Location : Geneva, Switzerland
Duration : 12 months
Full/part-time : 100 %
Start date : Mid-September 2021
Closing date for applications : 20 June 2021
The junior programme officer traineeship is intended to provide recent post-graduates and junior professionals starting their career with an opportunity to gain exposure in mine action, human security, ammunition and explosives safety and security, international capacity development, cooperation and assistance and information management as applied to humanitarian programmes. The traineeship will engage the individual in the daily processes of an organisation operating in a multicultural environment with a global outreach.
The Junior Programme Officers will support the Heads of Division and the Advisors who will coach them in assigned responsibilities, such as:
- Administrative processes support such as drafting and reviewing consultancy contracts, expense reports, memorandums and agreements, minutes of meetings, travel arrangements and other documents.
- Project cycle management assistance: contributing to the preparation of project proposals, donor reports, monitoring, narrative and financial reporting.
- Participation in the preparation of workshops, conferences and seminars organised by the GICHD in Geneva, abroad or online
- Attendance to some conferences, meetings or workshops on behalf of GICHD
- Contribution to the preparation of policy guidelines, toolkits, training materials, presentations and case studies.
- Collection of technical, graphical and photographic material to update GICHD website as well as digital communication channels
- Preparation of documentation, background information and logistics arrangements prior to staff missions.
- Organise and update the contents of relevant information platforms
The Junior Programme Officers may be given the opportunity to occasionally travel on mission with GICHD staff. These full-time trainee positions are remunerated with a salary of 3’986 swiss francs per month (gross, before deduction of social security contributions and income tax). A work permit will be provided by Swiss authorities through the GICHD, if necessary.
- Recent post-graduate degree in humanitarian programme management, international affairs, development cooperation, international security or relations, international humanitarian law, business administration, geographic information systems, information and computer sciences
- Approximately one year of prior work or internship experience, preferably in a field assignment or an organisation active in humanitarian work, international security, development, international humanitarian law, international cooperation
- Interest in development, arms control, security infrastructure, human security, disarmament affairs
- Proficiency in spoken and written English is required for all trainees.
- A good knowledge in other languages is an asset for all trainees. Russian language is an advantage for the trainee position with Ammunition Management Advisory Team (AMAT)
- Good IT skills; proficiency in Windows and MS Office environment is expected
- Ability to work autonomously, good self-organisation skills and attention to detail are expected
- Ability and interest to interact with colleagues of diverse cultures; respect for diversity
- Good verbal and written communication skills
The traineeships are hosted by four divisions:
- Ammunition Management Advisory Team (AMAT)
- Strategies, Performance and Impact
- External Relations, Policy and Cooperation programmes
- Information Management
The AMAT’s mission is to enhance state and regional action on safe and secure management of ammunition with a view to reducing the risk of unintended explosions and diversion to the illicit market. AMAT supports states with technical advice and services, facilitating effective and sustainable cooperation and assistance. AMAT is a response to the urgent need for practical, authoritative, sustainable technical support in the safe, secure and effective management of ammunition in accordance with the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG).
The Strategies, Performance and Impact division focuses on cross-cutting matters such as strategic planning, results-based management, monitoring and evaluation, training and reporting on results. It is also responsible for designing, coordinating and managing comprehensive country programmes for a selection of GICHD partner countries.
The External Relations, Policy and Cooperation Programme division is in charge of communications and outreach, relations with stakeholders and partners, governance matters (Council of Foundation, Advisory Board) and cooperation programmes. The division is also leading policy work, with a focus on linking mine action and development, and coordinates GICHD’s support to the development and implementation of international humanitarian law.
The Information Management division ensures that the sector has skilled personnel and a fit-for-purpose information management (IM) system. Quality information on the geographic extent of hazards and associated accidents enables us to gauge the level of the risk. When combined with information on humanitarian, development or peacebuilding efforts the result helps plan and prioritise mine action to maximum efficacy. A robust information flow from field operations to headquarters allows effective monitoring of and reporting on risk reduction progress. The division provides IM systems that are used by national authorities to compile, store and disseminate accurate information. Geographic information systems are at the core of the IM technology. The IM division offers system implementation, technical support, training, and advisory services, all guided by systems-oriented approaches.
If you wish to join our mission and that you feel you are the right person to take on this challenge, please apply on-line on GICHD Job Application.
You are kindly requested to present your application in English and include a CV of maximum 2 pages, a letter of motivation and any other additional material you wish to present in support of your candidacy.
The GICHD implements a Gender Equality and Inclusion policy and is an equal opportunities employer. Applications are encouraged from women and men, nationals of mine-affected countries and individuals with a disability or special needs, who meet the above profile requirements.
For further information please contact us by e-mail at hr(at)gichd.org