International Disaster Responders
How Does the American Red Cross Respond to
When Does the American Red Cross Deploy
International Disaster Responders?
Who Can Be an International Disaster Responder?
The American Red Cross maintains a roster of disaster specialists to deploy and provide humanitarian aid during global crises. International disaster responders are highly specialized and experienced professionals with technical skills and expertise in one or more sectors listed below.
Our current priority response domains include:
Required SkillsAt a minimum, international disaster response roster members are required to meet the following:
A minimum of 2 years’ field experience in the international development/aid field, or at least three national or international-level disaster response deployments.
Availability, on short notice, for assignments lasting a minimum of four weeks, as well as ongoing availability for annual training and refresher courses.
Significant technical expertise and demonstrated experience in at least one of the American Red Cross’s priority response domains.
Fluency in English is required, and a preference for language skills in Spanish, French, or Arabic.
Motivation and strong commitment to the Red Cross Red Crescent’s Fundamental Principles.
Excellent physical and mental health with the ability to complete a background check and maintain a thorough medical screening, as needed.
Diplomacy, teamwork and problem-solving skills, cultural sensitivity, tolerance, flexibility, and the ability to function effectively in a demanding and often rugged environment.
Ability to work effectively in high stress, insecure and volatile environments for extended periods.
Ability to live in basic and sometimes harsh living conditions (i.e. – tent).
How to Join the American Red Cross'
International Disaster Roster
Given the unique nature of these assignments and the critical need for highly experienced responders, targeted recruitment takes place only once or twice per year, or as the need arises. Prospective applicants are encouraged to monitor redcross.org/volunteer, devex.org, and reliefweb.com for the most up-to-date information and availability.
Applicants selected to move forward in the process undergo a series of interviews and a criminal background check. If selected, candidates are invited to a week-long International Mobilization and Preparation for Action (IMPACT) training. IMPACT is a requirement for international deployments and inclusion on the roster.
The World of Red Cross and Red Crescent
This is an online course that provides detailed information about the global Red Cross network. It can be accessed through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Learning Platform.