Internship at the ICRC Directorate of International Law and Policy

The Directorate of International Law and Policy of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) offers one paid internship for a period of one year to support the work of its Economic Adviser.  The internship begins in the course of June 2015 (if possible).

The Economic Adviser at the Directorate of International Law and Policy

The mission of the Economic Adviser at the Directorate of International Law and Policy consists in developing constructive engagement with business actors on their responsibilities to carefully manage the impact of their operations in particular when these take place in areas of armed conflict or in challenging security environments.  This mission is carried out through several means: direct engagement with business actors in bilateral relations; indirect engagement through industry associations or organizations serving business interests; active participation in various multi-stakeholder initiatives; participation in normative or soft law processes; development of guidance tools for business actors and other stakeholders involved in ‘business and human rights’ and ‘business and conflict’ issues; support to ICRC field operations in their own dialogues with business actors; etc.

Job description

Under the supervision of the Economic Adviser, the intern will be responsible for:

ŸAssisting with the day-to-day management of various work streams such as: a joint project with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) to develop guidance tools for companies operating in challenging security environments; the ICRC President’s chairmanship of the WEF Global Agenda Council on Fragility, Violence and Conflict; the ICRC engagement with Chinese business actors; etc.

ŸKeeping close watch on trends, issues and policy developments in the fields of ‘business and human rights’ and ‘business and conflict’; offering analysis on the above as well as occasional synthetic oral or written restitution.

ŸCarrying out ad hoc research work to feed ongoing work streams, to prepare for new ones or to provide substantiated responses to internal stakeholders’ questions or requests.

ŸLiaising with internal and external stakeholders to ensure smooth running of the various work streams and proper positioning of the ICRC.

ŸPreparing and coordinating participation by various ICRC internal stakeholders in conferences, seminars or workshops involving business actors, including speech-writing.

ŸAttending conferences, seminars, workshops and bilateral meetings, including upstream research work and downstream drafting of reports.

ŸFostering internal communication on the mission and activities of the Economic Adviser.

ŸDeveloping critical opinion on, and constructive proposals with regard to the activities led by the Economic Adviser and ensuring business continuity in absence of the Economic Adviser.

Qualifications

We are looking for candidates who meet the following, mandatory requirements:

  • A Master's degree in a relevant field (e.g. international relations, international economics, international politics, international law, humanitarian action, development, peace/conflict studies, etc.).
  • A good command of both English and French (it is necessary to have a very good level of written English and a good working knowledge of French but you will be expected to be able to converse and read in both languages.) You will be tested orally in both languages.
  • Born between 1 January 1986 and 1 January 1991.
  • Minimum of 6 months full-time prior experience with an international organisation, a business company, an industry association, an NGO or a Red Cross or Red Crescent Society.
  • Available for 1 year, starting as soon as possible.

If you do not fulfil the above conditions, your application will not be considered.

Successful candidates will also meet the following criteria:

  • A manifest interest for humanitarian action/issues and the ICRC.
  • A demonstrated interest in international affairs and diplomacy and in ‘business and human rights’ and ‘business and conflict’ issues.
  • Ability to think strategically, to express ideas clearly, both orally and in writing, and to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Capacity for research and analytical writing.
  • Capacity for thinking out-of-the-box and for generating ideas and initiatives.
  • Flexibility and ability to assist with a variety of tasks based on the needs of the Economic Adviser.

Additional languages will be considered an asset.

Contract

Recruited interns will be offered a 12-month paid contract.  The positions are based at ICRC headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

To apply

Interested candidates should send their complete application (cover letter, résumé/CV), in either English or French to: [email protected] (quote reference number: ECO2015).

Do not send any documents other than the two listed above.

Please note that we request you to submit these two documents together in one single Word or PDF document.

Please be aware that the ICRC has other internship programmes with separate application processes (for further information see the ICRC website).  The application process for delegates is also a separate one.  No information on these will be provided.

Late or incomplete applications, as well as those that do not meet the stated requirements, will not be considered.  Therefore, please refrain from applying if you do not fulfil the mandatory criteria listed above.  Owing to the high number of applications, no information relating to the selection process or responses to personal queries can be provided.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted early June 2015 for a written test and subsequent phone interview.

The Directorate of International Law and Policy of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) offers one paid internship for a period of one year to support the work of its Economic Adviser.  The internship begins in the course of June 2015 (if possible).

