Nov 13, 2016

Regional Security and Safety Manager, South Sudan

Employer: Relief International (RI)
Location: South Sudan
Closing date January 31, 2017

The Security and Safety Manager (SM) reports to the Country Director South Sudan and the Regional Director for Africa, with technical reporting and liaison to the Global Security and Safety Director based in Washington DC. The SM will take on a rigorous leadership role in country. The SM will be responsible for coordinating, overseeing and advising on safety and security management of all activities in country. In addition, the SM will be responsible for ensuring up to date and adequate risk assessments and SOPs, submitting timely and accurate reports and assessments to the CD and HQ, while representing the organisation in security coordination fora. The position is based in Juba South Sudan but requires up to 70% travel time within South Sudan and the region.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities 
Applies situation appropriate rules and guidance per RI’s Field Security SOP’s, RIGSS and UNDSS; conducts visits to RI’s field project offices and residential sites to assess security and safety conditions; develops comprehensive risk assessments in conjunction with country counterparts, leading to the updating of effective security plans, educates colleagues on the security plans and ensure compliance.
Upon arrival in each programme site, conducts a comprehensive assessment together with the local counterpart / audit of all existing security and safety policies and procedures and their application and practice by all staff at programme sites, offices, residencies/guest houses, and with respect to all vehicles, drivers and standing SOPs; provides and implements recommendations in consultation with the Country Director or most senior Country Representative and with RI GSO Global Security; changes must comply at minimum with RI Field Operational Procedures and SOPs.
Conducts scheduled and ad-hoc field residencies at each programme site, including central and sub-offices and programme delivery locations for security assessments, audits and ongoing staff training and security awareness. Residencies and site visits must be fully coordinated via the senior country staff and GSO. Each residency will have clear deliverables to be shared with CD and RD.
Coordinates design, establishment and maintenance of security support systems; ensures that RI is linked via all interagency and security coordination lists and fora to ensure RI security presence in the INGO community.
Trains, technically supervises and mentors national country security staff/focal points. Recommends and/or provides staff training on safety and security in a proactive and positive manner that promotes inclusion, participation, and leadership among the entire RI team, including expatriates, local national staff, and women. Is knowledgeable and sensitive to training needs and issues that must be understood to promote a positive organisational profile, cultural respect, and abide by the RI Code of Conduct.
Takes a lead on regular safety and security drills for all country/regional offices: conducts safety and security drills, trains national counterparts in how to conduct drills, and ensures that national counterparts implement drills regularly.
Leads an ongoing process of design, establishment, review and revision of security policies and procedures to ensure understanding, buy-in, and compliance by staff; routinely revises safety and security plans to adapt to evolving security situation in conjunction with country counterparts and country directors, and GSO Global Security.
Liaises with local and regional UN & interagency security personnel on security matters for country programmes; advises Country Director and RD as well as GSO Global Security on security issues; provides security briefings and updates for RI staff and visitors.
In close coordination with Country Directors in the region, develops and maintains contacts with national law enforcement agencies, where appropriate; respects and is fully current at all times on political issues and local policies that impact RI and INGO operations and safety.
Conducts him or herself and the RI security operations in a manner that ensures reduced risk for exposure to issues with any group or government; presents the RI programmes in a respectful and positive manner in all interagency interactions.
Maps and reports security incidents, ensures by weekly security reports in all country locations and understands trends and threats; facilitates the development of situation specific, coordinated evacuation plans; writes well-researched security incident reports for review by supervisor and GSO including trend analysis.

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
A minimum of four (4) years’ experience in a similar role with regional responsibilities
Proven ability in security management and/or crisis management in an unstable and insecure environment.
Previous experiences managing humanitarian crisis/emergencies an added advantage
Effective technical/instructional skills
Strong analytical and organisational skills with the ability to manage multiple complex tasks independently
Strong leadership and communication (interpersonal, verbal and written) skills
Excellent computer skills with solid knowledge of MS Office
Experience in training adults using modern methods.
Experience in a multi-cultural environment necessary
Experience in conducting assessments preferred
Ability to travel up to 50%

LOCATION: This is position is based in Juba South Sudan with frequent trips to possible High Risk locations.
DURATION: 12 months with possibility of extension

Regional security manager work plan overview over and above normal day to day operations: these are at a minimum but not limited to.

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NOTE: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.