Security & Access Coordinator (Yemen)
General description of the position
You will have the responsibility to ensure the safety of Action contre la Faim (ACF) in Yemen, 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 Yemen.
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 advisor and functional management of 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 are aware on issues that affect aid workers globally and you know of the context and challenges of operating in Yemen.
You have experience working in a multi-cultural environment and 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.
You are fluent in English (written and spoken) and Arabic will be a plus.
Specific conditions / Salary
Contract: fixed term contract under French legislation
The position will be based in Aden
Salary and profits:
- Salary negotiable within the limit of ACF compensation policy.
- Per diem and living allowance: 616€ net – paid 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.
Leave and RnR:
- 25 days of paid leaves per year.
- + 20 RnR per year.
- + 215 € at each RnR period (every 6 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 ©.
Since the conflict between Al Houthi and the Saudi-led coalition that started in March 2015, Yemen has become one of the three emergency in the world and is thus facing one of the worst humanitarian crisis, with 80 % of the population who is now in need of humanitarian aid. The context is highly challenging in regards to access to the communities despite significant needs in the country. Airstrike, embargo, high prices, etc. have caused a profound deterioration of the nutitritional situation and hundreds of thousands lives are at risk.
Since 2012, ACF has been present in Yemen and has been scaling up its emergency intervention substantially throughout 2016. The mission is now amongst one of the largest International NGOs in the country and is recognized as one of the key emergency actors in the country. ACF in Yemen is responding to the current crisis using a multisector emergency approach (Nutrition & Health, Food Security, WASH and Mental Health programming), and to a multiple large-scale and interconnected emergencies: conflict, food security and cholera epidemic. Along with UNICEF, ACF designed and is piloting the country’s first Rapid Response Mechanism, and is representative of the INGO community on the HCT, ICCM, Access Working Group, the HPF Advisory Board, and on the Steering Committee that manages evacuation for the humanitarian community.
ACF is operationally working in 2 bases: Hodeida (to target the northern governorates) and Aden (to target the southern ones), with its coordination team located in Sana’a. In total, the Yemen mission counts 215 national staff and 17 international staff. The coordination is based in Sanaa, where nine expatriates are currently working at the coordination level, including technical and support department under the Country Director (CD) and Deputy Country Director (DCD).
Security situation remained under close observation with limited access to other agencies, few super markets and official meetings. The security situation limits the social aspects of a regular living (limited personal movement outside the office or guesthouse, meeting friends after office, shopping, etc.). Therefore, the applicant must have willingness to work in such security context with minimized social aspects of living.
We expect you to be a team player, to be flexible and autonomous.
You will support the staffs, all request for support and raise concerns to the Senior Management Team and HQ in a timely fashion to ensure smooth implementation of program activities, the donor requirements and the rights, safety and protection of both ACF staffs and beneficiaries.