Sahel Regional Security Advisor, Mali

Employer: Marie Stopes International
Location: Bamako , Mali
Closing date November 20, 2015

The Sahel Regional Security Advisor (RSA) is a roving position supporting programmes and Security Focal Points in Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Senegal.
Overall Objectives:
Ensure that the region has appropriate security strategies, systems and procedures in place to maintain the safety and security of team members, assets and reputation
Provide advice and support to the Regional Director, Regional Teams, Country Programme Senior Management Teams and Security Focal Points in order to ensure that safety and security duty of care is fully achieved
Ensure that country programmes achieve and maintain MSI’s Global Security Framework requirements

Based in Bamako, Mali, the Sahel RSA has a percentage of their time allocated to each of the four country programmes in the Sahel region. The position is line managed by the Mali Country Director and is technically responsible to the Global Security Team.

The Sahel RSA will be required to travel frequently to all of the country programmes in the Sahel region. The ideal candidate is an international security management professional, with extensive INGO security management experience in the Sahel region. Fluency in French and English is an essential requirement.

The post holder commits to and is held accountable to Marie Stopes International’s core values:
mission driven
client centered
The Region

The Sahel region has a huge unmet need for family planning, with some of the lowest contraceptive prevalence rates – and highest maternal mortality rates – in the world. MSI has been operational in Burkina Faso and Mali since 2008, in Senegal since 2010 and in Niger since 2014. In line, with MSI’s global 2020 strategy, the Sahel regional strategy aims to consolidate and strengthen MSI’s presence in the Sahel to ensure that women in region have access to sexual and reproductive health services. Against a background of shifting political tensions and insecurity, the programmes require professional security support and advise to ensure that these services can be safely delivered.

Key Responsibilities
Crisis Management and Incident Support
Act as the Sahel Regional Security Support on the Global Crisis Management Team
Ensure adherence to crisis protocols and procedures
Advise Crisis Management Team members on possible scenarios and outcomes during a crisis
Ensure that decisions fully meet duty of care requirements
Support Sahel programmes to effectively respond to and review safety and security incidents
Security Strategy Development
Work with programmes to ensure the correct balance of security strategies in relation to the nature, type and frequency of threat in the programme regions
Aid programmes in designing, implementing and monitoring active acceptance strategies
Participate in new proposal development to ensure safety and security is fully integrated and adequately funded
Conduct analysis of regional safety and security trends, advising programmes of changes to security strategies and suggesting changes to Country Threat Levels
Capacity Building and Training
Deliver Crisis Management Scenario training to Sahel programme Crisis Management Teams
Deliver scenario-based contingency planning training
Develop team member capacity through security training needs identification and training delivery
Manage regional team member access to MSI’s Digital Security Training Platform
Assist Human Resources with security related recruitment and job framework development
Mentor programme Security Focal Points
Attend Sahel Regional workshops to update International Operations teams, CDs and SMTs on progress, trends, new requirements and safety and security initiatives
Work with the International Operations Executive Assistant to coordinate Sahel Regional Security training courses
Safety and Security Standards
Ensure programmes operate within the Global Security Framework and adhere to Minimum Security Standards
Provide support and advice to Sahel programmes to create and maintain their Essential Security Packages, ensuring that they accurately reflect the security context and threats
Conduct Security Technical Assessments, advising programmes of how to enhance compliance
Assess and improve the level of security integration into all programme departments
Work with Global Security to identify improvements to the Global Security Framework and Essential Security Package
Travel Safety and Security
Roll out MSI’s Electronic Travel Management and Travel Risk Intelligence Systems to the Sahel Region
Deliver pre-travel and post-travel security briefings to all travellers to the Sahel Region
Deliver security induction briefings to new team members in the Sahel Region
Support programmes in assessing and implementing appropriate travel and health insurance policies
Security Networking
Represent MSI at external security networks in the programmes and region
Actively develop and maintain security influencer networks with a full range of stakeholders
Monitor open and closed sources for up to date security information, trigger events and alerts, and keep team members informed of changing security contexts.

Skills and Experience

Relevant bachelor’s degree, preferably in security management or international development
Security management training (e.g. humanitarian principles, personal security, hostile environment awareness, security manager training, crisis management training and abduction management)
Relevant master’s degree, preferably in security management or international development
First Aid certification
Training of Trainers certification
Psychosocial First Aid certification

Two to three years of experience working with INGOs in a security management position
Minimum two years’ experience of working in the Sahel region and / or hostile environments
Sound knowledge of security risk management, contingency planning and crisis management in fragile states
Experience in developing and reviewing country security plans.

Work experience with a health based NGO, especially in Sexual and Reproductive Health
INGO programme management experience
Experience in developing regional or global security frameworks Skills
Total Fluency in French and English (written and verbal)
Demonstrated ability to work under difficult conditions and high pressure situations
Significant political and cultural awareness
Experience with engaging and advising senior management
Demonstrated prior training experience, with an effective adult learner style and the ability to deliver to a wide range of audiences
Analytical skills and experience
Excellent interpersonal, teamwork and communication skills
Proven ability to work creatively and independently
Excellent IT and administration skills
Budget creation and management experience
Excellent report writing skills
Extensive networking capabilities
Attitude / Motivation
Energy and passion for purpose
Focus and drive and ability to stay on track
Action orientated
Focus on detail while being able to see the big picture
Flexible and adaptable
Culturally aware
A compelling and influential communicator
Strong networking skills
Aligned with the values and services of Marie Stopes International

Please apply through the Careers section on the Marie Stopes International website:

All nationalities are encouraged to apply
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Related downloads