MOAS was founded in 2014 as the first search and rescue operation of its kind, determined to mitigate the loss of human life on deadly maritime migration routes, mainly in the Mediterranean. Three years later, MOAS has rescued and assisted over 40,000 children, women and men fleeing violence, poverty and persecution.
This year MOAS will be looking at delivering humanitarian aid to the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, working with established NGOs. From there, MOAS will deliver much-needed humanitarian assistance and aid to the Rohingya people, and will work to provide a platform for transparency, advocacy and accountability in the region where a deadly exodus is unfolding on the border between Bangladesh and Myanmar.
How we work
In early 2015, the eastern Mediterranean route saw a large increase in the flow of migrants as hope faded in the refugee camps of Turkey and other regions. In addition to following overland routes, people from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia continued throughout that year to risk the short sea crossing from Turkey to Greece’s easternmost islands to reach Europe.
In late 2015 as the winter months descended, the death rate continued to climb. In response, MOAS operated a new search-and-rescue mother ship with two high-speed rescue craft named in the memory of Aylan and Galip Kurdi, Syrian children who perished in September 2015 off the coast of Turkey in an attempt to find a better life.
Even though the crossing was relatively short – 10 to 14 nautical miles – it remained perilous as people continued to set out to sea in dinghies despite worsening weather and decreasing water temperatures. The route was also made more perilous due to the scattered Greek islands, which are unlit and prime to cause shipwrecks.
Following the implementation of the European Union-Turkey Agreement in March 2016, arrivals in Greece from across the Aegean Sea have fallen by 98%. As the weather improved and the Central Mediterranean route started to pick up once again, MOAS relocated its operations there to focus our efforts where they are needed most.
What we look for
MOAS is looking for creative and dynamic candidates willing to grow in a fast-developing company. You are endowed with a critical and analytical mind, excellent interpersonal skills and a pronounced result-driven attitude. If you are up to the challenge, look for our job offers and apply today.