Emergency Response Delegates

Red Cross emergency response international aid worker

Are you willing to work anywhere, in challenging circumstances, at a moment’s notice?

The Canadian Red Cross maintains a roster of vetted and trained personnel ready to be deployed anywhere on short notice in response to international emergencies (natural disasters, conflict or smaller-scale emergencies). Missions are typically four to six weeks and delegates work closely with the local National Society to provide specific services where local infrastructure is damaged, temporarily out of use or insufficient to cope with the needs.

Emergency response delegates receive training on emergency response and practical hands-on experience through a disaster simulation. Due to the unpredictability of disasters and the response required, someone may not be deployed until several months or years after becoming part of the roster. Once on the roster you will be asked to confirm your continuing participation and keep your profile up to date.

General Requirements for Rapid Responders

At minimum, emergency response delegates are required to meet the following requirements:

  • Motivation and strong commitment to the Red Cross Red Crescent Fundamental Principles
  • Able to deploy on short notice on unaccompanied missions of four to six weeks
  • Professional qualification and accreditation in a relevant technical area of expertise with a minimum of three years of relevant experience
  • Previous international work experience
  • Oral and written fluency in English
  • Valid driver’s license with ability to drive a standard transmission
  • Valid first aid certification
  • Excellent physical and mental health with the ability to complete and maintain a thorough medical screening process
  • Ability to successfully complete a thorough background check
  • Ability to work effectively in high stress, insecure and volatile environments for extended periods
  • Willingness to complete pre-deployment training on an unpaid basis
  • Computer literate
  • Leadership and teamwork skills
  • Ability to mentor/train staff and/or volunteers
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience of working effectively in multicultural environments and teams
  • Strong analytical skills, solution focused, and personal accountability
  • Initiative with excellent problem solving and decision making skills
  • Ability to live in basic living conditions
  • For most positions applicants must be legally eligible to work in Canada with proof of Permanent Residency or Citizenship

Preferred Requirements

  • Experience working in an emergency context
  • Fluency in additional languages such as French, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin
  • Previous experience working or volunteering with the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement

Rapid responders support the following teams:

Emergency Response Units (ERU)

Teams of pre-trained specialists and pre-packed sets of standardized equipment ready for immediate use.

Field Assessment Coordination Teams (FACT)

Teams of experienced Red Cross/Red Crescent disaster managers on standby to support sudden major disasters. Learn more about FACT teams here.

Regional Disaster Response Teams (RDRT) or Regional Intervention Teams (RIT)

Teams of National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society volunteers or staff trained to work as a team and bring assistance to national societies in neighbouring countries. Learn more about RIT/RDRT teams here.