Traineeship Position at the International Review of the Red Cross (Geneva)

Traineeship Position at the International Review of the Red Cross (Geneva)

Produced by the ICRC and published by Cambridge University Press, the International Review of the Red Cross is a specialized journal dedicated to international humanitarian law, humanitarian action and policy. It is published three times per year and its principal audience includes governments, international governmental and non-governmental organisations, universities, the media and all those interested in humanitarian issues at large.

The Review forms a small team of 3 people within the FORUM Unit of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC): the Editor-in-Chief, the Managing Editor, and the Associate. In addition, there are occasionally Thematic Editors assigned to specific issues on an ad hoc basis and 2-3 short-term academic trainees join the team throughout the year for periods of 2-3 months each.


You will work closely with the Editor-in-Chief and the Managing Editor in the identification of future themes, assessment of articles, and overall content management, as well as supporting launch events for the thematic editions of the Review. The staff of the Review is in regular interaction with ICRC's Legal Division, as well as other divisions and departments, in particular ICRC's Protection Division, Operations Department, and Policy Unit.

You will assist the Editor and the Editor-in-Chief of the Review in the conceptualization of the themes, contacts with authors, background research and substantive evaluation of articles.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assistance to the Editor-in-Chief and the Managing Editor of the International Review of the Red Cross;
  • Substantial academic research on upcoming themes;
  • Identification of potential authors and solicitation of submissions for the Review;
  • Legal editing of article submissions (checking the legal reasoning, arguments, structure and sources);
  • Preparation and co-conduct of interviews of key experts in the field of humanitarian law, policy and action for the Review;
  • Correspondence with authors and partners, and management of the Review files;
  • Authoring blog articles;
  • Occasional involvement in the organisation of launch events of the journal, or online webinars featuring themes of the Review;
  • Assistance in the development of Review-related tools, such as e-briefings;
  • Maintenance of the webpage and the intranet page of the Review.


  • A Master's degree in law, with a specialisation in IHL and human rights;
  • Excellent command of English with good French reading abilities;
  • Initiative and capacity to work independently under minimal supervision;
  • Excellent ability to work in a team;
  • Excellent communication skills including strong writing abilities;
  • Excellent organizational skills.

Length of assignment: one year, remunerated
Start date: September 1, 2017

Please send your CV and motivation letter to Véronique Soguel ( with subject line: Review traineeship application + your name

Deadline for the receipt of applications is April 29, 2017.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted subsequently for interviews. 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 Skype or phone.