Engineers in the Humanitarian Sector

Are you interested in an engineering career in the humanitarian sector?

Over the past 12 months, RedR has deployed 20 engineers to support disaster-affected populations around the world. They have included civil, structural and electrical engineers as well as those with special skills in water and sanitation or GIS mapping and a hydro-geologist.

The 2015/16 El Niño weather pattern caused droughts and floods in Africa, Asia, the Pacific and Central America and increased demand for water and sanitation engineers. RedR offers courses in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Emergencies specifically designed for engineers and public health specialists interested in working in this sector.

The course introduces participants to the concepts of public health engineering and environmental health in emergencies, the standard equipment used in the field and the threats posed by environmental diseases. Participants learn how to construct emergency latrines, set up water pumps and do basic water quality testing.

The course suits engineers whose technical skills may be more oriented toward large-scale urban systems but who want to adapt their skills to humanitarian emergency work or civil and structural engineers who would like to build their capacity in this area which also involves the construction of WASH facilities like latrines, laundries and bathing facilities.

Our WASH course is delivered once a year and is now open for applications for our next course in October. Places are limited so if you don't want to miss out, get in early and ask about our payment plan option if you want to spread the cost over several months.

RedR Australia deploys engineers to work with our United Nations (UN) agency partners including the UN high Commission for Refugees, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme, the International Organisation for Migration and five other partners.

Want to find out what it's like to be a WASH engineer on the frontline with RedR Australia during humanitarian emergencies? Read about Danielle Brunton’s humanitarian work in Gaza or find out how Paul de Launay has spent two decades engineering a better world with RedR Australia. Click here if you would like to know how environmental engineer Trish Morrow spent 12 months supporting the World Food Programme with environmental waste management.

Civil engineer Charles Knight’s story on drilling bores for drought relief in the remote highlands of Papua New Guinea will give you some insight into the joys of providing one of life's essentials whilst Helen Salvestrin's describes her work supporting Syrian refugees in Lebanon here.

If you would prefer to know what our civil engineers are doing, read about the support Victor Tapia provided in Greece during the European refugee and migrant crisis or how we helped build back better after the Nepal earthquakes. Perhaps you are an electrical engineer. Read about John Simpson’s work with the World Food Programme in Ethiopia and how he electrified a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan.

For information on our training courses click here.