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Organizations in Humanitarian Aid, Development and Peace

Working in the field for a large-scale international operation is a dream come true for those who have just started building their humanitarian careers. International organizations that provide the necessary assistance to vulnerable populations in conflict or disaster-affected areas are always in need of qualified staff. Consequently, early career assistants and officers working on logistics, monitoring and evaluation, shelters, water and sanitation, and food security are also in demand.

Here are 10 international organizations that regularly employ early career humanitarian professionals to these positions.


Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) is one of the most visible international organizations in emergency areas worldwide. Through its work, ACTED aims to support the most vulnerable ones who live in regions affected by conflict, natural disaster, or socio-economic hardship. At the moment, ACTED has offices in nearly 40 countries in the world. The organization is in constant need of qualified professionals in a variety of fields, including logistics, food security, monitoring and evaluation, and WASH.

In these areas, early career humanitarian professionals with a minimum of two years of relevant work experience can apply for positions such as Project Development Officer or Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. Some positions, such as Compliance and Transparency Officer, require only some related professional experience, in addition to a postgraduate degree.

This organization also offers a number of paid internships which last between three and six months. To qualify, candidates should have a related postgraduate degree and no work experience.

Prospective candidates can see all available international positions at ACTED on the organization’s website.

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)

MSF employs over 30,000 people both internationally and locally, all of whom participate in providing lifesaving medical assistance to the vulnerable ones. Working with MSF could include working in the field or being one of the staff members in the international office.

In the field, MSF looks for professionals such as nurses, midwives, human resources coordinators, logisticians and others. For these positions, MSF requires at least two years of work experience. Interested candidates can get information on the organization’s website, which will redirect them to a regional MSF office where specific field jobs are advertised.

The international office in Brussels advertises fewer vacancies; nevertheless, it is also possible to join the team as a Communication Officer, Editor, or other, with a minimum of two years of professional experience.

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

One of the oldest and most effective international organizations, the ICRC, recruits thousands of people to work in its national and international offices, as well as in the field. In the field, the ICRC’s work falls into several thematic categories, such as Protection and Detention, Health Care, Water and Habitat, Logistics, and Communication. Resident field staff are employed at the local level to work in a specific country while mobile field staff work on an international contract and can be deployed to any country where the ICRC has a presence.

While the ICRC often hires professionals with extensive professional experience, early career professionals with at least two years of experience also all able to apply for a number of positions, including Interpreters and Delegates.

All vacancies looking for mobile field staff can be found on the organization’s job portal, while others are advertised nationally.

The ICRC also offers paid year-long traineeships at the headquarters in Geneva.

Impact Initiatives

A sister organization of ACTED, Impact is a leading humanitarian organization which has established field presence in 19 countries since 2010. The organization employs hundreds of people who have been implementing more than 50 programs, working on monitoring and evaluation, assessment, and capacity building.

Prospective early career professionals can access all available international vacancies through the organization’s website. Certain entry level officer positions, such as Assessment Officer or Web GIS Officer require as little as one year of related work experience in a humanitarian setting.

Impact also regularly advertises paid internships in all locations where it has field presence as well as in the Geneva headquarters. The requirements for a field internship include a postgraduate degree and some proven work experience in the field.

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Leading projects in more than 40 countries and multiple cities in the U.S., the IRC is one of the greatest organizations in the sphere of humanitarian work. The IRC’s mandate is to respond to humanitarian crises across the world and its work includes aiding refugees, internally displaced people, and other vulnerable groups.

Interested humanitarian professionals can apply for one of the international positions advertised on the IRC’s website or search for the organization’s local partners in a particular region. Internationally-contracted positions are largely open in the realms of Education, Knowledge Management, Evaluation and Research and are based at multiple locations. Certain positions, such as Grants Coordinator, for instance, require a minimum of three years of work experience.

Danish Refugee Council

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a leading humanitarian organization offering protection for refugees and internally displaces people around the world. Employing thousands of people, the DRC works in areas of emergency aid and shelter, as well as protection.

Early career professionals can join the Danish Refugee Council by applying to entry level positions such as Protection Officer, which requires a minimum of two years of related work experience, MEAL Officer, with a minimum of three years, or Distribution or Livelihood Assistant, for which some work experience is preferred.

All currently open national and expatriate positions are advertised on the DRC’s website.

