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PUI recruits 01 Protection Coordinator based in Bogota

PUI recruits 01 Protection Coordinator based in Bogota

Location : Colombia based in Bogota (with frequent trips to the field)

Starting Date : ASAP

Duration of Mission : 6 months


Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians’ victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency.

The association leads in average 190 projects by year in the following sectors of intervention: food security, health, nutrition, construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures, water, sanitation, hygiene and economic recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 5 million people in 20 countries – in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.

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Humanitarian situation and needs:

Venezuela faces a major political, economic and social crisis, with hyperinflation, acute scarcity of food, medicine and other basic goods and one of the world’s highest murder rates. During widespread protests against Maduro’s government, dozens of opposition demonstrators have been killed. The July 2017 election of an all-powerful Constituent Assembly closed down almost all remaining democratic spaces, sparking widespread condemnation in the region and around the world. In recent years, almost 4.8 million people left Venezuela to live, mostly, in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, and Chile. In the short term, migration places significant pressures on the provision of services, institutions, labor markets and the social dynamics of the receiving areas, affecting most the vulnerable populations in both the migrant and local communities.

Colombia hosts the largest number of Venezuelan migrants (1.6 million) and between 70,000 and 80,000 Venezuelan citizens cross the border with Colombia every day. While most return to their country the same day, others stay in Colombia. In early February, the Colombian government tightened entry restrictions and security along the border with Venezuela, deploying an additional 3,000 security personnel, and temporarily halted the processing of new border mobility cards. In absolute terms, Bogotá is the city with the largest number of migrants. However, in relative terms, the border areas (Norte de Santander, Arauca and Guajira) are the most affected, with the migrants representing between 2.5% and 5% of the population. These regions have development lags, which limits their ability to absorb migrants.

ICRC state that there is an estimated 400 to 800 ‘Caminantes’, the vast majority being Venezuelan (including People With Specific Needs (PWSN)), using the BGA route from Cúcuta each day, before continuing to any of their destinations. On this route, Caminantes arrive in BGA in poor conditions, after walking 390kms in a time of between 3 and 5 days. Some Venezuelans in Colombia live in precarious conditions, sometimes staying in public installations such as transport terminals, with multiple needs including shelter, protection, food security; health and WASH. Almost 70% of Venezuelans in Colombia are estimated to have irregular migratory status and are particularly vulnerable to violence and exploitation. They lack access to basic services and work. Only 40% of the migrant children are in school, and the migrant population is twice as likely to be unemployed than the local Colombian population.

Increased traffic along illegal border crossing routes has been reported since entry restrictions changed. Armed groups control many illegal crossing points, which leads to protection concerns for people using these crossings. Additionally, initial assessments report a high number of transactional sex practices used as coping strategies by women and adolescent girls, further exposing them to violence, exploitation, early and unwanted pregnancies, and health hazards (sexually transmissible diseases), while unaccompanied and separated children are also exposed to significant risk. Caminantes, especially those without proper legal documentation, who sleep in public areas in and around BGA are also subject to significant discrimination from the local population and pressure from the local authorities who remove them from these spaces.

Our action in the field:

Following many exploratory missions and the confirmation of a project submitted and validated, PUI aims to launch its humanitarian project covering protection, food security and MHPSS sector, as well as to develop its positioning and operational strategy in the country for 2020.

In Bucaramanga, PUI aims to mitigate serious protection risks that Venezuelan Caminantes, particularly PWSN, are facing on the dangerous migration route and within Bucaramanga, including exposure to violence, abuse, exploitation, and discrimination. To do so, PUI will partner with a local organization in Bucaramanga to provide accommodation, water and sanitation, and food to Caminantes. Within this Refuge, PUI Staff will also conduct Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) activities, and provide emergency transport, to this refuge.

As part of our activities in the Venezuelan Crisis in Colombia, we are looking for a Protection Coordinator

The Protection Coordinator is responsible for the strategic development and technical supervision of PUI’s protection programme which aims at promoting the safety and rights to Venezuelan Caminantes in Colombia. The Protection Coordinator is expected to provide technical guidance, support and oversight on all aspects the protection programme including strategy, development, programmatic resources (guidelines, tools, etc.) and capacity building as well as external representation and advocacy.

The Protection Coordinator is ultimately responsible for the overall quality and impact of the protection programme. The Protection Coordinator will also participate and represent PUI in coordination meetings, and other fora as agreed with the Head of Mission.

Tasks and activities: 

  • Programmes: Lead on the development of the country Protection Strategy for PUI’s response to the protection issues affecting Venezuelans Caminantes in Colombia.
  • Representation and Coordination: Represents PUI towards external stakeholders, including humanitarian partners, donors, authorities etc. on ongoing protection needs and trends. Act as PUI focal point for all coordination forums related to protection, including the Protection Working Group, GBV and CP Working Groups, etc.
  • Human Resources: Provide technical support on the recruitment and the management of all protection programme staff, including managerial and non-managerial positions. To this end, develop terms of reference, staffing plan, participate in recruitment processes and performance evaluations.


Do not hesitate to look at the job description here for all the details you need.


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Expériences / Formation

Training: Master’s degree in a relevant subject, such as human rights law, refugee law, IHL, migration, international relations and/or international development


  • Minimum 3 years of experience working in context of mixed migration and internal displacement at coordination level
  • Strong technical experience in setting up protection systems, including protection monitoring and case management
  • Experience of working in emergency context and through mobile mechanisms
  • Excellent technical knowledge of protection standards and principles and capacity to develop effective responses according to needs and relevant frameworks
  • Commitment to integrate gender, crisis sensitivity and accountability into programming

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Solid experience in strategy setting, project development and management
  • Strong capacity building, facilitation, and presentation skills
  • Good knowledge of institutional donors regulations and policies
  • Ability to work flexibly in a diverse team, with proven leadership skills

Required Personal Characteristics:

  • Ability to work independently, take the initiative and take responsibility
  • Resilience to stress
  • Diplomacy and open-mindedness
  • Good analytical skills
  • Organisation and ability to manage priorities
  • Problem solving and solution oriented thinking
  • Ability to work and manage professionally and maturely
  • Ability to integrate into the local environment, taking account of its political, economic and historical characteristic

Languages: Spanish and English are mandatory. French in an asset.


  • Fixed-Term Contract: 6 months
  • Starting date: ASAP
  • Monthly Gross Income: from 2 200 to 2 530 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 hotel or collective accommodation
  • Daily living Expenses (« Per diem »)
  • Break Policy: 5 working days at 3 and 9 months + break allowance
  • Paid Leaves Policy: 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months

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Please send your application (Cv and Cover Letter) to Romain Gautier, Recruitment & Career Manager, at

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