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Do I have the right profile?
The ICRC recruits professionals from a very wide range of backgrounds. Our staff includes everyone from humanitarian aid workers, interpreters and engineers to surgeons, agronomists and bomb-disposal experts. Please refer to our job openings to check specific requirements in terms of training, experience and language skills.
What kind of international exposure do I need?
It depends. Mobile field staff work in challenging, multicultural environments, so you need to have some international experience to show that you can adapt to and work in such conditions. Any professional experience abroad counts, but experience in a country whose culture is different from that of your home country is particularly sought after. Non-professional, long-term stays in a foreign country are considered an asset. Please note that our recruiters evaluate applications as a whole. To succeed, you will need the right combination of motivation, professional and personal experience, and language and soft skills.
What languages skills do I need?
English and French are the official languages of the ICRC. Most of our field offices, known as “delegations”, are English-speaking, but a third are in French-speaking countries. A very good knowledge of both languages is, therefore, highly recommended and sometimes required. Exceptions may be made for some specific jobs.
Furthermore, applicants are more likely to be selected and sent abroad if they also have other world languages such as Arabic, Russian and Spanish or important local languages such as Hausa, Kinyarwanda and Pashto.
We do not ask for specific qualifications to prove your language skills; they will be tested during the recruitment process. To pass, your level should be at least B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
Can I choose my assignment?
Not at first. When you join the ICRC, you must be prepared to go wherever your skills are most needed. With time, you will be given more say in your assignment and advice on how to develop your career.
Can I apply again if I am not successful?
If you were not short-listed, it probably means that you do not match our requirements. If you later improve your language skills, gain more work experience and meet our criteria, you are welcome to apply again.
However, we recommend you do not reapply for at least six months. This is because, generally speaking, we don’t think that any significant change can occur in a CV before then.
Can I apply for several positions at the same time?
Yes, you can apply for more than one job at a time. However, be sure to customize your application for each position.
What are our medical standards?
All new employees to the ICRC must submit to a medical examination. Find more information here.
Can I volunteer or donate?
The ICRC does not take on volunteers, but we encourage you to contact your country’s National Society for opportunities to volunteer for them. If you wish to make a donation, please visit our dedicated platform
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