Charity Q&A: The Red Cross
We speak to Ola Fajobi, the Corporate Head of Human Resources for the British Red Cross, about the many opportunities available at the charity that makes such a difference to people’s lives across the UK and globally.
Careers: Ola, would you like to give an outline of what you do as a charity and what your aims are, to introduce our readers to the British Red Cross?
Ola: We are a UK-wide, volunteer-led humanitarian organisation that helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and overseas to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help people recover, rebuild and move on with their lives.
Careers: So what types of employment are available at the British Red Cross?
Ola: We employ people in a wide variety of roles from a wide range of general and specialist disciplines and backgrounds. Whatever your interests, there may be a job, or a volunteering opportunity, with the British Red Cross for you.
Careers: What qualifications or experience do people need to work with the charity?
Ola: To maintain our reputation and continue to build our capacity to deliver services, we need people from all walks of life, all communities, who bring different skills and experiences to our essential work. As volunteers, as professional staff and as international delegates (the term used for overseas staff), we need a wide range of people who can commit themselves to our humanitarian cause.
Necessary experience and qualifications for our paid employment opportunities are role specific, so we would encourage you to view current vacancies on our website [Hayley Taylor in August 2011. [Read the digital edition here]