红十字国际委员会是一个公正、中立和独立的组织,其特有的人道使命是保护武装冲突和其他暴力局势受难者的生命与尊严,并向他们提供援助。红十字国际委员会还通过推广和加强人道法与普遍人道原则,尽力防止苦难发生。 红十字国际委员会成立于1863年,在世界各地努力为受冲突和武装暴力影响的人提供援助,并积极推广保护战争受难者的法律。它是一个独立而且中立的组织,其职责主要源自1949年《日内瓦公约》。该组织总部设在瑞士日内瓦,在全球80多个国家共有大约1.4万名员工;资金主要来自于各国政府以及国家红十字会和红新月会的自愿捐赠。

Position description

The post holder will be part of the small two-person Sexual Violence Team, together with the Sexual Violence Advisor. As such, the post holder will be directly involved in the team's day-to-day activities, as described below.

The Sexual Violence Team's role is to support ICRC operational activities addressing sexual violence in armed conflict and other situations of violence. It does so by:

  • Coordinating the work of different units engaged at Headquarters and in the field
  • Supporting field delegations in design and implementation of activities addressing sexual violence, in line with the Sexual Violence Strategy
  • Supporting training and sensitization of all ICRC staff on the issue of sexual violence (including through ensuring the issue is included in internal trainings, delivering training and sensitization sessions, and briefing individual staff members)
  • Supporting the representation of ICRC's work on sexual violence in international fora
  • Developing and coordinating institution-wide initiatives related to sexual violence, such as research projects, development of institutional positions on the issue, development of new tools and institutional documents etc.
  • Supporting donor relations, planning and reporting on ICRC activities on sexual violence

The post holder would support the Sexual Violence Advisor in all of these tasks to a varying extent, depending on skills and experience, as well as the Team's needs.

Key tasks and responsibilities

  • Research, draft and edit briefing notes, speeches and statements, articles and institutional papers on issues related to sexual violence in armed conflicts for internal and external use
  • Review and monitor guidance documents, reports and other materials produced by other ICRC units or external stakeholders to ensure consistent messaging on sexual violence
  • Support the representation of the Sexual Violence Team at relevant internal and external meetings, draft agendas and minutes of meeting, and follow up as necessary
  • Assist in the organisation of events and training courses related to sexual violence
  • Provide administrative and coordination support to the ICRC projects related to the issue of sexual violence

Skills and profile


  • A Master's degree in international relations or law, sociology, history, anthropology, gender studies or a related field
  • Demonstrated strong interest in and knowledge of issues relating to sexual violence
  • Work experience in a relevant field
  • Knowledge of areas related to protection and humanitarian assistance
  • Knowledge of the ICRC mandate, its operations and modalities of work
  • Capacity for analysis and synthesis of complex ideas;Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and strong capacity to work as part of a team
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Strong organisational and coordination skills
  • Demonstrated sense of initiative and capacity to work independently under minimal supervision
  • Native-level English speaker, with a good level of French, and other languages an asset


  • Work experience in the field related to sexual violence

Position details

  • Location: ICRC Headquarters, Geneva
  • Starting date: 1st December 2017
  • Duration of the contract: one year, non-extendable
  • Paid traineeship

Application requirements

  • One page cover letter including relevant experience and motivation for applying
  • CV, including the contact details of two referees, no longer than two pages

Please send these files together in one PDF file to Agnieszka Fal-Dutra Santos at afaldutrasantos@icrc.org by midnight Geneva time on Sunday 17th September, with the subject line: LAST NAME, First Name + Sexual Violence traineeship.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. We are unfortunately unable to respond to any questions. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted by 29th September, your application has unfortunately been unsuccessful.

Please be aware that the ICRC is not in a position to cover any related travel or accommodation costs. However, interviews may be conducted by phone or Skype.