Job vacancy in Colombia: Detention Field Officer

10 septiembre 2019

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is looking for suitable candidates to fill the position of "Detention Field Officer" in Bogota (Colombia).

As member of the Detention Task Force Colombia (TF composed of Detention Coordinator, Prison System Advisor (PSA), Detention Delegate, Wathab, Health, Legal, FAS, Ortho), and under the supervision of the Deputy Protection Coordinator responsible for Detention (CoDet) and the Prison System Advisor (PSA), the Detention Field Officer 1 contributes both to the analysis of the main systemic problems and trends and to the implementation of a sustainable systemic detention strategy. As such, s/he 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 1 increases the relevance of the ICRC as a key actor in detention by contributing to confidence and capacity building and the development of a constructive dialogue with all relevant authorities. The Detention Field Officer 2 contributes regularly to the reflections on the ongoing validity and further shaping of the systemic detention strategy and to the continuous adaptation of its specific objectives and corresponding plans of actions.

Educational background and professional experience

  • University degree, preferably in Social Sciences, Crime Policy, Prison Systems, Criminal Law, Human Rights or Social Sciences.
  • Computer proficiency.
  • Fluent knowledge of English
  • Minimum 5 years' experience in the penitentiary field, preferably in prison management or criminal justice system.

General duties

  • Understands and adheres to the seven Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
  • Understands and adheres to the ICRC Code of Conduct
  • Understands the roles of the components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
  • Respects and observes staff regulations and security rules at all times
  • Represents the ICRC in a professional manner at all times
  • Develops and maintains a pleasant and conducive working environment with colleagues and line managers
  • Performs all duties with the highest level of confidentiality in the interest of the employees and the ICRC
  • May be asked to perform tasks not covered in this job description and to provide support to other departments when necessary

Accountabilities and responsibilities

Under the supervision of the CoDet and the PSA, the Field Officer 1 is in charge of implementing the Delegation's Detention strategy and contributes to the ICRC integrated approach, in the files under his responsibility. He works closely with the PSA to actively contribute to the analysis and evaluation of the status of the prison system and criminal policy (from its design to its implementation by Ministry of Justice, INPEC, USPEC, Judicial Branch, etc.). He will contribute to the following files:

  • ICRC actions on tackling overcrowding (as defined in 2019 PfR, SO1) (50%):
  1.  ollow-up of the unconstitutional state of affairs in the Colombian prison system, as declared in various occasions by the Colombian Constitutional Court (CC): ongoing analysis of the different decisions, study of their relevancy in the development of ICRC's detention strategy, follow-up of the implementation process of the CC's decisions by the different institutional actors and engaging in a constructive dialogue with the Constitutional Court on ways forward.
  2. Participation in the "Commission on Follow-up to Sentence T388 of 2013, declaring the existence of an unconstitutional state of affairs in the Colombian penitentiary system", and monitoring of its advances.
  3. Engagement in the domestic detention debate and influencing criminal policy reforms (using amongst others the criminological investigation on "Woman in Detention") in order to stimulate a more rational use of deprivation of liberty.
  4. Supporting the PSA in the organization of all the activities related to this file and coordinating, if necessary, with the PROT Administrative Assistant for this purpose.
  • ICRC actions on judicial guarantees (as defined in 2019 PfR, SO4) (35%):
  1. Implementation of judicial and procedural safeguards, especially the application of early-release mechanisms through improved coordination with the Penitentiary Judges.
  2. Supporting the PSA in the organization of all the activities related to this file and coordinating, if necessary, with the PROT Administrative Assistant for this purpose.
  • In addition, the Field Officer 1 contributes to several thematic files at the level of the delegation, such as use of force, ill treatment, implementation of the disciplinary regime in case of violations and solitary confinement, files under the lead of other colleagues. So:
  1. Contributes to the development of ICRC's capacity to intervene on systemic issues/shortcomings and to develop activities related to systemic support.
  2. 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.
  3. Elaborates tools for collecting and analysing relevant data and contributes to thematic research, computer-based and/or field investigation, taking into account the relevant legal and regulatory frameworks.
  4. Prepares, plans, implements and reports detention activities, including some with complete autonomy.
  5. Participates in activities to monitor the implementation of relevant activities to address humanitarian problems in prisons.
  6. 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.

Additional duties

  • Follows up on all work-related messages and correspondence with the relevant contacts and departments
  • Is aware of the delegation's objectives and has a good knowledge of the Movement and other contacts relevant to the position
  • Collects and shares information so as to improve the ICRC's understanding of the environment and humanitarian trends and responses
  • Represents the ICRC in an appropriate way during activities, in meetings and in the field, and avoids any activity that may reflect negatively on the ICRC's image
  • Takes responsibility for their own professional learning and development

Please submit your application (letter of motivation and CV ) not later than 19 September 2019 by e-mail only to until 5 p.m. (Colombian time).

Please clearly indicate "Detention Field Officer" in the email subject. The files should not exceed 5 MB.

Only complete applications matching the required selection criteria will be considered.