Relief and Recovery Orientation Course (ROC)

Your pathway to the field

What is the ROC?

Join your prospective Medair colleagues on a week-long immersive course to experience the realities of working in the humanitarian sector. The ROC introduces you to Medair’s values, culture, and programming and to some of the people you’ll meet in the field. The course will help determine if a humanitarian career with Medair is the right fit for you, and if you are a strong fit for Medair.

Who attends the ROC?

Everyone who desires to work in our field locations must complete the ROC. Attendance is on an invitation-only basis for candidates whose profile is considered a strong fit for a field role. Most participants who attend the ROC successfully complete the course and begin a career with Medair within several months.

Roles at the Global Support Office which involve field visits will also require completion of the ROC.

Where is the ROC located?

The ROC is normally held in Switzerland several times per year and occasionally in Kenya. The vROC course is held virtually online.

At the ROC, I knew for sure Medair was the organisation I wanted to work for

Kees VK

WASH Manager

Fees, Content & Schedule

Download the ROC Brochure for course information and fees


How to apply

If you are interested in working internationally, you can apply directly for a field position. If your profile is a strong fit for one of our programmes, you will be invited to attend the ROC.

If you are an experienced relief worker, but do not see a current job that fits your profile, you may apply directly to the ROC. If your profile is a strong match, we will invite you to attend and consider you for future job opportunities.

If you are a new relief worker, please firstly apply to the ROC and our Human Resources team will review your profile for current and future field job opportunities.

For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have adapted the ROC to hold it virtually (vROC). Those invited will participate from home, and will need to be fully present online for the entire vROC week, and will not be able to schedule any professional or personal commitments during the vROC dates. A laptop with a working camera, a good power supply as well as a strong internet connection, will be required to participate. Further information to be provided.

Upcoming vROC Dates & Locations

18th March (4 p.m. CEST) – 25th March 2022 (10 p.m. CEST)

ROC Application deadline:
24th February 2022

Virtual course online

Apply for March vROC 


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