Deputy Security Focal Point- South Sudan

Employer: Concern Worldwide
Location: South Sudan Juba
Closing date: 14 Dec 2016


Position Type: Expatriate Staff

Work Station: Secretariat Office, Concern office compound (with regular field travel, including to areas presenting volatile security conditions) Reporting to: Application Deadline: Start Date: Duration of Post: Security Focal Point 14 December 2016 ASAP The post will be initially contracted to one year. New funding is expected for this post for 2017. A commitment of at least 1 year is expected.

Please note: Shortlisting and interviews will take place on a rolling basis.

South Sudan NGO Forum Secretariat: The South Sudan NGO Forum Secretariat supports the work of the NGO Steering Committee as elected representatives of the South Sudan NGO Forum, which currently includes over 140 international NGO members and over 90 national NGO members. The NGO Secretariat exists for the purpose of: coordination; information sharing; advocacy; policy/position paper production; engagement with Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GRSS), donors and UN; and engagement on other vital issues regarding the operational environment, humanitarian relief, recovery and development.

Primary Functions: The Deputy NGO Security Focal Point (D-SFP) is a newly created full-time position of the NGO Secretariat. Since the security situation in South Sudan deteriorated significantly since December 2013, the NGO Secretariat decided to expend its security capabilities to better support the NGO community. The D-SFP position supports the work of the SFP through the creation of NGO networks and coordination mechanisms at field level. In addition, the D-SFP will assist the SFP in representing the NGO interests at various coordination levels for issues relating to the safety and security of NGO staff and operations.

The D-SFP is under the direct management of the Security Focal Point.

The Deputy-Security Focal Point supports the work of the NGO Forum through the following key tasks:

Network building: (40%) Meet with the NGO community at field level and support the creation of local coordination mechanisms regarding Safety and Security. Identify field-Security Focal points (F-SFPs) at field level (State, County) in order to facilitate information sharing and communication of local safety and security issues. Create local-level communication platforms (mailing lists, phone numbers, radio channels) to allow NGOs to share information on local security contexts. Facilitate the set-up of clear communication channels between the NGO Secretariat Security team and the F-SFPs. Information collection and Assessment (30%) Travel to field locations to identify the main issues faced by NGOs in the States and assess the threats faced by NGO staff members. Share information with the SFP, the Security information Analyst and other relevant actors at capital and field levels. Participate in joint field assessments to provide an independent NGO point of view on the situation. This can be both part of UN/NGO-led security assessments or directly organized by the NGO Secretariat security team. Liaison and Representation: (30%) Covers for the SFP when he/she is not able to attend various meetings, workshops and other task forces as necessary, both in Juba and in State-capitals. Support the facilitation of NGO Security Meetings, briefings, task force meetings, or workshops as often as necessary and ensure information is disseminated to relevant stakeholders. Support the SFP to represent the NGO Forum at meetings with UNMISS, UN AFPs, donors, diplomatic corps, and other external stakeholders and advocate NGO security challenges and needs. Required Qualifications And Personal Skills: At least five years of experience working for a humanitarian or development organizations in conflict/post-conflict environments. Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in peace and conflict studies, security studies, international affairs, economics, political science, international development, or related field. Master’s degree preferred. Experience in post-conflict and/or insecure environments preferred. Experience in South Sudan (or Sudan) is highly desirable

The position involves frequent movement to deep-field locations. The candidate must be physically fit and willing to work in difficult conditions and under high stress environments. The position has a considerable workload, and the candidate must be willing to work long hours—including overnights during a security emergency. The position will have a lot of independence. The candidate must be a self-starter and exhibit initiative. The candidate must possess common sense, an ability to learn quickly, and must work well under pressure. Developing and maintaining key relationships is essential; a social personality, a strong sense of leadership and outstanding communication skills are helpful. This is a non-family/unaccompanied post with limited amenities.