Aug 8, 2015

Regional Security Advisor – Middle East

Employer: Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
Location: Middle East
Closing date August 15, 2015

The Regional Security Advisor (RSA) serves as the lead technical resource on security, risk and crisis management within the region. The RSA is line managed by the Regional Director, receives technical direction from the Global Security Advisor at NRC HQ in Oslo, and provides technical direction to Country Security Advisors/focal points and managers with security responsibilities. The RSA works with managers and security advisors to ensure that NRC’s Security Risk Management Policy, procedures, and standards are implemented throughout the region. As defined in more detail below, the RSA is responsible for providing technical leadership and support in 5 key areas including: management and compliance with policy, operational security, risk analysis and assessments, security training and awareness, and crisis management.

Area(s) of Responsibility
  • Palestine
  • Iraq
  • Lebanon
  • Syria
  • Turkey
  • Jordan (duty station)

Job description
Management and Compliance: The RSA ensures that regional and country level security management plans, policies, procedures and actions are in compliance with NRC’s security risk management policy and procedures, and adhere to country and regional specific “red lines”. The RSA is the technical line manager of country security advisors (CSA) within the region and involved in the performance appraisal process of CSAs. The RSA may be required to line manage security officers or support staff at the regional office.
Operational Security: The RSA ensures that each country program in the region have current, complete, accurate and adequate security management plans and contingency plans on file at NRC headquarters in Oslo and at the regional office, and that each plan is revised and updated as needed and at least once per year. The RSA may be called upon to fill in for security advisors in high risk countries during leave periods.
Information, Risk Analysis, and Access: The RSA maintains regular contact with CSAs and external contacts to monitor the security environment in the region; reviews security reports and incidents reports produced at the country level; and provide regular security briefings to regional management on key security developments and emerging threats within the region. The RSA also provides technical guidance to CSAs and other managers that are tasked with conducting security risk assessments. The RSA may also be called upon to provide technical guidance on specialized issues including: humanitarian access, negotiations, and risk management for partners.
Crisis Management: The RSA is a key member of the regional crisis management team (CMT) and is responsible for developing crisis management capacity within the region. The RSA may also be called upon to provide support to other CMT at the HQ or country level.
Training and Awareness: The RSA is responsible for developing the security, risk and crisis management capacity of country and regional managers (CDs, AM, CMT and their delegates) according to NRC security management training package. The RSA also ensures that regional staff receives security inductions and complete the necessary trainings (BSITF, ASITF, HEAT) and that that new CSAs are fully oriented into their roles. The RSA will instruct at two NRC HEAT courses per year (which will coincide with RSA-HQ meetings on technical development and performance management.)



  • Minimum 5 years of non-profit or NGO work experience in international humanitarian assistance programs, with demonstrated capabilities in planning, organising and executing security management operations in high risk contexts. Candidates with more experience will be favoured.
  • Minimum 7 years in the field of security. Demonstrated experience working in good cooperation with regional and country managers and developing cooperative and effective security risk management teams.
  • Advanced knowledge of risk assessment and management best practices and international standards.
  • Advanced knowledge of humanitarian security management best practices.
  • Demonstrated experience in crisis management.
  • Substantial and demonstrated prior experience as a trainer, with an effective and professional training style, and the ability to develop, implement, facilitate and impart learning to senior management and to a wide range of audiences.
  • Advanced report writing and good communication and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of humanitarian principles, codes of conduct, and
  • NGO organisational culture.
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal.


  • Professional qualifications or studies in general management, security/risk management;
  • Prior experience at the regional level;
  • Arabic language skills;
  • Experience or qualifications in humanitarian access;
  • Experience or qualifications in negotiations;
  • Experience in risks management for implementing partners or remote management;
  • Professional qualifications and studies in security management and general management.

Personal qualities

  • You are able to handle insecure environments;
  • You are able to plan and deliver results;
  • You are able to work with people;
  • You are able to analyse;
  • You are able to communicate with impact and respect;
  • You are able to cope with change.

We offer

  • Commencement: A.S.A.P
  • Contract period: 24 months
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions
  • Duty station: Amman, Jordan (Travel 40%).
  • Approved health certificate will be requested before contract start
  • Application procedures and CV registration:

How to apply

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