Senior Chef

  • Mid-level, Volunteer opportunity
  • Posted on 8 June 2020
  • West Africa
  • Closing on 31 December 2020
  • Current
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Job Description

Senior Chef

Summary: Plan and prepare onboard menus, train the Galley Team, responsible for hygiene, safety and cleanliness of the Galley areas. This position supports the Food Services Manager by ensuring the Galley Team Leaders have everything they need to complete their daily tasks.

Description: Accepting applications.

We couldn’t bring hope and healing without healthy and delicious meals. This role handles planning and preparing onboard our regular menu, training the Galley Team, and is responsible for hygiene, safety, and cleanliness of the Galley areas.

Our Galley team serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner for our 400-strong crew, our local Day Crew, our patients and caregivers. Our Galley team can prepare up to 2,000 meals every day, and also cater for special events on board.

“I have a passion for cooking. Putting this passion to the benefit of an organization like Mercy Ships is more than an honor for me. Every day spent on the ship is a beautiful adventure where I discover the various facets of God’s love for the people we serve and also for the people we serve together.” Serge Nzembele(RDC), Senior Chef

Our galley team spends every day supplying the crew, day crew, hospital, HOPE Centre, and outpatient families with the food they need to keep on going! We couldn’t do what we do without healthy and delicious meals on board.

The Senior Chef volunteer position, part of the Food Services department, will be located on the Africa Mercy and Global Mercy, the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ships. The preferred minimum commitment for this role is two years. We recommend all interested applicants to submit an application at least six months in advance of your target service date.

Are you interested in coming with your family? This position may qualify for a family cabin on board!

Qualifications required:

  • Culinary certificate and/or degree and/or five years cooking experience preferred
  • Previous management experience preferred
  • Conversant in French preferred
  • Certificate in Food Hygiene (Food Handler’s Card -ServSafe) preferred
  • Ability to lift 30 lbs./14 kg. regularly and have endurance for physical labour activities including bending, kneeling, and walking up and down stairs

Questions about this information? Send us an email! Our recruiter would love to answer any questions you may have. You can reach us at

Closing Date: End of the year

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