Traineeship – Public communication support

Traineeship – Public communication support


Public Communication Division

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)


The Public Communication Division provides advice and support to ICRC staff around the world with a view to strengthen the organization's public positioning and acceptance, as well as respect for International Humanitarian Law. A key responsibility of the Division is to generate policies and guidelines on new themes, exploring new practices and develop training tools.

In 2017 the Public Communication Division is offering a one-year paid traineeship focusing on its policy and support activities.


Main responsibilities and tasks:


  •  Support the development of Community Engagement practice

o Assist in the documentation of case studies, good practices and production of tools and guidance for internal and external dissemination

o Responsible for editing and formatting the ICRC Community Engagement Newsletter

o Assist in the production and launch of a report on "Engaging with communities in armed conflicts and other situations of violence"

o Contribute to the development and implementation of the ICRC Institutional Framework on Accountability to Affected People

o Assist in internal outreach and spreading of community engagement initiatives and plans among key ICRC audiences

o Assist in supporting delegations for Community Engagement

o Contribute to working with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement on Community Engagement


  • Support projects implemented by the "Policy and Support" cell

o Assist in developing, implementing and assessing crowdfunding initiatives for ICRC

o Help managing social media scanning of key stakeholders for the cell (mainly national Red Cross/Red Crescent societies, community engagement organizations, innovators, media safety related topics...)

o Assist in the implementation of training tools for media professionals, collect new material (AV and text) for updates, help manage requests from the field;

o Contribute to the management and promotion of the Hotline for journalists (including through social media);

o Help in the production of guidelines and tools (notably on crisis communications, fundraising and partnerships, protection-related issues)


  • Support the organisation of events (external ones and internal meetings, workshops and courses, brownbag lunches)

o Provide administrative and logistical support

o Help conduct surveys (for needs assessment and events evaluation)


Required background:

  • Bachelor or Master's degree in communications or public relations. Additional diploma in international relations, development studies or other relevant subjects an asset
  • Work experience an asset, preferably in a communication-related field and in the non-profit sector


Desired skills and profile:

  • Proven interest in community engagement, accountability to affected people or humanitarian action
  • Passionate about information, communication and technology
  • Good knowledge of public relations principles and techniques
  • Excellent writing skills in English and French; Spanish and/or Arabic an asset
  • Practical knowledge of IT and web-based tools, such as Google Analytics, PowerPoint, and online conferencing tools
  • At ease with the use of social media, such as Twitter, Facebook and other platforms
  • Capacity to manage projects with a good sense of autonomy
  •  Organization and flexibility
  • Sense of initiative and creativity
  • Ability to work as part of a team, and in an international environment



  • Salaried traineeship
  • Place of work: ICRC headquarters, Geneva
  • Work permit in Switzerland is taken care of by the ICRC ("carte de légitimation")
  • Trainees are responsible for all expenses and costs incurred in undertaking a traineeship with the ICRC in Geneva
  • Duration: 12 months (full time)
  • Starting date: April / May 2017


Interested persons fulfilling the above criteria should send their applications (letter of motivation (1 page) and CV/resume (max. 2 pages) to Martine Lépinay, Assistant for Public Communication Division, by March 31, 2017. Reference: Traineeship Public Communication Division.

Candidates should be available for interviews in Geneva. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.