant, other audiences. Main responsibilities will include:

Contribute to the development, implementation and maintenance of the ICRC's online legal training offer, in partnership with the ICRC's Learning and Development Division:

  • Bring to completion and implement the ongoing revision of the English-speaking e-learning modules on IHL (includes work on the substance, methodology and design of the modules), together with the external provider.
  • Develop promotional materials and organize the launch of the new modules, together with relevant colleagues.
  • Assist in the development of the Arabic-language version of the modules, on the basis of the English-speaking ones, and prepare for other language versions (including French)

Develop IHL pedagogical resources for various audiences:

  • Launch the English-speaking master presentation on IHL (master powerpoint presentation with speaking notes currently being developed, to be used by ICRC colleagues in charge of IHL promotion activities)
  •  Develop the equivalent French-speaking version

Contribute to various aspects of the development and implementation of content for onsite training activities:

  • Development of thematic training programmes on IHL, including content for specific sessions, suggestions for and selection of speakers, etc.
  • Creation and/or update of thematic resources and teaching tools (reading lists, case-studies, simulations, etc.)
  • Identification of potential new guest experts and facilitators
  • Research for and preparation of thematic presentations and speechesPreparation of internal reports following the training activities
  • Research on agencies and organisations for potential partnerships

Assist the Events Manager with the logistics and organisation of onsite training activities:

  • Logistics before, during and after training activities
  • Communication with training applicants and participants
  • Production of training materials (participant lists and backgrounders, speakers bios, etc.)
  • General administrative support

Manage the communication strategy for each training activity:

  • Sharing of relevant information with the Outreach & Events sector, and ensure coherent and efficient communication of training activities online
  • Maintaining a calendar of internal and external events in relation to the Legal Training Sector
  • Maintain and update the ICRC intranet page related to Legal Training

Present IHL and the ICRC to various external audiences through the Visitors' Service programme

Contribute to other tasks and projects as assigned by the Head of Unit and by the Legal Training Adviser

Background and experience

  • Advanced university degree relevant to the position (international humanitarian law, international law, humanitarian action/policy, international relations)
  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of international humanitarian law and of humanitarian affairs;
  • Excellent English and French language skills, including both written and verbal communication skills; knowledge of Arabic an asset;
  • Demonstrated ability to draft clear and concise texts for external communication;
  • Strong IT skills (Word, Excel, databases) together with a demonstrated aptitude and enthusiasm for learning how to use new IT tools and systems;
  • Previous experience in event management/event communication, or in teaching/pedagogy, is an advantage;
  • Previous experience working with contact relationship management databases is an advantage.

Profile and skills

  • Strong organizational and time management skills;
  • Strong research and analytical skills;
  • Demonstrated flexibility, and ability to efficiently handle multiple tasks;
  • Ability to present information in a clear, compelling and convincing way;
  • Sense of initiative and ability to work autonomously, when required;
  • Proven ability to interact with multi-disciplinary teams.

Length of Assignment: One year

Starting Date: 1st April 2018

Application deadline: 31 January 2018

Interested persons fulfilling the above criteria should send a letter of motivation and CV/Resume to Véronique Soguel ( by 31 January 2018 (Subject: traineeship – Law and Policy Training 2018).

Please note that this is a Geneva-based traineeship and that no housing allowance will be granted.

Only short-listed candidates will be notified. At a further stage, selected candidates will be contacted for interviews at ICRC headquarters or through online conference calls (depending on availability and preference).