Deadline: 01 November 2020

Location: Geneva

Contract Duration: 12 months

Contract type: Traineeship

What we do

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence. We take action in response to emergencies and at the same time promote respect for international humanitarian law. We are an independent and neutral organization, and our mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. We work closely with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with their International Federation in order to ensure a concerted, rational and rapid humanitarian response to the needs of the victims of armed conflict or any other situation of internal violence. We direct and coordinate the international activities conducted in these situations.Purpose

The post holder should contribute to the work of the Forensic Unit in the promotion and continued development of its programs and activities related to the management of the dead in armed conflict, disasters, and migration. They should also support ongoing projects relating to the unit’s strategic priorities. They will work under the supervision of the Head of the Forensic Unit and technical supervision of the Deputy Head of Unit.Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities

  • Assisting in the organization of internal trainings, seminars, and workshops;
  • Contributing to ongoing or new forensic projects as required;
  • Contributing to communication projects and promotional tools including publications development;
  • Contributing to the drafting of letters and emails intended for internal and external audiences; and
  • Compile information on forensic operations globally for necessary analysis and program development.

Certifications / Education required

  • Master’s degree in forensic sciences, health sciences, physical anthropology or related studies, equivalent to a Master’s degree
  • Maximum one year work experience (2 years if it is supplemented with traineeships)
  • Knowledge of the human identification process
  • Good computer skills (Windows OS, Microsoft Office Suite, etc.).
  • Skills in digital communication an asset (e.g. use of Adobe suite)
  • Proven experience in teaching and/or training
  • Fluency in English is required. Fluency in Spanish, French, and Arabic is an asset.

Desired profile and skills

  • Well organized and diligent
  • Able to work under pressure in rapidly changing (emergency) circumstances
  • Good predisposition to working in a team
  • Able to work independently and autonomously when required
  • Familiarity with human rights law and humanitarian law is an asset.
  • Field and/or laboratory experience is an asset


  • Application files should include the following elements in English:
  • A cover letter, not exceeding 600 words, indicating:
  • Why the applicant is interested in a traineeship with the ICRC Forensic Unit;
  • The applicant’s long-term career goals: and
  • The exact dates of availability.
  • One letter of reference
  • A complete CV, which indicates in particular:
    • Educational background, including degrees obtained, fields of study and any particular areas of emphasis;
    • Research activities and relevant publications;
    • Professional experience, especially as related to forensic investigations of violations of human rights or humanitarian law;
    • Language skills;
    • Computer and IT skills; and
    • The names and contact details of two additional references.

Application documents required: diplomas, work certificates, scan color of passport – please upload it on your profile


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