The DRC also has a Stand-by Roster compiled of more than 600 humanitarian professionals who remain prepared to deploy to one of the United Nations’ operations whenever it is necessary to fill in short-term gaps.

Norwegian Refugee Council

The Norwegian Refugee Council works in more than 30 countries around the world, helping those who are forced to flee their countries. The organization’s goal is to respond quickly to emergencies by providing food assistance, water, shelter, legal aid, and education to those in need.

The Norwegian Refugee Council employs humanitarian workers both in its Head Office in Oslo and internationally. Vacancies in fields such as Shelter, Logistics, Rule of Law, and WASH are contracted internationally or nationally and are regularly advertised on the organization’s job board.

Many positions are entry-level. The Norwegian Refugee Council regularly employs Food Security Officers, Project Assistants and other assistants who are required to have a minimum of two years of experience that is relevant to the position.

Mercy Corps

Focusing on places in crisis or transition, Mercy Corps is present in more than 40 countries around the world, providing emergency relief where necessary as well as promoting meaningful changes in the communities. With Mercy Corps, humanitarian workers can join initiatives in the sphere of disaster preparedness, conflict management, health, food security and many others.

Multiples vacancies are advertised all year round. Candidates can apply for headquarters-based positions in Europe or the US or field-based international jobs. When it comes to field-based jobs, Mercy Corps particularly searches for qualified professionals for entry level positions such as Grants and Monitoring Officer, with a minimum of three years of professional experience, or WASH Grants Officer, for which one only two years of work experience is necessary. All of these positions and many others are regularly posted on the organization’s job board.

Mercy Corps also offers partially-funded internships.

Concern Worldwide

With a mission to combat hunger and poverty and transform the lives of the vulnerable, Concern International has continuously been expanding its presence in emergency areas. Concern Worldwide spends most of its resources in different countries in Africa, but it also runs several projects in Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean.

Early career professionals interested in areas such as emergencies, gender equality, health and nutrition, and livelihood can explore numerous international and national job opportunities listed on Concern Worldwide’s website.

Concern Worldwide is in frequent need of Program Officers, for which candidates with a minimum of one year of related professional experience are encouraged to apply. In addition, the organization regularly advertises several other positions such as Advisors which require a minimum of three years of experience.

Relief International

Relief International (RI) is one of the most impactful humanitarian organizations, serving over 5 million people in need annually. The organization’s mission is to relieve poverty in the world and help the most vulnerable communities create economic and educational opportunities.

This organization is currently present in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Early career professionals can join RI’s field missions in these regions or choose one of the jobs at head offices in the US and the UK.

In the field, RI is frequently looking for Livelihood Officers and Coordinators, Security Officers, Protection Officers and others. Most of these jobs are entry-level with a minimum of two or three years of related professional experience being needed. Available opportunities are regularly updated on RI’s job board.

Relief International also runs a Surge Roster for qualified candidates interested in short-term emergency response assignments.

10 International Development Employers offering entry level jobs

  1. ACTED

ACTED is a French NGO that focuses its efforts on immediate humanitarian relief and long-term, sustainable growth and opportunities. Currently, they have projects in 35 countries throughout Africa, Eurasia, the Middle East, South & East Asia, and Central America. Their work primarily targets the areas of emergency relief, food security, health promotion, education, economic development, microfinance, advocacy and institutional support, and cultural promotion.

Their entry level jobs offer a wide range of opportunities for young professionals, from teaching French to project management to fundraising and grants management. Most entry level jobs are fixed term for 6 to 12 months but present the chance to get hands-on, valuable experience with an international development organization that works with insecure countries and communities. You can apply for these positions through their online job listings.

  1. Heartland Alliance International

Heartland Alliance is an international organization that focuses on homelessness, poverty, and safety. They specifically help people access jobs, housing, healthcare, and legal aid. They also conduct research and advocate for policy change regarding poverty, housing, healthcare, immigrants, and more. Heartland’s headquarters and primary services are based in Chicago, Illinois, but their work expands to countries around the world.

Heartland offers several entry level jobs in their Chicago office, in their other US locations, and in their international locations. Entry level job applicants can work as policy research fellows, program associates, various types of case managers, and tech communications specialists. For those in specific fields such as dentistry, medical, and legal, they also offer entry level opportunities as part of their field work and community-based programs. You can apply for these positions online through their employment portal.

