Oct 22, 2015

Operations and Resilience Advisor, Afghanistan

Employer: CARE International
Location: Afghanistan
Closing date November 16, 2015

CARE USA is looking for an Operations and Resilience Advisor (ORA) who will advise CARE International in Afghanistan on strategies to work safely within their program environments, maintain access to program areas, reduce operational risks faced by staff and develop the capacity of national counterparts in the CARE Afghanistan Risk Management Unit. This will be achieved by maintaining a pragmatic and operational posture that enables and supports CARE’s vision and mission in Afghanistan, whilst fostering an inclusive risk managed culture for health and safety amongst staff.

This post reports to the Regional Security Manager-Asia, with close daily interaction and engagement with the Country Director and Country Leadership Team, on which s/he is a member. The ORA will directly manage the CARE Afghanistan Risk Management Unit (RMU).
Responsibilities & Tasks
Management of the CARE Afghanistan Risk Management Unit (CARMU)
Manage the daily and long term operations of the CARE Afghanistan Risk Management Unit (CARMU) as well as the professional development of members of the CARMU per standard CARE HR performance processes.
Oversee the development of Unit work plans and tasks, track and support task completion and ensure a high level of operational performance. Ensure an adequate annual budget is maintained and tracked to support risk management systems country-wide.
Analysis, Planning and Preparation
Prepare strategic oversight activity plans for the Regional Security Manager and CARE Afghanistan Senior Management Team to include the Country Level Annual Operating Plan, guidance framework, goals and activities plans.
Ensure that all risk assessments for CARE Afghanistan operational locations and Projects are completed at a minimum on a bi-annual basis utilizing the standard CARE risk assessment formats and adequately communicated to relevant CARE Afghanistan staff.

Procedures and Protocols
Implement and maintain relevant and achievable risk management procedures based on current risk assessments and in line with CARE and the Country Office’s overall posture.
Establish routine audit and compliance checks by the CARMU to ensure that protocols are effectively being implemented in Kabul and CARE Afghanistan’s Provincial programming locations.
Incident and Crisis Management
Serve as the Risk Management lead on CARE Afghanistan’s Crisis Management Team if and when it is required to be formed.
Ensure that all Field level and Country Level Crisis management plans are kept up to date and reviewed, and if required amended.

Capacity Building
Build capacity of the CARMU through training, coaching and mentoring as defined in annual Performance Plans as well as informal coaching and mentoring sessions. Ensure that members of the CARMU plan for and attend relevant technical trainings on an annual basis.

Advice and Report
Brief the Country Leadership Team and Regional Security Manager on contextual developments specific to CARE Afghanistan’s area of operations on a weekly basis.
Ensure weekly incident and context reports are compiled by the CARMU and submitted to the identified members of the Senior Management and Provincial teams.

Bachelor’s Degree in a field related to humanitarian work or risk management or equivalent field / operational experience
5 years’ experience in assisting international organizations in developing countries to manage staff and program safety
5 years’ experience in working in an international organization
5 years’ experience in working in complex and hazardous environments
Strong assessment, evaluation and planning skills
Demonstrable expertise of Humanitarian risk management
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Strong demonstrated inter- personal skills in a multi-cultural environment
Ability to make good judgment on staff safety and provide appropriate advice
Demonstrated ability to manage under stressful conditions
Strong ability to analyze and understand complex situations and translate these into specific policy advice.

How to apply
For further information and to apply please visit the vacancy posting on the CARE website here

Please note that applications will be considered on a rolling basis