Forum cinfo 2016

A Journey in International Cooperation

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



Swisspeace at the Forum


Here a video, which shows the impressions people have about the different trainings:


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!


Destination 6: Berlin

From the 13th to the 21st century, Berlin has undergone a long journey.
The city of the Brandenburg Gate has been the capital of six different regimes: a Principality, a Kingdom, an Empire, a Republic, a Totalitarian State, and finally a Federal Republic. Situated at the crossing of two important historic trade routes, on the way Berlin has also been divided in two and again reunified.
A memory of walls to some, now an open door to many; this city was at the center of quite an amount of talks, around the table of International Cooperation (IC).


Are you curious to learn more about the talks that take place around the IC table? Join the Forum cinfo 2016!
Download the full programme on:

A glimpse into the Forum

A career with the UN or a NGO? Working in fragile contexts? Combining all this with a family life? Our career fair on 28 October, the Forum cinfo, will cover these and many other topics. Furthermore, you will have the chance to directly exchange with more than 50 actors from the humanitarian and development world. Lean back and take a glimpse into an event you absolutely shouldn’t miss!

More information: #cinforum16

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

Destination 5: Jerusalem

Greetings from East Jerusalem. The Cinfo forum will discuss living and working in fragile contexts like this one. Religions, walls, violence, injustice, beautiful people and still no peace in sight? What can be done in a situation like this by International Cooperation and how do you live with the fact that as an expat you have freedom of movement (when the violence stops) and beautiful scenery but almost two million people in Gaza have never been able to leave their home…


At the Forum cinfo 2016, don’t miss the discussion on “The reality of living and working in fragile contexts”- 28 October 2016, at 10.30am.

The updated programme is now online and you can download it on:


Destination 4: Nicaragua

Named after the Dutch pirate Abraham Blauvelt, who hid in the bay’s waters around 1600, Bluefields is the main city on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua. It was destroyed by Hurricane Joan in 1988, but was rebuilt. To get there you need to take the speedboat at the Rama port. Download the updated programme of the Forum on #cinforum16


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Forum cinfo 2016

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