Cultural Mediator – Search and Rescue Operations


Required languages
English, French and Arabic. Preferred knowledge of Spanish

Type of contract
Paid – Duration: 15/20 days

Necessary requirements
Relevant professional experience in cultural 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.


Since August 2019, EMERGENCY has been collaborating with Open Arms for the search and rescue operations at sea of people trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. EMERGENCY’s cultural mediators and psychologists collaborate with the staff on board the ship, with the aim of assisting  migrants who are at sea in vulnerable conditions.

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

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 main duties and responsibilities of the cultural mediator are:

  • Linguistic and cultural mediation during search and rescue operations;
  • Linguistic and cultural mediation prior to and during the medical examination;
  • Linguistic and cultural mediation in support of the psychologist, if needed.


  • 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;
  • Ability to adapt to the community life of the team, including basic living conditions at sea (chores and kitchen shifts, cold weather, seasickness);
  • Ability to speak the following languages: English, French and Arabic;
  • Bachelors or Masters degree or relevant professional diploma.


  • Previous professional experience in search and rescue operations;
  • Knowledge of Spanish language (official language on board).


From January 2020, 15/20 days of work. Leaving from South Italy.


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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