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.
Reports to (role)
Head of Foresight
In order to ensure the predictable funding of its operations, the ICRC has set itself the goal to diversify its fundraising portfolio, particularly focused on exploring and maximising the potential of private and public partnerships and philanthropic giving.
The Foresight team plays an advisor and incubator role supporting colleagues that lead partnership negotiations and manage relationships in specific markets. The team advises on setting priorities for engaging in private and public partnership and philanthropic giving activities, working with and through the Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies. It also facilitates conversations and incubates projects and partnerships; tests initiatives and innovative ideas; develops and improves systems and processes; and conducts research to understand the changing private and public funding and policy landscape, in order to allow the ICRC to continue to deliver on its mission.
The Foresight team is offering two paid one-year traineeship positions. The two post-holders will work as part of the general Foresight team, in specific support of the Managers working on A) corporate partnerships and engagement or B) structured philanthropy.
Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities
The Associate has a direct reporting line to the Head of Foresight who manages priorities across the Foresight Team. S/he will also be attached to specific projects and for such tasks s/he will have a functional line to the Project Lead in question.
Foresight is comprised of a team of experts. It is expected that the Associate works transversally across the team, and beyond.
Certifications / Education required
- A Master's degree in a relevant field (e.g. international relations/affairs, development, business, economics, international law, humanitarian action, etc.).
Main Foresight responsibilities:
- Monitor and analyse global trends and share market information from external sources.
- Conduct research and help prepare briefing notes, presentations and other materials for events and high-level meetings.
- Support colleagues within the Resource Mobilization department with research and insights to facilitate collaboration and exchanges with National Societies.
- Establish a framework for the collection and dissemination of Foresight research and knowledge to the rest of the division and institution.
- Support key Foresight projects, with a view of developing long-term partnerships and fundraising initiatives with the private sector.
- Support Head of Foresight in the development of management systems and the improvement of unit processes.
- Support the team in updating and maintaining a Donor Relationship Management system, managing the database of partner contacts and ensuring high quality data.
- Screen and respond to spontaneous requests in the partnerships inbox and support the team with outgoing correspondence.
- Assist with organisation of events and high-level visits; support event logistics as required.
- Record outcomes and decisions taken during Foresight's meetings and workshops.
- Corporate partnerships and engagement
- Analyse global corporate engagement trends as well as partnerships examples for benchmarking and learning.
- Research potential new partners based on a shortlist of priority collaboration themes and other engagement criteria.
- Support the Head of Corporate Partnerships in sharing of lessons learned with relevant external organisations (UN and others).
- Support and coordinate engagement at high-level events such as the World Economic Forum in Davos or other events involving the ICRC Presidency or Directorate.
- Support the Head of Corporate Partnerships in development of corporate engagement strategy, internal and external communications.
- Take ownership of communications related to corporate partnerships.
- In agreement with Head of Corporate Partnerships, provide division-wide support on corporate research and strategic files related to the Corporate Support Group.
2. Structured philanthropy
- Support the Head of Structured Philanthropy in day-to-day desk administration and planning activities to steward key partners and manage lead projects.
- Help analyse and monitor micro- and macro- trends on global strategic philanthropy, including influential geopolitical and economic developments and industry benchmarks.
- In coordination with a wider internal and external audience, provide assistance to identify, assess, incubate and accelerate new strategic partnerships.
- Assist in co-designing strategies, systemic approaches, data-driven tools and means of communication to continuously professionalize and streamline Foresight’s advisory services.
- Contribute to equipping and empowering key stakeholders with necessary skill sets in view of best matching institutional priorities and market requirements.
Professional Experience required
- Six months full-time prior experience with an international organisation, a business company, an NGO or a Red Cross or Red Crescent Society.
Desired profile and skills
- A demonstrated interest in relationship management, private sector partnerships, philanthropy, Corporate Social Responsibility, and related issues.
Successful candidates will also meet the following criteria:
- Passion for humanitarian work and ability to operate in a complex international organization.
- Ability to think strategically, to express ideas clearly, both orally and in writing, and to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Experience with client-oriented work and external relations, and ability to easily interface with high-level stakeholders.
- Flexibility and the ability to deliver high-quality results under time pressure.
- Capacity for research and analytical writing, high level of attention to detail.
- Creativity and a capacity to think outside the box and generate ideas and initiatives.
In addition, the following will be considered an asset:
- Good comprehension of fundraising and private sector engagement.
- Experience in relationship management or fundraising and/ or a strong interest to develop respective skills.
- Good command of French and/or German
- Experience working or volunteering in international or national humanitarian organizations; the Red Cross Movement; marketing, communication or business in international contexts.
- Type of role: Associate
- Working rate: Full time
- Location: Geneva
- Length of assignment: 12 months
- Type of position: Traineeship
- Application deadline: 14/12/2018
The application should consist of:
- A curriculum vitae, including your nationality and date of birth (no photos please);
- A motivation letter of 500 words maximum, explaining what skills and experience you would bring to the position. In addition, please indicate in one paragraph which specialization you would prefer and why.
Please submit the CV and motivation letter in a single Word or PDF document. Additional documents will not be accepted.
Fluent in English
Good command of French and/or German is considered an asset.