Landing an emergency management job in an international non-governmental organization (NGO) is not easy. For many, the career path involves years of working (or volunteering) for a local NGOs before applying for a senior position with a global impact.
Nevertheless, many international organizations offer amazing entry-level jobs regularly. This means that these large organizations, too, look forward to hiring early career emergency management professionals so that they can use their knowledge, skills, and ambition to make significant efforts for emergencies.
Here are 10 international emergency management organizations that regularly look for early career professionals.
ACTED endeavors to respond to humanitarian crises and build resilience; promote inclusive and sustainable growth; co-construct effective governance and support the building of civil society worldwide by investing in people and their potential. ACTED’s mission is to save lives and support people in meeting their needs in hard to reach areas. With a team of 4,600 national staff 400 international staff, ACTED is active in 37 countries and implements more than 500 projects a year reaching over 11 million beneficiaries. ACTED encourages young professionals to apply through one of the many internships, fellowships, and entry-level positions on their job board job board.
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
International Rescue Committee (IRC) is an international NGO which respond to some of the gravest human rights crisis in the world, helping countries and societies stabilize, rebuilding communities, and resettling refugees. It offers a range of humanitarian and emergency management entry-level jobs in more than 40 countries around the world. For example, working as an Officer for IRC usually requires prospective candidates to have only two or more years of relevant work experience. In addition to these positions, it is also possible to join IRC as an intern or a fellow, both in the U.S. and internationally. Some of these vacancies are advertised on the official job board, while others are reserved for specific institutions such as Princeton and Harvard.
Save the Children
Save the Children is a leading international organization when it comes to child protection and children’s rights, working in dozens of countries across the globe. The organization’s online portals list a variety of job opportunities, including internships and entry-level vacancies. Candidates can search for the most suitable positions through Save the Children’s US and international websites. Positions such as Project Assistant or Human Rights Assistant require merely two years of work experience. Save the Children employs both national and international staff in countries where the organization has a presence. Typically, there are several entry-level positions advertised at any given moment. Occasionally, Save the Children also advertises paid internships, which typically last for 12 months. To be eligible, candidates should possess a relevant Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree, in which case no professional experience is necessary.
Norwegian Refugee Council/NRC
The Norwegian Refugee Council is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and helps with the camp management, shelter, education, food security, legal assistance, and water, sanitation and hygiene sectors. In addition to their many internships offered in the US and Norway. NRC understands the difficulty of breaking into the emergency management career and has developed a new set of fellowships to address this. The fellowships with NRC differ depending on the sector and location of the fellowship, however, many require either a Bachelor’s with 2 years of experience or a Master’s with 1 year of experience. You can find more of these positions on their website.
Catholic Relief Services
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has an exceptional program specifically for young professionals called International Development Fellows Program (IDFP) which is a unique professional development opportunity for individuals dedicated to pursuing a career in international relief and development work.
During the 12-month fellowship period, fellows build their skills in programming and operations by taking leading and supporting roles on a variety of CRS projects overseas, completing a structured training program, and learning from experienced CRS staff and partners. To learn more about the IDFP fellowship you can check out their page here.
All Hands and Hearts
All Hands and Hearts emerged in 2017 from two separate organizations who decided to join efforts and fight against disasters together. They are a very heavy volunteer-based organization that works through disasters and recovery in the US and abroad. With a mission to deliver a smart response to those reeling from disaster both domestically and internationally.
They offer a diverse range of entry-level positions across the disaster management spectrum in the US and other parts of the world such as Nepal.
Medair is a humanitarian organization inspired by Christian faith to relieve human suffering in some of the world’s most remote and devastated places. Medair works in 11 different countries providing emergency support to people in need through critical programming. To be considered for international posts in the many countries Medair works you will need to be accepted into Medair Relief and Recovery Orientation Course. For those who are in the early stages of their careers, there is a separate process for the course, so that two groups are applying for different positions.
CARE is one of the world’s leading international humanitarian agencies working to help people achieve social and economic well being while being among the best in their fields. Our global presence and commitment to ending poverty make CARE an exciting and rewarding place to work. CARE’s worldwide team uniquely apply their skill, knowledge, and dedication to empower people in developing countries to bring lasting change to their communities.CARE USA offers an Internship & Fellowship program for students and recent graduates. The positions are posted on their website. The majority of the internships and fellowships are based in the USA, however, there are a few that are internationally based as well. Most of the positions are in supportive roles to assist with administrative work for programs around the world.
The American Red Cross provides paid internship opportunities during the summer for undergraduate and graduate college students. Internships provide individuals with valuable hands-on experience working with Red Cross volunteers and staff members on the local and national level. Paid internships last 10 weeks and consist of a 40-hour workweek.In addition to internships and volunteer positions the Red Cross does an extraordinary job in having many entry-level positions, however, applying for jobs with the Red Cross can be fairly competitive. It is recommended to add networking events and try to do volunteering with him for events so that you get a foot in the door.
Doctors without Borders/MSF
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) extends numerous Spring, Summer and Fall internship opportunities based in New York City. Access Campaign Commission, Access HIV and Tuberculosis Policy, Editorial, and Multimedia, and Medical and Operational Research are only a few of the internships offered each year. MSF does a fantastic job of organizing recruitment events around the US and parts of Europe. During the training, you can ask an MSF employee the tricks and best practices in applying for their positions and specific items to highlight. The training is frequent and is listed on their website for location and dates.