Access and Security Coordinator

Background

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries, the IRC aims to restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to survive.

Scope of work

The IRC is seeking a Security & Access Coordinator (SAC) for its South Sudan Program, based in Juba with very frequent travel to program locations. The position will work with the country management team to ensure that organizational security policies and procedures are responsive to the context, adequate and known to staff, and advise on humanitarian access processes and approaches in close coordination with program teams. Under the supervision of the Country Director, the SAC will analyze security trends, advise, update, and implement the IRC’s Security Management Plan. The SAC will streamline humanitarian access approaches in line with humanitarian principles, humanitarian needs, and the IRC’s 5-year strategy action plan for South Sudan. The SAC will conduct onsite training for staff, facilitate the development and implementation of appropriate plans, standard operating procedures and contingency plans. S/he will provide expert humanitarian security and access advice to all levels of IRC staff in the country office including access negotiations and mediation, context and conflict analysis, advisories, and incident management.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS AND COORDINATION:

Reports to :  Country Director

Dotted-Line to: RSSA EA

Supervision: Senior Safety & Security officer

Coordinates With:             

Internal: Field Coordinators, Program Coordinators, Emergency unit

External: All stakeholders related to Access, safety and security

Responsibiities

Safety and Security Management Planning

  • Provide technical support to the CD on all policies, procedures, guidelines and planning for staff safety, operational security and program continuity;
  • Collaboratively evaluate, review and support the updating of the Security Risk Analysis and associated security management plans for all IRC. Reference and ensure compliance to IRC Security Management Framework within the SMP and all annexes inclusive of gender security components.
  • Work with CD and Field Coordinators to develop, consolidate and implement operating procedures and contingency plans;
  • Evaluate, review and update the hibernation and evacuation plans for all IRC offices and residences in South Sudan and ensure that the practical preparations are in place and known to all staff involved;
  • Conduct risk assessments of contracted and prospective offices and residences. Follow up on actions to be taken to ensure compliance with safety and security standards.
  • Undertake continual assessments of equipment, and the protocols by which that equipment is used, to ensure that minimal conditions for security are being met.
  • Provide and implement best possible solutions for use of equipment to facilitate communication between staff, including here proposing safe alternative means of communication and equipment,

Humanitarian Access Management

  • Develop ongoing relationships with local authorities as needed and other power brokers within South Sudan.
  • Work to ensure that IRC, its mission and work in the areas of operations is known and accepted.
  • Work to encourage stakeholders to work with the IRC in ensuring that staff and programs are safe and allowed to continue humanitarian activities in South Sudan.
  • Provide technical input and advice in assessments to consider new IRC programs in new geographic areas.
  • In coordination with CD, DDP, and Technical Coordinators, liaise with relevant security actors e.g., NGO Security Focal Point, other NGO security coordinators, UNDSS contacts, local community stakeholders, Governors, etc.

Monitoring, Analysis and Supervision

  • Identify, establish and manage context appropriate approach to assure IRC facilities are safe
  • Compile and submit monthly security reporting that track incidents and trends within the IRC’s area of operation. Submit daily contextual updates as needed to the Country Director (CD) /RSSA/DISS.
  • Work closely with IRC teams in Field Offices in South Sudan to ensure all incidents and accidents are followed up with an official written report, which is then shared with relevant stakeholders and filed appropriately. Ensure also that final incident reports are provided when IRC is closing the case.
  • Coordinate regularly with the RSSA EA on safety and security, and fulfill reporting requirements.
  • Collect and compile all security reports for IRC South Sudan.

Security & Access Training and Orientation

  • Provide a development plan with precise capacity building method to the Safety and Security team.
  • Provide regular trainings for IRC staff on security preparedness, prevention and response. Training(s) may include Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs); Contingency Plans (CPs); Security Management; Incident Reporting; Prevention and Response Mechanisms; Communications protocols, etc.
  • Working with the HR focal point on reviewing, updating the IRC South Sudan Security Information package for new hires and visitors.

HR Management

  • Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions including staff development plans.
  • Lead with commitment, integrity and accountability the “IRC Way” – Global Standards for Professional Conduct – and ensure adherence.

Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 years of non-profit or NGO work experience within international humanitarian assistance programs with demonstrated capabilities in planning, organizing and executing humanitarian security operations in the field.
  • Understanding the humanitarian principles, code of conduct and specific sub-sector work linked to NGO field and operations contexts.
  • Advanced knowledge in communications technology, including, satellite communications, cell phone mediums, etc.
  • Strong experience as a trainer; ability to develop, implement, facilitate and impart learning to a wide range of audiences.
  • Ability to gain a precise understanding of the various local, regional, country and international policies, operational positions and interactions, providing clear dynamic briefings and analysis of given and unfolding security and political situations when they occur.
  • Regional experience strongly preferred
  • Previous NGO security management is mandatory.
  • Written and verbal English mandatory

Work environment

Security: South Sudan is currently classified at security level Orange. The situation in Juba is calm at the moment but remains tense and unpredictable; concerns include criminality, presence of armed troops, and looting. There is active conflict in many parts of the country and a possibility for further expansion of the conflict and violence into other areas and other states.

Housing:

Lodging in Juba is in a private bedroom, with en suite bathroom, in a shared IRC guesthouse. In field sites sleeping accommodations range from tent to traditional hut to permanent structures. Field compounds have latrines and showers. All IRC sites have electricity and internet at least several hours per day. Food is the individual’s responsibility.

Standards of Professional Conduct:

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

Gender Equality:

IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.