Application Process

Red Cross workers find their experiences in the field to be rewarding and life changing. However, they also face challenging contexts and environments to which they may not be accustomed. This personal reflection exercise is intended to help you to identify if you are ready for an overseas mission.

In addition, carefully consider whether you meet the minimum requirements for the position as identified in the job posting.

You can search for job openings here. You will find postings for international development missions, our rapid responder roster as well as generic postings to build our roster in specific areas. Only apply to those positions where you can clearly demonstrate you meet the required qualifications, experience and skills.

Through our online application system you will create an extended online resume. This is your opportunity to tell your story and demonstrate you are the best candidate for the job. Once you have created your profile, using your login and password you can return anytime to update your information and apply for positions.

Please note: all applicants are required to apply through our online system, Taleo. Resumes submitted through other means will not be reviewed. As the information you enter is only saved after all required fields have been completed and accepted by the system, it is a good idea to draft sections such as top achievements and cover letters outside of Taleo and then copy and paste them into your application.

Selected candidates will be contacted by a member of the Red Cross team for a competency based assessment, which may include a combination of telephone, Skype and/or in person interviews, written exercises and presentations. The purpose of the assessment process is for us to learn more about your relevant experience, qualifications and personal attributes. It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions and further assess whether the position is a good fit for you personally.

Candidates selected following the assessment will be notified they are the successful candidate. Their appointment is subject to: satisfactory reference checks; verification of professional qualifications; verification of permission to work in Canada; satisfactory criminal records, drivers abstract and background checks; and, satisfactory completion of mission preparation training, medical assessment and documentation.

Review and submission of documentation

In preparation for mission with the Red Cross you will need to review and confirm your understanding of and commitment to various Red Cross policies, including our Code of Conduct. Additional information, such as personal contact information and insurance forms will need to be provided.

Medical assessment

Due to the physical and psychological demands of overseas assignments, all applicants being considered for an overseas mission must complete a mandatory medical screening process prior to a confirmed offer.

Red Cross specific training

In preparation for mission, aid workers are required to complete several training courses, depending on the type of mission they have applied for. The time spent in training is unpaid, but expenses (travel, accommodation, meals and course fees) are covered by the Red Cross.

At minimum all aid workers are required to complete:

>World of Red Cross (WORC): WORC is a general orientation program that provides an introduction to the main elements of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. This course is available online and open to the general public. Learn more here.

>International Mobilization and Preparation for ACTion (IMPACT): IMPACT is a seven day residential course designed to prepare future Red Cross aid workers by taking an in-depth look at the roles of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies, and National Societies in times of disaster and conflict as well as reviewing practical subjects such as dealing with stress, security, and cross cultural awareness.

>Emergency Response Unit (ERU) field training (ERU workers only):  Following the training noted above, emergency response workers who will be part of the ERU Roster are also required to complete field training. The training is based on a simulated disaster scenario, where delegates are put into situations they may encounter in the field. By the end of the training delegates will have set up the field hospital and met a range of “characters” including patients to treat, individuals looking for work, community leaders, and of course the local Red Cross partners. Read more about ERU training here.

Additional training may be required depending on the position.

Immediately prior to departing on mission you will receive a briefing, typically at our offices in Ottawa, to equip you with information specific to your mission. This will include meetings with your manager, various program staff, the Security Advisor, the Travel Health Team and Human Resources.