Employer: Danish Refugee Council (DRC);
Location: Bogotá, Colombia;
Closing date for applications: August 21, 2020, at 11:59 am (Bogotá, GMT/UTC–5 hour).
About the job
DRC/DDG established an operational presence in Colombia in 2011 with a focus on Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) and providing support to the conflict-affected population in the south of the country. With the onset of the large mixed migration flows into Colombia due to the Venezuelan crisis, DRC started up an integrated humanitarian response in 2018 to meet the urgent needs of refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, Colombian returnees, and host communities. Hence, DRC has been able to assist the Colombian population, Venezuelan refugees, migrants, and host communities through its integrated humanitarian response. Primarily based on protection activities (protection monitoring, individual protection assistance, and legal assistance), the response also includes components of Camp Management (Transit camp of Maicao), Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance (MPCA) and cash for Rent, Non-Food Items distributions, livelihood interventions, prevention and response to Gender-Based Violence (GBV). Lastly, through DDG it also conducts Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) programming in the department of Caquetá. Through community liaison, Mine Risk Education sessions, technical and non-technical surveys, and clearance activities, the program focus on returning cleared land to the population in different areas of the country.
Currently, DRC Colombia’s programming is taking place in some of Colombia’s most vulnerable areas such as the Caribbean coastal areas (Riohacha and Barranquilla), urban centers (Bogotá and Medellin), and along the border with Venezuela (Vichada and Guainia).
The overall purpose of the role:
The overall objective of the security officer is to provide administrative assistance and technical support and ensure that programs and project activities are implemented in a secure, safe, and effective manner.
This role has a country focus and ensures compliance with DRC procedures and guidelines within the country. The role contributes to the development of country strategies, which are translated into action plans and day-to-day tasks. The role provides support and/or technical guidance to country operations while overseeing country activities.
Communication & information
Support the Safety and Security Coordinator on the communication and coordination with relevant stakeholders on all matters relating to the safety of DRC staff within a geographical area of responsibility.
Collect, verify, analyze, and report information that affects, or may affect, DRC operations.
Prepare and submit Safety Incident Reports (SIR).
Monitor staff movements, report on movement irregularities, and initiate emergency response if needed.
Ensure that DRC drivers follow Movement SOP and comply with DRC standards.
Disseminate safety alerts to staff.
Brief visitors and new staff members on safety procedures
Safety Risk Management
Contribute to Safety Risk Assessments (SRAs) when requested by the Safety and Security Coordinator.
Support the Safety and Security Coordinator in on MOSS compliance, report shortcomings to Safety Coordinator.
Support the Safety Coordinator in on that the appropriate access controls are in place for all DRC facilities.
Support the Safety Coordinator in the procurement and issue of safety and protective equipment.
Develop site assessments and advise on mitigation measures when required.
Ensure follow-up audits.
Support the Safety Coordinator in updating the Safety Level System (SLS).
Support the Safety Coordinator in designing and implementing training on safety procedures for staff.
Maintain a network of contacts and represent DRC at safety meetings.
Any other duties related to the nature of the job as directed by the supervisor.
Roles reporting to this position: None.
Reports to: Safety Coordinator
Technical line: N/A
Required experience and competencies
Minimum 2 years of relevant experience in security operations and management.
Full professional proficiency in English.
Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.
Stable, moral, and robust character and a good team player.
Excellent communication skills.
Proven commitment to accountability practices.
High personal and professional integrity.
Excellent skill in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Training in safety, fire, and evacuation procedures.
Training in safety and disaster management.
Experience in negotiating access for humanitarian or other agencies.
Relevant university degree (e.g. political science, international development) or equivalent professional qualification.
A great opportunity to become part of one of the leading global NGOs, focusing on refugees and displaced people, in a fast-growing environment in Colombia. This position is open as a national contract only, foreigners are also welcomed to apply as nationals;
Duration: 12 months renewable depending on performance and funding;
Start date: no later than 15/09/2020;
Duty Station: Bogotá, with field trips to sub-offices;
Salary: Between 3.400.000 COP and 3.800.000 COP according to profile;
Benefits: Complementary health insurance;
Access to more than 1,000 free online training and certificates.
All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.