Colombia – Head of Mission in Bogota
Colombia – Head of Mission in Bogota
Type of contract
Fixed Term Contract
Expected start date
As soon as possible
Duration of mission
Since 2013, Venezuela is enduring a socio-economic crisis triggered by the fall of oil prices, contested economic measures, and ambitious social policies that fueled insecurity and a decline in the previously richest economy in Latin America. The political and humanitarian crisis worsened in 2018, with UNHCR estimating that thousands of Venezuelans were leaving their country each day to reach and remain in various destinations in Colombia. According the 2020 Refugee and Migrant Response Plan (RMRP), Colombia remains the country most impacted and largest host of arrivals from Venezuela, with an estimated 1,630,903 Venezuelans in the country as of December 2019 (52% male and 48% female, with only 641,825 having legal status), and the return of approximately 500,000 Colombians. This influx has put considerable strain on the Colombian system, meaning that those arriving now are facing harsher conditions than those of the past, as well as those arriving being generally poorer than those who were able to travel earlier.
The 2019 Colombian Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) stated that there are 1.9 million people in need in Colombia, consisting of 1,467,000 Venezuelan refugees or migrants and 403,000 Colombians. Of this, there is approximately 946,000 males (including 232,000 under 18 and 23,000 over 59 years old) and 925,000 females (including 227,000 under 18 and 24,000 over 59 years old). However, it is important to recognize that the data on Venezuelans is potentially underestimated, because it is believed that thousands are not registered due to crossing into the country informally, and it only reflects disaggregated data for people who have been assessed in need of humanitarian assistance in Colombia.
Beginning in early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic spread quickly and exponentially throughout the world, and entered Colombia in March 2020. The Colombian government has since taken continually increasing measures to contain the virus, including shutting down the border (including that with Venezuela), installing curfews and travel restrictions, and imposing social distancing rules on gatherings. The general situation and conditions has significant impact on Venezuelan migrants and vulnerable Colombians, drastically increasing vulnerability throughout the country.
PUI’s strategy/position in the country
In 2021, PUI will continue and expand the humanitarian projects in North Santander/Santander and Arauca covering health, MHPSS, and protection. In North Santander/Santander, PUI will continue to support Venezuelan migrant and refuges, particularly PWSN, on the dangerous migration route from the border, while in Arauca PUI will expand the clinics and new mobile clinics supporting primary healthcare and MHPSS.
PUI will also be seeking to expand its humanitarian program into new areas, with a new country wide strategy taking into consideration the current and impending challenges related to the COVID-19 crisis. A potential project in Tibú is a continuation of this strategy, focusing on population affected by the armed conflict in the area of Catatumbo, in Norte de Santander. It will be an opening of new base for PUI in Colombia, within health and mental health programming intended to be implemented, also in collaboration with partners focused on protection.
The Head of Mission is responsible for the smooth functioning and the development of the mission.
Safety & Security: S/he is responsible for the safety & security of the mission.
Programmes: S/he coordinates the teams and ensures that the programmes implemented on the mission are properly carried out.
S/he also monitors needs and suggests new operations and development tracks for the mission.
Human Resources: S/he ensures that the mission is adequately staffed and supervises the teams (defining objectives, follow-up).
Logistical, administrative and financial monitoring: S/he ensures that logistical and administrative practices in place respect PUI procedures and formats and are in compliance with donors’ rules and regulations.
Medical and technical monitoring: S/he ensures that medical and technical practices respect PUI’s procedures and formats and are in compliance with PUI’s operational framework and policy.
Representation: S/he represents the association in its relations with partners, donors, the media and different authorities.
Relations with Headquarters: S/he ensures that information is properly circulated between Headquarters and the field and ensures that due dates are respected.
ENSURING THE SAFETY & SECURITY OF GOODS AND PEOPLE
ENSURING PROGRAMMES ARE PROPERLY CARRIED OUT AND SUGGESTING NEW OPERATIONS
SUPERVISING LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL PERSONNEL TEAMS ON THE MISSION
ENSURING THE LOGISTICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE MONITORING OF THE MISSION
ENSURING THE TECHNICAL AND MEDICAL MONITORING OF THE MISSION
ENSURING THE REPRESENTATION OF PUI and SI
ENSURING THE SUPERVISION AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE MISSION
ENSURING RELATIONS WITH THE HEADQUARTERS
Min. 3 years of humanitarian experience in project co-ordination
Successful experience in expatriate team management and multi-sector programmes
Excellent writing skills
Detailed knowledge of the donors (OFDA, ECHO, UN agencies, EuropeAid, AAP…)
English and Spanish mendatory
Leadership skills and the ability to make decisions
Trustworthiness and a sense of responsibility
Charisma and the ability to awake enthusiasm for the work the project involves
Ability to use authority, when necessary
Analysis and synthesis abilities (discenrment, pragmatism)
Ability to adapt
Organisational skills, ability to be thorough and respect due dates
Strong listening and negotiation skills
Good people and communication skills
Ability to remain calm and level-headed
General ability to resist stress and particularly in unstable circumstances
Employed with a Fixed-Term Contract
Monthly Gross Income: from 2 915 up to 3 245 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI
Cost Covered: Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…
Insurance including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation
Housing in collective accommodation
Daily Living Expenses (« Per diem »)
Break Policy: 5 working days at 3 and 9 months
Paid Leaves Policy: 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months
Mobility: Extensive travel may be required
Person in charge of this offer
Romain Gautier, Recruitment & Career Manager