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Health, Safety and Security (HSS) Manager (Bogotá, Colombia)

Closing date4 Dec 2021
LocationColombia, Bogota
External URL https://ekum.fa.em2.oraclecloud.com/hcmUI/CandidateExperience/en/sites/CX_1001/job/3378
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Please note fluency in both Spanish and English is required for this position. NRC will review applications weekly, if interested, please apply soon.

NRC has been operating in Colombia for 17 years directly and for 30 years through partners in response to the on-going conflict in-country. In the last years we also scaled up our humanitarian assistance to other countries in Latin America, currently covering also Ecuador, Panama as well as Peru (the latter through an implementing partner). Since 2018 the regional impact of the Venezuela situation has grown in scale and scope; impacting heavily on Colombia, but also in other countries like Ecuador and Peru. NRC’s regional response to the Venezuela crisis increased substantially and will continue to be scaled up. In addition to this, the Colombia situation has been showing clear signs of reactivation of the armed conflict, with an increase of internal displacement.

The NRC are searching for an experienced, dynamic and operational individual to take up the role of leading NRC’s health, safety and security system in Colombia, Ecuador and Panama. The operation consists of over 500 staff; they deliver assistance in the following core competencies: Education, Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA), Livelihoods and Food Security, Protection, Shelter, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). They also manage a large component of cash assistance, inside core competencies and as a stand-alone modality. In Colombia, they deliver assistance in hard-to-reach areas and some of the most complex zones in country affected by armed conflict, while in all three countries – Colombia, Ecuador and Panama – they assist Venezuelan refugees and migrants who are on the move, at borders and in urban centres.

Role and responsibilities

The HSS Manager serves as the lead technical resource on health, safety and security risks and crisis management within the Colombia, Ecuador and Panama operation of NRC. This role acts as the technical supervisor for Area HSS staff and direct supervisor of HSS staff in the Country Office (CO) and is a member of the Country Management Group (CMG) and Crisis Management Team (CMT).

Generic responsibilities

  • Promote and stimulate HSS risk management culture.
  • Provide CMG with strategic advice based on changes to the context.
  • Oversee and support national HSS risk management to staff, assets, operation and reputation of NRC.
  • Implement the NRC Global HSS Management System at CO level and provide reports as required.
  • Develop and maintain CO HSS documents and procedures including strategy and budget.
  • Act as an adviser to CMT leader during a crisis and take lead as and when delegated.
  • Oversee and/or conduct Security Risk Assessment (SRA) and status reviews.
  • Manage HSS staff at Country Office and provide technical supervision to HSS staff in Area Offices.
  • Support, training, control and development of HSS staff in all offices and organise and/or train and develop staff in HSS.
  • Network, communicate and cooperate with relevant external Security stakeholders.
  • Specific responsibilities.
  • Ensure collaboration on processes and tools between COs in Latin America.
  • Organise and implement HEIST trainings at sub-regional level (in collaboration with other COs in Latin America).
  • Develop specific SOPs as needed.
  • Work closely with programme staff to plan and coordinate activities in the field from a security perspective. Ensure analysis trends and forecasting are brought into both security and programme planning.
  • Support Area Managers in implementing the risk management approach defined by HSS, including reviews and updates of Security Risk Assessments (SRAs).
  • Ensure the HSS team contributes and maintains the requisite documentation of security incidents in NRC Protect and updates for a comprehensive view on events & trends. Ensure reporting of critical security incidents to the Country Director and CMT.

Knowledge, skills and experience

Generic professional competencies:

  • Minimum 5 years of experience from working as a senior HSS Manager in a humanitarian/ recovery context
  • Professional qualifications or studies in general management, HSS, risk management or related studies
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Fluency in Spanish and English, both written and verbal
  • Knowledge of the Colombian and Latin American context


  • Experience as a trainer will be an asset, experience with coaching and capacity building
  • Experience or qualifications in humanitarian access
  • Experience or qualifications in negotiations
  • Experience in risk management for implementing partners or remote management

What we offer:

  • Type of contract: 2 years international contract / Open-ended national contract.
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC salary scale, terms and conditions.
  • Duty station: Bogotá, Colombia. Family Duty station.
  • Travel: 20% across Area Offices.

Please note fluency in both Spanish and English is required for this position


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