Infrastructure Planner Associate
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.
Within the mandate of the ICRC, the Water and Habitat Unit (WatHab Unt) is tasked with designing tools and developing systems to guarantee continuity of essential services such as water, sanitation and power, and by renovating public infrastructure that can be damaged or disrupted as a direct, indirect or cumulative result of conflict.
Water and Habitat delegates apply engineering principles to detect, control, evaluate and manage environmental factors that impact public health.
The ICRC's Water and Habitat Unit has five core components:
- Safe Drinking Water
- Sanitation and Environmental Health
- Energy Supply and the Environment
- Building and Renovation
- Essential services in urban areas
More information on ICRC and the Water and Habitat Unit can be found on : https://www.icrc.org/en/what-we-do/water-habitat
Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities
- The associate will be part of the Water and Habitat team and work within the ICRC Assistance Division at headquarter level in Geneva, Switzerland.
- The associate will work within the Urban Programs Team, working on projects in contexts of protracted urban crisis or conflict.
- The associate may also assist in developing and updating the ICRC’s GIS Infrastructure (ArcGIS Server, geo-portal, webservices, GPS, GIS training materials, mobile data collection etc. and the geo – referential based on the ICRC’s master data contained in the Radar Application.
- Such tasks will be complemented by assisting the Unit’s Knowledge Management Function at HQ in the consolidation and roll out of its Learning and Development Plan.
- Direct Support to field operations will complete his/her responsibilities.
Certifications / Education required
Educational background in the field of civil or environmental engineering. MSc or equivalent required in a discipline related to Planning, Engineering and Management of Infrastructure.
Professional Experience required
Maximum 1 year (2 years if traineeships included) of professional experience.
Desired profile and skills
- Interest in humanitarian issues.
- Background in Infrastructure or Urban Planning required
- Proven interest in use of GIS applications for urban planning and in particular infrastructure planning.
- Experience in the use of GIS software including ArcGis Pro and ArcGIS Online
- A knowledge of coding is an asset (i.e Python)
- Experience in conducting research assignments.
- Strong analytical and organizational skills
- Writing skills and capacity to communicate scientific information to non-specialists
- Proficient in written and spoken English, knowledge of French is an asset
- Literate in Microsoft Office
- Autonomy and independency in organizing his/her work
Fluency in English required. Knowledge of any other ICRC working languages is an asset (French, Arabic, Spanish etc.)
What we offer
- Rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment
- Length of assignment: 12 months
- Type of role: Traineeship
- Working rate: 100%
- Starting date: April 2020
- Location: Geneva
- Length of assignment: 12 months
- Application deadline: 06/12/2019