The humanitarian context in Cameroon is characterised by three pronounced crises.
A) Protracted crisis in the East of the country, where over 300,000 Central African Republic refugees are hosted.
B) Impact of the Armed Organized Groups (AOGs) in the Lake Chad Basin Countries, which has forced more than 115,000 Nigerians to seek refuge in the Far North region and approximately 322,000 Cameroonians internally displaced.
C) on-going violence in the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon that has forced nearly one million people to be displaced and over 750,000 children out of school for multiple years. In addition, the secondary impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have further exacerbated the needs in country
NRC has been operational in Cameroon since April 2017, and currently has five field offices; Maroua and Kousseri in the Far North; Buea in the South-west; Bamenda in the North-west and Batouri in the East. NRC maintains a coordination office in Yaounde
Role and responsibilities
The Country HSS manager serves as the lead technical resource on health, safety and security and crisis management within Cameroon. This function is line managed (direct) by the Country Director (CD) and managed in a technical line (dotted) by the Regional Head of 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.
- Promote and stimulate HSS risk management culture
- Provide Country management group (CMG) with strategic advice based on changes to the context
- Oversee country level HSS risk management process to minimize the risks to staff, assets, operation and reputation of NRC
- Implement the NRC Global HSS Management System at country level and provide reports as required
- Develop and maintain country and Area Office specific HSS documents and procedures incl. strategy and budget
- Act as an adviser to Crisis Management Team leader during a crisis and take lead as and when delegated
- Oversee and/or conduct Security Risk Analysis (SRA) and status reviews
- Manage HSS staff at country office
- Support, training, control and development of HSS staff in all offices and organize and/or train and develop staff in HSS
- Network, communicate and cooperate with relevant external stakeholders
- Support security assessment at Area level conducted by HSS teams
- Develop and share with CO and RO country weekly and monthly security context reports
- Liaise with the Head of Support (HoS) and Head of Programs (HoP) to ensure that Security needs and activities are adequately budgeted
- Ensure constant communication and coordination between HSS department and the program departments to facilitate program delivery in the area of operations
- Ensure that solutions respect both the rules and principles of the Security System of NRC, as well as the humanitarian standards of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence that are guiding the interventions of NRC for accessing beneficiaries;
- Monitor and assess Security service providers’ performance, manage their contracts and acts as a primary focal point with security service providers.
- Ensures Crisis management preparedness in country level
- Put on place Relocation, Hibernation and Evacuation plans and organize relevant drills.
Generic professional competencies:
- Advanced University Degree with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience of health, safety and security management
- 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
- Experience or qualifications in humanitarian access
- Experience or qualifications in humanitarian negotiations
- Experience in risks management for implementing partners or remote management
Context related skills, knowledge and experience:
- Knowledge of the context of Cameroon and/or of Lake Chad Basin
- Knowledge of local security actors is a plus
- Fluency in French and English, both written and verbal
What We Offer
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to join our work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility: At NRC we think outside the box. We encourage ideas and give responsibility to all employees at all levels, to help solve the complex issues that we face. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative
- 24 months fixed term contract renewable
- Grade 9 in NRC scale
- Duty Station: Yaounde with 50% travelling
- An opportunity to match your career to a compelling cause
- A chance to meet and work with people who are the best in their fields
The role is open to international candidates who can show a commitment to NRC and being part of a challenging, but important mission to make a difference.
Find the full job description here.
APPLY before: 10/01/2022
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The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.
Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas, or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety, and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks. NRC requires staff members who travel on an international contract to the field to undergo a medical examination with our medical provider. Employees must produce a Health Clearance Certificate before departure stating that there are no relevant health concerns. If staff are unable to provide this, NRC reserves the right to terminate the Contract of Employment.