THE ECONOMIC ADVISER AT THE DIRECTORATE OF INTERNATIONAL LAW AND POLICY

The mission of the Economic Adviser at the Directorate of International Law and Policy consists in developing constructive engagement with business actors on their responsibilities to carefully manage the impact of their operations in particular when these take place in areas of armed conflict or in challenging security environments. This mission is carried out through several means: direct engagement with business actors in bilateral relations; indirect engagement through industry associations or organizations serving business interests; active participation in various multi-stakeholder initiatives; participation in normative or soft law processes; development of guidance tools for business actors and other stakeholders involved in 'business and human rights' and 'business and conflict' issues; support to ICRC field operations in their own dialogues with business actors; etc.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Under the supervision of the Economic Adviser, the intern will be responsible for:

 Assisting with the day-to-day management of various work streams such as: a joint project with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) to develop guidance tools for companies operating in challenging security environments; the ICRC President's chairmanship of the WEF Global Agenda Council on Fragility, Violence and Conflict; the ICRC engagement with Chinese business actors; etc.

 Keeping close watch on trends, issues and policy developments in the fields of 'business and human rights' and 'business and conflict'; offering analysis on the above as well as occasional synthetic oral or written restitution.

 Carrying out ad hoc research work to feed ongoing work streams, to prepare for new ones or to provide substantiated responses to internal stakeholders' questions or requests.

 Liaising with internal and external stakeholders to ensure smooth running of the various work streams and proper positioning of the ICRC.

 Preparing and coordinating participation by various ICRC internal stakeholders in conferences, seminars or workshops involving business actors, including speech-writing.

 Attending conferences, seminars, workshops and bilateral meetings, including upstream research work and downstream drafting of reports.

 Fostering internal communication on the mission and activities of the Economic Adviser.

 Developing critical opinion on, and constructive proposals with regard to the activities led by the Economic Adviser and ensuring business continuity in absence of the Economic Adviser.

QUALIFICATIONS

We are looking for candidates who meet the following, mandatory requirements:

 A Master's degree in a relevant field (e.g. international relations, international economics, international politics, international law, humanitarian action, development, peace/conflict studies, etc.).

 A good command of both English and French (it is necessary to have a very good level of written English and a good working knowledge of French but you will be expected to be able to converse and read in both languages.) You will be tested orally in both languages.

 Born between 1 January 1986 and 1 January 1991.

 Minimum of 6 months full-time prior experience with an international organisation, a business company, an industry association, an NGO or a Red Cross or Red Crescent Society.

 Available for 1 year, starting as soon as possible.

If you do not fulfil the above conditions, your application will not be considered.

Successful candidates will also meet the following criteria:

 A manifest interest for humanitarian action/issues and the ICRC.

 A demonstrated interest in international affairs and diplomacy and in 'business and human rights' and 'business and conflict' issues.

 Ability to think strategically, to express ideas clearly, both orally and in writing, and to work both independently and as part of a team.

 Capacity for research and analytical writing.

 Capacity for thinking out-of-the-box and for generating ideas and initiatives.

 Flexibility and ability to assist with a variety of tasks based on the needs of the Economic Adviser.

Additional languages will be considered an asset.

CONTRACT

Recruited interns will be offered a 12-month paid contract. The positions are based at ICRC headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

TO APPLY

Interested candidates should send their complete application (cover letter, résumé/CV), in either English or French to: [email protected] (quote reference number: ECO2015).

Do not send any documents other than the two listed above.  Please note that we request you to submit these two documents together in one single Word or PDF document.

Please be aware that the ICRC has other internship programmes with separate application processes (for further information see the ICRC website).  The application process for delegates is also a separate one.  No information on these will be provided.

Deadline for the receipt of applications is 5 June 2015 (by midnight Swiss time)

Late or incomplete applications, as well as those that do not meet the stated requirements, will not be considered.  Therefore, please refrain from applying if you do not fulfil the mandatory criteria listed above.  Owing to the high number of applications, no information relating to the selection process or responses to personal queries can be provided.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted early June 2015 for a written test and subsequent phone interview.

Job title: Intern

Location: Geneva

Contract: Recruited interns will be offered a 12-month paid contract. 

Closing date: 5 June 2015