Employer: International Rescue Commitee
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries, the IRC aims to restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to survive.
Working in coordination with the humanitarian community, IRC currently addresses the needs of war-affected Syrians from several operational bases in the region. Our activities focus primarily on the supply of vital medications and medical equipment, non-food items, water and sanitation and women and children’s protection, and form part of an over-arching humanitarian response in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and the region that seeks to assist refugees, IDPs and war-affected Syrians survive conflict and displacement.
In response to the influx of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, the IRC has launched a multi-sectoral relief program in Lebanon. The program will provide assistance to refugees and host communities in Mount Lebanon, the North and Bekaa Valley.
SCOPE OF WORK:
The IRC is currently seeking a Safety and Security Coordinator (SSC) for its Lebanon Program, based in Beirut with travel to program locations. The position will work with the country management team to ensure that organizational security policies and procedures are responsive to the context, adequate and known to staff. Under the supervision of the Deputy Director of operations, the SSC will analyze security trends, advise, update, and implement the IRC Lebanon Security Management Plan. The SSC will conduct onsite training for staff, facilitate the development and implementation of appropriate security plans, Standard Operating Procedures and Contingency Plans. S/he will provide expert security advice to all levels of IRC staff in the country office including security updates, advisories, and incident management.
Travel Requirements: Tripoli T5 – Akkar – Bekaa - Sour
Project/Dept: Syria Crisis Response/Safety and Security
Employee Type: This is a national position based in IRC’s Lebanon country program. Please note you must possess Lebanese nationality or legal work authorization in order to be eligible for this position.
Safety and Security Management Planning
Provide technical support to the DDO on all policies, procedures, guidelines and planning for staff safety, operational security and program continuity in Lebanon;
Evaluate, review and update the Lebanon Security Management Plan on a regular basis. Reference and ensure compliance to IRC Security Management Framework within the SMP and all annexes.
Work with DDO and Sr. Field Managers to develop, consolidate and implement operating procedures and contingency plans;
Evaluate, review and update the hibernation and evacuation plans for all IRC offices and residences in Lebanon and ensure that the practical preparations are in place and known to all staff involved;
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.
Provide and implement best possible solutions for use of equipment to facilitate communication between staff, including here proposing safe alternative means of communication and equipments,
Building Acceptance to empower and expand humanitarian programming
Develop ongoing relationships with local authorities as needed and other power brokers within.
Work to ensure that IRC, its mission and work in the region 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 in Turkey.
Provide technical input and advice in assessments to consider new IRC programs in new geographic areas.
In coordination with DDO, liaise with relevant security actors e.g., NGO Security Focal Point, SSCL, other NGO security coordinators, region UNDSS contacts, local community stakeholders, Governors, etc.
Monitoring, Analysis and Supervision
Identify, establish and manage context appropriate approach to assure IRC facilities are
Compile and submit monthly security reporting that track incidents and trends within the IRC’s area of operation. Submit daily contextual updates as needed to the Country Director (CD) /DDO/RSSA.
Work closely with IRC teams in Field Offices in Lebanon 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.
Coordinate regularly with the RSSA on safety and security, and fulfill reporting requirements to the region.
Collect and compile all security reports for IRC Lebanon.
Security Training and Orientation
Provide a development plan with precise capacity building method to the Safety and Security team.
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 protocols, etc.
Working with the HR focal point on reviewing, updating the IRC Syria Security Information package for new hires and visitors.
Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions including staff development plans.
Lead with commitment, integrity and accountability the “IRC Way” – Global Standards for Professional Conduct - and ensure adherence.
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.
Understanding the humanitarian principles, code of conduct and specific sub-sector work linked to NGO field and operations contexts.
Advanced knowledge in communications technology, including, satellite communications, cell phone mediums, etc.
Strong experience as a trainer; 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.
Regional experience strongly preferred
Previous NGO security management an asset.
Written and verbal English and Arabic Skills essential with French language skills a plus
IRC leading the way from harm to home.
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.