Work with us

COOPI, in order to implement projects in the Global South, collaborates with cooperation professionals who are ready and willing to employ their skills and expertise in the countries in which COOPI operates.
To go on a mission with COOPI means to take on the responsibilities which the position entails and to represent the organisation before the authorities, the government, donors and all stakeholders in the destination country.



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COOPI’s interventions take place in developing countries and/or emergency situations which are often difficult to manage, due to their particular socio-political and environmental contexts. Collaborators must therefore have the ability to read and interpret the contexts in which they are operating, given the propensity of these to change very rapidly (for example changes to local and expatriate staff, political and environmental instability). COOPI works in multi-ethnic situations which therefore require flexibility and a respect for others, both from the expatriate staff and local staff. The often uncomfortable atmosphere and long working hours require a great deal of energy and a willingness to do more than is required, learning from past experience and becoming independent in a short space of time.


Profiles required

We are looking for personnel in the following main areas:

  • Technical AREA
    (WASH experts, engineers, architects, agronomists, veterinarians, GIS experts, DRR and environment experts, etc.)
  • Health AREA
    (Doctors, nurses, nutritionists, etc.)
  • Economic-Financial AREA
    (Administrators, logistics experts, etc.)
  • Psychosocial AREA
    (Psychologists, sociologists, experts in SGBV/GBV, protection experts, etc.)
  • Management AREA
    (Project leaders, mission chiefs, coordination assistants, etc.)

Developments in the sphere of cooperation call for collaborators to be highly qualified individuals with specialised skills. Essential traits are: a high level of motivation, an excellent capacity to adapt, and a capacity for multicultural integration. COOPI focuses particularly on specialisations and specific Masters for the area of operation.

Contract, duration and conditions

The length of a COOPI mission can vary according to the particular project and role undertaken. The average duration of an emergency intervention is six months, whereas development programs can last from a minimum of six months to a maximum of 12.

Both types of mission are renewable as long as both parties are willing and able for this to happen.
For country coordination, logistics or administrative positions, 12-month contracts are normally offered, whereas the contracts offered for internships/traineeships are for a minimum of three months and a maximum of six.

COOPI offers: a paid contract according to a specific wage scale; health insurance; accommodation in guest houses; a return airline ticket to and from the destination country; visa costs and costs of internal transfers in the destination country from the capital to other bases.

Conditions can vary slightly in the event of internships and traineeships.
Prior to departure, future COOPI collaborators take part in a week of training at the Milan headquarters, the costs of which are normally covered by the organisation.

Recruitment and selection

The process of recruiting and selecting staff based in Italy and expatriate staff is intended to find qualified personnel. Candidates’ skills, motivation and references will be checked by means of a transparent non-discriminatory process as regards gender, religion, political persuasion, social and ethnic background that could otherwise compromise equal opportunities for work or the fair treatment in the hiring of the person.

The Recruitment and Selection office receives applications, assesses them and contacts the shortlisted applicants to invite them to come for an initial interview, following which their professional references are checked. Shortlisted candidates are then invited to a second interview; for some positions they are required to undergo a technical assessment.

Following the interviews, the most suitable candidate is chosen and a contract and economic proposal is sent to them.
Prior to departure, they will undergo a period of training at the organisation’s headquarters, this being the final stage in the selection process. During this period, COOPI reserves the right to assess the candidate’s technical capabilities, attitude and conduct. Only at the end of this stage will the contract be signed on the basis of that agreed previously.

Training and civil service

Students of undergraduate, masters and specialisation school courses in the sectors relevant to COOPI interventions may have the opportunity to undertake internships and training both at the organisation’s offices in Italy and abroad.

COOPI has, over the years, put in place various agreements with numerous Italian and foreign universities and is open to evaluating new collaborations with other institutions. Generally speaking, the average duration of a traineeship lasts from four to six months, during which the trainee undergoes an initial period of theoretical and practical orientation so as to allow him or her to independently carry out the assigned tasks.

Additionally, each year the COOPI’s headquarters in Milan hosts National Civil Service projects, as announced by the government. The civil service, which lasts 12 months, is generally carried out in areas of the Communication and Fundraising Office. Since 2015, it has also been possible to carry out regional civil service within the different areas and offices of the Milan and Padova sites, doing so through the Youth Guarantee competition.

All vacancies

Posizioni lavorative_inglese

ContinenteCountryFunzioneDurataEsperienza richiestaData pubblicazioneTermine candidatureBase
Africa Ethiopia Head of Mission 12 months, renewable min. 5 years 28 agosto 2017 30 ottobre 2017 Addis Ababa
Africa Niger Administrateur de base 12 mois au moins 3 ans 27 settembre 2017 30 ottobre 2017 Diffa
Africa Chad Chef de Mission 12 mois au moins 5 ans 11 maggio 2017 30 ottobre 2017 N'Djamena
Africa Nigeria Programme Coordinator 6 months, renewable minimum 5 years 06 ottobre 2017 30 novembre 2017 North East (Maiduguri) with frequent travel to Yobe state and when necessary Abuja
RCA Chef de Projet Protection 3 mois au moins 5 ans 08 settembre 2017 23 ottobre 2017 Bria
Africa Nigeria Project Administrator 12 months renewable minimum of 5 years 08 settembre 2017 30 ottobre 2017 Maiduguri – Borno State
Africa Nigeria Logistics Coordinator 6 months, renewable min. 3 years 08 settembre 2017 30 ottobre 2017 Various
Middle East Syria Project Manager 12 months, renewable min. 5 years 08 settembre 2017 30 ottobre 2017 firstly remote mgmt from Batroun, then Damascus and Aleppo
Latin America and Caribbean Peru Asistente de Programa / Junior Project Manager 4 meses por los menos 2 años 28 settembre 2017 30 ottobre 2017 Piura, con visitas periódicas a la capital (Lima)
Africa Mali Capo Progetto AICS 9 mesi almeno 3 anni 10 ottobre 2017 15 novembre 2017 Bamako
Latin America and Caribbean Peru Coordinador de Proyecto 4 meses por los menos 5 años 29 settembre 2017 23 ottobre 2017 Piura, con visitas periódicas a la capital (Lima)
Latin America and Caribbean Haiti Chef de projet Junior 6 mois au moins 2 ans 28 settembre 2017 23 ottobre 2017 Tabarre, Cité Soleil
Chad,RCA Psychologue 6 mois renouvelables au moins 3 ans 11 aprile 2017 30 ottobre 2017
RDC Administrateur de Base 12 mois au moins 5 ans 04 ottobre 2017 16 ottobre 2017 Bunia
Africa Nigeria Child Protection Project Manager 12 months, renewable min. 5 years 04 settembre 2017 23 ottobre 2017 Maiduguri
RDC Chef de Projet 6 mois, renouvelable min 3 ans 14 luglio 2017 11 settembre 2017 Luiza
Africa Niger Chargé des Programmes Protection 12 mois au moins 3 ans 19 maggio 2017 02 giugno 2017 Niamey
Africa Niger Assistant Chef de Projet 6 mois renouvelables au moins 2 ans 19 maggio 2017 02 giugno 2017 Niamey
Europe Italy Consultant to be defined < 5 years 21 novembre 2016 27 novembre 2016
Africa Chad Administrateur 2 mois 3-5 ans 24 ottobre 2016 04 novembre 2016

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