Country Security Adviser - Iraq

Employer:  Norwegian Refugee Council
Location:  Iraq


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs


NRC in the Middle East is responding to the Syria crisis, assisting refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq as well as people displaced inside Syria. We work in shelter, emergency distributions, education, water and sanitation and legal assistance. Our response on the ground has grown rapidly with the dramatic rise in displacement and we now have more than 2,000 staff members working on the regional response to the Syria crisis.

NRC is looking to recruit an experienced Country Security Advisor for our Iraq Country Office.

Our Ideal Candidate is:

A University Graduate in a relevant discipline (Security, Risk & Crisis Management or similar), a seasoned professional with a strong Military, Police or Security background and an individual with significant political and cultural awareness and experience working in settings where insecurity is a major issue. Additionally, we are looking for a professional with proven experience liaising with civilian and military government authorities as well as with regional, national and international institutions, who possess strong analytical skills, as well as demonstrated leadership and management skills. (Further profile information can be found in the Job Description at the bottom of the page)

The Security Advisor role will work under the supervision of the Country Director of NRC Iraq, and the guidance of the Global Security Coordinator at HQ.

Job Profile Overview
Development and implementation of the NRC Security Management System at national level
Conduct Security Risk Analysis (SRA) according to minimum operational requirements (MOSS)
Minimize security risks to the operations of NRC
Support, training, control and development of security staff in all offices
Prepare reports as required
Communicate and cooperate with relevant external security actors
Train and develop staff in safety and security
Quality assure implemented security system
Advise Country Director on all security related matters
Ba a part of the country management team
Produce short and long term assessments and projections related to local power structures and relevant dynamics
Be the security focal point towards the Main Office in Oslo regards reporting and implementation of the main office security instructions
Advise the CD and other relevant staff about Security developments
Monitor the evolving humanitarian situation in the project regions and consider strategic and immediate responses
Undertake regular travel to field sites
Collect and exchange information with all relevant bodies (UN, NGO, authorities etc.)
Liaise on security issues with relevant external actors
Monitor, maintain and review security and safety structures, SOPs and operational guidelines
Conduct security assessment in new programme areas; assist in humanitarian emergencies and rapid needs assessment
Systematically evaluate the issue of access
Design and execute yearly security training plan as a part of risk mitigating measures

Other Information
Commencement: ASAP
Contract period: 24 months
Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions
Duty station: Erbil
Approved health certificate will be requested before contract start
Application procedures and CV registration:
Please note that you are required to enter the GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION for all your previous positions while registering your CV. There is no specific field for this information in our CV form, but you can use the "Company name" field for BOTH company and location
NRC may be required to verify the identity of its partners and to check that its partners have not been involved in illegal activities. NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose

For further information, please refer to the Job Description below

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