International Committee of the Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance. The ICRC also endeavors to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles.

Working for the ICRC

The ICRC has over 17’000 employees, of which 2’800 people on field missions backed up by some 14,300 nationally employed. Of the total workforce approximately 1000 employees work at HQ.

Sought profiles

Regularly sought profiles: professionals in the fields of health, medicine, logistics, engineering, administration and finance, translation/interpretation, technics. For these positions, candidates must fulfil the following criteria: be at least 25 years old; hold a university degree or an equivalent diploma; have a minimum of three to five years’ post-graduate work experience; excellent English; have a valid manual driving license. For delegate positions, besides English, French and another language of ICRC interest (Spanish, Russian, Arabic, etc.) need to be mastered as well. Candidates must be prepared to complete at least two first no family missions of 12 months each.

According to its operational needs, the ICRC recruits also various specialist delegates. All such positions are published on the ICRC website.

For further information on sought profiles

The ICRC does not answer to unsolicited applications.

Opportunities for students and junior professionals

The ICRC regularly offers internship positions (three to twelve months) at the headquarters. Candidates must be a maximum 30 years old, hold a master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g international relations, international law, international economics, international politics, humanitarian action, development, peace and conflict studies, etc.), and have between six and eighteen months’ work experience. Candidates must have a good knowledge of English and French.

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Geneva, Switzerland

Fields of activity
Humanitarian aid, humanitarian law, emergency relief

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