Security Coordinator/Analyst

Organization profile

Every year, millions of people around the world go missing as a result of conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized crime, irregular migration, and other causes. This is a complex global challenge that can be tackled effectively through cross-cutting programs that address a variety of difficult, interconnected issues.

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is the only international organization tasked exclusively to work on the issue of missing persons. It works with governments and other stakeholders, including families of the missing, to help them develop and maintain successful missing persons processes. To learn more about ICMP click here.

ICMP’s Colombia Program

In the aftermath of half a century of conflict, Colombia faces a legacy of more than 85,000 cases of missing and disappeared persons. The inclusion of this issue in the Final Peace Agreement signed in November 2016, provides an exceptional opportunity to advance efforts to account for missing persons and to secure the rights of victims.

ICMP is mandated under the Peace Agreement to assist this process. It has identified the most important challenges and will support the Search Unit, families of the missing, civil society organizations and parties to the Peace Agreement in their efforts towards long-term peace and reconciliation. ICMP will work closely with its international and Colombian partners to make a positive and practical contribution to this process.

Position profile

Under the supervision of Head of Program, and working closely with the Corporate Services team in Bogota and at HQ, the Security Coordinator/Analyst’s duties and responsibilities will include, but will not necessarily be limited to, the following:

  • Advising the Head of Program on security related matters that affect the Colombia program, its assets, personnel and information;
  • Integrating qualitative and quantitative methodologies to produce comprehensive analyses to guide ICMP policy positions, decision-making, and programming, including the identification of access barriers to prioritized population rights;
  • Managing information and data on conflict dynamics and other risk situations in the area of interest and disseminate weekly news and security updates;
  • Monitor and assess prevailing trends in the political, security and socio-economic situation in Colombia, identify and evaluate implications for the Program, operational posture and risk management strategies, and produce actionable policy briefs for the Head of Program;
  • Managing information and data on conflict dynamics and other risk situations in the area of interest;
  • Develop, maintain and implement the program’s security risk management plan;
  • Draft mission specific security policies and procedures;
  • Work closely with the security services contractor to develop and execute operational plans related to travel within Colombia and ensure staff are provided with security briefings ahead of each travel in country;
  • Develop and implement a security induction training package for new staff members and review/update security training requirements for all staff;
  • Conduct regular security drills, communication tests and evacuation exercises;
  • Conduct periodic physical security assessments of program offices and recommend cost effective enhancements aimed at safeguarding staff, assets and information;
  • Develop security equipment needs, scope equipment specifications, and implement an equipment maintenance system to ensure all operations and security equipment is kept up-to-date and in a state of operational readiness;
  • Work closely with program staff to plan and coordinate activities in the field from a security perspective;
  • Conduct risk and site assessments relevant to the implementation of program activities;
  • Liaise with other international organizations, embassies, and other relevant stakeholders on matters pertaining to security;
  • Develop and operationalize systems and approaches to enhance the security and safety of program staff, assets and information;
  • Perform related duties as requested.


  • Professional in Security Management, Risk Management, Resilience, Information Management, Political Sciences, Peace & Conflict Studies, or other relevant subject. Post-secondary qualifications and/or training in is desirable.
  • Five to seven years working in a similar role within an international organization;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with senior managers and staff, while demonstrating sound judgment and cultural sensitivity;
  • Previous experience supporting field-based teams in a challenging environment;
  • Excellent drafting skills, with proven experience writing reports and security related policies and procedures;
  • Energy, creativity and ability to plan and multitask;
  • Ability to work effectively within a diverse team;
  • Record of resilience in the face of hardship;
  • Willing to work additional hours at critical times;
  • Social sensitivity towards vulnerable groups and victims of armed conflict;
  • Excellent capacity for analysis, efficiency and good time management;
  • Easy oral and written communication;
  • Excellent analytical skills and clear writing;
  • Previous experience working within international organizations is a plus.

Additional requirements

  • Legally entitled to work in Colombia;
  • Professional fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish;
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft applications, including Outlook, Word, Excel and Power Point;
  • Ability to interact positively with colleagues regardless of culture, nationality, religion or gender;
  • Willingness to travel and to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings, when necessary.


In addition to an attractive base salary, this position is eligible for up to 8 weeks of paid time off each year and generous social security insurances. This position is at the LES 6 level on the ICMP Colombia salary scale. This position is not eligible for relocation or expatriate allowances. For more details, please see the ICMP website.

ICMP is committed to maintaining an environment of mutual respect, where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants. ICMP believes that diversity and inclusion among our staff are critical to our success as a global organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented individuals from a thoroughly diverse range of candidates. ICMP is proud to be part of the International Gender Champions network.