FDFA/SDC Humanitarian Aid and the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit

The humanitarian aid operations of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) are an expression of Switzerland's solidarity towards population groups in distress. The Swiss Humanitarian Aid department focuses on emergency aid, the reconstruction and rehabilitation of disaster-stricken areas, and disaster risk reduction. It places the victims at the centre of its engagement in a spirit of neutrality, independence and impartiality. The Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) is one of the Swiss government's humanitarian aid instruments which is available for direct actions and supports international organizations with its specialists.

Working for SDCSwiss Agency for Development and Cooperation – Humanitarian Aid/SHA

The SHA has more than 640 people on standby for a mission. At present, nearly 100 people are engaged in more than 30 countries, working in 11 specialised groups: coordination and administration, protection, logistics and support, construction, water and environmental sanitation, environment and disaster risk reduction, medicine, information, telecom, rescue, security.

Sought profiles

The SHA recruits people with at least five years of professional experience in the area of one of the specialised groups (cfr. here above), ideally two years of which should be in the field of international cooperation.
Details of requirements

Certain types of profiles may temporarily be in greater demand, depending on the evolution of the needs in the field.
List of profiles and their description

The vacancies published by the SHA are only visible and accessible to SHA members via a login and a personal password; some vacancies may be published outside SHA (e.g. on cinfoPoste).

Opportunities for students and junior professionals

The SHA does not offer traineeships.

Experienced professionals with no experience abroad who meet the other requirements for admission to the SHA have the possibility of carrying out a supervised first mission as part of the 'Programme Vert' programme.

Portraits of employees


Berne, Switzerland

Fields of activity
Humanitarian aid, emergency assistance, reconstruction and rehabilitation, disaster risk reduction

Countries of operation
Humanitarian aid operations are primarily carried out in the following thirteen countries or priority zones of intervention: Middle East, The Sahel (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger), South Sudan, Sudan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Horn of Africa, Bangladesh, Myanmar, North Korea, Colombia, Venezuela, Haiti, Liberia

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