Medair is a humanitarian aid organisation. We provide non-discriminatory aid to beneficiaries. We are signatories to the Red Cross Code of Conduct, which binds us to this mandate. Medair serves all vulnerable people with humanitarian aid on the basis of need alone, regardless of race, creed, or nationality, with equal respect for their culture and customs. As an organisation, we are motivated by our Christian faith. At Medair our highest goal is to honour God through who we are and what we do – shown by our desire to do high quality humanitarian work – on an individual and corporate basis. We want to bring our professional, practical and management skills as an expression of God’s love to the world’s most vulnerable.
We are motivated to care for those who suffer because we follow Jesus Christ, who taught that our highest goal is to love God and to care for those in need. Our faith inspires us to give our best in all circumstances. By faith we pray for wisdom when facing difficult decisions, and for courage to live and work in demanding and often dangerous situations.
We desire to relieve human suffering in times of crisis, disaster and conflict. We seek out people who are the most vulnerable, work alongside them and offer practical support through relief and recovery initiatives.
We strive to live out our values and principles consistently at every level of the organisation, and in every location—from the remotest team to the international Headquarters. Our desire is that as we work together in teams, our attitudes, words and actions will be true to Medair’s vision and character.
We are committed to employ best practices in our management and operations, pursuing excellence in all we do. We make ourselves accountable to our supporters, our staff, and those we serve, and seek input from them to help us improve our activities and procedures.
We bring relief and recovery to people devastated by crisis and caught in apparently hopeless situations. Together with the people we serve, we strive to make long-lasting improvements and provide new opportunities that ultimately rekindle hope for the future within the community.
We believe that each person has been made in God’s image and is therefore uniquely valuable and worthy of the highest respect. We reach out to all those in need with respect for individual differences such as race, gender, religion, age, and nationality. Wherever possible we personalise our assistance, taking individual needs and circumstances into account, and respecting the dignity and independence of the people we serve.
It depends upon the role. Because Medair is a Christian faith-based humanitarian organisation, we look for people who share our faith value for our internationally recruited field leadership roles and for staff at our headquarters. This represents about 10% to 20% of our staff. Most of our field staff come from a diverse range of faith backgrounds and are recruited locally in the countries where we operate.
No. Medair provides non-discriminatory humanitarian aid. We do this without regard for race, religion, age, gender, or politics. Medair is a signatory of the Red Cross Code of Conduct, which binds us to this mandate. While Medair’s Christian staff are motivated by their faith to serve those in need, they do that through their actions and do not proselytise.
First review the selection criteria to make sure that you qualify for a Medair position. Qualified applicants can search through the current field vacancies or apply directly for a Medair ROC or generic field position. A Medair HR team member will then evaluate whether your competencies are a good match for any current or future vacancies.
The ROC is Medair’s mandatory Relief and Recovery Orientation Course which introduces participants to Medair’s work in the humanitarian sector and evaluates candidates for their suitability for a field career with Medair.
Regardless of how you apply, all prospective staff are required to successfully complete the ROC before going to the field.
Please note: You can apply to Medair as an Experienced Relief Worker or as a New Relief Worker:
Experienced Relief Workers are those with at least 12 months relief work or development experience.
New Relief Workers are those with less than 12 months of relief work or development experience.
To work as a Medair Relief Worker, you need to have at least one year’s professional experience (with more experience preferred) in a profession that is compatible with our field projects.
We are always looking for professionals from one of our three core activities: Health and Nutrition, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), and Shelter and Infrastructure. We also need experienced staff with a background in senior management, project and team management, business administration, logistics, finance, human resources, marketing, communications, fundraising, media, or ICT.
Experience in relief work or development is a definite advantage in preparing to work with Medair. As such, you could be considered for positions in the field or HQ as an Experienced Relief Worker. Although it is highly desirable to have some experience in relief work with another aid organisation, applicants to become a Medair New Relief Worker are not required to have previous relief experience.
English is Medair’s organisational language, so all staff must be proficient in English. French is desirable for some field programmes and Arabic is also useful in some of our programmes.
