Security & Access Coordinator (Afghanistan)
General description of the position
You will have the responsibility to ensure the safety of Action contre la Faim (ACF) in Afghanistan, under the supervision of the Country Director, and you will provide an enabling security environment to allow ACF teams to be at the cutting edge of operational implementation in Afghanistan.
Define and implement ACF security management system: you will collect and analyze the security and political context by supporting the team in the field and sharing the analysis with the coordination team, the regional security advisor and the regional director. You will also alert on changes of context and establish likely forthcoming scenarios. You will contribute with the writing process of the security plan and design the contingency plans for the mission. You will be responsible for ensuring the dissemination of security plans by monitoring the implementation of the plans. You will evaluate the operational management of security and you will provide appropriate support to the logistics department.
Design ACF humanitarian access strategy: design, write and keep updated the humanitarian access strategy and make sure it is on line the program implementation strategy and security protocols. You will participate in negotiations on humanitarian access and you will be in charge of establishing a strong network with external stakeholders.
Train and make ACF staff aware of security environment, procedures and rules: build awareness plan on context and security for ACF teams. You will ensure a briefing plan for every new ACF employee, international staff and visitors. You will ensure that regular awareness sessions for all staff are completed (situation updates, security rules and procedures).
Manage the security team: management of the national security manager & access and functional management of the security team in the different bases including capacity building, clarification of roles and responsibilities.
Do you fit the requested profile?
You have previous experience in security management in hostile/insecure environnement (which is mandatory) as well as experience in security in INGO. You must have an expertise in current safety and security practices and issues affecting aid work globally.
You have the ability to adapt to needs between operations and security while maintaining appropriate contextual NGO security advice and coordination.
You have experience working in a multi-cultural environment with comprehensive knowledge of the context and challenges of operating in Afghanistan. You are known for your diplomatic and sensitive to cross cultural issues, your capacity to work under pressure and your creativity.
You are known for your analytical skills on security issues (risk/threat assessment, management, awareness, training, etc.) and your reporting skills (incidents, compilation of security, assessments, written reports, etc.).
You have good understanding of the ACF mandate and you will be willing to commit to ACF’s aims and principles, as well as commit to ACF’s code if conduct.
You are fluent in English (written and spoken) is mandatory and Dari or Pashto will be a plus.
Specific conditions / Salary
Contract: 6 months fixed term contract under French legislation
Salary and profits:
- Monthly gross salary from 1 805 € to 2 305 € (upon experience)
- Per diem and living allowance: 383€ net – paid in cash in the field
- + 12 % of monthly gross salary as country allowance
- + 16% of monthly gross salary as reimbursement of retirement insurance for non-French citizen.
Transportation and accommodation:
- Coverage of transportation costs to and in the mission.
- Individual room in guesthouse covered
Medical coverage: 100% coverage of medical expenses + repatriation insurance.
Leaves and RnR:
- 25 days of paid leaves per year.
- + 20 RnR per year.
- + 215 € at each RnR period (every 10 weeks).
- Coverage of the transportation expenses to the RnR area of reference.
Training: Free and unlimited access to the certifying e-learning platform Cross knowledge ©.
Presentation of the country: As a politically fragmented, natural disaster-prone nation, Afghanistan has long faced levels of chronic insecurity, internal displacement, and widespread poverty that has subjected its populations to ongoing hardships and recurring humanitarian crises. Communities remain food insecure for a range of reasons, from the cumulative impacts of multiple droughts, erratic climate shocks and seasonal flooding, a lack of infrastructure and limited access to markets. Although education and health have improved in urban areas, rural populations remain largely vulnerable to maternal and perinatal mortality and infant mortality and diseases, malnutrition being a major concern.
Presentation of the mission: In 2017, ACF implemented several integrated project in Nutrition and Health, WASH, FSL and MHCP responding to the needs of the most vulnerable in Helmand, Ghor and Kabul. Moreover, ACF extended its ERM approach into more provinces such as Helmand, Ghor, Daykundi, Nimroz and Bamyan. In Kabul, ACF focused its activities in Kabul Informal Settlements through a WASH and Nutrition project and in 26 Health Facilities via a Nutrition project, both aiming to reduce Acute Malnutrition. In Ghor, ACF secured an integrated long-term project to implement Nutrition, WASH and MHCP activities to prevent mother and child mortality and morbidity. In Helmand, ACF implemented three integrated projects in WASH and Nutrition, one also including MHCP. In November 2017, a new integrated project with Nutrition, FSL, WASH and MHCP activities targeting 47,881 beneficiaries (without double counting) started to be implemented.
Security, working and living conditions: ACF is operationally working in 3 bases: Kaboul, Helmand and Ghor with its coordination team located in Kaboul. In total, the Afghanistan mission counts 400 national staff and 15 international staff. Kaboul has a very cold winter (a cold allowance will be given if you work during this period), spring and autumn are very nice and summer is pretty hot. The expatriates share a guest house with internet, electricity, TV room, indoor sports room and garden including a badminton and volleyball field. A variety of restaurants, supermarkets and grocery shops where you can have access depending on security rules and situation. The context is highly volatile in Kaboul and security conditions can change very quickly. Thus, the movements are limited, walking outside is often forbidden and a curfew is strictly imposed.