Employment Practices

ADRA serves our brothers and sisters in more than 118 countries without regard to age, ethnicity, politics, or religion.

Hiring practices

To fulfill our mission, ADRA employs approximately 5,000 employees and countless volunteers. Because employment and immigration laws in each country differ, most staff must be citizens or permanent residents of the country in which the ADRA offices are located. The central ADRA office is located in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA, and assists network offices with international recruitment. The selection of the most qualified candidate and completion of specific employment contracts are responsibilities of each ADRA office. 

Equal opportunity

At ADRA, we’re committed to equal employment opportunities for all. ADRA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national origin, marital status, or handicap/disability in its hiring and employment practices. ADRA exercises its constitutional and statutory rights as a religious organization and employer to prefer members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in employment. Employees of ADRA who are recruited but not members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church are expected to accept the Seventh-day Adventist philosophy of humanitarian service and practice a lifestyle compatible with ADRA policies and Seventh-day Adventist beliefs.

International expatriates

For a limited number of senior management and technical positions, we employ individuals from outside the specific country of operation, which we call “international expatriates. ”The employment opportunities for international expatriates are categorized as contract and intern. Local ADRA offices may also accept individuals who desire to provide volunteer services in specialized areas. Positions held by international expatriates typically require a Master’s Degree, or equivalent. The positions also require three to five years of experience in international development. In addition to fluency in the English language, knowledge of French, Spanish, or other languages is often necessary, and is always preferred.