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2 Paid Traineeships at the ICRC

ICRC Traineeships


The International Committee of the Red Cross was founded in 1863 to help individuals who lives have been devastated by wars, conflicts and armed violence. Today, the organization operates around the world, helping individuals overcome hardship while acting as activists to encourage the enforcement of laws that protect victims of war.

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the International Committee of the Red Cross has more than 14,500 employees working in over 80 countries. The organization is funded primarily through donations made by governments from around the world as well as from funds from the Red Crescent and Red Cross.

The organization is involved with relief and advocacy work related to a number of issues, including sexual violence, economic insecurity, disability services, forensic science and humanitarian action, health care, immigration and refugees, mine safety and environmental protection. Because of their strong infrastructure, the organization is able to deploy quickly when conflicts and disasters occur around the world.

Currently, the International Committee of the Red Cross is accepting applications for two traineeships. A traineeship is similar to an internship in that it is a short-term position, but the purpose is to provide the candidate with practical experience and more in-depth training than a traditional internship role.

Mental Health and Psychosocial Traineeship

This paid 12-month position will support The Mental Health and Psychosocial Sub Unit of the ICRC and help advance field work projects currently in progress. The trainee will be responsible for collecting and organizing documents and data gathered in the field and to update documents within the organization’s Health Unit database.

During the traineeship, the student worker will evaluate and review articles and documents that are distributed to victims of violence, people with disabilities and others who receive services through the ICRC. He or she will also provide office support as needed.

Prospective trainees should have a background in psychology and previous experience performing data collection and analysis. Strong coping, writing and verbal communication skills are essentials. Candidates who are fluent in Spanish, French or Arabic will be given priority.

Assistance Division Traineeship

A paid 12-month traineeship is currently available through the Assistance Division of the ICRC. The position involves gathering data from the Assistance Division’s repository and monitoring the quality of the data to ensure accuracy. He or she will also help prepare reports and assessments and help individuals working in the field with data entry concerns.

To qualify for the position, applicants must be fluent in English and hold a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information management or a similar field. Knowledge of RDB programming, SAS, SPSS, Tableau and QlikView is preferred. Individuals who are fluent in French will be given priority.

General Qualifications

Both traineeships are only open to individuals who are recent college graduates with no more than 1 year of work experience. The purpose of the traineeship is to provide recent graduates with experience that they can use in future positions. Both jobs are expected to be filled by early October. The application deadline is August 31, 2016.

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