Health, Safety and Security Officer Nigeria Pulka/Gwoza At Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)


These strategic locations have allowed NRC greater reach from the north and south parts of the North-East and North Central region and allowed NRC to contribute to bridging the gap between humanitarian aid and development cooperation, including by focusing on equitable access to basic services and strengthening the rights of displaced people and returnees. In addition to the Country Office and the above-mentioned Area Offices, NRC has sub-office structures in Monguno, Biu, Mubi, Pulka and Gwoza.

We are looking for people who are passionate about helping refugees and people forced to flee.

If you are those people, the Norwegian Refugee Council in Nigeria is looking for an enthusiastic, and passionate Health, Safety and Security Officer to join our team in Pulka/Gwoza, Borno State. You will be responsible to provide support for the day-to-day security operations by ensuring the proper safety and security coverage is provided for all staff, visitors and consultants in Pulka/Gwoza, Borno State for the NRC field office.
Generic Responsibilities 

  • Implement NRC’s HSS Policies and guidelines in Pulka/Gwoza Field Office in Borno State.
  • Conduct regular security risk assessments (SRA) of NRC offices, Guest Houses to implement mitigation measures guided by the MOISS standards. Support the HSS Coordinator in conducting Security Risk Assessment (SRA) workshop for the Area Offices as per the Annex 4 and conduct other rapid SRA on need basis. Ensure mitigation action plan are budgeted for and implemented.
  • Conduct HSS Briefing and Induction to all staff, new hired and visitors to Pulka/Gwoza. Keep recorded of all briefing conducted following the informed consent guideline.
  • Supervise contacted security guards and act as liaison with the security guard company management.
  • Ensure that all incidents impacting NRC staff, assets and programs in Pulka/Gwoza are reported and documented in NRC Protect Platform.
  • Develop a staff travel tracking system in collaboration with the HSS CMC in Maiduguri Country Office.
  • Liaison with UN agencies, NGOs and other external actors for the purposes of information sharing and collaboration in Pulka/Gwoza, Borno State.
  •  Collate and prepare a weekly security report of Pulka/Gwoza and submitting to Field Coordinator and HSS Coordinator. This will also include conduct regular conflict and violence analysis/research in the areas of implementation and submitting findings to FC and HSS Coordinator.
  • Work closely with HSS Humanitarian Access team to report, track and monitor access challenges, enablers and constraints.
  • Attend local level CMCOORD meeting and share update with Field Coordinator and HSS Coordinator.
  • Attend Safety and Security roundtable discussion as organized by INGOs and UN agencies and make contributions where necessary.


Specific responsibilities 

  • Give regular daily context update to the Field Coordinator and staff before commencement of field activities.
  • Make available different key contact persons in Pulka and Gwoza where NRC will be implementing activities.
  • Support the HSS Manager and HSS Coordinator to facilitate an ongoing culture of learning as it relates to health, safety, and security. Support in conducting mandatory training (HEIST, Field First Aid, HEAT, CMT) in line with NRC policies and the country Learning & Development Plan. Organize other bespoke onsite training based on assessed needs.
  • Ensure that access control procedures to the Office/Guest House are in place and adequately enforced by the security guards.
  • Liaison with different stakeholders and support the Field Coordinator in organizing meetings when required.
  • Support Logistic Team to conduct safety assessment of vehicles use by NRC.
  • Ensure that all communication equipment (Satellite phones, GPS trackers) is in good working condition and available for use by staff.
  • Implement occupational health and safety procedures and mitigation measures in the office area.
  • Conduct daily staff headcount and report to HSS CMC and FC
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including capacities to negotiate with non-government stakeholders
  • Strong Report-writing ability and security incident analysis. This will include conflict and violence analysis and research capabilities.
  • 1 to 3 years of working experience within a similar function in safety and security management with INGOs, the UN, or government or private sector.
  • Previous experience from working in complex and emergency contexts, particularly in the Northeast Nigeria is desired
  • University Degree in Social Studies, Administration, Security Management, Humanitarian/Refugee Affairs, Peace & Conflict, and/or Disaster Management.  HND in relevant field with 3 years of safety and security experience will be considered.
  • Previous work experience and service in the uniformed forces (military, police, Prisons, NSCDC, etc) is a desired advantage. Certificate of good service discharge will be required.
  • Basic and advance computer skills is mandatory (MS Word, Excel, PPT, Outlook). Ability to create and analyse incident data.
  • Working skills of communication equipment (VHF Radio, Satellite Phones, GPS tracker, CCTV)
  • Basic web-based mapping knowledge or GIS,
  • Hold a valid Security Risk Management Professional Certification from recognized national or international institutes.
  • Valid driver’s license (Driving test to be conducted before being authorized to drive NRC vehicle)

What’s in it for you? 

Join a work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility:

At NRC we think creatively. 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.

Learn on the job: NRC’s collaborative working style favours the exchange of good practice and lessons learnt. At NRC, employees learn on the job and are encouraged to look for opportunities to develop new competencies. NRC managers prioritise the quality work and the competency development of their staff. This entails giving newcomers a good start, following up, training and mentoring employees to allow them to perform well in their current job, and offering learning and development programmes.

Additional Information

 Duty Stations: Pulka/Gwoza, Borno State Nigeria

Duration of contract: 12 months (Renewable).

Grade Level:  Grade 5 in NRC’s grading structure.

Reporting line:  Field Office Coordinator

Travel:  50%

This position is open to Nigeria Nationals only. We invite applications from all qualified and interested candidates. Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications may be screened prior to the vacancy deadline. Female candidates are strongly advised to apply. 

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 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 is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Geneva leads NRC’s representation with the IASC and UN agencies, and coordinates donor engagement with the UN and Swiss donors. NRC strives to assist and protect vulnerable and displaced people during crises, especially in situations of conflict. Established in 1946, NRC is an independent, humanitarian, non-profit, non-governmental organisation working in around 31 countries with approximately 14’000 staff. NRC employs a rights based approach, challenging those with responsibility to uphold the rights of displaced people set out within national and International Laws. NRC endeavors to secure the acceptance of local stakeholders for activities and is committed to the principles of humanity, neutrality, independence and impartiality.

NRC seeks to engage with all relevant actors in order to promote the full respect for the rights of displaced and vulnerable people; secure and maintain access for humanitarian operations and promote the achievement of durable solutions. NRC Geneva, with the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC), are NRC’s primary presence in Geneva.