Traineeship in the Water and Habitat Unit

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Geneva, , CH

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.


The ICRC’s Water and Habitat activities ensure that people in conflict zones have access to water and create or maintain a sustainable living environment. Ultimately, this work reduces death and suffering due to habitat damage or disruption to water supplies.

The ICRC’s Water and Habitat (WatHab) Unit has five main areas of activity:

  • Water supply, storage and distribution
  • Sanitation, waste management and environmental science
  • Restoration and management of electric power
  • Construction, repair and safety of structures
  • Provision of temporary community facilities

The associate will be part of the Water and Habitat team and work within the ICRC Assistance Division at the headquarters level. S/he will participate in the development of the Unit’s activities by supporting the team in its day to day tasks.

Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities

The Associate will be working mainly on the Construction file.

His/her main duties will be to:

  • support the Unit activities in the tasks that will be deemed necessary (structural project review, structural assessments, support in publication processes, graphs and flowcharts design)
  • research and produce content for the development of guidelines and technical standards on different topics (e.g. Structural design principles, etc.)
  • work on the development of tools and templates to expand the project management framework of WatHab Construction projects (e.g. structural or risk assessment templates, reporting templates, construction data analysis tool, etc.).
Professional Experience required

Only individuals enrolled in higher education or who have recently completed their studies are eligible to be trainees/associates. For candidates to be eligible they must have a maximum of one year’s professional experience after graduation (relating to the post) or two years if they have been working in previous traineeships.

Desired profile and skills
  • Educational background in the field of Civil Engineering
  • Good knowledge of Structural Design/ Engineering
  • Good knowledge of structural design software an asset (e.g. STAAD, SCIA Engineer)
  • Knowledge of the building construction sector
  • Knowledge of project and data management
  • Literate in AutoCAD, SketchUp, and Microsoft Office
  • Proficiency in Excel an asset
  • Writing skills and capacity to communicate scientific information to non-specialists
  • Proficient in written and spoken English, knowledge of French an asset
  • Interest in humanitarian issues
What we offer

The position will be a full-time paid traineeship of 12 months based at the ICRC headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Additional information
  • Location : Geneva
  • Type of contract : Traineeship
  • Activity rate : 100%
  • Length of assignment : 12 months
  • Estimated start date : 01 August 2020
  • Application deadline : 10 May 2020
  • Relocation: Not provided for traineeships
  • Visa/permit: Legitimacy card provided
  • Gross monthly salary: 3000 CHF
  • Application documents required: diplomas, work certificates, scan color of passport – please upload it on your profile

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted subsequently for interviews. Please be aware that the ICRC is not in a position to cover any related travel or accommodation costs. However, interviews may be conducted by skype.