Our recruitment process

Learn more about our recruitment processes and what you can expect if you apply for a job, consultancy opportunity or internship with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).


The IFRC does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process and applicants will never be asked to share banking details.

Stages of recruitment

Who can apply?

Anyone can apply to posts that are open externally.

For posts open internally, only current IFRC employees, Staff-on-Loan seconded to the IFRC and National Staff are eligible to apply. Subject to the agreement of human resources and the hiring manager, certain internal vacancies may indicate that a 'candidate has been identified'. However, other employees, seconded staff and national staff are fully entitled to apply and will have their application considered in a fair and equitable manner.


All applications are handled online and every application is acknowledged immediately by an automatic email response. Communication between the shortlisted candidates and human resources will be primarily by email, though invitations to interview may be made by telephone. All unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email.

Recruitment principles

The guiding principle in the selection of candidates is to ensure the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity.

We are committed to promoting diversity in our workforce. We do not discriminate on any grounds

As a membership organization we aim to achieve a broad representation of nationals from member countries and to ensure gender balance.

We strive to provide a work environment where the contribution of each individual is valued.

As a rule, selection of staff takes place on a competitive basis.

Apart from these common features of the selection process, each vacant position has its own specific requirements. These can be found in the position’s vacancy notice, which is based on an approved job description.

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