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Regional Head of Health, Safety and Security – Senegal

Closing date20 Jan 2021
OrganisationNorwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
LocationDakar, Senegal
External URL https://ekum.fa.em2.oraclecloud.com/hcmUI/CandidateExperience/en/sites/CX_1001/job/316


All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organisation’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusivity and accountability. These attitudes and beliefs shall guide our actions and relationships. The Regional Head of Health Safety and Security ( HSS) serves as the lead technical resource on health, safety and security risks and crisis management within CWA region. This function is line managed by the Regional Director (RD) and supervised in a technical line by the Global HSS Director.

The NRC Central and West Africa region is composed of country offices in Burkina Faso/Niger, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, and Nigeria. All countries are experiencing a deterioration of the security situation, increasing humanitarian needs and displacements due to conflict. Aid workers i continue to be affected by security incidents across the region. Shrinking humanitarian space also places aid workers at a greater risk. COVID-19 has produced additional challenges in terms of medical evacuations in an already complex context. The expansion of NSAG and challenged application of International Humanitarian Law by state security forces contributes to risks faced by communities as well as NRC’s staff.

The Central and West Africa Regional Office (CWARO) oversees the country programmes in the region, and provides strategic guidance and oversight across core programme, advocacy and support functions.

This role acts as the technical supervisor for Country HSS Managers or equivalent within the region, and serves as a core member of the Regional Management Group and Crisis Management Team. The RHoHSS plays a fundamental role in capacity building and Duty of Care.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Promote and stimulate HSS risk management culture
  • Serve as the technical resource for the RD and Country HSS Managers within the region
  • Implement the NRC Global HSS Management System at regional level, including global HSS initiatives
  • Ensure guidance, support and capacity building to HSS staff and Country Office management in the region
  • Develop and implement specific HSS procedures, SOPs, guidelines and tools in the region
  • Ensure general overview of the security context within the region and brief the Regional Management Group (RMG) on key security development and emerging threats within the region
  • Serve as a member of the Regional Crisis Management Team, deploy to support country crisis teams within the region upon request, and contribute to the development of crisis management capacity within the region.
  • Ensure control mechanisms in HSS in NRC operations in the region
  • Comply and adhere to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
  • Carry out other duties of temporary character appointed by the Central and West Africa Regional Director
  • Engage as an active member of the Regional Management Group and Extended Regional Management Group
  • Develop and maintain regional HSS documents and procedures incl. strategy and budget.
  • Monitor country and regional office compliance with the NRC HSS risk management policy.
  • Follow up on compliance issues raised by the RD and/or HO and travel to conduct verifications upon request.
  • Serve as a member of the Regional Duty of Care Committee
  • Play a leading role in critical incident management
  • Develop and implement CWA Regional HSS strategy
  • Provide technical review of HSS management documents for all countries in the region to ensure they comply with NRC standards, including Security Risk Assessments (SRA), Country Security Management Plans (CSMP), Country Contingency Plans, Medical Emergency Plan, and Hibernation, Evacuation and Relocation Plans (HERP)
  • Conduct security risk assessments in relation to internal investigations
  • Further build network and collaboration with regional counterparts at INGOs and UN Agencies


  • Minimum 5 years of experience from working as a senior manager in a humanitarian/recovery context, including experience as an HSS manager
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Substantial and demonstrated experience as a trainer
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills
  • Fluency in English and French, both written and verbal
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Professional qualifications or studies in general management, HSS and/or risk management
  • Experience or qualifications in humanitarian access
  • Experience or qualifications in negotiations

Personal Qualities

  • Handling insecure environments
  • Planning and delivering results
  • Working with people
  • Analysing
  • Communicating with impact and respect
  • Coping with change

Candidates who are able to travel widely throughout the region will be preferred.

Please note that NRC will be reviewing applications as they receive them, interested candidates are encouraged to apply early.

What They Offer

  • Contract Length: 2 years of full-time contract
  • Grade: 10 in NRC’s grade structure
  • A Competitive salary and benefits according to International staff terms and conditions, including contributions to a pension fund
  • Duty station: Dakar, Senegal with 40% travel to the field.
  • An approved health certificate will be requested before the contract start!

How to apply

Please apply via the link above


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