The Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC)

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Switzerland
Apply by 12 May 2018
Senior-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 9 February 2017

Job Description

Role and Responsibilities

If you have professional experience that matches one or more of the Medair sectors 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.

Overview

The ROC is an intensive experiential orientation to relief work with Medair. This 7 day course is held three/four times a year. The cost of the course is dependent on your relief experience. Participants experience the challenges of relief work through practical simulations and become familiar with Medair’s values, projects, and country programmes. 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 course is normally held in Switzerland or in Europe, occasionally in the United States.

ROC Dates and Locations

Where: Switzerland

Course dates: 23rd – 30th June 2018

Application deadline: 19th May 2018

Apply for the June ROC here

Where: Switzerland

Course dates: 22nd – 29th September 2018

Application deadline: 18th August 2018

Apply for the September ROC here

Where: Switzerland

Course dates: 1st – 8th December 2018

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, Bangladesh, D.R. Congo, Iraq, Madagascar, Nepal, Myanmar, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan and Syria (regional response in Lebanon and Jordan). Field contracts given will be based in one of these countries or any new programmes that Medair starts up.

Key Activity Areas

The ROC simulation includes practical exercises, research, and daily updates of changing field conditions and security bulletins.

Key Experience / Qualifications

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

  • Minimum 1 year’s professional experience in one of the sectors referred to above
  • Relevant professional qualification; Post-graduate qualification in relief or development desirable
  • Humanitarian, security, international development
  • Senior management, project management, business administration
  • Medical, nutrition, public health, tropical medicine
  • Engineering, (civil, environmental)
  • Construction (architecture, site management)
  • Logistics / Supply Chain
  • Human Resources
  • Finance, accounting, grant management
  • Communications, fundraising, marketing and media
  • Information and communications technology (ICT)

Other Experience / Competencies

Standard ranges of experience and competencies required for Medair field positions:

  • 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 at 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
  • Experience in dealing with donors and government officials desirable
  • Experience in training/mentoring staff; Team player with strong relational skills
  • 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

Profiles sought for Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) roles in the field

Relief experience

  • Professionals with 12 months or more relevant relief or development experience (Experienced Relief Workers).
  • Professionals with less than 12 months relevant relief or development experience (New Relief Workers).

Professional

  • Experienced professionals in a relevant Medair sector of expertise.
  • Overseas intercultural experience.

Values

  • Fully committed to the Medair values; to reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, and external contacts.

Language

  • Strong working knowledge of English, spoken and written.
  • Working knowledge of French, spoken and written, for French-speaking field programmes.

Personal qualities

  • Able to live and work in 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.

Availability

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

Final selection

  • All potential candidates for field positions must successfully complete the Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC). Information, dates and related costs can be found via this link.

Benefits Package provided to all Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS)

  • Comprehensive briefing at our Swiss Headquarters, as well as an in-country briefing.
  • Security training for those going to insecure environments.
  • Accommodation, food, and transportation in-country.
  • Return flights to and from the country programme (one return flight for every year of service).
  • Rest and recuperation (R&R) leave (including travel, accommodation, and food).
  • Annual leave.
  • Comprehensive medical and emergency rescue insurance, with up to 60 days post-assignment coverage, including debriefing.
  • Disability insurance.

Specific benefits for Experienced Relief Workers (IRS)

(Applicants with 12 months or more relevant relief or development experience)

  • A salary based upon the grade of the position and experience of the position-holder, starting from USD 1,700 per month.
  • Contribution matching programme for retirement savings.
  • Additional contract benefit allowance for those who commit to longer contracts.
  • Highly subsidised contribution to Medair ROC travel and accommodation costs.

Specific benefits for New Relief Workers (IRS)

  • (Applicants with less than 12 months relevant relief or development experience)
  • USD 300 per month.
  • As soon as 12 months relief work or its equivalent has been completed, a salary based upon the grade of the position, starting from USD 1,700 per month, and other experienced relief worker benefits.

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.International staff are sometimes limited in their movements and social activities.
  • Living standards are reasonably good and often the security situation is stable but this can change rapidly.
  • Some of the projects may be implemented in more remote and potentially insecure locations. Before you apply, please ensure you are fully aware of the:

Application Process

  • Field visits have basic living conditions, sometimes arduous travel and potentially high levels of insecurity.
  1. Medair organisational values
  2. Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC) (which forms part of the recruitment selection process for field positions)

Then to apply, go to the “Current Vacancies” page then:

  1. apply for a Medair ROC (where we can try and match your competencies to our vacancy needs)
  2. or apply for a field vacancy that matches your profile

Please do not make multiple applications. We will not review email applications. Only English-language applications / CV’s will be reviewed. Medair does not set closing / deadline dates for applications; recruitment is on-going until the position is filled.

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About the Organization

Medair

Medair is a humanitarian organisation inspired by Christian faith to relieve human suffering in some of the world’s most remote and devastated places. We bring relief and recovery to people in crisis, regardless of race, creed or nationality. As signatories of the Red Cross Code of Conduct, we believe that aid should be given to everyone who is in need, regardless of political, social or religious viewpoint. We save lives in emergencies and then stay to help people recover from crisis with dignity—working side by side with communities to leave a lasting impact. We provide a range of emergency relief and recovery services: health care and nutrition; safe water, sanitation, and hygiene; shelter and infrastructure.

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