  1. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDP is a department of the United Nations that specifically works in the areas of sustainable development, democratic governance and peacebuilding, and climate and disaster resilience. Their programs also advance empowerment for vulnerable groups such as women, minorities, and the poor. The UNDP works in countries all over the world, providing opportunities to work on gender equality, health, crisis response, poverty reduction, and more.

The UNDP offers many entry level opportunities in both their headquarters and international offices. Opportunities range from social media/celebrity relations consultants to program associates to junior/independent consultants. Experience requirements for entry level positions range from 0 to 3 years depending on the education requirements. Not all positions require a Master’s degree, but most require a degree in international development, international affairs, social work, or a related field, unless the opportunity is specific to a job skill such as communications or human resources. Many of the positions require fluency in another language. Jobs are listed on the UNDP website under current vacancies.

  1. Mekong Institute

Mekong Institute is an intergovernmental organization that provides capacity building programs and development projects that focus on regional cooperation and integration. Their three broad goals are improved agricultural profitability, capacity building and support for small/medium businesses, and increased application and use of innovative and technological connectivity. Mekong Institute projects are located in the six member countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), which includes Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Most of the entry level positions at Mekong Institute require a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree but do not have work-length experience requirements. Entry level positions are primarily within program development and communications. Some positions are only open to country-nationals, but all require fluency in English. Fluency in a GMS language is preferred and helpful. Applications are online under the “Jobs” section.

  1. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

The OSCE is an international organization that works in the areas of politics and military, economics and environment, human development, and other major security and development issues. The OSCE has 57 participating member states from Europe, North America, and Asia. Most of their programs are focused in Southeastern Europe, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. Their project areas include anti-trafficking, migration, anti-terrorism, arms control, Roma and Sinti, the environment, and rule of law, to name a few.

The OSCE offers many entry level opportunities for young professionals, especially in the areas of human security, communications, program development, and program monitoring. Some entry level positions are contracted, and most require a Bachelor’s degree plus work experience or a Master’s degree with up to 2 years of experience. Some positions require specific expertise in careers like police, travel agent, media, etc. Most positions are open either to member-states only or to country-nationals. Fluency in other languages is often required. Positions are posted through their employment portal on the OSCE website.

  1. International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)

ICMPD is an international organization that includes 15 member states, as well as other partner organizations. The organization strives to provide consultation, research, and policy recommendations to governments and organizations regarding issues related to migration. ICMPD primarily focuses on the areas of research, migration dialogues, and capacity building. They deal with issues such as human trafficking, border management, asylum, legal migration and integration, irregular migration and return, and migration and development. Their work is primarily based in their 15 member states, which are all European countries.

ICMPD typically has at least a few entry level jobs offered within their vacancies. These jobs are often in the areas of program implementation/management and communications. Many of the entry level positions require a Bachelor’s degree in international development, international affairs, or a related field, as well as 2 years of work experience. Fluency in another language is almost always required, varying based on job location. Some jobs have specific nationality or residency requirements, but many are open for all candidates. Job postings are listed on their website.

  1. International Rescue Committee (IRC)

International Rescue Committee works primarily with refugees, although their programs are not limited to that group. In particular they focus on humanitarian crises, including refugees, conflict, disaster, and human trafficking. Their programs focus on economic wellbeing, education, safety, health, and power (knowing your rights). Their work is international, with domestic resettlement and development programs based in the United States and widespread development programs located throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.

IRC typically has hundreds of job openings available at any time, including several entry level positions. They offer a wide range of job areas, as well as temporary, part-time, and contracted jobs. Applicants can work in humanitarian aid, reception & placement, grants, human resources, finance, medical, emergency, economic development, and more. Entry level positions require a variety of education and work experience based on the actual position. All of their positions can be found through the IRC employment portal.

  1. Relief International

Relief International is a development organization that focuses specifically on economic development, education, health, and water/sanitation/hygiene. They focus specifically on vulnerable populations including those living in underserved/remote areas, refugees/IDPs, women and girls, and small-scale business-owners and farmers. Their projects are located in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, while their headquarters are based in the US and UK.

