International Aid Worker

Use your skills and experience to make a difference with Red Cross in the Pacific and overseas.

Applications which were received before 1 November 2017 will be considered for the next IMPACT course (16–23 March 2018). Applications are now closed, but you can still apply for the 2019 intake.

Fixed Term Contract: New Zealand Red Cross recruits, trains and provides aid workers for international Red Cross development and humanitarian field operations.

Our aid workers are deployed overseas to provide humanitarian and development assistance through their technical expertise. They directly contribute to saving lives, alleviating suffering and maintaining human dignity on the front-line.

We are particularly interested in the following technical skill areas:

  • Water and sanitation/WASH specialist and engineers
  • IT&T specialists
  • Development and recovery coordinators
  • Disaster Management specialist
  • Shelter and construction specialists
  • Hospital and community health practitioners
  • Logisticians

New Zealand Red Cross prioritises meeting the needs of our Pacific neighbours in emergency response or longer-term capacity building. As such, applicants with experience in Pacific Island communities or language skills will be of value. Beyond the Pacific, our focus is placed on meeting medical and health needs in situations of violence, armed conflict and complex emergencies.

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
  • Previous humanitarian and/or cross-cultural experience

Standard missions range from six to 12 months, with shorter missions of 2 – 8 weeks offered during emergency responses. Aid workers 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.

New Zealand Red Cross receive applications for international aid work all year round.

If you wish to discuss this opportunity or for further information, please contact Tracey Cumin, New Zealand Red Cross Delegate Programme Co-ordinator, on 04 471 8253.

All applications MUST include a covering letter, curriculum vitae, colour scan of your passport/ NZ residency permit, and a completed aid worker application, found here