The Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC)

  • Volunteer, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 19 November 2018
  • Switzerland
  • Closing on 18 May 2019
  • Current

Job Description

Purpose of the ROC

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 application profile for the ROC 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.


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 Course Location
Jura Rosaly, Switzerland

Starting Date
22th – 29th June 2019

Closing Date for Applications
18th May 2019

Initial Contract Details
If a field contract is signed after the ROC, it normally ranges from (a minimum of) 12 months to 2 years. Please note that attending the ROC does not guarantee a job placement after the ROC.

Field Workplace

Medair is currently working in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, D.R. Congo, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Madagascar, Nepal, 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 any of the following sectors:

  • Relevant professional qualification; Post-graduate qualification in relief or development desirable
  • Humanitarian, security, international development, monitoring & evaluation
  • Senior management, project management, business administration
  • Medical, nutrition, public health, tropical medicine, psychosocial
  • Engineering, (civil, structural, 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
  • 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
  • Report writing and proposal writing skills desirable
  • 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

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


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


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


  • 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.


  • 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). Related costs can be found below.

How much does the Medair ROC Cost?

  • The ROC costs EUR 500 when held in Europe or USD 750 in the United States. The ROC fee covers accommodation and meals for seven days, but the course itself is provided free of charge by Medair.
  • For New Relief Workers (you have less than 12 months of relevant humanitarian or development work experience), Medair will ask you to pay 100 percent of the ROC accommodation and meals cost, as well as your personal travel costs.
  • For Experienced Relief Workers (you have 12 months or more of relevant humanitarian or development work experience, Medair will subsidise your ROC accommodation and meals, as well as your personal travel costs by at least 50 percent.

Before You Apply

Please ensure you are fully aware of:

  1. The Medair organisational values
  2. The full details about the Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC)
    (which forms part of the recruitment selection process for field positions)
  3. Please do not make multiple applications. We will not review email applications. Only English-language applications / CV’s will be reviewed. Recruitment is on-going until positions are filled.

Application Process

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

About the Organization


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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