Security Advisor , Iraq

Employer: Croix-Rouge Française
Location: Dohuk, Iraq
Closing date July 27, 2015

Context of the position
FRC’s current programming in Kurdistan is fourfold:
FRC has been supporting Syrian refugees in Domiz camp (the Kurdistan’s largest camp, with more than 45 000 people) since end of 2013, with distribution of Non-Food Items (NFI – hygiene and winterisation) and WASH activities. In 2015, FRC is still targeting more than 7,000 households through care and maintenance of WASH infrastructures, latrine desludging, and hygiene promotion, with a strong focus on community mobilisation.
FRC has extended its action to urban refugees, living outside the camps and representing 60% of the total refugee population. More than 100,000 refugees are living in Dohuk governorate in old buildings, shacks on privately owned lands or in shared apartments in town, with many families. 80 individuals have benefited from vocational training, cash grants and support in job searching in 2015.
Since summer 2014, FRC has been supporting Internally Displaced People (IDPs) settled in host communities through NFI distributions (hygiene kits, baby kits, cooking kits, sleeping kits, cleaning kits), construction/rehabilitation of WASH infrastructures, building rehabilitation, hygiene promotion and solid waste management.
In addition, activities targeting IDPs have been launched in Khanke camp, hosting an estimated 20,000 Yezidi individuals. The purpose of this FRC project is to ensure IDP families have access to and use safe water and sanitation, and adopt adequate hygiene practices.

The FRC 2015 strategy in Kurdistan includes the following axes, depending on emerging needs and funding opportunities:
Develop synergies with and capacity building of the Iraqi Red Crescent Society
Contingency planning and emergency response for new waves of displacement induced by ongoing and forecasted fighting between Iraqi forces / Peshmargas and armed groups
Extend support to the vocational training center in Dohuk
Launch livelihood interventions in newly freed areas (Zummar in Ninewa Governorate)

Under the responsibility of the head of delegation based in Dohuk, the security advisor is in charge of:
Follow up, update and ensure, with FRC personnel the proper implementation of the security policies, rules, regulations, procedures and means of the delegation.
Carry out a constant surveillance/monitoring of the political and security situation in Iraq and especially in the operational areas of the FRC; report to the head of delegation.
Ensure the safety and security of the work environment of the FRC personnel (delegates & national staff).

The security advisor is based in Dohuk and carries out field trips within FRC operational areas in order to collect information and supervise the proper implementation of security policies.
The security advisor works under the responsibility of the head of delegation based in Dohuk.
The security advisor will manage the security & liaison officer based in Dohuk.
Functional (internal)
With the logistics coordinator
With the program managers
With the other departments of the mission
With all the personnel (data collection, training)
Functional (external)
With the RCRC movement members (IRCS Branches, ICRC, IFRC)
With the partners (INGO & LNGOs, UN agencies)
With the national & local – formal & informal – authorities (Governor, Asayesh, …)

The security advisor is responsible for:
Ensuring the proper follow up and updating of the measures (procedures, means) set on the delegation to ensure the safety/security of the FRC personnel and assets.
Supporting the head of delegation with regard to the understanding and follow up of the political & security situation in Iraq and in Kurdistan (particularly in the FRC operational areas).
Representing FRC when discussions relate to security.
Ensuring the safety/security of FRC personnel (national staff & delegates) and premises (offices, houses, warehouses).

Candidate Profile: 
Training in the field of (humanitarian) security management
Degree in international relations / geopolitics / security
Fluent English is a must
Arabic and/or Kurdish are assets
Personal Qualities
Ability to work (calmly)under pressure and adapt promptly in a security-volatile environment
Relational & interpersonal ease
Patience, diplomacy & pedagogy
Sense of responsibility, team spirit
Strong listening, comprehension and dialogue skills
Strong work organisation and coordination skills
Strong motivation to work in close collaboration with local and international partners
Good physical condition (long distances, heat, dust)
Experiences &  Abilities:
Minimum 3 years of relevant experience as manager in the field of international (humanitarian) safety and security in sensitive/difficult areas
Knowledge of and experience in the Middle East is a must
Ability to understand and analyse complex contexts (political, ethnics, religious, …)
Experience in multi confessional and/or multi-ethnic environments
Experience of multi-stakeholders coordination
Experience in training on security management
Good command of telecommunication technologies and means (HF/VHF, mobile and satellite phones)
Advanced experience in 4WD driving
Good command of the MS Office Pack
Experience in team management and ability to accompany various profiles in a multilingual environment
Knowledge of and experience of the Red Cross Movement is an asset. Respect of the RCRC Movement principles (humanity, neutrality, unity, universality, impartiality, volunteering and independence)
Strong experience in capacity building
Ability to mobilise the teams and partners
Passport valid for more than 6 months at the moment of departure
Up-to-date vaccination card / fitness for travel

Location: Dohuk, IRAKI KURDISTAN
Duration: 2 months
To be filled: July 2015

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