Intern, Occupational health, safety and well-being

This internship opportunity is within the new Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Unit, Human Resource Management Department (HRMD), which is primarily located in Geneva, Switzerland. He will report to the Manager of Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare. Close guidance will be provided by the manager and relevant team members as this is a development opportunity. The selected individual will be expected to develop positive working relationships across all HRMD functions and demonstrate a proactive attitude. It is expected that this internship opportunity will be for a period of six months.


The main objective of this internship is to provide substantive contributions to the various work portfolios and services of the Unit, such as developing strategies, drafting policies and projects, processes and procedures aimed at improving health in the as well as the design of interventions to promote and maintain a healthy workforce. Contributions to HRMD reports as well as broader HRMD and IFRC projects will also be required. This internship will provide the selected individual with exposure to working in a dynamic international humanitarian organization as well as an opportunity to put theory into practice.


The following tasks and responsibilities are currently considered for this internship opportunity. The opportunity is primarily project oriented to enable greater impact and skill development.

  • Assist in quantitative and qualitative benchmarking and research into best practices on a variety of topics related to staff health and wellbeing, including consultation with relevant stakeholders to support the development of a a comprehensive staff health strategy and policy that includes well-being and responds to the IFRC’s duty of care.
  • Assist in drafting elements of the IFRC staff health strategy and policy.
  • Explore ideas and methods that will help support and strengthen the global inclusion of occupational health in daily practice. In close collaboration with relevant stakeholders, identify and offer tools and guidance to improve understanding, access and personal care while respecting the IFRC’s duty of care.
  • Discuss common challenges and offer solutions to address those challenges.
  • Assess, evaluate and lead the process of improving the internal website to promote the services and resources provided by the Unit, reflecting on best practices from other organizations and proposing new approaches, in particular ensuring that that there is an adequate and timely flow of information to Regional Offices and Delegations.
  • Assist in the design, development and delivery of new wellness and mental health guidelines within the organization; perform gap analyzes as required.
  • Prepare and finalize draft internal communications and reports on specific issues as requested by supervisors, including the development of tables and graphs.
  • Contribute to the design of in-person trainings and webinars on a variety of topics such as a healthier workforce, wellness as an institutional approach, first aid and safety.
  • Perform administrative work as needed, such as monitoring internal workflows to ensure timely delivery of services or establishing standard templates and health tips to facilitate work.
  • Perform any other task that may be assigned by the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare unit manager.

Success conditions

  • Recent college graduate, i.e. within one year of application, with at least an undergraduate university degree in business administration, health engineering, public health, occupational health, or a similar field from a recognized academic institution. An advanced university degree would be an advantage.
  • Some working knowledge of due diligence in international organizations and how staff health and wellbeing is addressed holistically.
  • Knowledge of current developments and global trends related to the broad field of workforce health as well as knowledge of currently available resources.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Business Intelligence, Canva or other visual and graphics tools and software.
  • Ability to use Excel, Power Point and/or any other analysis and presentation tool.
  • A desire to grow and develop a career in the humanitarian sector.
  • Fluent spoken and written English.
  • A good command of one or more other official languages ​​of the IFRC (French, Spanish or Arabic) is preferred.
  • Strong writing skills and analytical mind.
  • Proven versatility and thirst for knowledge and development.
  • Experience in producing reports and reviewing processes.
  • People oriented and able to build relationships with a diverse team.
  • Proactive and enthusiastic, never afraid to come up with new ideas with a fresh, innovative mindset and a “can-do” approach.
  • Attention to detail, time management and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of the RCRC movement is a plus.

How to register

Only applications via the IFRC electronic recruitment system will be accepted. To apply, go to the IFRC Jobs section and select the ‘Trainee, Occupational Health’ advert. This will take you to another page and click on the bold “Apply Now”, appearing in the right corner. Otherwise, go directly to this link to apply: . Contact with any questions.

Donald E. Patel