Colombia: Humanitarian Mine Action Coordinator – COLOMBIA

Organization: Handicap International
Country: Colombia
Closing date: 04 Dec 2016

Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity.

Handicap International is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside disabled and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

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Present in more than 55 countries, Handicap International is composed of 2 operational directions:

  • The Direction of Humanitarian Action

  • The Direction of Development Action


    Under the umbrella of the Direction of development Action, HI is working in Columbia since 1998, assisting persons with disability, displaced populations, armed violence victims and also mine victims.

    The program started working in the demining sector since 2016, following the historic peace agreement between the government and the FARC. The agreement triggered numerous support from the international community and from various donors to support the post-conflict transition, and particularly the demining/clearance activities in 44 townships through a rapid response mechanism.

    HI’s demining operations are scattered in 7 large geographical areas, which lead to human and material resources management challenges .

    Demining is a new activity in the country: it is therefore important to setup new operational standards and ensure HI is positioned as a central actor in the mine action sector. In parallel, it is crucial to trigger regular new funding to ensure the feasibility of the designed project.

    HI is known and respected in Columbia for its Disability, Victim Assistance and Protection related projects. all those projects are interrelated and demining activities are expected to be implemented consistently.

    Demining activities take place more than 600km away from Medellin, logistic constraints to access those areas are important and need to be anticipated carefully in collaboration with the support services team.

    A strong communication with other development partners, local authorities and clearance operators is required.


Under the direct management of the Program director, you will directly manage the chief of demining operations.

Your responsibilities are:

  • Ensure the quality of the demining projects implementation in line with the intervention strategy and the security protocols

  • Structure and manage the human resources involved in the demining projects

  • Elaborate demining projects strategy and develop new projects

  • Ensure HI positioning and representation with all stakeholders in the mine action sector


  • You hold a Master degree in international relations, politics sciences or other relevant fields linked with the expectations of the position

  • You have at least 2 years of experience of field work with an INGO in the humanitarian/development sector

  • You have previous experiences in project management in demining sector and preferably also in other mine actions pillars (victim assistance, mine risk education, etc)

  • You have strong proposal writing skills and analytical skills

  • You have representation and negotiation skills

  • You have predisposition to work within a multi-cultural team

  • You have excellent communication and writing skills in English and in Spanish


  • Length of the contract:** 12 months renewable

  • Employee status: from 2757€ gross/month + perdiem + medical health coverage, retirement planning, repatriation insurance

  • Accomodation: Individual accomodation covered by Handicap International

  • Leaves: 25 days paid leaves + 12 days field leaves per year

  • Family policy: Flights tickets for dependants, participation to school fees, etc

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