Apply for the next Medair ROC (Relief & Recovery Orientation Course) to be considered for future WASH positions

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Apply for the next Medair ROC (Relief & Recovery Orientation Course) to be considered for future WASH positions

If you have professional experience that matches one or more of the Medair sectors, especially in WASH, apply directly for the Medair ROC, our “Relief and Recovery Orientation Course”. We will try and match your profile to our upcoming field vacancy needs and if there is a good match, we will consider you for this or a future ROC. Everyone who works as an Internationally Recruited Staff in one of our field programmes must first successfully complete the ROC.

Project Overview
The ROC is an intensive experiential orientation to relief work with Medair. This seven day course is held three/four times a year. The cost of the course is dependent on your relief experience. Participants experience the challenges of relief work through practical simulations and become familiar with Medair’s values, projects, and country programmes. Each participant will be interviewed by a member of the Medair Human Resources team to evaluate the week and discuss their possible future with Medair in a field programme. The course is normally held in Switzerland, occasionally in the United States. The simulation includes practical exercises, research, and daily updates of changing field conditions and security bulletins.

Medair
Medair brings life-saving relief and recovery in disasters, conflict areas, and other crises by working alongside the most vulnerable, seeking out and serving the women, children, and men in crisis who live in difficult-to-access regions, predominantly in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Their internationally recruited staff (IRS) are motivated by their Christian faith to care for people in need, providing practical and compassionate support, regardless of race, religion, or politics. Medair has achieved the ISO 9001:2008 certification, worldwide which signifies that Medair effectively delivers goods and services with a focus on beneficiary needs. Since 1989, Medair’s work has made a profound difference for millions of people. Our ability to provide life-saving care is enhanced by flexible multi-sectoral expertise including water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), shelter and infrastructure, and health and nutrition services.

ROC Course Location
Vallorbe, near Geneva, Switzerland

Starting Date
2nd – 9th November 2013

Closing Date for Applications
7th September 2013

Initial Contract Details
If a field contract is signed after the ROC, it normally ranges from (a minimum of) 12 months to 2 years

Field Workplace
Medair is currently working in Afghanistan, Chad, Haiti, Madagascar, D.R. Congo, Somalia/Somaliland, South Sudan, Syria (regional response) and Zimbabwe. Field contracts given will be based in one of these countries or any new programmes that Medair starts up.

Experience / Qualifications / Trainings
Medair seeks a range of professionals with experience, qualifications and training in the following sectors:
• Senior Management: Senior managers, business executives, leaders with years of experience managing successful teams and projects; (Project) Management experience, business administration, development studies, security management, leadership training
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene: Engineering, (civil, water resources, environmental), Hydrologists, water treatment specialists, hygiene promotion managers, specialists in chemical contaminants, environmental health professionals, WASH programme assessors and evaluators
• Health and Nutrition: Medical doctors, nurses, nutritionists, public / clinical health professionals, those with tropical medicine training and experience, M&E officers, reproductive health specialists (including midwifes), epidemiologists and behaviour change communication specialists
• Shelter and Infrastructure: Engineers (civil / structural), or professionals with a degree in architecture, construction management or quantity surveying; we also consider construction site managers, supervisors, forepersons, clerks of works, construction managers, architectural technicians, building technologists, and built-environment specialists
• Logistics / Supply Chain: Logistics managers, fleet managers, transport managers, facility managers, warehouse managers, procurement / purchase managers, stock managers, supply-chain managers, and import / export coordinators
• Project Support: business management / administration, office management, finance, accounting, logistics or HR experience
• Communications / Marketing: Professionals with experience in communications, public relations, media, fundraising, brand management or marketing, donor relations, journalism, copywriting, and photography
• Finance / Accountancy: Accountants, bookkeepers, and finance managers; sometimes financial consultants and advisors, business managers and account managers
• Human Resources: Human Resources advisors, managers and generalists, sometimes HR trainers, recruitment managers, talent management professionals, and reward managers
• Information & Communications Technology: IT managers, end-user-professionals, help-desk professionals, and LAN-support professionals, all with management experience

