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.
Within the mandate of the ICRC, the Water and Habitat Unit (WatHab Unit) is tasked with designing tools and developing systems to guarantee continuity of essential services such as water, sanitation and power, and by renovating public infrastructure that can be damaged or disrupted as a direct, indirect or cumulative result of conflict.
Water and Habitat Delegates apply engineering principles in order to detect, control, evaluate and manage environmental factors that impact public health.
The ICRC’s Water and Habitat Unit has five core components:
- Safe drinking-water
- Sanitation and Environmental Health
- Energy Supply and the Environment
- Building and Renovation
- Essential services in urban areas
More information on ICRC and the Water and Habitat Unit can be found on https://www.icrc.org/en/what-we-do/water-habitat
Scope & Impact
- The trainee will be part of the Water and Habitat team and work within the ICRC Assistance Division at the headquarter level.
- The primary task of the trainee will be to lead the development of a technical note on the use of Epidemiological studies, Health Impact Assessments or other similar approaches to contribute to the planning and management of essential urban water infrastructures.
- The technical note should provide a critical overview of the methods available, their main characteristics and their direct applicability in terms of infrastructure planning. The work will be contextualized by data and experiences of current operations in contexts of conflict or protracted crisis.
Such task will be complemented by assisting the Unit’s Knowledge Management Function at HQ in the consolidation and roll out of its Learning and Development Plan. Direct Support to field operations will complete his/her responsibilities.
Certifications / Education required
Educational background in the field of civil or environmental engineering. MSc, or equivalent, in a discipline related to Planning, Engineering and Management of Infrastructure.
Professional Experience required
Maximum 1 year (2 years if traineeships included) of professional experience
Desired profile and skills
- Interest in humanitarian issues.
- Proven interest in Public Health Engineering.
- Experience in conducting research assignments.
- Strong analytical and organisational skills
- Writing skills and capacity to communicate scientific information to non-specialists
- Proficient in written and spoken English, knowledge of French is an asset
- Literate in Microsoft Office
- Autonomy and independency in organising his/her work
- Flexibility and adaptability
- Working rate: 100%
- Length of assignment : 12 months
- Location: Geneva
- Application deadline: 15/12/2018
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 phone.