Traineeship – Mapping and GIS Analyst Associate

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  • Geneva

ICRC - International Committee of the Red Cross

Reports to (role)


The successful candidate will work directly under the GIS & Technical Solution Lead’s supervision, with additional technical inputs coming from the GIS team at ICRC headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.


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 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.




GIS in ICRC is part of the Analysis & Evidence Unit. The A&E Unit strengthens program quality by enhancing the organization’s operational and strategic decision-making through data-driven insights and evidence-based analysis. It collects and manages data, conducts geospatial and statistical analysis, and produces actionable reports to support field operations and strategic planning. The unit also develops monitoring and evaluation frameworks, provides analytical support and training to field teams, and collaborates with internal and external partners. By integrating new technologies and communicating findings effectively, the unit ensures that ICRC’s humanitarian efforts are efficient, targeted, and impactful.


We are seeking a motivated and detail-oriented GIS Associate to join our team. This paid internship provides an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in gaining hands-on experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) within a leading humanitarian organization. The selected intern will support various GIS-related projects and contribute to the mapping and spatial analysis efforts of the ICRC. 


Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities


  • Assist in the collection, processing, and management of geospatial data;
  • Create and update maps and spatial databases;
  • Perform spatial analysis and generate reports to support ICRC operations;
  • Collaborate with field teams to ensure accurate and timely data collection and processing;
  • Support the development and maintenance of GIS tools and applications;
  • Conduct research and provide recommendations on GIS best practices and technologies;
  • Assist with other tasks and projects as needed. 


Certifications / Education required


  • University degree in a related field (geospatial sciences, geology, engineering, earth sciences, etc.);
  • Fluency in English is mandatory, proficiency in other official ICRC languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian) considered a strong asset;
  • Proficiency with ESRI software;
  • Experience with geospatial data collection and management (incl. database management, ETLS, etc.);
  • Knowledge of Tableau or PowerBI software considered a strong asset;
  • Knowledge of programming languages such as Python or R is a plus;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Excellent communication and teamwork abilities;
  • Attention to detail and a commitment to quality;
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks effectively;
  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work.


Professional Experience required


  • No previous professional experience is required, but previous internships or similar trainee experience within GIS would be an asset.
  • Maximum of one year professional experience after graduation, or two years if candidate has been in previous traineeships.


What we offer


  • Hands-on experience in a globally recognized humanitarian organization;
  • Mentorship from experienced GIS professionals;
  • A dynamic and collaborative work environment;
  • Opportunities to develop and enhance your GIS skills;
  • A chance to contribute to impactful humanitarian projects.


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: 3,891.20 CHF/month  
  • Estimated start date: 30.09.2024 
  • Application deadline: 14.07.2024


Our Values


At the ICRC, we value impact, collaboration, respect, and compassion. We seek candidates who demonstrate behaviors based on these shared values. For more information on the ICRC values, please visit this


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