The nature of humanitarian crises places those delivering aid in insecure environments. Medair’s beneficiaries often live in insecure and remote areas and potential staff need to be aware that they are taking health, safety and security related risks when reaching out to populations in need. Medair takes security risk management and the safety of staff very seriously. Every context is assessed for its specific risks and measures to safe-guard staff as much as reasonably possible are put in place accordingly. Staff members are expected to comply with relevant security risk management measures. However, we must be clear that risks remain despite appropriate organisational and personal measures. In order to operate as safely and effectively as possible Medair shares safety and security information with other agencies working in similar environments, but does not publish statistics. Each context is different and constantly changing so general reviews are not always helpful. We have included 2 links to well-known articles below that could also be useful.
Medair will send married couples to the field together, but both the husband and wife need to have professional profiles which are compatible with our field projects. Both will need to complete the ROC evaluation course. Medair will not send a couple to the field who are still in their first year of marriage.
Medair has a strict policy that we will not separate families or couples. We will not send husbands or wives alone to the field on long-term contracts, nor will we send families to the field. Medair is not able to provide schooling, adequate health care services, or a safe environment for children. As a general rule, we will not send anyone to the field who still has dependent children, i.e. children under the age of 18. In exceptional cases, we will consider applications from candidates with families if the candidate has extensive relief work experience, is applying for a leadership position, and will be based in one of the safer capital cities.
No. Due to the nature of the work, Medair requires that all relief workers new to Medair have a minimum one-year contract. People who take a career break or a gap year out of their profession might consider working for a year abroad with Medair. If all the other selection criteria are fulfilled, Medair will consider those applicants as long as they are able to work for the entire year.
If you are just finishing your first period of study in life, then probably not. We require that our relief workers have a minimum of one year of experience in their profession (with more experience preferred). We want our relief workers to be competent and comfortable in their jobs before heading out to the field, where working and living conditions will be very different from their past experience. Please check the essential criteria for becoming a Medair New Relief Worker. In the case of someone who has just completed their studies but has extensive previous experience through internships, etc., we might make an exception, but this would have to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
People with a military background are welcome to apply, but “military experience” is not considered as “humanitarian experience,” thus applicants with this background will be considered for New Relief Worker positions. We will not consider people with military experience for the Experienced Relief Worker category even if they have been posted to a zone which is similar to those in which we work. The differences in the way of working, their internal structure, security, salary, reporting to donors, etc., are too different. Experienced Relief Workers can “hit the ground running” because they are familiar with not only the working conditions but also the manner in which an NGO works.
This answer also applies to those working in remote areas in the commercial sector or as teachers. If a candidate has not worked with a relief organisation, then we will not consider them as Experienced Relief Workers.
Medair will only accept civilists who commit to a minimum of one year in the field. Therefore if you have less than one year to complete as a civilist, you will have to complete the remainder of the “full” year under a Medair contract.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ROC (MEDAIR’S RELIEF AND RECOVERY ORIENTATION COURSE)
The ROC costs EUR 500 when held in Europe or USD 750 in the United States. The ROC fee includes accommodation and meals for seven days. The ROC fee must be paid within five days of receiving your confirmation of attendance. ROC fees are non-refundable, apart from exceptional cases and with a minimum of three weeks’ notice. Participants are responsible for their own travel costs to and from the ROC.
However, if you have 12 months or more of relief work experience (or development experience), Medair will subsidise your ROC fee and personal travel costs by at least 50 percent.
Yes. All candidates applying for the course must certify that they are in good health and capable of participating in the entire programme. Any health conditions (such as special diet requirements, pregnancy, disability, etc.) must be specified at the time of registration.
Most contracts start within three to six months after the ROC. However, it can take longer if there are no available positions, and it can also happen more quickly if an individual’s profile fits an urgent need. We aim to match all of our successful ROC participants with appropriate positions, but Medair does not guarantee that an individual who completes the ROC will be given a field position.
If you are currently a permanent resident of the country in which you would like to work with Medair, you are not considered to be Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS). You would be considered as Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS), and you would only be employed in your resident country as such. NRS do not need to complete the ROC and they have a different set of recruitment criteria to work with Medair. To apply for NRS positions in your country of residence/citizenship, please contact your local Medair office directly.