Cultural Mediator – Search and Rescue Operations

SAR Ship

Required languages
English, French and Arabic

Type of contract
Collaboration contract - Paid

Necessary requirements
Relevant professional experience in cultural and linguistic mediation in difficult contexts

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This role requires both the specific skills relevant to this professional role – to match the needs of migrant people with the services available – and a good knowledge of search and rescue operations management.


The central Mediterranean Sea has been the world’s most dangerous migration route for years: more than 19,000 migrants have died or gone missing since 2014, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). More than 1,100 this year alone. After collaborating with other Organizations with our staff of doctors, nurses, mediators and psychologists, we purchased our own ship, EMERGENCY’s Life Support, which is carrying out search and rescue (SAR) missions in the central Mediterranean.

The mediators and other members of the EMERGENCY team must have a cooperative problem-solving approach, with the aim of finding the best way to enable people to access the care or assistance they need.

The role requires the ability to adapt to flexible working hours and a workload, which may at times be intense or stressful. Teams are composed of various professionals including unpaid volunteers who support and work alongside the paid staff.


The main duties and responsibilities of the cultural mediator are:

  • Linguistic and cultural mediation for search and rescue operations;
  • Linguistic and cultural mediation before and during medical examination;
  • Linguistic and cultural mediation in support to the psychologist, if necessary;
  • Management of the migrant group during the rescue phases both on board ship and on the RHIB.


  • Professional experience in the field of health and social services or in organisations (public or private) which deal with immigrants or poverty alleviation;
  • Willingness to work as part of a multidisciplinary team;
  • Ability to work and problem-solve in high-stress situations;
  • -Bachelor’s degree (bachelor’s or master’s) or professional qualification as Mediator;
  • Great ability to adapt to team community life and living conditions at sea, including reduced living comfort situations (cleaning and cooking shifts, cold weather, seasickness) is required;
  • Knowledge of the following foreign languages is required: English, French and Arabic.


  • Previous professional experience in search and rescue operations;
  • Previous experience in RHIB rescue activity.


At least 1 month of availability is required.


We're not currently short listing new candidates for this specific role: no vacancies are available at the moment. Visit our website regularly for updates.

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