Summary:  In charge of the Deck Department and responsible to the Master for the daily operation of the vessel with regard to the same.

Available January 2019 - onward.

Previous experience as a Deck Officer with Mercy Ships is highly preferred. 

The maritime volunteers onboard the Africa Mercy are a vital part to making it possible to bring hope and healing to the people of Africa. If you have spent your career on the sea and want to use those skills to make a positive change in the lives of others, our ship could be your next great adventure! 

The Chief Officer volunteer position, part of the Deck department, will be located on the Africa Mercy, the world's largest non-governmental hospital ship. The preferred minimum commitment for this role is two years, though shorter commitments may also be considered. We recommend all interested applicants to submit an application six months in advance of your target service date. Commitments longer than ten months require successful completion of Mercy Ships On Boarding Program

Are you interested in coming with your family? This position qualifies for a family cabin on board! Please refer to the Family FAQs for more information. 

Qualifications required:

  • Certificate of Competency in accordance with STCW A-II/2
  • Successful completion of Security Awareness in accordance with STCW A-VI/6
  • Successful completion of Crowd Management in accordance with STCW A-V/2-1
  • Successful completion of Crisis Management and Human Behaviour in accordance with STCW A-V/2-3
  • Valid ARPA certificate
  • Valid GMDSS Operator's license
  • Valid ECDIS (General) certificate
  • Certificate of Proficiency as Ship Security Officer in accordance with STCW VI/5 (preferred)
  • Ability to speak and understand English effectively

Questions about this information? Send us an email! Our technical recruiter would love to answer any questions you may have. You can reach Craig Sharver at [email protected].

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