Publications Associate, Linguistics and Publications Unit, Communications Division

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  • Contract
  • Geneva

ICRC - International Committee of the Red Cross

Reports to (role)


Publications Manager

What we do


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide protection and 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 the 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.



The ICRC’s Language and Publications Unit offers a one-year paid traineeship at its headquarters in Geneva. The associate will work with the Publications team to support the coordination of HQ and field productions. This includes contributing to the planning and supervision of budgets and policies, reinforcing production capacities in the field, and generating professional, innovative, and efficient communication tools and workflow at the HQ and regional levels.


Our ideal candidate is creative and motivated to strengthen their skills and experience in producing communication strategies and tools and managing and administrating HQ and field production activities (budgeting, planning and producing publications and PDFs) in an international and multicultural humanitarian organization.

Main duties and responsibilities


  • Support the Publication Manager in managing publications (updates or new projects) from start to finish, liaising between HQ units and external agencies to achieve timely completion of individual projects. 
  • Keep an overview of the ongoing projects and update relevant projects follow-up and monitoring tools. 
  • Support the implementation of the ICRC’s corporate Visual Identity relating to HQ and field publications. 
  • Support the Publications team during the planning and budgeting exercise.
  • Provide backup support to the Field and HQ publications Coordinator to manage relevant requests and files as and when necessary.
  • Ensure the HQ publication database is up to date.
  • Archive all final design files and share these with RCCs and delegations upon request.
  • Provide support with any other tasks required.

Education and experience required


  • University degree in communications or marketing or equivalent relevant work experience. 
  • Proficiency in managing communication projects and a thorough understanding of design and layout principles, including maintaining corporate visual identity.
  • Excellent command of Microsoft Office tools, with a mandatory requirement for advanced Excel skills.
  • Familiarity with Adobe Acrobat Pro and Microsoft Publisher is preferred.
  • Experience with online creative tools is highly beneficial.

Desired profile and skills


  • Excellent command (oral and written) of English and preferably French 
  • Enthusiast, good interpersonal and service-oriented skills 
  • Sense of initiative, autonomy and organization
  • Critical approach and a keen eye for detail 
  • Strong project management and coordination skills 

Our Values


At the ICRC, we value impact, collaboration, respect, and compassion. We seek candidates who demonstrate behaviours based on these shared values.

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Additional information


  • Location: Geneva
  • Type of contract: Traineeship
  • Length of assignment: 12 months
  • Relocation: Not provided for traineeships
  • Visa/permit: Legitimacy card provided
  • Gross monthly salary: 3,840 CHF
  • Estimated start date: June/July 2024
  • Application deadline: Sunday, 19 May 2024 


The ICRC values diversity and is committed to crafting an inclusive working environment. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates.

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