The Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC)

  • Posted on 6 July 2020
  • Switzerland
  • Closing on 25 October 2020
  • Annual gross - US Dollar

Job Description


ROC location - Vallorbe, near Geneva, Switzerland

Starting Date & Initial Contract Details

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the June and September ROC have now been cancelled. Depending on how the situation unfolds in the coming months, we are aiming to hold a ROC in November 2020 and are still accepting applications. We are listening to the guidance of the WHO and local governments, and will update the website in due time, so please check back for updates.

Course dates:

21st November – 28th November 2020

ROC Application deadline:

25th October 2020

Contract length

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, Somalia, South Sudan, and Syria, .
Field contracts given will be based in one of these countries or any new programmes that Medair starts up.

Why consider the Medair 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 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 desires to work as an International Staff in one of our field programmes must first successfully complete the ROC.

Candidates accepted onto the Medair ROC will be considered for International Staff field roles

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. 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 Kenya.

Fees, Content & Schedule

Download the ROC Brochure for course information and fees

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 technology services (ITS)
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
Fee information

Download the ROC Brochure for course information and fees:

How to register

Before You Apply

Please ensure you are fully aware of:

a) The Medair organisational values

b) The full details about the Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC)
(which forms part of the recruitment selection process for field positions)

c) 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

a) apply for a Medair ROC (where we can try and match your competencies to our vacancy needs)

b) 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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