Relief International offers several entry level opportunities in both their head offices and their international locations. Typical entry level positions area program assistant/officers, communications officers, and monitoring & evaluation. Some positions have specific language or nationality requirements. Most of the entry level positions require at least a Bachelor’s degree and 2 to 3 years of work experience. Their international and head office jobs are in two separate employment portals, both of which can be found through their website.

  1. World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

World Wildlife Fund is an international organization that focuses on the protection of nature. With projects in over 100 countries, their widespread reach works to increase security of forests, oceans, fresh water, wildlife, food, and climate. WWF works at every level, ranging from local community to national governments to global partnerships. In regards to their six target areas, they hope to transform policies and businesses to better conserve wildlife and the environment.

Entry level jobs are primarily located in WWF’s Washington, DC headquarters and focus on programs, grants, and communications. Most positions require a Bachelor’s degree and 2-4 years of experience. Those with a background in environmental work are highly preferred for all positions, regardless of field of expertise. Job listings can be found on their website through the link at the bottom of their page.

  1. World Bank Group

The World Bank Group develops programs that specifically work to decrease poverty and promote shared prosperity. Through loans, policy advice, research, technical assistance, and partnerships, the World Bank works to build infrastructure and develop sustainable growth in countries throughout the world. While their headquarters are based in Washington, DC, they work in countries in every continent to help governments and organizations with long-term development. Their primary areas of work focus on economic policy, environment, finance, human/gender development, private sector development, public sector management, social development, and urban and rural development.

Many of the entry level jobs offered through the World Bank Group are administrative assistant positions; however, the organization offers programs that specifically target young professionals with advanced education and little work experience. Through programs such as the Young Professionals Program, entry level applicants can gain experience through a program specifically developed for their skill levels that will lead to greater opportunities within the organization and within other organizations. Job postings can be found under the career section of their website, while the professional development programs can be found under their programs and internships section.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Alliance for Peacebuilding combines the actions of a wide range of organisations committed to building peace and ensuring security around the world. The alliance is directly involved in conflict prevention and resolution projects.

BASIC is an independent organisation that researches and advocates on a wide range of matters related to nuclear policy, military strategies, disarmament and other global security issues.

A private nonprofit organisation, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace was founded to help nations better cooperate with each other and advocates for greater U.S. involvement in international affairs.

The Center for International Policy is a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit organisation that researches and advocates for greater transparency and accountability in U.S. foreign policy.

By developing strategies and policies for economic and political decision makers, the Center for Strategic and International Studies strives to increase prosperity and security around the world.

A charity non-governmental organisation based in the UK, Conciliation Resources partners with local and international organisations and government agencies to promote peace in Caucasus, Uganda and West Africa.

Located in Geneva, Switzerland, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue promotes humanitarianism and strives to prevent conflicts through dialogue.

Founded in 1985, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre serves as an arbitrator for companies and governments and focuses primarily on Asia.

The ICC is a permanent court that tries individuals accused of serious international crimes, such as war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.

International Conflict Research or INCORE combines the resources and research of the United Nations University and the University of Ulster to study and address the conflicts in Northern Ireland.

International Alert is an independent non-governmental organisation that promotes peace through a variety of projects at local, national, regional and global levels.

A nonprofit nongovernmental organisation, the International Crisis Group works to preserve peace and bring deadly conflict to an end.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is a humanitarian organisation with four main focuses: disaster preparedness, disaster response, furthering humanitarian principles and providing health care in communities.

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance is an inter-governmental organisation that works to establish and preserve democratic governments throughout the world.

International Institute for Strategic Studies conducts research, advocates and consults on topics related to military conflict, political risk and global security.

An inter-governmental organisation, IOM works with governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations to assist countries and communities with issues related to migration.

IRC takes action in the wake of humanitarian crises to help victims re-establish their lives. Focuses of the organisation include protecting vulnerable populations like women and girls and helping to reunite families scattered by war and disaster.

Mercy Corps responds to humanitarian crises, conflicts and areas of chronic property to improve conditions for those affected.

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe researches and advocates for issues related to international security. These include arms control, security building, human rights, protection of minorities, democratization, policing, environmental protection and counter terrorism.

A nongovernmental organisation, PBI fights for human rights and works to resolve conflicts without violence.

Peace Direct is a grassroots organisation that works in conflict zones around the world to fight for peace. The organisation provides funding and media support for local peacebuilders.

