Forum cinfo – Programme


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

09:00 – 16:30

Career fair

More than 60 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.

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) and at the organisations’ booths.

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.

Input: Scott Breslin, International Director of Operation Mercy and Senior Advisor at the Nordic School of Management

How to prevent power abuse – the need for positive change

People who work in international cooperation are driven by noble intentions and goodwill. But they can risk getting 'stuck in the mud'. Decision-making that insufficiently involves beneficiaries and mistrusts local actors requires a change of attitude. The risk of power abuse, sexual harassment and exploitation impairs the work of humanitarian and development actors and damages reputations.

The aim of this session is to address root causes of these issues and to explore good practices that can lead to change.


  • Rahel Bösch, Head of SDC Institutional Partnerships Division
  • Emmanuel Noyer, Inter-sectional focal point on behavioral incidents and abuses, MSF
  • Astrid Van Genderen Stort, Senior Coordinator Duty of Care, UNHCR
  • Erich Wigger, Director Finance & Services, Helvetas

10:45 – 11:45 (2 parallel sessions)

Managing in uncertainty

Uncertainty has become the rule rather than the exception in international cooperation. Pierre Krähenbühl, the most senior Swiss in the UN system, provides insights into the implications of highly fragile contexts on managing teams, programmes and organisations.

Input: Pierre Krähenbühl, UNRWA Commissioner-General


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.

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.

Input: Astrid Van Genderen Stort, Senior Coordinator Duty of Care, UNHCR

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 (UNYV – UN Youth Volunteers).

Introduction: Tatjana Von Steiger, Deputy Assistant Director General at FDFA, SDC, Global Cooperation


  • Nadine Brou, former UNYV and former JPO
  • Stephan Eggli, former JPO
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)

Education and training needs: today and tomorrow

What are the current challenges of training institutions in the field of international cooperation? What skills will be relevant for professionals in IC, from young to senior experts, in the future? How to ensure a match between the needs of employers and current educational assets on the labour market?

The panel session addresses several topics in a larger reflection on education and training needs.

Alumni testimonial: Viviane Hasselmann, Health Advisor and Co-focal point, Global Programme Health, SDC


  • Roberto Amorosino, Senior HR Specialist at The World Bank Group
  • Fritz Brugger, Senior Scientist at NADEL – Center for Development and Cooperation, ETH Zurich
  • Laurent Goetschel, Director of swisspeace
  • Bernadette Peterhans, Head of Unit at Swiss TPH
Opportunities in the private sector: entrepreneurship, sustainable finance and impact investing

Private companies, aid agencies and Multilateral Development Banks are increasingly joining forces, including by investing in firms and enterprises that contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development in emerging and frontier markets. What are the career opportunities in this area? Do you need specific skills and experience to get into impact investing or sustainable finance? What are the implications in this respect for public actors?


  • Thierry Buchs, Head of Policy at Obviam
  • Sabine Döbeli, CEO Swiss Sustainable Finance
  • Raymund Furrer, Head of Economic Cooperation and Development, SECO
Speed meetings: first impressions count

In this session, you have 5 minutes to pitch yourself to an HR specialist of UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, the EBRD, the Green Climate Fund or the World Bank Group's IFC, and answer a couple of targeted questions. 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. Come prepared!

Interested in the speed meetings? Please note that there is a limited number of places. Interested persons (Swiss nationals with at least 5 years of relevant professional experience only) have to apply here with their CV and a motivation letter. The final selection will be made by the multilateral organisations.


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