Country Security Manager, Iraq

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee.
We protect displaced people and support them as they build a new future. We started our relief efforts after World War Two. Today, we work in both new and protracted crises across 31 countries. We specialise in six areas: food security, education, shelter, legal assistance, camp management, and water, sanitation and hygiene.
We stand up for people forced to flee. NRC is a determined advocate for displaced people. We promote and defend displaced people’s rights and dignity in local communities, with national governments and in the international arena. NRC’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva is a global leader in monitoring, reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.

We respond quickly to emergencies. Our expert deployment capacity, NORCAP, boasts around 1,000 experts from all over the world who can be deployed within 72 hours. Our experts help improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises.

Around 6,000 men and women work for the Norwegian Refugee Council. Most of us are hired locally to work in the field, and a small number are based at our head office in Oslo. Many of our colleagues were once themselves fleeing their homes.

NRC in Iraq

Iraq has seen an unprecedented rise in displacement over the last several years, reaching a peak between 2014 and 2017. Of the more than 5.8 million Iraqis who fled their homes since 2014, two million remain displaced. Over four million Iraqis have returned to their area of origin. Many Iraqis have returned to areas that lack basic infrastructure, services and livelihood opportunities, or where explosive devices have not been cleared. Other challenges include: lack of security, community rejection, housing, property and civil documentation issues and lack of educational opportunities.

The UN estimates that more than 6.7 million Iraqis will need assistance in 2019, of this, those in critical need include 1.75 million people which includes both in- camp and out-of-camp IDPs, returnees, and vulnerable host communities. Humanitarian agencies are asking for 701 million USD to deliver basic assistance to these Iraqis (HRP 2019). With military operations against IS group having ended, the Iraqi government faces new challenges to ensure displaced populations return home, receive adequate services while ensuring inclusive reconstruction and reconciliation efforts that will sustain peace.

Since 2010, NRC Iraq has been assisting internally displaced Iraqis, Syrian refugees, and host communities in Ninewa, Dohuk, Erbil, Kirkuk, Basra and Anbar Governorates.

We focus on assisting the newly displaced, those in lengthy displacement in camps and those in hard-to-reach areas. In 2018, NRC scaled-up programmes across Iraq to respond to the large-scale displacements and returns, especially in Anbar governorate, around Kirkuk and in Ninewa using our water and sanitation, education, camp management, legal assistance, livelihoods, camp management, and cash activities.

Country Security Manager – Erbil, Iraq

Role Specific Information

  • Ensure that NRC security and safety systems are conducive to NRC programme implementation, duty of care and staff care standards
  • Quality assure implemented security systems and advise on improvements
  • Ensure that NRC security protocols and systems reflect at all times the threats and risks identified through ongoing security risk analysis and are nuanced to particular situations, events and geographical locations
  • Produce assessments, projections and analyses related to power and stakeholder structures, conflict dynamics and important social, economic and political developments;
  • Advise the Country Director and other staff about security all security matters and contribute to an inclusive
  • organisational culture rooted in security awareness and information flow;
  • Collect and exchange information with relevant external counterparts (UN, NGOs, national, local authorities, embassies etc.)
  • Ensure alignment between programmatic priorities, NRC’s access and advocacy work and security and safety procedures
  • Lead on the provision of security-related training, including personal security training
  • Through line management of the Access Coordinator, ensure that all NRC staff and visitors are included on relevant access letters, and that access incidents are tracked
  • Develop and review communication procedures and protocols
  • Any other tasks as required and within the spirit of the present JD
  • Ensure consistency, predictability and accountability of security and safety procedures across the whole country programme

Our Ideal Candidate

A university graduate in a relevant field(s) with minimum 3 years experience in Senior Security Management in humanitarian/recovery settings, especially in complex and volatile environments. Fluency in English, both verbal and written is required. Knowledge of Arabic and previous work experience in the Middle-East and Iraq will be a distinct advantage.

Additional Information

  • Contract period: 12 months (extendable)
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions
  • Duty station: Erbil
  • Approved health certificate will be requested before contract start
  • Non-family duty station


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