Senior HSE Advisor – Drilling Operations

Posted 8 months ago by MSELECT
Location Duhok, Iraq Job Type
Salary Sector Oil & Gas

MSELECT is looking to hire a Senior HSE Advisor – Drilling Operations for an international oil and gas operator in Kurdistan. Candidates must have at least 10 years of HSE rig based experience and be fluent in English.


Reports to          

  • HSE Manager, dotted line to Drilling Manger

Interacts with


  • All field staffs
  • Referring office-based staff        


  • Field-related third-party contractors


  • HSE drilling operators and officers

Job Purpose

  • Provides HSE advice to line managers who remain responsible and accountable for HSE performance at the site
  • Promotes a positive HSE culture which is consistent with industry practices and company policies
  • Helps to ensure that a ‘Stop the Job’ HSE Culture is embedded at all work sites
  • Senior individual on the rig who is responsible for advising line managers on the safe implementation of the HSE working systems of the drilling, testing and completion operations.
  • Focal point for all HSE-related monitoring and data reports, subject to the prior approval of the Drilling Supervisor

Responsibilities and Key Objectives

  • Provides HSE-related support to well site management in the implementation of the HSE plan, policy, procedures and practices
  • Assists with Emergency Response Planning & Coordination
  • Provides environmental advice, monitoring and reporting
  • Prepares and implements a programme of audits (daily, weekly, monthly, annual) such as
  • Permit to Work
  • STOP system
  • Inductions
  • JSA / TBT
  • Emergency Safety Appliances – safety showers, fire extinguishers, H2S equipment
  • Lock Out / Tag Out
  • Working at Height
  • Dropped Objects
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment
  • PPE compliance
  • Vehicle Safety
  • Control of Chemicals
  • Training and Competency
  • Procedure compliance
  • Health and Hygiene
  • Manages and advises the work site HSE team including, indirectly, the sub-contractor HSE personnel
  • Monitors site compliance with statutory HSE responsibilities and the site HSE plan, policy, procedure and industry best practices
  • Attends and provides input to Safety Meetings, Risk Assessments, JSAs, TBTs
  • Where appropriately qualified, delivers HSE training to crews and ensures that training records are up to date
  • Identifies, manages and assist with implementing HSE improvements
  • Provides recommendations to the Drilling Supervisor and Rig Contractor on improving all HSE performance
  • Investigates and reports of incidents
  • Checks and reviews third party equipment with the rig contractor (who remains responsible) prior to acceptance at facility
  • Other miscellaneous work as per instruction of the Drilling Supervisor



  • NEBOSH International Certificate or similar
  • LOLER certificate or similar
  • Managing H2S

Job Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Minimum Requirements

  • At least 10 years of HSE rig based experience
  • Extensive working knowledge of land-based exploration and development rig-based activities in an H2S environment
  • Working knowledge of Training, Auditing, Isolation, Confined Space Entry, H2S systems and safety, Ground Disturbance, Working at Height, Lifting Operations, PPE, Safe operation of heavy equipment, management of change, restricted area works, system over rides, electric systems
  • Air quality testing and monitoring equipment
  • The HSE Advisor has to serve as an example for outstanding HSE performance and commitment. He shall be a leading example for his subordinates but also for all workers in the field and within company as well as for service companies.
  • The Senior Drilling HSE Supervisor shall promote an integer behavior and shall present clear and straight forward work ethics, communication lines and work methods. He needs to be supportive and promote HSE as an integrated part of the work life rather than an additional burden. He accepts that HSE is also a service to operations and not an executional entity.


  • Mentoring skills within a multi-discipline multi-ethnic team
  • Culturally sensitive
  • Mentoring skills

*Only applicants meeting the strict criteria outlined above will be contacted as part of the shortlisting process

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