Traineeship in Law and Policy Forum (Academic Sector)

01 November 2017

The Law and Policy Forum (DP_FORUM) brings together ICRC's various training and outreach capacities in humanitarian law, policy and action, with a view to promote IHL and other relevant norms, and to influence key actors and decision-makers on humanitarian issues of importance to the organisation.

Through its different components (academic relations, academic research, the International Review of the Red Cross, online and onsite legal training, the Visitors & Conference centre, events & outreach), 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.

The Law and Policy Forum is offering a one-year paid traineeship. Under the supervision of the Adviser for relations with academic circles, the Associate will mainly contribute to:

  • ICRC programmes for universities and think tanks supporting the teaching of IHL, humanitarian action and policy, and the development of networks of professors and other influential individuals committed to promoting and furthering respect for those fields and;
  • The organisation and development of IHL training events and materials to support the institution's outreach to, in particular, professors, researchers and post-graduate students, among other audiences;
  • The development and monitoring of partnerships with academic institutions to develop research, pedagogic tools and other activities in the field of humanitarian law, policy and action.

 

Responsibilities and Tasks:

Information collection, management and reporting

  • Identify, file, archive, share relevant correspondence between headquarters and ICRC field Delegations (in English, French and Spanish) with ICRC focal points for academic circles worldwide
  • Respond to various requests regarding training opportunities and tools in the field of international humanitarian law, policy and action, as well as related fields


Development, production and promotion of ICRC tools

  • Contribute to the production and the promotion of the ICRC's "IHL Mobile App"
  • Contribute to the production and the promotion of the online "IHL Advanced Learning Series for Lecturers"
  • Contribute to the revision, update and promotion of "ready-to-use" thematic workshop for students
  • In coordination with the authors of "How Does Law Protect in War?" and the University of Geneva:
        - Contribute to identify and compile materials on new IHL topics of interest for the "How Does Law Protect in War?" Online Platform
        - Regularly review online platform content and correct/update it accordingly
        - Update, develop and upload online content on a regular basis ("Thematic Highlights")
        - Contribute to the promotion of the online and paper versions
        - Prepare, facilitate and report about "How does law protect in war?" Board meetings
  • Contribute to the promotion of the ICRC internal guidelines: "Working with Universities: Elements of an Institutional Policy", as well as related "Best Practices" and "Resources & Tools"
  • Promote ICRC tools and events on the Internet and Intranet pages of the ICRC, the Law & Policy newsletter, as well as on social media and other platforms


Support to internal and academic events

  • Support the organization of the 2018 round table gathering French-speaking IHL lecturers and researchers (Paris, April 2018), as well as other academic events promoting IHL, other relevant law, humanitarian policy and action throughout the year
  • As needed, support the planning and organization of other FORUM events promoting IHL, other relevant law and the ICRC in partnership with academic institutions
  • Support ICRC students' competitions worldwide by organizing, updating and managing the fictitious case studies database and providing relevant cases to ICRC delegations upon need
  • Regularly deliver introductory presentations and thematic workshops on IHL, humanitarian policy and action to ICRC visitors at headquarters


Support to the development of academic partnerships

  • Support management and development of the "IHL in Action" online platform: review new case-studies; liaise with research partners; update, develop and upload online content on a regular basis; contribute to the promotion of the project
  • Conduct desk research (gathering, reviewing and analysing relevant literature on ongoing researched topics) when needed


Ad hoc support to the work of the law and Policy Forum and the ICRC


In consultation with the Adviser for relations with academic circles, provide ad hoc support as required by various initiatives and projects of the Law and Policy Forum and the ICRC at large.


Required background:

  • Master's degree, with a specialisation in international humanitarian law
  • Teaching/training experience and/or experience animating online platforms (websites, blogs, social media, etc.)

 

Desired skills and profile:

  • Demonstrated interest in the work of the ICRC
  • Understanding and interest in communication and education/training technologies
  • Experience in on-site and online promotion of IHL topics, events and tools an asset
  • Experience in adapting text for web usage and webpage management (knowledge of Drupal CMS an asset)
  • Fluent in English and in French, Spanish an asset
  • Strong flexibility and mind openness
  • Humility and desire to learn
  • Strong analytical and organisational skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work autonomously and report accordingly
  • Sense of initiative

 

Duration: 1 year

Starting date: 1 March 2018

Interested persons fulfilling the above criteria should send a letter of motivation and CV/resume to Véronique Soguel (vsoguel@icrc.org) by 22nd November 2017 (Subject: Traineeship (Academic Sector), Law and Policy Forum).

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).