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Humanitarians on the move

Multilingual requirements, transnational mobilities and moral ethos in the recruitment for the International Committee of the Red Cross
Area: 
Multilingualism in institutions and society
Project management:

State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation of the Swiss Confederation, Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship 2015.0317

Duration: 
09.2015 to 09.2016
Team:
Status: 
Completed
Description: 

At the turn of the century, the globalized economy, the weight of international agencies and transnational migrations have increased the demand for multilingual competences in the workplace. In particular, humanitarian agencies must recruit and train mobile and multilingual skilled workers to deploy their humanitarian missions. Departing from a critical ethnographic and historiographic perspective, this research project explores the recruitment, training and mentoring of delegates at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) who cross linguistic and national borders.