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Aid worker

Aid workers help people in overseas countries affected by man-made and natural disasters like wars, outbreaks of disease and earthquakes.

Potential salary

£17,000 to £29,000

Employment by 2024

+4.73%

Working hours

irregular

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • a desire to help people
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

In this role you could be:

  • providing emergency aid like food, shelter and medical supplies
  • organising transport, sorting and handling deliveries
  • overseeing the distribution of goods
  • recruiting, training and organising local people to work as staff and volunteers
  • writing reports, monitoring budgets and doing general administration
  • networking with other organisations and government officials in affected areas
  • working with communities longer term, such as rolling out healthcare or education programmes, or working on building or engineering projects

You could work be based overseas or in remote rural areas.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding and you'll travel often.

You can develop your own unique career path by working with different organisations and in different parts of the world. With experience, you can move into senior management or advisory positions, making decisions on how relief efforts are co-ordinated.

You can find out more about working in international aid and the organisations involved from:United Nations careers; Disasters Emergency Committee; CharityJob

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