Sea-Watch is looking for an intern as Air Liaison Officer (ALO)

Office Berlin, July

Sea-Watch e.V. is a young NGO providing civil rescue missions for refugees in distress at sea in the Mediterranean. The situation is getting worse and the work of the volunteers is made more difficult by European authorities as well as by the so called Libyan Coast Guard. At the same time, people die every week at Europe’s borders – we cannot tolerate that. That is why Sea-Watch demands safe and legal entry to the EU in addition to a state conducted rescue at sea.



Do you identify yourself with our goals and visions and would you like to join our diverse team of volunteers, full-time staff and international activists?

For the airborne SAR operations, we are looking for an intern to immediately fill the position as ALO for our two reconnaissance aircrafts Moonbird and Colibri. An ALO is the Air Liaison Officer = ground contact for the aircraft, in charge of maintaining the contact to the TACCO (TACtical COordinator) onboard the aircraft via email at all times. Therefore the ALO monitors the mission and keeps good contact to all authorities involved via phone and mail and as well the the project coordination level of the department.

The internship is based in the Sea-Watch office in Berlin, but can sometimes be carried out from home as well, as long as a stable internet and phone connection is guaranteed. The internship is limited to 3 months.

Your assignments:

  • maintaining communication via mail with the TACCO at all times
  • communication with other actors in the SAR (NGOs, state actors etc.)
  • relaying to and requesting information from other civil and state actors through phone calls, emails and signal-communication
  • close collaboration with Project Coordination of the Airborne Operations Department, same as with the Media Department and Advocacy Department of Sea-Watch
  • record keeping and follow ups after missions together and in support of Project Coordination
  • maintaining a good relationship with key actors (esp. RCCs)
  • constant evaluation of our operations and adjustments upon consultation with the Project Coordination
  • assist the air-crew in other mission-related urgent matters

Your profile:

  • experienced in SAR
  • good knowledge of the political situation in the Central Mediterranean Sea
  • great organising and multi-tasking skills
  • adept at working with Excel, Doc, Google Drive, Slack, instant messengers
  • strong problem solving and negotiating skills
  • able to confidently speak with authorities, such as the RCCs, ATCs (Air Traffic Control) and military actors
  • fluent in English
  • flexible availability for 6-10 hours per day
  • identification with the goals and political demands of Sea-Watch e.V.


  • nautical or aviation background (LRC radio licence, SBF licence, PPL, UL, etc.)
  • good knowledge in at least one more of the following languages: German, Italian, Arabic
  • willing to acquire a lot of aviation, maritime, political, interpersonal and cultural skills

We offer you:

  • a young and dynamic working environment and insight into other departments within Sea-Watch
  • operational key position in a political NGO
  • important independent operational work at the forefront of Europe’s migration politics
  • Salary: 450€/month for an average 40 hours/week

We look forward to receiving your expressive online application by the soonest possible date!

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