Forum cinfo 2016

A Journey in International Cooperation



Working with IFIs – panel discussion

Ever thought about working with an international financial institution (IFI) but wondered how this might look like? Attend the panel discussion at 14:30 at the Forum cinfo and don’t miss exchanging with representatives of renowned institutions!
Also there will be an information session on working as a JPO with the World Bank and EBRD – more information soon! #cinforum16


Helvetas at the Forum cinfo 2016

Jens Engeli, Programme Coordinator for the West Balkans in the NGO Helvetas, describes his work. Discover what his typical day looks like!
Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, as Caritas Suisse, the Swiss Red Cross, Enfants du Monde, Comundo and many other NGOs will be present at the Forum cinfo 2016, on 28 October. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet their representatives!
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Input: Current offerings of training institutions

Are you well prepared to tackle a job in development or humanitarian aid or do you feel like you need just a little more training?
Attend the Forum cinfo on 28 October and do not miss the input at 10.30 a.m., where these training institutions will present their current training offerings:
The Graduate Institute Geneva, Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action-CERAH, BFH | HESB – Hochschule für Agrar-, Forst- und Lebensmittelwissenschaften HAFL | Haute école des sciences agronomiques, forestières et alimentaires HAFL, ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften, ICFG and NADEL

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Working and living in fragile contexts

Sad events such as the recent bombing of an aid convoy in Syria remind us of the importance of security, more specifically, feeling safe in different contexts. This topic will be addressed in a panel discussion at the Forum cinfo. How is security perceived in different countries? Watch this video – you might be surprised.

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Application preparation workshops for UN / IFIs – only at the Forum cinfo 2016

Working with the United Nations or an international financial institution (IFI) offers the opportunity to gain exceptional international experience, and to operate in a challenging and exciting, global and diverse environment. Given the nature of these organisations, the selection and recruitment process is highly competitive, and in certain circumstances can be lengthy. At the Forum cinfo, Swiss nationals interested in a career with the UN or an IFI such as the World Bank, IFC, ADB, AfDB, IDB or EBRD, are encouraged to apply for participation in an interactive workshop designed to enhance their application and interviewing skills. Additional individual interviews with hiring organisations can be set up; more information will follow if you are selected to participate in this workshop.

Are you a Swiss national aiming to increase your application preparation skills for a position with the UN or an international financial institution (IFI)? Apply now to participate in this workshop, organized on the 28 October in the framework of the Forum cinfo 2016! #cinforum16



Keynote speech: Global Digital Economy Trends

Cristina Riesen is an entrepreneur, startup mentor and lecturer. Former General Manager for Evernote in Europe, Middle East and Africa, she is an EMScom graduate and a certified Hasso Plattner d.School design thinking professional with more than 10 years of experience in international business development and entrepreneurship.

In her keynote speech «Global Digital Economy Trends» at the Forum cinfo 2016, Cristina Riesen invites us to take a closer look at the key trends shaping the future of international cooperation. We will zoom in on emerging markets and observe how mobile digital technology and entrepreneurship are redefining the world of international development and humanitarian work.

Read Cristina’s article to learn more about the topic and don’t miss her input at the Forum cinfo!

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The UN Youth Volunteers Programme – excellent entry point in IC

The first presentation at the Forum cinfo 2016 (Many roads lead to Timbuktu / Entry points in IC) will focus on different entry opportunities in international cooperation. A great way to get initial field experience and be exposed to the work of different UN organizations is via a mission as UNV Specialist or UN Youth Volunteer.

The latter are positions annually financed by different governments. Switzerland is this year funding 20 positions in the areas of Human Rights, Communications, Protection, Planning, Monitoring, Research, Law…all across the world! Swiss young professionals can apply until 26 September to those.

Not to miss: the webinar on 13 September 2016, providing you with more information on eligibility criteria, required competencies and the application procedure. Register now!


UNICEF at the Forum


The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ist the specialized agency of the United Nations that defends and promotes the rights of every child. The organisation is active in more than 190 countries and territories throuugh country programmes and National Committes.


 UNICEF has the global authority to influence decision-makers and the variety of partners at grassroots level.
They expect to give the best start in life for children working in the following areas :
– child protection and social inclusion
– child survival
– education
– emergencies and humanitarian action

At the Forum cinfo 2016 you will have the opportunity to interact with representatives of UNICEF and find our more about the organisation, current vacancies, and the suitability of your profile!

As a Swiss national with at least 5 years of work experience in any of UNICEF’s working areas, you will have the chance to participate in application preparation workshops. More information will follow soon on our website –  stay tuned! #cinforum16

Programme: Entry points in international cooperation

Attend our ‘Reflexionstag’ on 25 August

Have you ever considered working in the area of development cooperation or humanitarian aid, maybe at the ICRC, a UN organization or an NGO? There are many ways and opportunities to start or re-orient your career in this direction. Would you like to know more about

  • The job market of international cooperation
  • Different potential employers
  • How your career path might look like
  • Entry opportunities in IC?

Manyroadsleadto_drawingWe strongly encourage you to attend our ‘Reflexionstag’ on 25 August 2016 in Bienne where, beside receiving a range of information you will have the chance to personally discuss your profile with one of our counsellors.

More information and registration to the Reflexionstag here.

 Input presentation at the Forum cinfo 2016 on 28 October
‘Many roads lead to Timbuktu’

Moreover, you shouldn’t miss the input presentation of our counsellor Beat Geiser on entry opportunities in international cooperation on behalf of the Forum cinfo 2016.

Where: Stade de Suisse, Berne

When: 9:30 a.m.

Find more information about this career event on our website and our Social Media channels fbtwitterlinkedin

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Forum cinfo 2016

A Journey in International Cooperation