Operations and Resilience Advisor, Afghanistan
At CARE, we seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live with dignity and security.
This has been our vision since 1945, when we were founded to send lifesaving CARE Packages® to survivors of World War II. Today, CARE is a global leader in the movement to eradicate poverty. In 2015, CARE worked in 95 countries and reached 65 million people with an incredible range of life-saving programs. We also put women and girls at the center of our work because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. We seek dynamic, innovative thinkers to further our mission. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us.
CARE is seeking an Operations and Resilience Advisor (ORA) who will advise CARE International in Afghanistan on strategies to work safely within their program environments, maintain accesses to program areas, reduce operational risks faced by staff and develop the capacity of national counterparts in the CARE Afghanistan Risk Management Unit. This will be achieved by maintaining a pragmatic and operational posture that enables and supports CARE’s vision and mission in Afghanistan, whilst fostering an inclusive risk managed culture for health and safety amongst staff.
This post reports to the Regional Risk Manager, with close daily interaction and engagement with the Country Director and Country Leadership Team, on which s/he is a member. The ORA will directly manage the CARE Afghanistan Risk Management Unit (RMU).
S/he will demonstrate a high level of socio-cultural, political and economic understanding of the context where CARE works. S/he will also develop a solid working knowledge of CARE’s programs and have a strong understanding of humanitarian programming approaches.
S/he will be required to travel to operational areas (risk levels permitting), including potentially volatile locations to ensure the provisions of the Risk Management Plan are followed at field level. The ORA will support the development of appropriate localized plans and provide expert technical assistance to field staff where necessary.
Key criteria for success in this post are: A clear vision and demonstrable leadership qualities, an advanced ability to communicate issues of risk management in a credible and consultative fashion and a management style that engages support and empowers strong decision making. A strong emphasis on this role is the continued development of skills and capacity of colleagues in the Risk Management Unit.
- Management of the CARE Afghanistan Risk Management Unit (CARMU)
- Analysis, Planning and Preparation
- Procedures and Protocols
- Incident and Crisis Management
- Capacity Building
- Advise and Report
- Promote cross regional collaboration, sharing of ideas and initiatives and operational best practice with Country Offices in ARMU or the broader CARE network
- Bachelor’s Degree in a field related to humanitarian work or risk management or equivalent field / operational experience
- 5 years’ experience in assisting international organizations in developing countries to manage staff and program safety
- 5 years’ experience in working in an international organization
- 5 years’ experience in working in complex and hazardous environments
- Strong assessment, evaluation and planning skills
- Demonstrable expertise of Humanitarian risk management
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Strong demonstrated inter- personal skills in a multi-cultural environment
- Ability to make good judgment on staff safety and provide appropriate advice
- Demonstrated ability to manage under stressful conditions
- Strong ability to analyze and understand complex situations and translate these into specific policy advice