Working for the ICRC

Welcome to the ICRC's career page!

We provide our staff with the opportunity to work in diverse teams around the world and apply their skills in the field to make a genuine difference. We hire professionals with a strong humanitarian motivation for roles in over 80 countries to help people affected by armed conflict and other violence.

Below are the main categories in which our activities on the field fall. For these positions we hire at headquarters-level and staff are considered "mobile". For opportunities to work on a local contract in your country of residence, please refer to the relevant country page. We also offer jobs and traineeships at our headquarters. The ICRC does not recruit volunteers. 

How can I discuss my profile with your Human Resources team?

There are many opportunities to meet us and see how your skills, experience and humanitarianism could make you a perfect fit for a career at the ICRC: face-to-face at job fairs, online job fairs, webinars and live posts, presentations and workshops at your university. All current and future events are advertised on this page. Do check our job openings first and come prepared with questions.

How can I join the ICRC?

Thank you for your interest in joining our team of humanitarian workers! 

We recruit two kinds of staff: resident and mobile. Resident field staff are hired on local contracts to work in a specific position in a specific country.

By contrast, mobile field staff are hired on a Geneva-based contract and can be deployed to work in any country where there is a need. Mobile field staff typically change country with each new assignment. Please note that mobile field staff cannot be assigned to a country of which they are nationals. 

If we have an agreement with your National Society and your profile is of interest, we may wish to share your file with them. These National Societies may then offer you a contract under their domestic labour law and send you on secondment to the ICRC (known as "staff on loan") for an assignment abroad. Find out more here

Working for the ICRC is not like working anywhere else. Humanitarian work truly changes lives.

We also have job opportunities for mobile and resident positions at our headquarters in Geneva. All traineeships opportunities are based at headquarters.

Where can I find all the current job openings?

All current job openings for mobile field staff and positions at headquarters are accessible from our job portal. For resident field staff, please go to your country page on our website and scroll down to the Job Opportunities section (e.g. Where we work > Iraq).

Can I join as a volunteer? 

The ICRC does not take on volunteers, but we encourage you to contact your country's National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society for opportunities to volunteer for them. You may also be interested in volunteering for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.


Mobile field staff
Headquarters staff
Resident field staff