Jul 31, 2016

Security Advisor, Yemen

Employer: Handicap International (HI) 
Location: Yemen
Closing date August 5, 2016

Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity.

Handicap International is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside disabled and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

Present in more than 55 countries, Handicap International is composed of 2 operational directions:

The Direction of Humanitarian Action
The Direction of Development Action

Through HAD, the organisation is committed to:
Provide an adequate response to major natural disaster and conflict situations, anywhere in the world as much as possible within 72 hours;
Provide assistance to vulnerable groups (refugees, IDPs, persons with injuries, elders, children, etc.) affected by a crisis and maximise the number of beneficiaries. Within vulnerable groups, target especially PwD and meet their specific needs;

Constantly monitor chronic crises and/or conflicts to ensure preparedness for and rapid response to eventual emerging needs.

Yemen has been for long the poorest country in the Arab world. After the Arab Spring in 2011 the humanitarian crises have intensified as one of the major humanitarian crises of the moment since 2012 with almost half of the population being food insecure.

During the summer of 2014 the Shia minority group called Houthis has somehow taken control of several important cities, among them the capital Sana’a. Meanwhile the Southern separatist movement increased their call for an independent south while Al Qaida and linked groups (mainly based in the South-Eastern parts of the country) are fighting Houthis and other groups including the internationally recognised government.

In January 2015, the Houthis did overthrow the President Hadi and its government. Since end of March of the same year, an international coalition of countries led by Saudi Arabia allied with the President temporarily exiled in Saudi Arabia, has launched a military campaign against the advances of the Houthis in the country. So far the war has not seen any significant domination or win by one side or the other. This stalemate, the fighting, the regional powers struggle and the actions of extremist group and their national and international opponents are all contributing to the collapse of the humanitarian and economic situation.

The Cessation of Hostilities declared on April 2016 was follow-up by the talks between the main warring parties in Kuwait. These peace negotiations are still going on though the conflict re-escalated up to a level similar to the period prior the truce. Sana’a did not experience air strikes since beginning of March 2016.

The intervention of HI in Yemen consists in the support of health structures (hospital, rehabilitation services) in Sana’a with the deployment of teams setting up: Rehabilitation activities: provision of assistive devices and specific trainings to health staff PSS activities to support injured persons

Mainstreaming of inclusion and vulnerability within coordination forums and providing technical support to other humanitarian stakeholders.

In addition, development of Mine Action through Risk Education, Awareness and possibly through clearance training is actively sought. Eventually, the set-up of advocacy mechanisms considering the country and regional environment is another major goal of the mission.


The expatriate will be under the responsibility and the line management of the HoM with the technical support of the Head of Safety and Security Unit at HQ level. Within the framework of developing an overall safety and security strategy in Yemen, he/she will be in charge of:
Conducting security watch
Management of safety and security in coordination with the Head of Mission
Ensuring and strengthening the HI security risk management model in country
Training and management
Reporting on the above mentioned activities to the Head of Mission (the Desk on request).
Reporting on security data and contextual development/analysis with the regional security advisor
Considerable and strong security planning and implementation work experience gained in the context of field relief operations in insecure areas.
Capacity to provide basic security training to the staff and team members.
Substantial experience of working in conflict-affected areas and of associated risks to personal and organisational security
Security assessment/review experience and analytical and planning skills
Substantial experience in developing of security management
Experience of working with INGO and substantial experience of working with teams of people with varying experience of security planning and management
Prior experience in the area a strong asset
Experience in setting up security networks
Experience and ability to work effectively with multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams
Proven excellence in communication and liaison skills
Good oral and written reporting skills in English
Arabic would be a distinct advantage
Initiative and creative thinking, patience, sensitivity and tact
Ability to work under pressure and in response to changing needs

Based in Sana’a
Start: 2016, August
Duration: 3 months (renewable)
Status: salaried contract according to experience (from 2700 euros gross + perdiem + hardship allowance)
Living conditions: GH shared with other expatriates (no charges)

How to apply
To apply please follow this link.