The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.
At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. IRC leads the way from harm to home.
Safety and security is a critical and constant concern in the countries that comprise IRC’s ACME (Asia, Caucasus & Middle East) region, affecting staff and effective program implementation.
Regional Safety & Security Advisor Job Specific Responsibilities
Field Security Management Planning and Compliance:
- Ensure that each country program in the region has current, complete, accurate and adequate security management plans on file at IRC headquarters in New York, the regional office in Nairobi, and each field site of the respective country program, and that each plan is revised and updated as needed but not less than once per year.
- Country security management approaches, planning, policies and procedures are in compliance with IRC’s organizational policy, procedure and minimum operating standards.
- Provide security management documents template as required, and provide support, advice and feedback as offices develop or revise country or field office specific SMPs.
- Direct security plan and documents revisions when there is significant change in the security environment.
- Inform RD, DISS, DRD and CDs of any areas of concern, non-compliance, or potential or suspected violations.
Advisory & Monitoring Services:
- Monitor all communications from country programs related to security incidents and planning, and provide timely feedback.
- Make a minimum of two visits per year to each country in the region to monitor security preparedness and security management.
- Provide a follow-up report with clear findings and actionable recommendations after each visit.
- Develop and maintain a database of security incidents in the region.
- Generate monthly activity reports on security, including database analyses, new threats, responses, vulnerabilities and any relevant lessons learned from security and safety incidents.
- Generate a daily report on security incidents, analysis, and possible cause and effect on IRC staff, assets and programs.
- Any other reporting requested by the DISS
- Maintain the network of IRC Security Focal Points at each country program office and conduct bi-weekly update calls with country DDOs and security focal points.
Liaison and Networking:
- Maintaining a network of IRC security focal points in the country programs as well as external professional contacts and counterparts, monitor the security environment in the region, identify new threats, assess IRC vulnerabilities and recommend possible responses.
- Provide timely feedback on questions and technical assistance requests from country programs.
- Monitor and provide support and reporting on NGO field security initiatives as required.
- Identify, create and maintain a network with NGO/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.
- Ensure daily provision of latest security events and analysis to the region and the Director of International safety and Security.
- As part of a regional early warning system, understand the salient issues for country programs and update the
- Regional Director and relevant Country Director(s) as operating contexts and security circumstances dictate.
Requirements for the Regional Safety & Security Advisor Job
- University degree in a field relevant to security management in a humanitarian assistance context
- Minimum 4-6 years of non-profit or NGO work experience in international safety and security, humanitarian assistance programs, with demonstrated capabilities in planning, organizing and executing security management operations.
- Police/military experience in peacekeeping settings will be considered an asset.
- Demonstrated understanding of humanitarian principles, codes of conduct, and NGO organizational culture.
- Demonstrated context understanding of dynamics in Afghanistan, Pakistan mandatory
- Proven analytical skills
- Thorough familiarity with principles and current approaches to permissive/acceptance models of security management.
- Skilled in influencing and obtaining cooperation of individuals not under supervisory control; able to work as member of multinational team and manage a variety of external and internal relationships to achieve results.
- Advanced knowledge of communications technology, including VHF, HF radio systems, satellite communications, cell phone mediums, etc.
- Substantial and demonstrated prior experience as a trainer, with an effective adult learner training style and the ability to develop, implement, facilitate and impart learning to a wide range of audiences.
- Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge through mentoring and other non-formal methods.
- Self-motivated and able to work effectively without close supervision.
- Fluency in English are mandatory.
- Willingness and ability to travel approximately 40% of time.
- Prior experience in the regional context preferred.
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