For all our positions in the field, we are seeking a:
• Relevant professional qualification
• Post-graduate qualification in relief or development desirable

Languages
• Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written)
• Working knowledge of French (spoken and written) for French-speaking field programmes

Other Experience / Competencies
Standard ranges of experience and competencies required for Medair field positions:
• Minimum 1 year's professional experience in one of the sectors referred to above
• Project management and team management experience
• Management experience desirable, especially in a relief environment
• Experience in dealing with donors and government officials desirable
• Experience in training/mentoring staff; team player with strong relational skills
• Experience at cross cultural communication techniques; diplomatic and sensitive to cross cultural issues
• Good negotiation skills, especially in the context of another culture
• Clear verbal and written communication skills; able to express views clearly
• Committed to team-building, and to consultative and servant leadership
• Planning, assessment and analytical skills; report writing and proposal writing skills desirable
• Good level of self-motivation, with a pro-active approach to work, problem solver, dynamic, mature
• Able to prioritise clearly, oversee multiple tasks; Capacity to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
• Ability to live and work in conflict and rural environment

Medair Standard Working Requirements for the Field
• Experienced professionals in a relevant field; Overseas intercultural experience
• Committed Christians ; commitment to the Medair values
• Strong working knowledge of English, spoken and written
• Working knowledge of French, spoken and written, for French-speaking field programmes
• Single or married (with no children under 18). If married, your spouse must also apply.
• Successful completion of Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC)
• Reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, external contacts
• Able to live and work in a multicultural team under difficult conditions
• Strong character traits, including emotional stability, adaptability, ability to handle stress, cultural and gender sensitivity, honesty, and physically fit

Medair Benefits
If successfully placed in a field assignment after the ROC, the following benefits are provided:
• A salary based upon the grade of the position and the experience of the position-holder
• Comprehensive briefing at our Swiss headquarters, as well as an in-country briefing
• Security training for those going to particularly insecure environments
• Accommodation, food, and transportation in-country
• Return flights to and from the country programme (one return flight for every year of service)
• Rest and recuperation (R&R) leave (including travel, accommodation, and food)
• Annual leave; Disability Allowance; Contribution matching programme for retirement savings
• Additional contract benefit allowance for those who commit to longer contracts
• Comprehensive medical and emergency rescue insurance, with up to 60 days post- assignment coverage, including debriefing

Working Conditions
The following are standard working conditions in our field programmes (specific locations may vary in their security situations):
• Based in the capital or main base, or in field project locations. Some of the projects may be implemented in more remote and potentially insecure locations. International staff are sometimes limited in their movements and social activities.
• Living standards are reasonable and often the security situation is stable but this can change rapidly. Field visits have basic living conditions, sometimes arduous travel, potentially high levels of insecurity.

The aim of the ROC is to introduce the participants to:
• The culture and values of Medair
• The challenge of working and living in a multicultural team, in a different / foreign culture and in an instable environment
• A range of subjects linked to humanitarian work, as well as practical tasks
• Biblical principles of humanitarian work
• Ethical and spiritual difficulties a relief worker faces / is confronted with
• The principles and work-relations with stakeholders of various humanitarian sectors
The majority of the candidates that have successfully complete the ROC, start a career with Medair.

Application Process
Follow this link: www.medair.org/work-with-us , check if you are an Experienced or New Relief Worker and that you fit our standard working criteria, then:
a) apply for this Medair ROC (where we try and match your competencies to our vacancy needs), or
b) apply for a vacancy that matches your profile.

Please do not make multiple applications. We will not review email applications. Only English-language applications / CV’s will be reviewed. Medair does not set closing / deadline dates for applications; recruitment is on-going until the position is filled.

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Mark,
Recruitment Coordinator
Medair
Switzerland
www.medair.org

Always looking for experienced WASH professionals

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