Traineeship, Office of Economic Adviser on Business & Human Rights

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)


  • Location: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Salary: 3000 CHF per month (gross)
  • Contract Type: Traineeship, Full-time
  • Closing Date: 05/07/2020

The mission of the Economic Advisor consists of developing constructive engagement with business actors on their responsibility to carefully manage the impact of their operations, particularly in areas of armed conflict or in challenging security environments. This mission is carried out through: direct engagement with business actors; indirect engagement with industry associations or multi-stakeholder initiatives; the development of guidance tools for business actors and other stakeholders involved in 'business and human rights' and 'business and conflict' issues; support to field activities fostering responsible business practices; and support to ICRC field operations in their dialogue with business actors, among other means.

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

  • Assisting with the day-to-day management of various work streams such as: [e.g.]...partnerships with the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance, the Geneva Centre for Business and Human Rights...; engagement with Chinese business actors; engagement with organizations and initiatives such as the World Economic Forum, the United Nations Global Compact, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights...[etc.]
  • Fostering internal and external communication on the mission and activities of the Economic Adviser adn consolidating the unit's communication and engagement strategy; assisting in the management of the DCAF-ICRC Knowledge Hub website
  • Keeping a close watch on trends, issues and policy developments in the fields of 'business and human rights' and 'business and conflict'; and regularly producing synthetic oral and written analysis
  • Carrying out ad hoc research work on issues directly or loosely connected to the business and human rights field and supporting the development of new projects
  • Liasing with a wide-range of internal and external stakeholders to ensure smooth running of the various work streams and proper positioning of the ICRC
  • Preparing and coordinating participation by ICRC stakeholders in conferences, roundtables or workshops involving business actors, including compiling briefing materials and talking points. This may also include occasional participation in support of the Economic Adviser or on behalf of the ICRC in such events
  • Supporting the organisation of events (conferences, workshops, webinars), both content-wise as well as with administration and logistics
  • Developing an overview of the ICRC's relationship with the private sector and participating constructively in a range of related work stream
  • Carrying out a small number of administrative and reporting tasks and ensuring business continuity in absence of the Economic Adviser.