To apply, follow the link below. If you do not already have a Volunteer Connection account with the Red Cross, you will be asked to create one. After signing in, you will be able to apply for the following positions:
Relief (Cash and Voucher Assistance)
Planning, Information Management, Monitoring and Systems
The Red Cross welcomes volunteers in all of our service areas. However, at this time, there are a few roles that need to be filled most urgently. If you are open to exploring those opportunities, please click the button below.
How Does the American Red Cross Respond to International Disasters?
As part of the world's largest humanitarian network, the American Red Cross maintains a corps of trained disaster responders and strategically positions relief supplies worldwide to deliver immediate support. Our help is triggered by a request from the local Red Cross or Red Crescent team in the country affected and can take the form of relief supplies, cash, telecommunications, mapping, disaster management and other contributions.
When Does the American Red Cross Deploy International Disaster Responders?
The American Red Cross plays a different role in international crises than in domestic disasters. Since the countries' Red Cross and Red Crescent organizations have their own staff and volunteers who are trained to respond to large-scale disaster operations, we send specialists abroad only after the Red Cross or Red Crescent team requests assistance. On average, the American Red Cross deploys 20 to 30 roster members each year to international disasters.
Who Can be an International Disaster Responder?
The American Red Cross maintains a roster of disaster responders to deploy 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 technical areas include:
Emergency Relief and Cash Transfer Programming (CTP): Roster members deploy to international disaster zones in a wide variety of emergency relief roles to help meet the immediate needs of people impacted by crises. These teams use innovative tools to identify and register beneficiaries, as well as distribute vital relief items such as food, water, and shelter items. Teams can also facilitate cash transfers, which empower individuals and communities to recover in a dignified, expedient manner. Click here to learn about delivering cash to communities in need.
Information Technology and Telecommunications (ITT): Information Technology and Telecommunications teams establish local communication networks and links to help ensure the smooth flow of information during disaster relief operations. They support the installation of communications equipment (radios, repeaters, satellite phones, VSAT); design and maintenance of network infrastructure; support for computer workstations and network applications, and global positioning systems (GPS). More information can be found here.
Planning, Information Management, Monitoring & Systems (PIMMS): Information Management and Geographic Information Systems specialists manage and deploy tools that can help teams rapidly collect, analyze, and disseminate information to aid disaster response decision-making. They create a variety of products-including maps and infographics-to help visualize and understand the impact of the disaster and identify needs.
Operational Management & Leadership: Highly trained American Red Cross disaster response managers provide strategic and operational leadership within relief operations on behalf of the affected country or zone, ensuring appropriate coordination with relevant actors on the ground (including the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the local Red Cross or Red Crescent society, and other relevant actors.) These specialists also build the capacity of our sister national societies through intensive, hands-on trainings around the world. More information can be found here.
At a minimum, international disaster response roster members are required to meet the following:
A minimum of two 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 consecutive 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 technical areas.
Professional 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 and be able to submit an annual health form, as needed.
Diplomacy, teamwork, problem-solving skills, cultural sensitivity, tolerance, flexibility, and the ability to function effectively in a demanding and often rugged environment.
Ability to live and work effectively in high stress, insecure, and volatile situations for extended periods of time under basic or sometimes harsh living conditions.
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.
Those interested are required to create a Volunteer Connection account which includes the successful completion of a background check.
Roster applicants selected to move forward in the process undergo a series of interviews. If successful, candidates are invited to a week-long International Mobilization and Preparation for Action (IMPACT) training. IMPACT is a requirement for international deployments.