Requisition ID : req12007
Location : Abuja, Nigeria
Sector : Safety & Security
Employment Category : Fixed Term
Employment Type : Full-Time
Open to Expatriates : Yes
Humanitarian Access Management :
Support humanitarian access in the region for non-Frontline projects, in line with guidance and standards as developed by the global Humanitarian Access team;
Contribute to the development of HA guidance that responds to field needs, is high quality, built from field experiences and is relevant and applicable on the ground;
Oversee and advise on the implementation and review of contextualized acceptance and community engagement strategies;
Maintain a high level of programmatic and operational preparedness vis-a-vis predicted contextual fluctuations;
Advise on the development of operational and programmatic contingency plans that responds to different emergency scenarios that look at sudden changes in context;
Enhance IRC image and acceptance within the community and amongst stakeholders by providing guidance on inclusive visibility strategies;
Work with appropriate IRC units to ensure timely and appropriate follow-up to violations of IRC’s Code of Conduct, in addition to operational breaches to humanitarian principles.
Security Management Planning and Compliance :
Remotely and through a minimum of one visit per country program per year, monitor and support adherence to Policy, principles, standards and requirements.
Provide a follow-up report with clear findings and actionable recommendations after each visit. Monitor progress and report concerns to country, regional and global Security leadership;
Ensure Country Security leads are preparing and sharing accurate S&S reporting, ensure data consistency and report into global dashboards;
Prepare twice yearly regional snapshot of S&S management;
Support country program with S&S yearly assessment of standard and requirements, definition and monitoring of improvement plans, ops score card objective settings and progress follow-up;
Staff Performance Management and Development;
Actively participate in the recruitment of key positions with S&S risk management responsibilities (DDO, dedicated access and security roles, CDs and field Director for High risk countries, others as per RVP / RD request);
Co-Manage (under MiP), and mentor direct-report staff, including communicating clear expectations, setting performance objectives, providing regular and timely performance feedback, and leading documented regular performance reviews;
Provide constructive feedback, professional development and capacity-building plans for all direct reports;
Promote and monitor staff care and well-being. Support appropriate interventions in response to identified staff care needs of both national and international staff.
Learning & Development :
Support and facilitate the delivery of IRC S&S L&D framework towards IRC staffs and where appropriate, IRC partners;
Keep records on staff training and report data to regional and global security level as required;
Ensure capacity development and learning initiatives account for gender-specific risks and requirements;
Participate in the design and delivery of global safety and security trainings organized by IRC ;
Assist country program offices in arranging ad hoc security training workshops appropriate to their security environments
Support Country program with timely and qualitative incident notification, reporting, analysis and lessons learned;
Monitor communications from country programs related to security incidents and planning, and provide timely feedback;
As a permanent member of the Regional Incident management Team, actively support the RVP during management and resolution of Tier 2 and Tier 3 Incidents;
Lead After Action Review and monitor implementation of corrective measures as par existing incident protocols;
Timely maintain the global incident data base with accurate incidents of the region;
Generate reports on security incident, including database analyses, new threats, responses, vulnerabilities and any relevant lessons learned;
Lead or oversee post incident After Action Revues as required.
Liaison & 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
As required, support and advise the RVP, Country Director(s) and NY-based senior managers during humanitarian emergencies;
Assist with the security component (situation analysis and background information, security assessments) of the Emergency Response Team deployments in the region;
Act as technical supervisor for all country security leads.
Key Working Relationships :
Reports to : Regional Vice President - Chief Safety and Security Officer
Regional Safety and Security Director West Sahel
Deputy Regional Director
Country Security Lead
Regional Gender Advisor
University degree, preferably in a humanitarian or security related field
Work Experience :
Minimum 8 years of non-profit or NGO work experience in international humanitarian assistance programs, with demonstrated capabilities in planning, organizing and executing security management operations.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies :
Demonstrated understanding of humanitarian principles, codes of conduct, and NGO organizational culture;
Thorough familiarity with principles and current approaches to permissive / acceptance models of security management;
Demonstrated understanding and successes in gender security management and gender equality;
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;
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;
Ability to quickly gain a comprehensive understanding of various local, regional, country and international factors that contribute to changes in security environments and risk levels;
Ability to prepare and present, on short notice, clear analyses of contextual dynamics, events, security incidents, and their ramifications for IRC operations;
Self-motivated and able to work effectively without close supervision;
Prior experiences working in the region and demonstrated knowledge of regional and country dynamics are strongly preferred.
Language Skills :
Fluency in French and English is mandatory.
Working Environment :
Willingness and ability to travel approximately 40% of time including in high and very high risk environments.
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct.
These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.