International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) - Traineeship in the health unit for the mental health

November 18, 2019

Opportunity begins:

Jan 20, 2020

Opportunity ends:

Jan 20, 2021

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Location (s):

  • Switzerland


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.


The Mental Health and Psychosocial (MHPSS) sub unit is looking for an associate to develop data collection tools and to assist the current team in the harmonization of MHPSS field programs. The Mental Health and Psychosocial sub unit works towards further development and strengthening of field programs that will benefit populations affected by armed conflict and/or other situations of violence.

Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities

  • To support the Programme Coordinator on activities related to the outcomes of the IC33 and the Movement Policy; supporting the development of strategic plans and helping maintain the networking with involved actors.
  • To support the MHPSS advisers to provide support to the field delegates when needed.
  • To support the organization and facilitation of the three MHPSS consolidation weeks for psychologists and psychiatrists, as well as support to the Regionals when organizing Spanish and French regional consolidation weeks.
  • To support the production of a tool-book for children.
  • To support the implementation of data collection and monitoring tools; learning the management of ICRC tools and supporting the team in the follow up process. 
  • To support all communication related activities, specifically the ones related to the 10th of October, World Mental Health day.
  • To support the organization of meetings with the Regional specialists; preparing agenda, organizing materials, following up expectations and supporting the HQ team in their rolling out.
  • To collect / organize and systematize documents/reports/data collection tools from all the MHPSS programs previously and currently implemented until now.
  • To update the MHPSS documents in the Health Unit database and the MHPSS Wiki with relevant ICRC documents and others and to maintain and appropriate filing system.
  • To conduct literature reviews of relevant documents/articles on MHPSS (support to families of missing persons, victims of violence, victims of sexual violence, persons with physical disabilities among others).
  • To support the MHPSS subunit in running daily activities

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Certifications / Education required

  • Psychological background required.
  • Proven experience working with data collection and analysis.
  • Very good command of computer tools (Windows 8, Microsoft Office Suite, etc.).
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Flexible, communicative, and open-minded to cultural diversities and challenges.
  • Strong strategic and creative thinking.
  • Team player, very organized and result-oriented.
  • Sense of responsibility and ability to work autonomously.

Professional Experience required

  • Previous experience implementing MHPSS programs, an asset
  • Previous experience in working with victims of violence, an asset
  • Important: For candidates to be eligible as associates, they must have a maximum of one year's professional experience after graduation (relating to the post) or two years if it includes previous traineeships.


  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills is required.
  • Good knowledge of a second language, such as French, Arabic or Spanish.


Deadline: November 18, 2019

Program Starts: January 20, 2020

Program Ends: January 20, 2021

Cost/funding for participants:

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