At ShelterBox, we are impatient to create a world where no family is without shelter when disaster strikes. Together, we are making an impact and you are a critical part of our movement.
As a ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member, you would undertake a crucial element of ShelterBox’s work – ensuring that emergency shelter and other humanitarian aid is delivered to families who need it most.
We deploy to disasters under challenging conditions. You will experience mental, physical and environmental pressures as a result and should be prepared for this.
Team members are relied on to be excellent team workers; capable of making good decisions under pressure; able to develop and maintain good relationships with partners and community members; and able to work in locations with damaged/missing infrastructure, few facilities and communities experiencing severe trauma.
Becoming a response team member is a huge responsibility, but it can also be incredibly rewarding.
Who are we looking for?
Our diverse group of volunteers come from a range of backgrounds and a variety of countries but what they have in common is their availability, their passion for what we do, their capacity to deliver a variety of tasks in potentially unfavorable conditions, and most importantly, the excellent way in which they approach and deal with their work.
Time and Commitment Expected
For this role we look to recruit volunteers who foresee that they can commit longterm. Due to the needs of the charity and the cost to train our response teams, we hope that our volunteers are available to help ShelterBox for a period of five years.
These are the headings under which we consider practical deployment suitability during the residential assessment.
- Working collaboratively
- Achieving results
- Acting in pressured and uncertain environments
- Decision making and judgement
- Vision and action
Knowledge and Experience
- Demonstrate international, cultural and political awareness in order to treat others with respect and work successfully.
- Fluent in oral and written English.
- Proven experience of delivering work on time, working with little supervision, and providing effective decision making under pressure and in complex environments.
- Experience of working effectively as part of a team.
- Experience of travel or work outside of Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.
- Fluency in another language.
- Experience in leading groups, meetings, volunteers.
- Able to swim 50m unaided and fully clothed.
- Have strong information communication technology (ICT) skills; be familiar with Microsoft Office and comfortable learning modern communications technology, such as GPS, phone apps, smart phones and tablets.
- Able to work with colleagues, the public and external partners at all levels.
- Able to listen sensitively to others’ points of view or experience and take a balanced view.
- Able to speak publicly and present appropriately to varied audiences.
- High degree of accuracy in written and numerical work as well as the ability to write reports and reconcile expenses.
- Comfortable working with changing information and scenarios to make decisions and take responsibility.
- Knowledge of coaching and mentoring styles.
- Understanding of the need for monitoring and evaluation activities.
This is essential. You must be available to complete all stages of the recruitment process and meet the in-role time requirements, too. We are looking for long-term commitment. Please do not apply if you are not able to meet all of the requirements.
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