The Irish Red Cross occasionally deploys delegates overseas to help in disaster and conflict situations. Most often these deployments take place within the wider Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, including our partner National Societies, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC).
The Irish Red Cross International Department provides support overseas in areas such as Disaster Risk Reduction, food security, livelihoods, and health. As a National Society, we are also mandated to promote knowledge of International Humanitarian Law (IHL). We do this through educational events and seminars and high-level panel discussions with support from our partners such as the Irish Defence Forces, the Irish Government, and a voluntary International Advisory Group made up of academics and practitioners.
No current vacancies
International Delegates are highly skilled individuals with an area of training or expertise specific to the relevant context they are placed in.
Read more about what life is like working for the Irish Red Cross as an International Delegate, see here.
People suffering in war need your skills
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is part of the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, only their mission focuses on protecting and assisting people affected by armed conflicts and other situations of violence. The ICRC also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting respect for international humanitarian law (IHL). Some of their unique tasks are reuniting families separated because of a conflict, visiting places of detention and promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles.
The ICRC only recruit professionals for a wide variety of roles and specialisms to work in 90 countries in the following fields: medicine & health care, forensics, engineering, water & habitat, agronomy, livestock veterinary medicine, logistics, supply-chain management, economic security & relief, finance, IT, HR, international humanitarian law, weapon contamination and relations with arms carriers. Linguists in up to 20 languages are also required for interpreter positions.
They also offer paid traineeships in headquarters in Switzerland to help young graduates obtain a first work experience. For the job opportunities of the ICRC worldwide: https://careers.icrc.org/
Why we don’t send volunteers overseas
As a National Society, we do not send volunteers overseas.
As the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement operates on a localised basis, across 192 National Societies worldwide, with staff and volunteers who are already embedded in affected communities. These local staff and volunteers have the advantage of speaking the language and understanding the culture. Our delegates work closely with local volunteers to provide help where it is needed most.
For more information on our Overseas Programmes see here.