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Friday, 16 November 2018, 9 am – 4.30 pm
Stade de Suisse, Berne

09:00 – 16:30 (non-stop)

Career fair

More than 50 organisations are there for you: NGOs, UN organisations, international financial institutions, government actors, foundations, training and further education institutions. HR and line managers can provide you with individual advice and answer your questions.

The full list of exhibitors will be published soon.

09:30 – 10:30 (2 parallel sessions)

The art of getting into international cooperation

The path into international cooperation is rarely linear. But there are recurring patterns and small steps can have a big impact. Scott Breslin reveals some surprising facts and trends that can make the difference when you are starting your career in IC.

Coping with misunderstandings, mistrust and misconduct

Professionals working in international cooperation often speak about ‘partnerships’. But how can we make sure we understand and trust people from a different cultural, social or political reality? How can we establish partnerships with people whose economic and political power is significantly lower than ours? And can a code of conduct limit abuses of power, such as sexual harassment, bullying or other types of misconduct?

This session explores some good practices that may mitigate or even prevent this ever-present risk.

10:45 – 11:45 (3 parallel sessions)

Managing in uncertainty

Uncertainty has become the rule rather than the exception in international cooperation. Pierre Krähenbühl (UNRWA), the most senior Swiss in the UN system, and Astrid van Genderen Stort (UNHCR), provide insights into the implications of highly fragile contexts on managing teams, programmes and organisations.

Catwalk: «My organisation in 90 seconds» (part 1/2)

Who is who? Who does what? Get to know potential employers and training institutions in short but entertaining catwalk presentations.

Is this job for me? Interpreting job vacancies

Have you ever read a job description and wondered whether you have the right profile to apply? HR representatives will tell you how to read their current vacancy announcements and provide you with specific insights about the positions and the needs of their organisation. This will help you to assess the fit between your profile and the job descriptions. And if it’s a good fit, you have the chance to present yourself to the HR specialists on-site. 

You will find the job descriptions online (a few days before the event), on posters during this session and at the organisations’ booths.

12:00 – 13:00 (3 parallel sessions)

How to get yourself recruited?

How are applications screened and how can you improve the chance of your application being noticed by a recruiter? What are some common mistakes to avoid? And how and where does an organisation find the best talent? 

This panel discussion lets you into the mind of a recruiter. Recruitment specialists and HR directors speak about their processes and the latest trends in IC recruitment, providing you with tips on how to get the job you want.

A career in IC: personal matters matter

Combining a partner and / or family with your career is not always easy, especially when you live and work abroad, perhaps even without your loved ones. You are not alone in facing these challenges. Attend a discussion between expats about their struggles, their solutions, and the opportunities that arose from their experiences.

Working for an international organisation: ever thought of consulting?

Volunteering – internship – junior staff – senior staff. Most people think this is the way to go in IC. But there are other ways. You can also build your career with international organisations by starting off with consultancies.

Learn more about consultancies through a research presentation, meetings with consultants and useful tips.

13:15 – 14:15 (3 parallel sessions)

Young and talented? Our programmes for Swiss nationals

Entry level positions with the UN and IFIs are rare. However, they do exist! And some are even reserved for Swiss nationals. What are these positions? What are the prerequisites? How can you apply? How have former participants taken advantage of this unique opportunity and what are they doing today? 

cinfo presents the Swiss Young Professional Programmes for people under the age of 33 (JPO – Junior Professional Officers) and 29 (UN Youth Volunteers).

Catwalk: «My organisation in 90 seconds» (part 2/2)

Who is who? Who does what? Get to know potential employers and training institutions in short but entertaining catwalk presentations.

You and your career – are you in the driver’s seat?

We rarely take the time to reflect deeply on our career: To what extent do we shape it? To what extent do others shape it? What drives us and what are our guiding principles? How close are we to fulfilling our career aspirations?

This workshop guides you towards such questions and helps you to start exploring answers.

14:30 – 15:30 (3 parallel sessions)

Session with education and training institutions

More details will be available soon.

Opportunities in the private sector: social enterprises and impact investing

Private investors and development banks are increasingly investing in firms and social enterprises that provide socially valued goods and services. What are the career opportunities in this area? Do you need specific skills and experience to get into impact investing or join a social enterprise?

Speed meetings: first impressions count

Imagine you have contacted the HR manager of an organisation you would love to work with. They have seen your CV and signalled interest in your profile. And then you bump into them in the elevator when visiting the organisation’s headquarters. This is your opportunity to leave a lasting impression: you need to shine by highlighting your relevant experience and background without boasting or rehashing clichés.

In this session, you have 5 minutes to pitch yourself to an HR specialist from the UN or an IFI, answer a couple of targeted questions and make a lasting impression without overdoing it. Come prepared!

Interested in the speed meetings? Please note that there is a limited number of places. Interested persons will have to pre-register in September/October with their CVs and a selection will be made.


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(CHF 20.– instead of 25.–)

CHF 20

Refunds up to 30 days before event

Cash payment is possible on-site: CHF 25.-


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