10 Humanitarian Organizations Offering Jobs in New York

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

OCHA is the UN agency that specializes in an effective humanitarian response. It uses advocacy, policy, coordination, humanitarian financing services and tools, as well as information management, to expand the reach of humanitarian action, reduce duplication and improve prioritization. OCHA is in charge of ensuring that those in need receive humanitarian aid and protection.

OCHA works to secure that growing humanitarian needs are met through the humanitarian funding instruments. The agency also helps set the agenda for humanitarian sector reforms to respond to the shifting global landscape, new global frameworks, and increased capacities of national governments and actors. OCHA also promotes respect for international humanitarian law and raises awareness of forgotten humanitarian crises by bringing the voice of affected people to the forefront.

UN Women

UN Women is a global organization fighting for gender equality and working on creating an environment in which every girl and woman can live up to their full potential and exercise their rights. The organization is committed in ensuring equality between women and men as beneficiaries of humanitarian action.

UN women responds to vulnerabilities, addresses risks, prevents crises, promotes resilience and leverages women’s leadership. Amongst many activities, it works together with organizations such as UN for Disaster Risk Reduction and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to address the high risk exposure of girls and women to the impact of climate related natural disaster. UN Women works in complex humanitarian contexts in 30 countries with a goal of restoring dignity and promoting resilience of women, as well as providing durable solutions for refugees.

United States Fund for UNICEF (UNICEF USA)

UNICEF works in more than 190 countries around the world to help save children’s lives. This humanitarian organization provides healthcare and immunizations, safe water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief, all while putting children first.

With headquarters in New York, and offices across the US, UNICEF USA works to support UNICEF’s efforts through advocacy, fundraising and education in the country. It works ‘’towards the day when no children die from preventable cause, and every child has a safe and healthy childhood’’. To achieve this goal, UNICEF USA works with governments, civic leaders, celebrities, corporations, campus groups, churches, teachers, public, and anyone willing to advocate for wellbeing of all children.

Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC)

WRC is an international organization that is working to create a better world for refugees with a mission ‘’to improve the lives and protect the rights of women, children, and youth displaced by conflict and crisis’’. The organization advocates for transformative change to protect and empower refugees.

WRC works by conducting research on needs of refugees, identifies solutions, and advocates for policies and programs that will strengthen their resilience and drive change in humanitarian practice. The organization envisions a world in which refugee and internally displaced women, youth, and children are healthy, safe, and self-reliant, have their human rights protected and respected, and inform and drive their development and solutions.

Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders (Medecines Sans Frontieres) is a an international medical aid and relief organization. It works in more than 70 countries worldwide where it implements and manages medical projects. Doctors without borders provides medical relief to people affected by armed conflicts, natural disasters, disease epidemics, malnutrition crises and other emergencies.

The organization’s activities concern emergency medical and humanitarian relief guided by the principles of independence, neutrality and impartiality. It works in countries where medical programs in areas where no health or sanitary systems exist, or where health structures are overwhelmed by the needs of populations. Therefore, Doctors Without Borders are always there to respond to the most critical needs of patients in field.

International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee is an international humanitarian organization that responds to crises and helps people survive and recover. It was established upon the request of Albert Einstein to directly helps people and refugees who were displaced because of war or disaster. It helps them five main areas: economic wellbeing, education, health, empowerment and safety.

The organization implements projects of cash assistance to people through debit card accounts. By directly receiving cash, people can buy what they need themselves and help boost local economies. The organization also helps people access the health care and empowers community health workers to rightly treat infectious diseases and assist the most vulnerable groups such as children and pregnant women. The core of its activities is ensuring those who are most vulnerable have equal access to social and economic opportunities.

American Red Cross Greater New York Region

With headquarters in New York City, the American Red Cross Greater New York Region assists more than 10 million people in New York City, Long Island, Rockland, Westchester counties and Greenwich Conn. Its mission is to ‘’prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors’’.

The organization responds to approximately seven disasters and emergencies a day across region, such as home fires and floods and similar. It provides food, clothing, shelter and emotional support to those who need it the most. As all other National Societies, the American Red Cross Greater New York Region works along the humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, voluntary service, neutrality, independence, unity and universality.

Save the Children International

Save the Children defends the rights and interests of children across the globe.  By employing 25.000 staff in 117, the organization responds to major emergencies by delivering innovative development programs and ensuring that children’s voices are heard. It is a global membership organization made up of Save the Children International and 29 national members.

When children are most vulnerable in times of crisis, Save the Children is there to help them. It is always amongst the first organizations to deliver humanitarian aid for children and their families. Save the Children partners up with local organizations wherever possible to make sure that its responses and driven locally, allowing it to build trust and gain access to communities. Save the Children stands side by side with children in the world’s toughest places.

Action Against Hunger

Action Against Hunger is a humanitarian organization that works to end hunger around the world. With headquarters located in New York, Action Against Hunger employs around 7.500 field staff who assist more than 21 million people in emergencies that were caused by food crises, natural disasters and conflicts in more than 50 countries globally.

Organization’s activities concern mostly families with young children with on nutrition and health, water and sanitation, emergency response, food security and livelihoods. Action Against Hunger saves lives of children and their families and enables them to provide for themselves. To achieve this, the organization always searches for innovative and effective solutions to push for long-term change and free world from hunger.

Refugees International

Refugees International is a global humanitarian organization that works to support and advocate for displaced people, refugees, internally displaced persons and stateless people. The organization is publishes long reports and approximately twenty-five field reports throughout the year on displacement accompanied with comments on international aid and issues concerning girls and women.

During armed conflicts and war, Refugees International pays special attention to assist girls and women as vulnerable category that find themselves in exceptional danger of living with the constant threat of gender-based violence, such as rape, sexual assault, domestic violence and similar. Refugees International, thus, prioritizes advocating for improved humanitarian responses that support the safety and well-being of women and girls.


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