ICRC to Indonesia and Timor-Leste: Internship Programme - International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Unit

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian organization whose mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence, and to provide them with assistance. The ICRC also endeavors to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles. Established in 1863, the ICRC is at the origin of the Geneva Conventions and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. It directs and coordinates the international activities by the Movement in armed conflicts and other situations of violence.



(3 months with possible extension)


The ICRC Regional Delegation to Indonesia and Timor-Leste is calling for applications for the position of Intern at its IHL Unit based in Jakarta. This Call for Application is for external candidates only. The successful candidate will be offered an internship contract for a minimum of three (3) months—with a possibility of extension up to six (6) months.

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Legal Adviser, the incumbent will provide assistance to the IHL Unit at the ICRC Regional Delegation to Indonesia and Timor-Leste in Jakarta. S/he will also be working in close coordination with other relevant units at the delegation when needed.

Main responsibilities

1.     Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Legal Adviser, provides assistance in conducting research and analysis on international humanitarian law (IHL) and/or other relevant legal regimes, including national legal framework.

2.     Provides assistance to the IHL Unit in dissemination and promotion of IHL to the authorities, academic circles, and the general public.

3.     Supports the IHL Unit in compiling and updating database of relevant domestic legislation that contains IHL principles as part of the Customary IHL Global Database.

4.     Provides contribution to the delegation’s communication platform on updates regarding IHL issues when necessary.

5.     Provides technical and administrative supports to the IHL Unit.

6.     Able and willing to go on missions outside of Jakarta when necessary.

7.     Performs other duties as may be assigned.


-       At the time of the application, applicants are a final year university student (undergraduate/S1 or graduate/S2 programme) or have recently graduated in an S1 degree programme of the following studies: international humanitarian law, public international law, international criminal law, legal studies, human rights, international relations, war/security studies, or other relevant studies.

-       Those who are in the final year of an S1 degree programme of the above studies are encouraged to apply. Applicants who have graduated from any degree programme mentioned above must only have a maximum 1 year of professional experience (previous internship experiences are not considered as professional experience).

-       Previous experience in the fields of international humanitarian law, public international law, or human rights law are an advantage but not essential.

-       Research experience on international humanitarian law, international criminal law, refugee law, or human rights law is desired.

-       Previous experience with the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement is an asset. Skill in administrative works.

-       Ability to write clear and concise reports in English. Excellent level of computer literacy, including internet-based research.

-       Proficiency in Microsoft Offices, particularly on Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are required.

-       The working language at the ICRC Jakarta Delegation is English. Proficient in English and Bahasa Indonesia both in oral and written is required. Knowledge on French is an asset.

-       Only citizens of Indonesia who can apply for this position.


The ICRC Regional Delegation in Jakarta will offer a modest remuneration to the successful candidate throughout the internship duration to cover the relevant expenses.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications in ENGLISH with the following documents:

-       A legal essay on contemporary issues on international humanitarian law (600-800 words, footnotes excluded—if any). Possible topics are: cyber warfare, lethal autonomous weapons, urban warfare, IHL and migration, nuclear weapons, or strengthening respect of IHL. Applicants may, however, choose other relevant topics.

-       A cover letter explaining: the reasons of applying for the position and clearly indicate the starting date.

-       A reference letter from the Faculty’s management, i.e. Dean or Vice-Dean or Department Director (only for applicants still enrolled in a degree programme).

-       A reference letter from an academic/professional supervisor and a recent academic transcript (for all applicants).

-       Detailed CV/resumé, including a list of 2-3 referees with their contact details (former or current academic/professional supervisors or others who can attest the applicant’s qualifications. Referees who are relatives or friends will not be considered).

Please submit your applications to dja_hr_services@icrc.org and chputranto@icrc.org preferably in a single PDF file (maximum 10MB), with “2020 IHL Internship – Application” as the email subject.

The ICRC is committed to a diverse and equal work environment. Applications from female candidates are strongly encouraged.

Late and incomplete applications will neither be considered nor accepted.

Deadline to submit application: 3 April  2020.

Starting date: 2 June 2020

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