Apply to be an international delegate

Although we are not currently recruiting for international delegates we will be in the future.  This page has information about our criteria and the application process. 

New Zealand Red Cross recruits, trains and provides delegates for international Red Cross humanitarian and development field operations.

Our delegates are deployed as and when needed and through the use of their technical skills and experience, they contribute to saving lives, alleviate suffering whilst maintaining human dignity on the front-line.

Read more about our international delegate programme

What's it like?

Read our delegates' blog posts, From the Field, to find out what it's like on deployment overseas (scroll down to 'Recent stories' below).


Standard missions range from six to 12 months, with shorter missions of 2-8 weeks offered during emergency responses. Delegates are employed by New Zealand Red Cross on fixed term contracts that cover salary, travel costs, all pre-deployment and post-deployment support, medical clearance and insurance.


We are not currently recruiting for international delegates. 

We recruit based on need i.e. what humanitarian needs and trends we see globally and the capacity within our pool to meet those needs. We recruit additional delegates as and when specific profiles are needed.

All of our delegates are required to complete the International Mobilisation and Preparation for ACTion (IMPACT) training and the Personal Security Course before they can be deployed. 

The IMPACT training is exclusively for new delegates.

Minimum requirements for consideration include the following criteria:

  • A minimum of three to four years’ experience in area of expertise
  • Must be a New Zealand citizen, or hold a permit for permanent NZ residency
  • NZ Police clearance

Potential delegates need to:

  • Be adaptable, flexible and mature in judgement
  • Possess strong communication skills, initiative, diplomacy, cultural sensitivity
  • Have the ability to live and work in a team, usually under arduous and sometimes dangerous conditions
  • Be in sound mental and physical health
  • Be computer literate
  • Fully accept and apply Red Cross Fundamental Principles and be prepared to acquire an understanding of the Red Cross Movement and its ideals
  • Additional languages are advantageous (particularly Spanish, French, Arabic or languages spoken in the Pacific)