You can make a difference and help people in crisis – come and work or volunteer for the DEC or any of our partners and member charities.


Current Vacancies:


Coordinator, HEF Secretariat

We are looking for a confident, experienced individual with excellent coordination and analytical skills to contribute to the successful delivery of the Scottish Government's Humanitarian Emergency Fund.


Consultant East Africa Response Review

The DEC Secretariat is commissioning a review of the East Africa response, to take place across end June/ July 2017. Expressions of interest are invited from consultants by 24th April 2017. 



The DEC occasionally recruits volunteers for specific tasks at our office in London, and in the first few weeks of an appeal may have need for extra help at this busy time. If you are interested in the possibility of working as a volunteer at our office please email


Please note: The DEC does not work overseas and is unable to send volunteers to disaster areas. Overseas work is carried out by our Member Charities. The DEC is not able at the current time to offer work experience for under 18s, or internships.


Several UK-based organisations specialising in training or sending skilled volunteers to work on long-term assignments in developing countries.
If you want to find out how to donate commercial goods or services, please contact Global Hand.

RedR runs quality training courses which can help anyone interested in volunteering overseas improve their skills and knowledge of the humanitarian sector. RedR also provides advice to potential new relief workers.

VSO is an international development charity that works using volunteers. Experienced professionals share their skills with local colleagues in some of the world's poorest communities.

AlertNet provides global news, communications and logistics services to the international disaster relief community and the public. 

ReliefWeb is a project of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Information and advice about working or volunteering overseas.


Volunteer testimonials 

The DEC greatly values the remarkable people that have given up their free time to volunteer with us. Their contribution helps us run our emergency appeals, and carry out the important work that ensures success. 
We want to highlight some of the amazing people we’ve worked with over the past year.