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Norwegian Red Cross ERU Roster

Do you want to work with emergency response in international operations?

Apply now for the admission to the Emergency Response Unit Roster

Please note that this advertisement concerns application for training with subsequent admission to our Emergency Response Unit (ERU) Roster as a delegate. It does not concern a specific position within the Norwegian Red Cross.  

Other positions related to international work as a delegate, e.g. Advisor or Country Representative positions will be advertised on our website as they become available.

What is an Emergency Response Unit?

An ERU ranges from a full-scale field hospital to smaller clinics and mobile teams. An important part of Red Cross’ international work is emergency assistance, both in zones of war/conflict and in areas suffering from natural disasters. When disaster strikes, we respond by deploying an “Emergency Response Unit”, referred to as “ERUs”. The units are designed to offer immediate short-term assistance. The Norwegian Red Cross has specialized in ERUs offering immediate medical assistance and health services, as well as psycho social support and water and sanitation units.  

An ERU is composed of trained and experienced delegates from our emergency roster, accompanied by standardized equipment.

Currently, we are looking for the below mentioned profiles for the ERU roster:

Please make sure that your profile fits into one of these categories before applying, and please specify in your application which profile(s) you consider filling in an ERU.


Medical personnel for work inside the clinic:

  • X-ray technicians (Radiograf)

  • Medical logisticians/Pharmacist (In addition to handling of drugs, the candidate should be able to store, manage and distribute drugs and medical equipment. It is also important to follow up on consumption rates and other special needs with medical staff, as well as the replenishment pipeline from an international headquarter.)

  • Surgeons

  • Anaesthesiologist

  • Gynaecologists

  • Paediatricians

  • Midwifes

  • Operating Theatre nurse

  • Anaesthetic nurses

  • Physiotherapists (With extensive experience from hospitals and municipality)

  •  Any other health personnel fluent in French


Health personnel for work outside (local and national level), as well as inside the clinic:
  • Public health specialists with experience within epidemiology and/or with experience in health coordination

  • Community health specialists with experience in community engagement, behaviour change communication 

  • Field epidemiologist

  • Psycho social support professionals, psychologist, and social workers with experience with psycho-social work


Technical Specialists

An ERU technician works as a generalist supporting the field hospital operation. They rely on specific technical skills from their day to day work to compliment the diverse tasks they must undertake during a deployment. These include, hospital logistics (biomedical, construction/renovation), water, hygiene, sanitation, occupational health and safety (HMS), fleet management/transport, stock management and other related activities as needed. Well suited candidates come from various backgrounds such as engineers, firefighters, mechanics, and particularly tradesmen such as electricians etc.

Water and Sanitation Delegates have a broader understanding of water, sanitation and hygiene (understanding of water supply and sanitation services, water quality, piped networks, operation and maintenance and community development) and are also able to work outside the clinic within the communities.

  • Hands-on professionals (technicians with experience from multiple technical professions):

  • Plumbers

  • Electricians

  • HVAC technicians (VVS-tekniker)

  • Firefighters

  • Water and sanitation delegates with relevant higher education in specific fields (hydrogeology, civil engineering, community development, public health, environmental engineering)

    And other health personnel, technicians and administrators fluent in French (able to work well in that language)

    All applicants need to fulfil the following basic requirements:

  • At least three years of working experience after formal education is completed. Doctors and nurses need to have been accredited as specialists.

  • Permanent address in Norway

  • Norwegian working permit

  • Good written and oral English. Other languages are an asset.

  • Above 25 years of age

  • Driver’s licence class B – manual gir


How to become a delegate in the ERU roster

The ERU roster of the Norwegian Red Cross is a large and comprehensive personnel base consisting of specialists who are able to respond to an international disaster on short notice. Most delegates have a full-time job in Norway with permission from their employer to take leave of absence if asked to go on mission by the Red Cross. The length of a mission may vary from a few weeks up to three months, and the delegate receives salary from the Red Cross while on a mission.

Delegates who are deployed usually have a high level of expertise in their field and several years of working experience prior to their first mission. In addition, the personal suitability of each delegate is carefully evaluated.

To become an ERU delegate you must apply to this announcement, complete our recruitment process and complete our training setup;

  • WORC (World of the Red Cross). Online and approximately 20 hours.

  • Stay safe – personal security. An online course concerning security in the field. Approximately 4 hours.

  • IMPACT (International Mobilization and Preparation for ACTion). The course lasts one week and aims to prepare delegates for international field work with the Red Cross through theory and practical activities.

  • ERU Training (Emergency Response Unit). ERU delegates must take this one week training, which mainly involves the set up and running of a field hospital as part of an ERU operation. This is a pass/non-pass training.

  • Profile Specific trainings. For some profiles, there are profile specific trainings.

    Once the delegate has completed the necessary training and courses, he or she will be included in the ERU roster and may be contacted by the Red Cross when there is an ERU deployment.

How to apply?

In order to apply for admission to the ERU Roster, the candidate must be available for IMPACT training between the 14th – 20th April, 2018. Candidates not available within this period will not be taken into consideration.

- Application text in English: The application should be filled in using the online form. Please keep your application short (no more than 700 words) and specify which profile(s) you can fill in an ERU. Suggested topics to touch upon in your application text are your; motivation, availability, professional mastery and experience with cross cultural cooperation and communication.

- CV: We ask you to upload a PDF or WORD version of your CV in English by clicking on the upload button at the bottom of the application page.

Only applications and CVs in English will be taken into consideration.

Because of the high number of applications only candidates invited for an interview will get individual feedback from us regarding their application. Those candidates not invited for an interview will receive a general feedback.

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