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.
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.