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Top 10 Organizations Offering Entry Level Humanitarian Aid Jobs

1. International Committee of the Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an independent humanitarian organization working on ‘’ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence’’. Its work is based on the 1949 Geneva Conventions and promotion of international humanitarian law. Treating and caring for the wounded and sick in armed conflict and other major violence and natural disasters has always been part of identity and values of the ICRC. The ICRC’s headquarters is based in Geneva, Switzerland, where it employs around 1.000 staff, while around the world it employs around 170.000 field staff from 150 different nationalities. If you wish to work for the ICRC, you can visit their careers website.

2. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Being one of the largest UN humanitarian aid organizations, UNICEF works to help children in need around the world. It was established in 1946 to respond to World War II crisis and provide healthcare and food to children and their mothers in areas affected by the conflict. Today, the UNICEF holds around 150 country offices worldwide and operates in around 190 countries. Its mission is to ‘’save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfill their potential from early childhood to adolescence’’. UNICEF looks for committed employees who work to reach those most in need and ‘’are ready to respond to emergencies and they fulfill their duties with integrity, commitment and a fundamental respect for diversity and inclusion’’. You can learn more about UNICEF’s entry level humanitarian aid career opportunities on the official website.

3. United Nations High Commissioners for Refugees (UNHCR)

UNCHR is a global humanitarian aid organization that works to save lives, protect rights and build a better future for refugees, stateless persons and forcibly displaced communities. UNCHR has been operating since 1950 ‘’ensuring that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution, war or disaster at home’’. During crisis, the UNHCR provides critical emergency aid that includes healthcare, sanitation, water, shelter, blankets, household goods and food. It also ensures that those who return receive assistance packages. The organization provides careers and not just jobs, and it takes pride in going the extra mile to serve those in need. UNHCR offers a variety of local and international short-term and fixed-term positions, as well as entry level jobs. If you are interested in making a positive difference in refugees’ lives or want to work at UNHCR’s headquarters in Geneva, you can read more about the job openings on the UNHCR website.

4. Oxfam

International Oxfam International is a ‘’global movement of people working together to build a future where everybody enjoys equal rights and has enough to eat every day’’. It is a global humanitarian aid NGO that works in more than 90 countries to build a positive future. It saves, protects and rebuilds lives during the times of crisis, supports lasting solutions to poverty, tackles inequality and stands together with its partners to crush down the barriers that keep people poor. Oxfam International works on the values of empowerment, ensuring that everyone feels they can make change happen-from its staff to supports, accountability-by taking responsibility for its actions as well as holding both governments and businesses accountable for their doings, and inclusiveness, by believing that everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of their visible and invisible differences. 

5. Save the Children International

Save the Children is one of the largest international NGOs aiding and protecting rights of children in 120 countries worldwide. The organization works in some of the most underserved communities in the world, teaching them about the rights of children. It employs around 25.000 staff in 117 countries and responds to major crisis by delivering innovative development programs and ensuring that voices of children are heard through campaigns of building a better future. Save the Children offers careers across a range of professions id international development and humanitarian work, such as HR, IT, finances, legal, or global assurance. According to the organization ‘’whatever your profession, or career level, your contribution will help ensure children's voices are heard at the highest levels, and that we achieve our global strategy, and reach every child’’. If you are interested in helping out children across the world, you can apply for open positions at Save the Children.

6. Relief International

Relief International was established 60 years ago as development and humanitarian non-profit organization to ‘’deliver life-saving aid to millions of people living on the edge of survival’’. It works together with communities to build critical infrastructure, restore jobs, and develop education. Relief International employs 7.300 staff and volunteers and partners in 16 countries across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, and works with them to create pathways to stability. The organization offers opportunities for professionals at all levels of their careers, including work in the field, finance, operations, human resources, program management, communications and other areas. Relief International is ‘’always on the lookout for top talent with the expertise, experience, and passion to design and deliver world-class programs in the 16 countries where it works’’. If you are interested in joining Relief International, you can check opened positions on their website.

7. Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a global humanitarian aid NGO that operates in areas that have undergone or are undergoing economic, social, political and environmental instabilities with a mission to ‘’alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities’’. In the last 40 years, Mercy Corps provided £3 billion in lifesaving assistance to more than 220 people worldwide. It also partners up with governments and corporations to develop solutions that will make lasting changes in underserved communities. Mercy Corps employs around 6.000 staff in 40 countries around the world, who work side by side with people who are affected by poverty, disaster, conflict and climate change. If you have a desire to make a difference and help people build their own futures, you can explore open opportunities at Mercy Corps' official website.

8. World Vision International

World Vision is a global humanitarian aid organization that works solely for one purpose, which is to change lives of vulnerable children. It works in underserved communities to protect children from neglect and violence, cares for them in emergencies, and makes a lasting change. World Vision provides healthcare, emergency relief, as well as economic development and education programs with the help of 37.000 staff in nearly 100 countries. The organization also provides a three-month internship opportunity for exceptional students and recent graduates based in the US. However, if you wish to join the World Vision in one of the countries where it operates and work in communities to protects children from violence and hardships, you can apply to open positions here.

9. World Food Programme (WFP)

As one of the largest humanitarian branches of the UN, the WFP strives to end the cycle of poverty and hunger in the world. Presently, the WFP works in 83 countries providing food assistance to around 91 million people with a mission of delivering food assistance in crisis and emergency situations and building resilience and improving nutrition in underserved communities. The organization mainly works in places affected by conflict where people have less access to food. If you wish to contribute to WFP’s mission and goal of achieving zero hunger in the world, you can apply for a Junior Professional Officer Program.

10. International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC is a global humanitarian aid, development and relief NGO that works on responding on some of the largest and most difficult humanitarian crisis in the world and helps those affected to restore health, education, economic wellbeing and safety. In its work, the IRC uses high-impact but cost-effective solutions that help people rebuild their lives. The organization also uses learning and experience to shape the humanitarian policy and practice to deliver better solutions to humanitarian needs. The IRC employs young professionals and also offers both internationally and the US based internships. It provides long-term career paths and helps its employees to grow within the organization. If you wish to work within an organization such as the IRC, you can browse through open jobs positions on the IRC website.