Jun 3, 2016

Emergency Safety & Security Coordinator

Employer: International Rescue Committee
Location: Libya
Closing date: 03 Aug 2016

Background/IRC Summary:

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 at the request of Albert Einstein, 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 and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

Libya is experiencing a severe political and security crisis. Despite the arrival of the presidential council in late March, a range of competing militias, terrorist groups and political factions are vying for power and influence. Intense fighting persists in several parts of the country. The humanitarian situation has deteriorated consistently over many months, with more than 2.4 million people requiring assistance.

The IRC's Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit (EPRU) is managing the assessment of humanitarian needs and presumed launch of emergency programming in the volatile country of Libya. The IRC envisages a humanitarian program in Libya targeting refugees, migrants and other war affected populations, with interventions designed to save lives and relieve humanitarian suffering. The IRC anticipates delivering humanitarian programs directly and in partnership with local civil society organizations.

Job Overview/Summary:
The Emergency Safety and Security Coordinator (ESSC) will be responsible for the overall management and implementation of IRC's Safety and Security Policies for the Libya Emergency Response. The Emergency Safety and Security Coordinator will work with the ERT Deputy Field Director, to ensure that organizational security policies and procedures are adapted to the specific context of Libya, adequate and known to staff. The ESSC will conduct training on site for staff and others (external security providers) and facilitate development and implementation of appropriate security plans and Standard Operating Procedures. S/he will provide expert security advice to all levels of IRC staff working in the emergency response including security updates, travel advisories, and incident management. The position reports to the ERT Deputy Field Director. The position also reports to the Director International Safety and Security for all technical matters related to S&S.

Major Responsibilities:

Safety and Security Management Planning
Conduct assessment of the risk environment and provide prioritized recommendations for context specific security management requirements to the ERT Deputy Field Director. Execute all approved recommendations.
Based on the outcomes of the risk assessment; produce, roll out and maintain updated security management planning policies for the IRC ERT / Country Team, ensuring compliance to global IRC safety and security standards.
Establish and ensure maintenance of all IRC S&S management framework components including incident reporting and trend analysis systems to inform program design and implementation, staff movement, and contingency responses.
Construct a suitable communications infrastructure to allow the ERT Team to communicate appropriately. Using this infrastructure implement context appropriate movement control protocols.
Train staff on IRC safety and security management policy, approaches, systems and practices for the response. Monitor compliance, suggesting refreshers or reassignments where required.

Building Acceptance to empower and expand humanitarian programming
Build with key team members, a community outreach and acceptance plan, and liaise with the ERT Deputy Field Director to ensure that appropriate staff time is allocated to achieve implementation, follow up and effective analysis of the plan.
Develop ongoing relationships with community elders and other power brokers within the region. Work both internally and externally to ensure that IRC, its mission and work in the region is known and accepted. Encourage stakeholders to work with the IRC in ensuring that staff and programs are safe and allowed to continue humanitarian activities. Liaise with program staff to ensure stakeholders feedback are informing program design and implementation.
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;
In coordination with ERT Deputy Field Director, liaise with relevant security actors

Ensure monitoring of the context preparing and disseminating daily update and context brief while deployed

Monitoring, Analysis and Supervision

Identify, recruit, and train new security staff

Identify, establish and manage context appropriate approach to assure IRC facilities are secure - i.e. third party security companies or directly hired IRC security watchmen.

Compile and submit security reporting that track incidents and trends within the IRC's area of operation. Submit daily contextual updates as needed to the ERT Deputy Field Director
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 concerned Regional Safety and Security Advisor, and fulfill reporting requirements.
Report to Director International Safety and Security on all technical and contextual safety and Security issues

Job Requirements:
A minimum of 5 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, HF radio systems, satellite communications, 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 Arabic and English