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute conducts research into the areas of armament and disarmament, arms control, conflict resolution and prevention and peacebuilding.

Comprised of more than 90 local chapters, Transparency International is committed to putting a stop to the abuse of power, secret deals and bribery in government organisations. The group works through governments, businesses, media and civil society.

Humanitarian aid workers are employed to work in emergency zones, places affected by conflict, natural disasters, or refugee crises. Their job is to provide vulnerable populations with assistance such as healthcare, distribution of food and non-food items, shelter, and water sanitation. This type of work is frequently the most dynamic and stressful of all in the field of human rights due to the constant prolonged contact with people in need; yet, at the same time, humanitarian assistance is above necessary in emergencies and its impact on communities can be very rewarding for aid workers, too.

International aid workers can be employed in a number of different positions, such as field officers and coordinators, medics, logisticians, and project managers, participating in planning, implementing, and monitoring different projects.

To start building an international career as an aid worker, take a look at these top organizations that regularly offer humanitarian aid worker jobs.

Norwegian Refugee Council

One of the top organizations working with refugees and migrants, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), has field presence in dozens of countries in Africa, the Middle East, the Americas and Europe. All of the areas in which NRC staff works include working directly with the beneficiaries. The organization provides services such as camp management, water and sanitation, shelter, legal assistance, food security, and education to those in need. In the field, NRC staff also work on more long-term and sustainable goals such as strengthening protection, preserving the environment, supporting youth and their development, and making sure that gender issues are addressed.

Consequently, the NRC regularly seeks for entry-level and senior professionals to take up aid workers jobs in these fields. The NRC job board is frequently filled with open vacancies such as education assistant, livelihoods project assistant, and shelter manager. Certain positions are open only for national staff in the country where the mission is located, while others are available to international candidates, too. Typically, some work experience in a humanitarian or recovery setting will be needed to qualify for these positions. Knowledge of languages other than English is also welcome.

For more experienced candidates, Norwegian Refugee Council also offers an opportunity to be on a roster for expert deployment capacity call NORCAP. To find out more, click here.

Danish Refugee Council

Another expert organization providing assistance and protection for refugees and migrants across the globe is the Danish Refugee Council (DRC). The DRC staff assumes a number of responsibilities in emergency areas, including building shelter, distributing non-food items, and providing medical assistance. The two main fields of assistance the DRC provides fall under the sectors of food security and shelter and non-food items, followed by protection, community infrastructure, and humanitarian mine action.

At any given moment, the DRC advertises multiple aid workers positions on its job board. Qualified professionals are needed as WASH officers, infrastructure coordinators, camp managers, and many others. For many of these positions, the DRC prefers candidates who have had some experience in a humanitarian setting, particularly working with refugees or internally displaced people. Both national and expatriate contracts are offered by this organization. Moreover, the DRC often looks for consultants to work on temporary projects. All applications are done over the DRC’s job platform.

Similarly to the NRC, the Danish Refugee Council runs a Stand-by Roster which is essentially a pool of experienced humanitarian aid professionals from all around the world waiting to be deployed to an international mission on short notice. More information about applying for the roster is available here.

International Committee of the Red Cross

The world’s oldest humanitarian organization, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), is mandated by the Geneva Conventions of 1949 to provide assistance to those affected by armed conflicts. Promoting the principles of international humanitarian law, the ICRC has a visible and meaningful presence in every pocket of the world. Since its conception, the organization has grown to work in multiple functional areas such as health, education, the rule of law, and economic security.

The ICRC employs both field and headquarters staff. The majority of the ICRC employees are contracted to work in the field, either through resident, national contracts in countries where the ICRC has a mission or as mobile international staff members. International aid workers change their country of residence with every new mission, while the resident staff members are tied to the country where they were first hired.

Each year, hundreds of aid workers are employed by the ICRC to work in one of the following sectors: protection and detention, health care, water and habitat, economic and food security, armed forces, police and weapon contamination, forensic science, logistics, languages, communication, human resources, and information and communication technology. In addition to a relevant degree, strong motivation to do humanitarian work, and professional experience, it is also desirable that candidates have some international experience before they become ICRC delegates. As far as field interpreters are concerned, formal qualifications are frequently not a requirement for this organization. Field missions typically last up to 2 years with a possibility of renewal.

