Job vacancy in Colombia: Detention field officer

27 julio 2018

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is looking for suitable candidates to fill the position of "Detention Field Officer", that contributes to the ICRC's ability to analyze and understand prison systems and criminal policy from a systemic perspective; and, contributes to the definition, the implementation, the monitoring and evaluation of ICRC's relevant activities to address the humanitarian problems in prisons.

The Detention Field Officer, under the supervision of the Deputy Protection Coordinator responsible for Detention (CoDet) and the Prison System Advisor (PSA).

Place of work: Bogota (Colombia) and availability to travel around Colombia or outside.

Certifications/Education Required

  • University degree, preferably in Social Sciences, Crime Policy, Prison Systems, Criminal Law, Human Rights or Social Sciences.
  • Computer proficiency.
  • Fluent knowledge of Spanish. Other language (English by preference, or French) is a plus.

Professional Experience Required

Minimum 5 years' experience in the penitentiary field, preferably in prison management or criminal justice system.

Accountabilities & Responsibilities

  • Prepares, plans, implements and reports detention activities, including some with complete autonomy.
  • Contributes, with the guidance of the PSA, to the analysis and evaluation of the status of the prison system and criminal policy.
  • Contributes to several thematic files at the level of the delegation, such as ill treatment, use of force, solitary confinement, unconstitutional state of affairs, more rational use of deprivation of liberty and due process.
  • Proactively performs the search and analysis of relevant technical documents, both nationally and internationally, whose content should serve as a basis and inspiration for all of its responsibilities and for ICRC staff involved in detention activities. Provides elements of analysis and possible solutions, with a view to improving the conditions of detention.
  • Contributes to the development of ICRC's capacity to intervene on systemic issues/shortcomings and to develop activities related to systemic support.
  • Participates (or leads) in detention visits to monitor the implementation of relevant activities to address humanitarian problems in prisons.
  • As a team member, contributes to the design and the implementation of multidisciplinary activities, by liasing with other departments involved in detention activities to ensure a comprehensive response to the systemic failures that arise in the prison system.
  • Independently develops and maintains contacts and network with key interlocutors under supervision of CoDet/PSA.
  • Participates in external conferences (local and regional) and other discussion forums, meetings, round tables and seminars where prison systems and other correctional issues are discussed.
  • As a member of the detention team, supports the development and strengthening of the detention strategy, the systemic approach and activities aimed at improving the functioning of the prison, criminal and judicial system.
  • Contributes to oral and written intervention upon request and under supervision of CoDet/PSA.
  • Record, file and manage in an accurate and confidential manner.
  • Is responsible for conducive environment (multidisciplinary approach, team dynamics) among team members and with other departments.

Scope & Impact

  • Geographic remit: local, national and regional.
  • In charge of medium to large detention files and project including some with a degree of complexity.
  • Contributes to research and institutional projects.
  • Contributes to programmatic follow-up (Mid Term Review, Planning for Result) of Detention activities.


  • At internal level, interacts with all staff and departments involved in detention activities.
  • At external level, develops and maintains working relations with individuals and institutions related to his/her function.

Documents for applying

  • Curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum).
  • Letter of motivation (2 pages maximum) written in Spanish, Font Times New Roman, size 12 spaced 1,5 between lines and paragraphs. In this letter the candidate indicates how his/her professional profile meets the requirements of the job offer, as well as his/her goals and objectives.
  • Essay (2 pages maximum) written in Spanish, font Times New Roman size12 and spaced 1,5 between lines and paragraphs. The essay must cover the following theme: 'Relevant initiatives to address the humanitarian consequences of the Inconstitutional State of Affairs in the Colombian prison system'. 
  • Please submit your application not later than 12 August 2018 by e-mail only to until 5 p.m. (colombian time).
  • Please clearly indicate "Detention Field Officer" in the email subject.
  • Only complete applications matching the required selection criteria will be considered.

The ICRC is an organization that values ​​inclusion. We invite people in any situation of disability to apply for the position as long as they meet the requirements established in the job description.