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IRCs International Programs provides relief, rehabilitation, and development
programming for refugees, internally displaced persons and those affected by
conflict in 23 countries worldwide in five regional entities. IRCs programs
cover a broad range of sectors, including health, protection, children affected
by war, unaccompanied minors, water and sanitation, infrastructure
rehabilitation, community development, education, and emergency response and
assistance. Security is a critical component and challenge for nearly all of
IRCs Country Programs impacting staff and effective program implementation.
Security Advisor: POSITION PURPOSE:
The Regional Safety and Security Advisor for Horn and East Africa and Zimbabwe
reduces the vulnerability of IRC staff and programs to the threats and dangers
in the IRC security environment, serving as a technical resource to field staff
providing training opportunities, guidelines, timely advisory information and
technical support. The RSSA will report to the Regional Director HEAZ.
SCOPE OF WORK:
The Regional Safety and Security Advisor for Horn and East Africa and Zimbabwe
is a key member of IRCs regional management team and of the Safety and Security
Advisory Unit at IPD. He/she will be based in Nairobi, Kenya and will have
primary responsibility for the region, which currently consists of: Kenya,
Somalia, Chad, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
The Regional Safety and Security Advisorwill work with the country team to
ensure that organizational security policies and procedures are responsive to
the context, adequate and known to staff, provisional security measures are
maintained, as well as current and appropriate. Additionally, the Regional
Safety and Security Advisorwill conduct training on site for both security staff
and others through which the different IRC field offices can develop appropriate
security plans and training for their staff. He/she will provide expert security
advice to all levels of IRC staff in the mentioned region, focusing on
awareness, planning, practice, management and training in security management.
He/she will assess insecure operating environments, recommend action and support
the implementation of security management plans and provide follow-up on IRC
security policies and reporting systems thus enabling better programming and
support to the beneficiaries.
The Regional Safety and Security Advisorwill need to be aware of early warning
advisories affecting security situations, and also will travel regularly and
maintain a contextual knowledge of the designated portfolio. Crucially, the RSSA
will mentor and build IRC national staff counterpart capacities to operate more
effectively and contribute to reducing IRCs operational vulnerabilities.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS and OBJECTIVES:
Field Security Management Planning
Ensure each Country Program in the portfolio has current, adequate security
management plans on file in New York and that each plan is revised at least once
Provide written feedback to field offices as they develop or revise their
Request plan revisions when there is a significant change in the security
Assist country programs in developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in the
areas of operational (administrative, procurement, vehicle management, house and
office) and Financial (e.g. safe usage, bank withdrawals, cash handling) safety
and security management.
Security Orientation & Training:
Ensure that each new employee international or national receives appropriate
security orientation within 72 hours of arrival in the field. Provide a
framework for field security orientations and ensure that IRC Connect security
information is up-to-date and utilized.
Through close complementary liaison with the IPD Safety and Security Advisory
(SSA) Unit, HR NY and each Country HR and Administrative teams, assure each new
international employee receives an appropriate security briefing packet and,
when possible, a briefing on personal security, IRC security policies and the
relevant national security management plan.
Create, along with the IPD SSA Unit, a security training program that reaches a
maximum number of national and international staff. Keep useful records on staff
training and report at least annually on training performed at all levels.
Assist field offices in arranging ad hoc security training workshops
Assist as requested in selection processes for international and national
Advisory & monitoring services:
Monitor all communications from the field related to security incidents and
planning and provide timely feedback to questions raised from the field.
Make a minimum of 1 visit per year to each country in the region to monitor
security preparedness and field training. Provide a follow-up report with clear
recommendations after each visit.
Together with the Regional Safety and Security Advisors, develop and sustain a
database of security incidents.
Generate monthly activity reports on security, including database analyses, new
threats, responses and vulnerabilities and any relevant lessons learned from
security and safety incidents.
Maintain the network of IRC Security Focal Points at each IRC Country Office and
conduct quarterly update calls with DRDO and security focal points.
Liaison and Networking:
Monitor and provide support and reporting on any NGO filed security initiatives
Identify, create and maintain a network with INGO/UN and other security
specialists suitable for the region.
Facilitate regional NGO security coordination through networking, collaboration
and coordination with humanitarian actors.
Regional Context Analysis and early warning:
Provide credible information and contextual analysis of localized and regional
security situations and incidents along with appropriate advice to IRC managers.
Understand the salient issues for the region country programs and update CDs and
RDS as the contexts dictate as part of a regional early warning system.
Field Security Assessments:
Conduct field security assessments examining IRC staff, assets, compounds,
residences, field sites and projects and compile a report with recommendations.
Emergency Response and Crisis Management:
As required, support and advise the Regional Director, the DRDO HEAZ, Country
Directors and Senior Managers during humanitarian or security/safety
emergencies, serving on a Senior Management Crisis Team.
Assist with the security component (situation analysis and background
information, security assessments) of the Emergency Response Team deployments in
University/Masters degree in security management, international affairs or
A minimum of 5 years of non-profit or NGO work experience within international
humanitarian assistance programs with demonstrated capabilities in planning,
organizing and executing security operations in the field. A police/military
experience in peace-keeping settings an asset.
Understanding of humanitarian principles, codes of conduct and ideally, specific
sub-sector work linked to NGO field operations contexts.
English Fluency; French desirable.
Advanced level knowledge of communications technology, including VHF, HF radio
systems, satellite communications, cell phone mediums, etc.
Effective people management skills: a leaders ability to guide staff and promote
productivity in a pleasant work environment.
Substantial and documented, prior experience as a trainer and training skills
the ability to develop, implement, facilitate and impart learning to a wide
range of audiences.
Ability to gain a precise understanding of the various local, regional, country
and international policies, operational positions and interactions, providing
clear dynamic briefings and analysis of given and unfolding security and
political situations when they occur.
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