To apply for an international field position, all interested candidates have to create an account on the ICRC’s job portal. National resident field staff jobs are advertised by national Red Cross offices.

Relief International

Relief International’s mission is to restore dignity to the most vulnerable communities in the world. This international organization aims to relieve global poverty and it does so by providing communities in many areas with education, water and sanitation, and economic opportunities. Thousands of Relief International’s employees serve more than 5 million beneficiaries in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. In total, the organization has over 80 unique humanitarian missions in these regions working in areas affected by health issues, migration crisis, conflict, and natural disasters.

Relief International is constantly searching for qualified, passionate and overall extraordinary team members to take up one of the international aid opportunities. A couple of dozens of open vacancies in sectors such as field work, livelihood program management, mental health, and protection can regularly be found available on the Relief International’s job platform. Depending on the position, it is not always essential that the candidate has previously held the same position in an international humanitarian setting, but for more advanced positions, it is certainly an advantage to have prior experience undertaking similar tasks. All applications are submitted via the online platform.

In addition, Relief International administers a Surge Roster consisting of pre-screened humanitarian aid professionals who are ready to be deployed on short-term assignments as a part of an emergency response. Both external and internal candidates are welcome to apply.

 Solidarités International

Solidarités International is one of the humanitarian organizations which serve the greatest numbers of people in the world. Currently running missions in 16 different countries, this French-originated organization provides services to 4 million people in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Since 1980, Solidarités International’s primary goal has been to provide universal access to drinking water and sanitation to those affected by conflicts, natural disasters and epidemics. Today, the organization has expanded its mandate to not only respond to emergencies by providing water and sanitation facilities but also to combat food insecurity and restore local populations’ economic activities in crisis-affected areas.

At the moment, Solidarités International employs nearly 2,000 professionals working in sectors such as food security, logistics, and water and sanitation promotion. Humanitarian aid workers can join this organization as emergency project managers, field coordinators and officers, WASH coordinators, and logisticians, among others. To be eligible for one of these positions, candidates typically should have some relevant international experience, preferably in a crisis context. The organization also sometimes requires an advanced (Master’s) degree in a relevant subject. Most contracts offered are short-term however renewable if further funding is available. Applications are submitted online and all available vacancies are advertised on the organization’s website.

People in Need

People in Need is an international organization which was first created in the Czech Republic. The organization’s mission is to provide immediate aid to people affected by a conflict or natural disaster, as well as to any person living in poverty and inhumane living conditions. Since its beginnings, the organization has spread its operations outside Europe in different parts of Africa and Asia, too. People in Need’s work in the field can broadly be categorized as humanitarian aid and development, education and awareness, migration awareness, and social work. In addition, the organization also provides human rights support and prepares a number of publications.

When it comes to humanitarian aid and development, People in Need focuses on both immediate relief and long-term goals by providing emergency preparedness and response, but also fostering education, nutrition security and resilience in a number of countries in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Africa.

On its website, the organization advertises a number of humanitarian aid worker positions in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Bangladesh, and Ukraine. Interested professionals can join as shelter/non-food items officers and managers, emergency response coordinators, or WASH program officers. Most of these positions require at least 3 years of relevant work experience in a humanitarian and/or development setting. Candidates can express interest via the organization’s website.


ACTED is one of the most global aid organizations in the world, running nearly 500 humanitarian projects which support 14 million people in need. This organization operates in 37 countries in the world, covering all of the America, and a large number of Asian, African and European countries through its own and its partner organizations’ projects. With a long-term mission to build resilience in vulnerable communities, ACTED responds to humanitarian crises around the world, promoting sustainable growth inclusive to all and supporting civil society initiatives. Some of the major sectors in which ACTED staff is present include resilience building, cash transfer programming, and camp management.

A great number of international staff members are recruited regularly for one of ACTED’s missions. The organization advertises all open vacancies on its career webpage, most of which are to be filled as soon as possible. Typically, ACTED looks for professionals to sign fixed-term six or twelve-month contracts and be deployed urgently. While the most advertised positions are those of project and program officers and managers, ACTED is also in need of experts such as food and security coordinators, as well as livelihood and WASH officers in places like Syria, Yemen, or Iraq. For such expert positions, the organization usually requires that the selected candidate has had some professional experience in a development setting. Knowledge of local languages is a valuable asset.


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