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Medair Virtual Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (vROC) – November 2021

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Ecublens, near Lausanne, Switzerland
Published 27 days ago


vROC location - Online course

Starting Date & Initial Contract Details

For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have adapted the ROC to hold it virtually (vROC). Those invited will participate from home, and will need to be fully present online for the entire vROC week, and will not be able to schedule any professional or personal commitments during the vROC dates. A laptop with a working camera, good power supply as well as a strong internet connection, will be required to participate. Further information to be provided.

Course dates:

19th November (4 p.m. CEST) - 26th November 2021 (10 p.m. CEST)

vROC Application deadline:

24th October 2021

Contract length

If a field contract is signed after the vROC, it normally ranges from (a minimum of) 12 months to 2 years.

Please note that attending the vROC does not guarantee a job placement after the vROC.

Field Workplace

Medair is currently working in AfghanistanBangladesh, D.R. Congo, Jordan, Lebanon, Madagascar, Somalia, South SudanSudanSyria and Yemen.

Field contracts given will be based in one of these countries or any new programmes that Medair starts up.

Why consider the Medair vROC?

If you have professional experience that matches one or more of the Medair sectors but you cannot see any current jobs that fit your profile, apply directly for the Medair vROC, our “virtual Relief and Recovery Orientation Course”.

We will try and match your profile to our upcoming field vacancy needs and if there is a good match, we will consider you for this vROC or a future ROC or vROC.

Everyone who desires to work as an International Staff in one of our field programmes must first successfully complete the ROC or vROC.

Candidates accepted onto the Medair ROC/vROC will be considered for International Staff field roles.

ROC Overview

The ROC is an intensive experiential orientation to relief work with Medair. This 7 day course is held three/four times a year. Participants experience the challenges of relief work through practical simulations and become familiar with Medair’s values, projects, and country programmes. Each participant will be interviewed by a senior member of the Medair Human Resources team to evaluate the week and discuss their possible future with Medair in a field programme. The course is normally held in Switzerland or Kenya. The vROC course is held virtually online.

Fees, Content & Schedule

Download the ROC Brochure for course information and fees

Key Activity Areas

The ROC simulation includes practical exercises, research, and daily updates of changing field conditions and security bulletins.

Key Experience / Qualifications

Medair seeks a wide range of professionals with experience, qualifications and training in the following sectors:

  • Minimum 1 year’s professional experience in one of the sectors referred to above
  • Relevant professional qualification; Post-graduate qualification in relief or development desirable
  • Humanitarian, security, international development
  • Senior management, project management, business administration
  • Medical, nutrition, public health, tropical medicine
  • Engineering, (civil, environmental)
  • Construction (architecture, site management)
  • Logistics / Supply Chain
  • Human Resources
  • Finance, accounting, grant management
  • Communications, fundraising, marketing and media
  • Information technology services (ITS)

Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC)

What is the ROC and why is it required?


Other Experience / Competencies

Standard ranges of experience and competencies required for Medair field positions:

  • Minimum 1 year’s professional experience in one of the sectors referred to above
  • Project management and team management experience
  • Management experience desirable, especially in a relief environment
  • Experience at cross cultural communication techniques; Diplomatic and sensitive to cross cultural issues; Good negotiation skills, especially in the context of another culture
  • Clear verbal and written communication skills; Able to express views clearly
  • Experience in dealing with donors and government officials desirable
  • Experience in training/mentoring staff; Team player with strong relational skills
  • Committed to team-building, and to consultative and servant leadership
  • Planning, assessment and analytical skills
  • Report writing and proposal writing skills desirable
  • Good level of self-motivation, with a pro-active approach to work, problem solver, dynamic, mature
  • Able to prioritise clearly and oversee multiple tasks
  • Capacity to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Ability to live and work in conflict and rural environment

Fee information

Virtual ROC – 500 EUR course fee (to be confirmed), which covers all course content, simulations, and orientation provided by Medair for the seven days, as well as receiving a personalized report on personality based on the Hogan methodology, delivered through Medair’s partner Thrive.

How to register

Before you apply

Please ensure you are fully aware of the:

a) Medair organisational values.

b) Medair is committed to safeguarding the protection of beneficiaries, volunteers, staff and partners, and particularly children. Therefore, we do not employ staff whose background we understand to be unsuitable for working with children. Medair staff are required to give the utmost respect to, and comply with, Medair’s accountability policies and best practices.

Application Process

To apply, go to this training on our Medair page.

Please do not make multiple applications. We will not review email applications. Only English-language applications / CVs will be reviewed.


vROC location - Online course

Starting Date & Initial Contract Details

For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have adapted the ROC to hold it virtually (vROC). Those invited will participate from home, and will need to be…

Details at a Glance

  • Start Date
    November 19, 2021
    4:00 AM GMT+1
    3:00 AM UTC
  • End Date
    November 26, 2021
    10:00 AM GMT+1
    9:00 AM UTC
  • Recurrence
    One time only


Work may be performed anywhere in Switzerland
Associated Location
Chemin du Croset 9, Ecublens, near Lausanne, None CH-1024, Switzerland

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