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Medair brings life-saving relief and rehabilitation in conflict areas, disasters, and other crises by working alongside the most vulnerable.


Vallorbe, Switzerland

8 Jun 2014

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The Medair Relief & Reconstruction Orientation Course (ROC)

We are looking for energetic, enthusiastic and robust stars passionate about relieving the suffering of the most vulnerable

Vallorbe, Switzerland

Visa/Work Permit sponsorship may be available for this opportunity

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Mid Level
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Role and Responsibilities

If you have professional experience that matches one or more of the Medair sectors below, but you cannot see any current jobs that fit your profile, apply directly for the Medair ROC, our “Relief and Recovery Orientation Course”. We will try and match your profile to our upcoming field vacancy needs and if there is a good match, we will consider you for this or a future ROC. Everyone who works as an Internationally Recruited Staff in one of our field programmes must first successfully complete the ROC.


Project Overview

The ROC is an intensive experiential orientation to relief work with Medair. The ROC simulation includes practical exercises, research, and daily updates of changing field conditions and security bulletins. Participants experience the challenges of relief work through practical simulations and become familiar with Medair’s values, projects, and country programmes.


This 7-day course is held three/four times a year, normally in Switzerland or in Europe, occasionally in the United States. If you are accepted, the cost of the course is dependent on your relief or development experience. Each participant will be interviewed by a senior member of the Medair Human Resources team to evaluate the week and discuss their possible future with Medair in a field programme. The majority of the candidates that have successfully complete the ROC, start a career with Medair.

ROC Dates and Locations

ROC Course Location / Dates / Application Closing Date

Vallorbe, near Geneva, Switzerland / 30th August – 6th September 2014 / 5th July 2014

Near Chattanooga, United States / 8th – 15th November 2014 / 13th September 2014


Initial Contract Details

If a field contract is signed after the ROC, it normally ranges from (a minimum of) 12 months to 2 years


Field Workplace

Medair is currently working in Afghanistan, D.R. Congo, Haiti, Madagascar, Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria (regional response) and Zimbabwe. Field contracts given will be based in one of these countries or any new programmes that Medair starts up.


Experience / Qualifications / Trainings

Medair seeks a range of professionals with experience, qualifications and training in the following sectors:


Senior Management

  • Senior managers, business executives, leaders with years of experience successfully managing teams and projects; (Project) Management experience, business administration, development studies, security management, leadership training.


Health and Nutrition

  • Medical doctors, nurses, nutritionists, public / clinical health professionals, those with tropical medicine or public health training and experience, M&E officers, reproductive health specialists (including midwifes), epidemiologists and behaviour change communication specialists.


Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

  • Engineering (civil, water resources, environmental), hydrologists, water treatment specialists, hygiene promotion managers, specialists in chemical contaminants, environmental health professionals, WASH programme assessors and evaluators.


Shelter and Infrastructure

  • Engineers (civil / structural), or professionals with a degree in architecture, construction management or quantity surveying; we also consider construction site managers, supervisors, forepersons, clerks of works, construction managers, architectural technicians, building technologists, and built-environment specialists.


Logistics / Supply Chain

  • Logistics managers, fleet managers, transport managers, facility managers, warehouse managers, procurement / purchase managers, stock managers, supply-chain managers, and import / export coordinators.


Project Support

  • Business management / administration, office management, finance, accounting, logistics or HR experience.


Communications / Marketing

  • Professionals with experience in communications, public relations, media, fundraising, brand management or marketing, donor relations, journalism, copywriting, and photography.


Finance / Grant Management

  • Accountants, bookkeepers, and finance managers; sometimes financial consultants and advisors, business managers and account managers.


Human Resources

  • Human Resources advisors, managers and generalists, sometimes HR trainers, recruitment managers, talent management professionals, and reward managers.


Information & Communications Technology

  • IT managers, end-user-professionals, help-desk professionals, and LAN-support professionals, all with management experience.


For all our positions in the field, we are seeking a:

  • Relevant professional qualification

  • Post-graduate qualification in relief or development desirable



  • Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written)

  • Working knowledge of French (spoken and written) for French-speaking field programmes


Experience / Competencies required (for most field positions)

Medair is looking for candidates with the following experience and competencies:

  • Minimum 1 year's professional experience in one of the sectors referred to above

  • Project management and team management experience

  • Management experience desirable, especially in a relief environment

  • Experience in dealing with donors and government officials desirable

  • Experience in training/mentoring staff; team player with strong relational skills

  • Experience in cross cultural communication techniques; diplomatic and sensitive to cross cultural issues

  • Good negotiation skills, especially in the context of another culture

  • Clear verbal and written communication skills; able to express views clearly

  • Committed to team-building, and to consultative and servant leadership

  • Planning, assessment and analytical skills; report writing and proposal writing skills desirable

  • Good level of self-motivation, with a pro-active approach to work, problem solver, dynamic, mature

  • Able to prioritise clearly and oversee multiple tasks

  • Capacity to work under pressure and to tight deadlines

  • Ability to live and work in conflict and rural environment

Medair Standard Working Requirements for the Field

  • At least one year’s professional experience in a relevant field

  • Commitment to Medair values

  • Overseas intercultural experience

  • Strong working knowledge of English, spoken and written

  • Working knowledge of French, spoken and written for French-speaking field programmes

  • Single or married (with no children under 18). If married, your spouse must also apply.

  • Competent with Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

  • Successful completion of Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC)

  • Reflect the vision and values of Medair when interacting with team members, local staff, beneficiaries and external contacts

  • Able to live and work with a multicultural team under difficult conditions

  • Strong character traits, including emotional stability, adaptability, ability to handle stress, cultural and gender sensitivity, honesty, and physically fit

Working Conditions

The following are standard working conditions in our field programmes (specific locations may vary in their security situations):

  • Based in the capital or main base, or in field project locations.

  • Living standards are reasonably good and often the security situation is stable but this can change rapidly.

  • International staff are sometimes limited in their movements and social activities.

  • Some of the projects may be implemented in more remote and potentially insecure locations.

  • Field visits have basic living conditions, sometimes arduous travel and potentially high levels of insecurity.

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