Regional Head of Security - Region Middle East

Employer: Norwegian Refugee Council
Location: Middle East
Closing date: 24 Aug 2016

NRC Middle East Regional Office

The Middle East Regional Office based in Amman, Jordan was created in January 2014 as part of NRC’s reorganization process. We currently have more than 3,000 staff in the Middle East region assisting people displaced by conflict in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Palestine. Our work is concentrated on the shelter, education, food security, legal assistance and water, sanitation and hygiene sectors with strong protection and resilience focus integrated into our programs.

NRC operations is in the Middle East have grown significantly in recent years and further growth is expected in the months to come. With large operations in such fluid contexts, the NRC Middle East Regional Office has a stimulating and rewarding work environment, a collaborative workforce and genuine place of passion responding to a region in crisis.

If you are interested in joining our energetic regional team, we are now inviting applications from qualified candidates for the position of Regional Head of Security based in Amman with travel throughout our regional operations.


Purpose of Position:

The Regional Head of Security provides leadership and oversight on all matters relating to security and staff safety in the Middle East region, and ensures staff compliance within NRC’s security and safety policies and procedures. Key working relationships involve country program, security and staff safety to ensure that staff are fully apprised of, prepared for and responsive to potential emergency and security threats. The RHS is also responsible for helping the country programs prepare documented security updates to be sent on a regular basis to the country program staff, the region and HQ. S/he will keep track of the security situation across the region and advise the Regional Director accordingly. The RHS will work very closely with NRC’s Global Security Team. The post holder will assist the Regional Director in implementing NRC Security Protocols and procedures aimed at minimizing potential risk to staff safety and security. The incumbent will continuously assess the security environment and devise risk reduction measures as needed in coordination with the Regional Director and the Global Security team. The RHS will also drive training and capacity building of staff in the region.

Our Ideal Candidate:

Is a Senior Security Professional who has a depth of experience working in the humanitarian sector and has a strong understanding of the context in the Middle East Region. An expert collaborator experienced in building team and staff capacity, with strong analytical, communication and negotiating skills. Experienced working in complex and volatile operations.

Job tasks and responsibilities:


Direct responsibility for security risk management and day-to-day security support to CDs of Palestine, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Iraq.


All Country Offices in the region have in-country security advisors, but in case of prolonged absence/gaps Regional Head of Security assumes responsibility for security risk management support to CD


Responsible for adherence to relevant NRC policies, guidance and procedures.


Accountable for advising the RD and Country Security Advisors (CSAs) on security risk management (SRM), in line with established NRC SRM policies, standards and procedures (as defined by the HO Security Section)


Accountable for reviews and feedback to CSAs on all security products (plans, reports, assessments etc.) to ensure they comply with NRC standards and ensure copies are sent to HO Security for filing. Acts as the technical reference/resource for the RD and CSAs within the region.


Serves as a member of the regional crisis management team, deploys to support country crisis teams within the region upon request, and contributes to the development of crisis management capacity within the region.


Accountable for maintaining a general overview of the security context within the region and briefs regional management on key security development and emerging threats within the region.


Acts as technical resource during the recruitment of CSAs within the region.


Provides quality control to country and regional office compliance with the NRC SRM policy and informs RD in case of non-compliance. Accountable for monitoring and support to the implementation of global Security initiatives from HO.


Accountable for reporting according to NRC reporting intervals compliance scores/issues to the RD and HO. Follows-up on compliance issue raised by the RD and/or HO and travels to conduct verifications upon request.


Training and mentoring of new CSAs in the region on NRC’s policies and systems relating to risk assessment, day-to-day operational security, and crisis management.


Responsible for a management culture, a working and learning environment in line with NRC's values and leadership/management framework

We offer a 24 months contract.

Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and condition.

Duty station: Amman (Family Duty Station)

Approved health certificate will be requested before contract start

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply early as the selection process may begin prior to the vacancy deadline.

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