Safety and Security Officer (National Post), Salah Al Deen - Iraq

Employer:Norwegian Refugee Council
Location: Iraq

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, and emergency food security, legal assistance, and water, sanitation and hygiene sectors. NRC is operating in Iraq since 2010 to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable people affected by on-going conflict in the region. It has its country office in Erbil, KR-I and has area offices in Baghdad, Dohuk, Erbil and Kirkuk.

NRC national program strategy for 2016 takes a whole of Iraq approach focusing on CCCM, WASH, Shelter, Education, Emergency Cash modalities, housing and land property (HLP) and Information Counseling and Legal Assistance (ICLA). In 2016, NRC will continue to consolidate operations in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) by providing care and maintenance facilities in IDPs camps, strengthening the relevant government authorities and building systems more at community levels as opposed to household level for successful exit, while also considerably scaling up operations in the South-Central regions of Iraq (with focus on the Anbar and Baghdad Governorates). A further priority will be to reach populations in harder to access areas through working with implementing national partners, established community network contacts and UN-led Rapid Response Mechanisms (RRM). Target caseload will be people affected by displacement including IDPs in camps, IDPs outside of camps, host communities, returnees and refugees.

The purpose of the Safety and Security Officer position is to implement the delegated security portfolio. The Safety and Security Officer will report to Area Manager. The post will be based in Salah Al Deen.

Job description
Implement NRC’s safety and security policies at office level
Conduct regular security and risk assessments to identify safety and security needs
Train staff in safety and security and provide regular briefings and updates
Immediately report all breaches of safety and security procedures and all threats to NRC staff, beneficiaries, activities or assets
Facilitate staff evacuation in emergency situations
Supervise, train and develop eventual security staff at office level
Liaise with UN agencies, NGOs and other external actors to gain security information
Ensure vehicle and staff movements are monitored according to procedures and that necessary safety and security equipment are available and in good condition
Prepare security updates and reports as required
Advise and assist the Area Manager on all safety and security aspects relevant to the establishment and maintenance of the NRC Area programme in Baghdad, Center and South;
Ensure that NRC employees are properly trained and equipped to prevent medical emergencies and respond appropriately if they occur;
Systematically evaluate the issue of movement and access, by mapping incidents and performing risk assessments, to produce clear recommendations and requirements for gaining and sustaining operational space;
Liaise and with UN agencies, NGOs and other external actors to gain security information;
Ensure vehicle and staff movements are monitored according to procedures and that necessary safety and security equipment are available and in good condition;
Prepare security updates and reports as required;
Immediately report all breaches of safety and security procedures and all threats to NRC staff, beneficiaries, activities and assets;
Immediate reporting to Area Manager of security situations affecting NRC's staff safety, security and operations;
Immediate reporting to Area Manager of security incidents involving NRC staff (whether national or international), NRC premises or NRC assets;
Weekly reporting to AM on security developments within the area of operations during the previous seven days (this can be weekly report inputs to Security Advisor for Iraq, based in Country

Qualifications
Experience from working as a Security Officer in a humanitarian/recovery context
Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
Fluency in English
Military or police training and experience, or formal security and program access education;
Documented experience in security and operational planning;
Demonstrated ability to work under difficult conditions and a high degree of pressure;
Proven experience in administration and team management;
In country experience in cross-cultural awareness, community – NGO relationships;
Relevant university degree or higher education, preferably in social sciences, international development or security;
Regional and cultural knowledge of areas of NRC field operations in Iraq;
Demonstrated high level analytical skills;
Fluency in English and Arabic languages, written and spoken;
Excellent knowledge of communication and IT equipment;

Education field
Military studies / Armed Forces

Education level
College / University, Bachelor's degree

Personal qualities
Handling insecure environments
Analyzing
Empowering and building trust
Planning and delivering results
Experience in liaising with civilian, community and government authorities as well as with regional, national and international institutions;
In depth knowledge of local conditions and threats as well as mitigating measures in Iraq;
Significant political and cultural awareness and experience of working in settings where insecurity is a major issue;
Analytical skills and experience;
Demonstrated leadership and management skills;
Significant understanding of complex emergencies and crisis contexts;
Awareness of gender and cultural issues;
Ability to design and conduct training;
Proven communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills.

Language
Arabic
English

We offer
The post is for six (6) months contract duration, with possible extension. The starting salary for this position is IQD: 2,535,366 (monthly) and health insurance.

Miscellaneous info
Travel: Some travelling must be expected