Forum cinfo 2018 – what happened

Forum cinfo, the Swiss career event for international cooperation (IC), took place on 16 November in Berne.

Over 1400 participants, either already active or interested in becoming involved in humanitarian aid, development cooperation, and peace promotion had the opportunity to get to know more than 60 organisations from this field.

Retrospective in 90 seconds:

«The art of international cooperation»

There are rarely well-defined procedures for a career in IC. It is more like a winding path, where professionals encounter unexpected twists and turns that can be confusing, but usually also enriching. Which is why knowing how to orientate oneself in this sector is an art.

Forum cinfo revealed countless potential career routes to participants, along with the inherent challenges.

Networking opportunities and more

With over 60 international and Swiss organisations taking part – including state actors, NGOs, UN organisations, international financial institutions, foundations, and education & training institutions – Forum cinfo offered each participant opportunities to get to know these multiple actors, explore career opportunities, and create new professional contacts.

Find out which organisations took part in Forum cinfo

Pierre Krähenbühl as keynote speaker

Highly inspiring was the talk by Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General of UNRWAUnited Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East . The most senior Swiss in the United Nations system spoke about the issues of working in highly fragile local contexts and the implications for managing teams, programmes and organisations.

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The keynote was followed by a panel discussion with Christine Beerli, President of cinfo's Foundation Board, and Manuel Bessler, Head of Swiss Humanitarian Aid (SHA within SDCSwiss Agency for Development and Cooperation ) (replay)

Presentations, panels and workshops

Numerous additional presentations and conferences, as well as practical workshops, took place throughout the day. Examples include:

  • The art of getting into international cooperation (replay)
  • How to prevent power abuse in the field? Positive change is needed
  • Is this job right for you? How to interpret job offers in international cooperation
  • How to get yourself recruited? (replay)
  • You and your career: are you in the driver's seat?
  • Young and talented? The UNYVUN Youth Volunteers and JPOJunior Professional Officer programmes for Swiss nationals (replay)
  • Opportunities in the private sector: entrepreneurship, sustainable finance and impact investing (highlights) (replay)
  • Education and training needs: today and tomorrow

See the full programme


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