Job Offer: Second Officer in Civil Sea Rescue

SOS Humanity
Civil Sea Rescue in the Central Mediterranean

JOB POSTING: Second Officer

As an organisation for civil sea rescue, we as SOS Humanity are working towards a world where no one has to drown while fleeing and everyone is treated with dignity. Founded in 2015 in Berlin as SOS Mediterranee Germany, we have been working in the Central Mediterranean since 2016. During this time, we were able to rescue 34,631 children, women, and men from drowning and brought them towards a safe place. With our new sea rescue ship, Humanity 1, we brought our own vessel to the Central Mediterranean in August 2022.

For our marine crew we are looking for a Second Officer on board the HUMANITY 1:

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • primarily responsibility for the support of the master for safe (SAR) navigation and operation of the vessel
  • assistance in watchkeeping operations to search for distress cases.
  • Support of the ship’s command
  • Radio/GMDSS Equipment
  • Preparation of the ship for the upcoming port state re-inspection
  • Correction of tables and nautical documents
  • Voyage Planning
  • Bridge administration
  • Preparation of the ship for the next mission


  • Valid Certificates of Competency according to STCW Convention (STCW A-II/1)
  • Valid Radio Certificate GOC (STCW A-IV/2)
  • Valid Certificate of Proficiency in Basic Safety (STCW A-VI/1) (issued within the last 5 years)
  • Valid Certificate of Security Awareness (STCW A-VI/6) (issued within the last 5 years)
  • Valid Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boat (STCW A-VI/2-1) (issued within the last 5 years)
  • Valid Certificate of Proficiency for Advance Training in Techniques for Firefighting (STCW A-VI/3) (issued within the last 5 years)
  • Valid Certificate of Proficiency in Medical Care on Board Ship (STCW A-VI/4-2)
  • Valid Certificate of Proficiency Ship Security Officer (STCW A-VI/5)
  • German Endorsement in case of foreign certificates
  • Experience as an officer
  • ECDIS Proficiency
  • very good teamwork skills, especially in extreme situations
  • strong communication skills
  • Physical fitness and mental resilience, incl. valid Medical Certificate for Seafarers for desired position
  • Identification with the aims and work of SOS Humanity
  • Awareness of working for a NGO; potentially working with partially (sea) inexperienced volunteers and familiarity with principles of “flat hierarchies”
  • Good English language skills (confident communication in an international team; spontaneous, fluent, detailed communication with native speakers in a broad range of themes)
  • Advanced PC skills especially Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook
  • Age: 21-70 years
  • Vaccinations: Covid19 booster vaccination, measles, rubella, tetanus

We provide:

  • Salary: 2900 € / month (employee gross)
  • Possibility for longer-term employment
  • 1-1-Contract
  • Travel Expenses

In addition to the Covid19 booster vaccination, a week of self-isolation and a negative Covid19-test (not older than 24h!) are required.

The HUMANITY 1 sails under German flag, therefore we are bound to European citizenship in certain positions. However, it is very important to us that our crew is as international and diverse as possible. In particular, we would like to encourage women* to apply in order to ensure a balanced gender ratio on board.

We are looking forward to receiving your application at  [email protected]

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