Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Country Health, Safety and Security Manager

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Job Description


NRC Nigeria is recruiting a Health, Safety and Security (HSS) Manager for its country operation. The HSS Manager will be responsible for development and management of Health, Safety and Security risks including organizational structures, accountabilities, policies and procedures in NRC Nigeria.
Nigeria’s north-east region is currently plagued by major humanitarian crises. Since 2009, violent attacks on civilians by Boko Haram have left at least two million people displaced.
Many have fled to Borno State’s capital, Maiduguri, or other urban centres in Borno where the government army provide some security. The influx has led to great pressure on already scarce resources. Out of 13.4 million people living in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, 7.7 million are in need of assistance and 1.2 million are living in inaccessible areas.
NRC started the current country programme in Nigeria in 2015, and is currently operating in two area offices; Maiduguri (Borno State), Yola (Adamawa State) and six field offices; Monguno, Dikwa, Biu, Damasak, Mubi, Gwoza/Pulka. The security situation is highly volatile and unpredictable.
The programme portfolio includes all six core competencies of NRC. ICLA (Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance), Livelihood and Food Security, WASH, Shelter, Education and Camp Management.

The Country HSS manager serves as the lead technical resource on health, safety and security risks and Crisis Management within Nigeria country. This function is line managed (direct) by the Director" id="link" class="link">Country Director (CD) and managed in a technical line (dotted) by the Regional HSS function. This role acts as the technical supervisor for Area HSS staff or equivalent within the country, and serves as a core member of the country management group and crisis management team.

Duties and Responsibilities

Promote and stimulate HSS risk management culture;
Provide Country management group (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 national level and provide reports a required ;
Develop and maintain national HSS documents and procedures incl. strategy and budget ;
Lead and monitor the implementation and compliance of NRC health, safety and Security Risk Management framework, and reduce risks by seeking creative solutions for mitigation to (in order of priority): NRC staff, programs, organization, beneficiaries and assets ;
Undertake regularly missions in the field and provide Technical Support and security advice to the Area Managers (AM) and Country Director (CD)
Identify safety and security conditions that are specific to the geographical areas where NRC intervenes and safety and security factors that may impede access to the beneficiaries of NRC ;
Ensure that solutions respect both the rules and principles of the Health, Safety and Security System of
NRC Nigeria, as well as the humanitarian standards of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence that are guiding the interventions of NRC for accessing beneficiaries
Collaborate with the teams of Access, Emergency and CMC of NRC in Nigeria

The HSS Manager reports to the CD.


Minimum 3 years of experience from working as a senior HSS Manager in an international humanitarian/recovery context
Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
Substantial and demonstrated prior experience as a trainer
Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
Fluency in English, both written and verbal,
Valid driver’s license

Professional qualifications or studies in general management, HSS and/or risk management
Prior work experience at the country level
Experience or qualifications in humanitarian access
Experience or qualifications in negotiations

Personal Qualities

Handling insecure environments
Initiating action and change
Empowering and building trust

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