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Aid worker recruitment

Australian Red Cross maintains a register of specialist aid workers who can be sent overseas at any time to support humanitarian field operations.

Because aid workers may operate in situations of disaster, violence or armed conflict, our requirements are very specific.

People on our register need:

  • Experience working in humanitarian aid in a developing country, with remote Australian communities or with displaced or vulnerable people
  • Experience operating in resource-poor environments
  • Specialist skills in areas of need. These can vary widely: from emergency management and disaster law to nursing and medicine, shelter, engineering, program management, communications, gender and disability inclusion
  • Tact, diplomacy, cross-cultural competence, problem-solving and communication skills
  • Excellent health and emotional resilience
  • A current Australian passport or Australian permanent residency status

We may also require proficiency in languages, from Arabic and French to Pashto and Dinka.

The recruitment process
Red Cross advertises once a year for specific technical profiles; these vary according to the needs at the time.

Applications must demonstrate a strong match with the requirements of the profile. The selection process includes extensive interviews, a behavioural assessment centre, psychometric testing and criminal history checks. The final step is a six-day residential training program, IMPACT. After completing IMPACT and relevant health clearances, candidates join the aid worker register and can be considered for missions.


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