Safety Program Coordinator – Podgorica, Montenegro, CS


Safety Program Coordinator – Podgorica, Montenegro, CS

Safety Program Coordinator

Department: Facilities Operations Management
Location: Podgorica, Montenegro, CS

NIKA is hiring for a Safety Program Coordinator to provide support services to the U.S. New Embassy Compound (NEC) in Podgorica, Montenegro!!

Named a “Top Workplace” by the Washington Post, NIKA is a well-established company that is focused on growth within an entrepreneurial environment. We work with governments to operate and manage their real property. Our operations management, engineering, and project management services provide our customers with the value and expertise to ensure operational readiness for complex and mission-critical facilities.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • The Safety Program Coordinator provides professional expertise and guidance relating to site safety and health issues during all phases of construction, working with the Contractor’s Safety & Health Officer and sub-officers assuring that the Construction Accident Prevention Plan (CAPP) and the Piano della Sicurezza (PSC) are being observed and put into practice in addition: observations during all phases of construction during site development, excavation, foundation, superstructure, exterior walls, mechanical and electrical systems, and interior finish work for the New Embassy Compound (NEC).
  • The position is responsible for ensuring compliance with U.S. Department of State as well as host country construction safety and health regulations and will work as a team member within the OBO office.
  • Inspects and assesses onsite safety programs to ensure all safety and health requirements are being properly implemented.
  • Reviews the contractor’s injury and illness prevention program; recommends modifications as required.
  • Conducts regular safety inspection of facilities, equipment, work practices, and safety devices to ensure compliance with workplace safety standards and regulations; recommends and monitor changes as required; where necessary stops all construction work to address imminent hazards.
  • Ensures the effectiveness of emergency evacuation plans in case of fire or other emergencies.
  • Ensures qualified personnel are in place to conduct sanitation and health inspection of food service and other facilities.
  • Serves as a main POC with local and government health and safety officials in performance of duties. Other duties as assigned by the OBO Project Director/Construction Manager.
  • Prepares periodic and annual reports; maintains proper documentation to conform with record-keeping requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). Overall responsible of OSHA records of the NCC and safeguarding information into the safety database.
  • Investigates incidents of injury or property damage at worksites to ascertain causes, recommend corrective actions; coordinates the compilation of information necessary for risk management files and reports.
  • Establishes standards and develops site specific controls or work processes to minimize hazards and maintain consistency with safety policy; disseminates information as appropriate.
  • Assists OBO in developing safety manuals and recordkeeping requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in safety management, occupational health and safety, environmental safety, construction, engineering, or architecture is required.
  • Must also be in possession of a specific safety course certificate organized by the regions, through the technical structures operating in the prevention and professional training, or by ISPESI, INAIL, the Italian Institute of Social Medicine, professional associations of employers and workers or joint bodies set up in the building sector.
  • Minimum of five (5) years in construction with experience in occupational safety or industrial hygiene is required.
  • Post Entry Training: PA585 Management Oversight of Construction Safety and Occupational Health Programs
  • Language Proficiency: English level III (Good Working Knowledge) Reading/Writing/Speaking is required.
  • Thorough knowledge of construction safety management principles, practices and procedures. Principles and practices of evaluating and implementing safety programs.
  • Knowledge of the local codes of electrical, mechanical, structural. Knowledge of local construction policies and local labor laws. Specialized knowledge in construction health, safety requirements including accident prevention, laws, and regulations applicable to employee safety and occupational health, occupational health and loss prevention programs, industrial safety practices, methods of assessing safety hazards and controls, and techniques for conducting accident investigations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and maintain effective working relationships with people at all levels. Multi-tasking, problem solving and organizational skills.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Must possess excellent writing skills for drafting of materials and reports in the performance of duties.
  • Mathematical skills are required when reading and interpreting construction calculations to validate the implementation of the appropriate safety mechanism/prevention.
  • Ability to lift tools and other job materials. Must be able to work outdoors under harsh weather conditions.

NIKA provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. Further, NIKA takes affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed and employees are treated during employment without regard to any of these characteristics. Discrimination of any type will not be tolerated.