International Staff

"What sets Medair apart for me is our values and our commitment to live out our faith through our actions."

Rina M.

Country Director

Life in the field

Being an International Relief Worker is highly rewarding and equally challenging. Our International Staff lead our field programmes, and together with our National Staff, are on the frontlines of today’s biggest emergencies and forgotten crises.

Benefits & Profiles

We recruit professionals to work in our field programmes who:

  • Are Experienced Relief Workers: Have 12+ months of development and/or relief experience, intercultural overseas work experience and are professionals in one of Medair’s core sectors
  • Are New Relief Workers: New to humanitarian work (12 months or less of relevant experience) but have intercultural overseas experience and are skilled in one of Medair’s core sectors
  • Are fully committed to Medair values, will uphold them with all stakeholders, and will actively contribute to our culture as an organisation
  • Possess a strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written)
  • Possess a working knowledge of French (spoken and written), where necessary
  • Are able to work within multicultural teams under difficult conditions
  • Exhibit strong character, are able to manage stress, are adaptable, are sensitive to other cultures and genders, and work with integrity


Benefits offered to ALL International Staff:

  • Full briefing at our Global Support Office in Switzerland and in-country
  • Comprehensive security training
  • Accommodation, food, and transportation in-country
  • One return flight for every year of service to field location
  • Rest and Recuperation (R&R) leave, including travel, accommodation, and food
  • Annual leave
  • Comprehensive medical and emergency rescue insurance up to 60 days post-assignment, including debriefing
  • Disability insurance


Additional benefits for Experienced Relief Workers:

  • Competitive salary based on position and experience
  • Contribution matching programme for retirement savings
  • Additional benefits for those who commit to contracts longer than one year


Benefits unique for New Relief Workers:

  • Allowance of USD 500 USD allowance per month

Competitive salary based on position and experience upon reaching 12 months of relevant relief and/or development experience

Receive regular email updates with our vacancies.

Our commitment to protect

Medair is committed to the protection of all beneficiaries, volunteers, staff, and partners in line with Medair's core values - faith, accountability, hope, integrity, compassion and dignity - and particularly to the protection of children. Therefore, we do not employ staff whose background we understand to be unsuitable for working with children. Medair staff are required to give the utmost respect to, and to comply with, Medair's accountability polices and best practices for the duration of their contract - during work hours outside of working hours.

COVID Vaccination for staff

It is our organisational responsibility to take measures which minimise the possibility of Medair representatives being a channel of risk to the vulnerable populations we serve. Therefore, with effect from 1st November 2021, all new deploying international staff to Medair’s country programmes (and other roles which require field travel) should be fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved COVID vaccine, supported with a COVID vaccination certificate as evidence. Anyone who is partially vaccinated is encouraged to become fully vaccinated as soon as is practically possible.