Location: Erbil with travel to Sulaymaniyah and Duhok
The Safety & Security Manager (SSM) will report to and support the Deputy Director of Operations in building up the capacity, awareness and preparedness of staff to deal with security-related risks, threats and incidents through the delivery of high quality, regular trainings/ briefings to national and international staff and IRC visitors when deemed necessary. The Safety & Security Manager will refine and implement the Security Management Plan and accompanying standard operating procedures for northern Iraq as well as provide current analysis and relevant advice related to security situations throughout the region. The SSM will be based in Erbil and will report to the Deputy Director of Operations based in Erbil. The SSM will maintain a technical reporting relationship with the Regional Safety & Security Advisor based in IRC Regional HQ in Amman.
Safety and Security Management Planning
Provide technical support to the Country Program on all policies, procedures, guidelines and planning for staff safety, operational security and program continuity;
Develop, review and update the Field Security Management Plans for Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Duhok on a regular basis. Reference and ensure compliance to IRC Security Management Framework within the SMP and all annexes.
Implement operating procedures and contingency plans by working with the local Security Focal Points in Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Duhok
Evaluate, review and update the hibernation and evacuation plans for all IRC offices and residences in KR-I, and ensure that the practical preparations are in place and known to all staff involved;
To ensure that accurate, up-to-date security/communications information is available in appropriate local language(s) to staff in all office locations
Conduct risk assessments of contracted and prospective offices and residences. Follow up on actions to be taken to ensure compliance with safety and security standards.
Undertake continual assessments of equipment, and the protocols by which that equipment is used, to ensure that minimal conditions for security are being met. Building Acceptance to empower and expand humanitarian programming
Develop ongoing relationships with community elders and other power brokers within KR-I. Work to ensure that IRC, its mission and work within KR-I is known and accepted. Work to encourage stakeholders to work with the IRC in ensuring that staff and programs are safe and allowed to continue humanitarian activities.
Provide technical input and advice in assessments to consider new IRC programs in new geographic areas, and technical input in the writing of new program proposals as required;
Liaise with relevant security actors e.g., NGO Security Focal Points, other NGO security coordinators, INSO, regional UNDSS contacts and NCCI.
Monitoring, Analysis and Supervision
Compile and submit monthly security reporting that track incidents and trends within the IRC’s area of operation. Submit daily contextual updates as needed.
Work closely with IRC teams inside in KR-I to ensure all incidents and accidents are followed up with an official written report, which is then shared with relevant stakeholders and filed appropriately. Ensure also that final incident reports are provided when IRC is closing the case. Security Training and Orientation
Provide regular trainings for IRC staff on security preparedness, prevention and response. Training(s) may include Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs); Contingency Plans (CPs); Security Management; Incident Reporting; Prevention and Response Mechanisms; Communications (Equipment -VHF/HF radios; protocols).
Maintain, review and update the IRC Iraq Security Information package for new staff (orientations for 48hours and 21 days).
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the 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.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Deputy Director of Operations
Technical Support: Senior Safety and Security Manager and Regional Safety and Security Advisor
Other Internal and/or external contacts:
Internal: All staff and departments in KR-I
External: NGO Security Focal Points, other NGO security coordinators, INSO, regional UNDSS contacts and NCCI.
Job Requirements/Experience Required:
A minimum of 3 years of non-profit or NGO work experience within international humanitarian assistance programs with demonstrated capabilities in planning, organizing and executing security operations in the field. A police/military experience in peace-keeping settings an asset.
Understanding of humanitarian principles, codes of conduct and ideally, specific sub-sector work linked to NGO field operations contexts
Advanced level knowledge of communications technology, including VHF, GPS applications, land navigations, cell phone mediums, etc.
Substantial and documented, prior experience as a trainer and training skills – the ability to develop, implement, facilitate and impart learning to a wide range of audiences.
Ability to gain a precise understanding of the various local, regional, country and international policies, operational positions and interactions, providing clear dynamic briefings and analysis of given and unfolding security and political situations when they occur.
Fluency in both Kurdish and Arabic and very good spoken and written English are required.
The security situation in Iraq continues to be volatile.
The candidate should be prepared to implement programming in remote and insecure environments.
How to apply
Qualified Candidates should submit Cover Letters with their CVs attached electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org with indicating the position they are applying for in the subject of the email.
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.