International delegate programme

Every year we recruit and train international delegates. They're deployed on international Red Cross humanitarian and development field operations. Find out more about the programme, the skills you'll need and how to apply.

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.

Applications are now open for this year's International Mobilisation and Preparation for ACTion (IMPACT) training course. Apply here

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).

Missions

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.

Standard missions range from 6 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.

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

We are particularly interested in the following technical skill areas but may consider others:

  • Obstetrician/Gynaecologist
  • Paediatrician
  • Paediatric Nurses
  • Anaesthetists
  • Psycho-Social Support
  • Business administrators (with a focus on finance/accounting, and HR)

Potential delegates should also:

  • 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 Movement and its ideals
  • Be available to deploy for a minimum of 3 months
  • Previous humanitarian and/or cross-cultural experience
  • Additional languages are advantageous (particularly Spanish, French, Arabic or languages spoken in the Pacific)

What to consider before you apply

  • What are my true motivations for applying for international humanitarian work?
  • How can I practically and genuinely make a difference?
  • How do I feel about living and working in areas of insecurity where my health and wellbeing may be affected?
  • Am I able to adapt quickly and sensibly to an unknown and unfamiliar environment?
  • Will I thrive in working in a diverse cultural environment and accept the challenge of adapting to different work styles and personalities?

Application process

If you meet the criteria above, you can apply for the pre-requisite IMPACT course when applications open. 

Please note that we can't answer speculative enquiries regarding international humanitarian work, or feedback on CVs.

Your application must include:

  1. Completed New Zealand Red Cross delegate application form and current CV, in specified format
  2. Cover letter
  3. Scanned copy of the front page of your passport and/or copy of residency status

Delegate training

The IMPACT course provides in-depth training on the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, International Humanitarian Law (IHL), International Disaster Response Law, life as a delegate, health and safety, and field operations.

The course is held in New Zealand. Meals and accommodation are covered by New Zealand Red Cross, however you will need to make your own way to Wellington.

Apply here

The next IMPACT course is scheduled for 11-18 October 2019, with applications opening in June 2019.