International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) - Traineeship in the movement mobilization unit

November 17, 2019

Opportunity begins:

Jan 13, 2020

Opportunity ends:

Jan 13, 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.


In order to ensure the predictable funding of its operations, the ICRC has set itself the goal to diversify its fundraising portfolio, particularly focused on exploring structured philanthropy and philanthropic giving. The Foresight team is responsible for: supporting market teams to set priorities for engaging in structured philanthropy and philanthropic giving activities, working with and through National Societies; researching opportunities, trends and the global philanthropy landscape; facilitating conversations and incubating projects and partnerships; testing initiatives, innovative ideas; developing and improving systems and processes.

Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities

  • Support the Foresight team in implementing the Resource Mobilization Strategy
  • Support the development of Foresight projects e.g. the 2020 multi-market campaign with National Societies; streamlining of fundraising content provision; online donation process improvements
  • Upkeep the Jive community as a framework for the collection and dissemination of Foresight research.
  • Support colleagues within the Resource Mobilization department with data analysis, insights and expertise to facilitate collaboration and exchanges with National Societies.
  • Support the individual giving team with day to day fundraising activities such as content creation, email marketing, reporting and research.
  • Undertake additional activities as required by the Head of Foresight and unit managers.

Scope & Impact

The post-holder’s primary tasks are to support the Foresight team in preparing to implement the new REM strategy, with a focus on research and analysis of the external philanthropy landscape and supporting the development of our ongoing philanthropic giving activities. Foresight’s trainees will support day to day fundraising activities for individual giving and disseminate knowledge within the department, by working with colleagues in the markets and linking their needs with external or in-house-led research.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

This is a role that requires efficient transversal outreach across the Foresight team and other Resource Mobilization teams in the division. Strong teamworking and relationship building skills are therefore essential in this post.

Certifications / Education required

A university degree or an equivalent combination of education in marketing/business administration or international affairs/social sciences.

Professional Experience required

  • Experience in fundraising and/or marketing.
  • Experience in digital marketing an asset.
  • ŸImportant: 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.

Desired profile and skills

  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
  • Excellent communication, presentation and writing skills. Native or fluent English and French
  • Exemplary research and analysis skills, including strong financial acumen
  • Highly skilled in the use of Excel
  • Strong attention to detail, excellent organisational skills and ability to effectively prioritise and manage workload 
  • Basic knowledge of digital marketing tools such as Google Analytics, MailChimp an asset
  • Passion for humanitarian work and strong commitment to the mission of the ICRC
  • Personal resilience, ability to operate in a complex international organization


Native or fluent in English required.

Native or fluent in French is desirable. Any other languages are considered an asset.


Deadline: November 17, 2019

Program Starts: January 13, 2020

Program Ends: January 13, 2021

Cost/funding for participants:

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