ROC dates and costs
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2 ways to apply for the field, 1 selection course
Apply for an international field vacancy
Candidates applying for an international field staff vacancy who are shortlisted for a potential role will be required to participate in the Medair ROC, as part of the final selection stages of the application process.
Apply for a Medair ROC
If you are an Experienced Relief Worker, you should apply for the Medair ROC if you cannot see a current vacancy that matches your profile, but you believe your profile matches roles that may well be needed by Medair in the future.
Apply for a Medair ROC
Occasionally, field vacancies can be filled by candidates without humanitarian experience. Our HR team is always looking for capable and enthusiastic new talent that can grow into a “new” humanitarian relief worker by joining Medair and learning on the job. Applying directly for the Medair ROC provides a rare entry path for New Relief Workers (less than 12 months humanitarian / development experience) to access field roles.
For any candidates applying for a Medair ROC, our HR team will see if your profile could be a good match for our upcoming field vacancy needs. If we see potential, we will consider you for a current or future ROC.
As you apply for a ROC, please remember to clearly state which type of role you are hoping to do.
After applying, attendance at the ROC is by invitation only, based on the candidate’s strong potential to fill a field role
At the ROC, you will experience the challenges of working in the humanitarian sector through practical, heart-pounding simulations. You will work on your own and in teams, and you will get to know all about Medair’s values, projects, and country programmes.
The ROC is an invaluable introduction to Medair for both new and experienced relief workers.
You will use the ROC to evaluate whether you think a humanitarian career with Medair is a good fit for you, and we will evaluate your suitability for a field career with us.
If you successfully complete the ROC, you may be asked to commit to a field programme immediately, or you may have to wait for several months while we match your expertise to the most appropriate field position.
The majority of participants successfully complete the ROC and begin a career with Medair.
Everyone who works for Medair in the field attends the ROC. No one ever forgets it.
"At the ROC, I knew for sure Medair was the organisation I wanted to work for.” -" Kees van Kimmel, Medair WASH Manager
At the ROC, you will learn about:
The ROC is an orientation course but it is also used to evaluate prospective staff. At the ROC, we evaluate participants in five core areas:
Day 1: Welcome Day
Review the course programme
Day 2: Understanding Medair
Introductions to the simulation
Medair: our history, mandate, work, values, and structure
Day 3: Understanding Humanitarian Aid
Introduction to the humanitarian context
Introduction to project management
Practical exercises: handling stress, cross-cultural context, team-building
Day 4: Understanding Others
Security and contact with authorities
Dealing with injustice, suffering, and death
Day 5: Encountering the Field
Simulation day – teams complete field survey
Experiences from the field
Day 6: Understanding Myself
Personality profiles and team dynamics
Presentation and evaluation of project proposals
Day 7: Understanding the Job
Briefing on current Medair projects and job profiles
Day 8: Closure Day
The ROC schedule is subject to change without notice.
At the end of the ROC, each participant will be interviewed by a member of the Medair Human Resources team (and sometimes with a technical staff member) to evaluate their experiences during the week and discuss their possible future with Medair.