The library is part of an EISF project to build an extensive online knowledge centre on humanitarian security, to encourage policy sharing and facilitate the better-informed review and refreshing of security management by NGOs. All documents are open-source and free to download.
If you have authored, published or are aware of any documents which could contribute to this library, please bring it to the attention of the EISF Projects and Membership Officer. If documents are sensitive, all organisational affiliation can be removed before posting.
Documents in languages other than English are particularly welcome.
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Please note - as part of the website re-structuring, documents which previously appeared under Security Management Resources are now included here.
A concise EISF Guide on planning, provision and review of family support, accompanied by practical tools.
Un Guide divisé en trois parties, à savoir la planification, la prestation et le bilan du soutien et de la liaison en situation de crise.
A concise EISF Guide on the safe and secure closure of offices or programmes. Accompanied by practical tools.
The Risk Management Expense Portfolio tool accompanies the EISF Report on the Cost of Security Risk Management for NGOs.
The Report explores the costs related to safety and security management for aid programmes, and aims to assist all aid practitioners to determine their risk management expenditure more accurately.
Produced for the OFDA/InterAction PVO Security Task Force. Improve your ability to understand the most likely threats your NGO—as opposed to all NGOs—will face in an area, and provide insight into how to reduce the threats you may face.
Useful table containing sample risk assessment.
Acceptance, protection and deterrence are three strategies, which need to be considered and actively implemented as part of an effective security system. They are aimed at reducing or removing threats and vulnerabilities, and should be based on the context analysis and the risk assessment. They are not mutually exclusive; the key is to adopt the right mix in a given context.
Sample levels used by one organisation.
Risk Thresholds in Humanitarian Assistance looks at how humanitarian organisations express their attitudes to risk, and considers how priorities at different organisational levels might be better integrated when decisions are made on whether to accept or reject certain risks.
A useful Excel sample of a risk register, showing a possible structure.
A useful Excel sheet charting different risk management standards
The Best Value toolkits are a series of audit diagnostics, which will help reviewers to establish the extent to which public bodies’ arrangements are designed to achieve, and are actually delivering, Best Value.
In light of the attacks against the United Nations in both Peshawar and Kabul in autumn 2009, the UN has decided to "harden" itself as a target, using a protection-based strategy to reduce the vulnerability of its staff. But to what degree will this simply transfer risk to NGOs, who do not have similar resources available, and who regardless rely on acceptance-based strategies?
Country-level guidelines: a template for a Country Security Plan
A guide to help security managers to conduct risk assessments and identify countermeasures to protect them from their staff.
Highlighting the benefits of a systematic program of risk reduction for humanitarian organisations.
Information note regarding why staff may be vulnerable, considering their age, gender, nationality, ethnicity, race, religion, status and language skills.
Risk is a product of threats and vulnerability (risk = threat x vulnerability). A structured security risk assessment will help to identify the likely threats, the degree of vulnerability to them and will assist in making decisions about whether the risks are acceptable and manageable. It is a thorough examination of what could cause intentional loss or harm, in order to reduce and manage the risks.
This report offers a comparative overview of recent aid agency attempts to strengthen the management of safety and security.
This security training module was produced for OFDA/InterAction PVO Security Task Force by Jan Davis of RedR.
Hostile Environment Awareness For Humanitarians
24 Jun 2013
This programme is designed specifically for humanitarians whose work takes them to challenging, remote or hostile regions, where getting the job do...
Safety, Security and Remote First Aid for Humanitarians
24 Jun 2013
near Oxford, United Kingdom
Safer Edge is running a new Safety, Security & Remote First Aid for Humanitarians course, in the UK.
The course will give staff deployi...
Personal Safety and Security in the Field
24 Jun 2013
This is an intensive four-day course where you will discuss, learn and apply approaches and measures to improve your personal security when living ...