Security Advisor (Latin America)

CONTEXT :

Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity.

Handicap International is changing his name and becomes « Humanity & Inclusion ».
HI, Humanity & Inclusion, is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation with no religious or political affiliations operating in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

Since the organisation was first founded in 1982, we have set up development programmes in more than 55 countries and responded to many emergencies. Today we have a budget of around 150 million euros, with 3500 employees worldwide.

For more information, please visit: www.hi.org

INFORMATION ON THE CONTEXT OF THE MISSION

The socioeconomic crisis in Venezuela continued to deteriorate throughout 2018, leading to further collapse of services, deterioration of health facilities, food security, and nutrition among the population, and one of the biggest mass displacements in South America’s history. According to UNHCR at least 2.5 million Venezuelans have left the country since 2014, though other sources estimate that this figure could exceed 4 million, including nearly 2 million in Colombia [1]. The fallouts of the crisis across the region have increased proportionally: 3.4 million migrants/refugees are registered in neighboring countries (Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil and other Latin-American and Caribbean countries), as well as in the US and in Europe, according to UNHCR-IOM [2].

The economic crisis is amplified by the deepening political crisis. Since 23 January 2019, the situation in Venezuela has entered into a more acute phase of the crisis, following the self-proclamation of the President of the National Assembly as Interim President and the introduction of new economic sanctions by the US. The Venezuelan government largely denies the scale of humanitarian needs and restricts access for international humanitarian organizations, and blocked the entry of US humanitarian aid in February 2019, which exacerbated the situation acknowledging that aid could be an instrument for regime change.

DESCRIPTION :

DESCRIPTION OF THE MISSION/PROJECT

HI intends to respond by implementing an intervention through local partners, with the aim to improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable Venezuelans, including persons with disabilities, by ensuring access to inclusive and quality services & livelihoods through a multi-sectoral response. The response will include inclusive humanitarian action, rehabilitation and MHPSS support, as well as food distribution.
HI’s intends to open its Venezuelan’s mission from June 2019.

OBJECTIVES OF THE POSITION

Under the direct responsibility of the Country Manager, based in Caracas, and in close coordination with the HQ, the role of Security Advisor is aimed at helping to ensure the safety and security of HI’s mission staff at all times and to support the feasibility and achievement of planned activities through ensuring proper risk analysis, security frameworks and tools and protocols are in place and at the same time supervising their correct and effective implementation. The secondary objective is to build capacity of security management across the mission team at all levels. More specifically, in the context of the opening of the program, the objectives of the Security Advisor will be to:
• Fine-tune the resources & set-up required for security management;
• Participate in assessments in potential new areas of intervention;
• Ensure risk analysis in the different planned areas of intervention;
• Formalize the Security framework (Security plan, tools and protocols) while ensuring its proper understanding, appropriation and implementation by the program.

PROFIL:

Qualifications
• A Bachelor degree in Political Sciences, International Relations, Security Management
• A Master degree in any of these fields is a strong asset
• Region Studies, Humanitarian Assistance or another relevant subject is mandatory
• At least 3 years of professional experience in security management and/or context analysis in conflict context, preferably with humanitarian INGOs
• At least 2 years of professional experience in a contemporary conflict context

Knowledge
• Proven experience in producing quality reports and documents, including maps’
• Experience in providing professional briefings and trainings
• Good written and spoken language is essential: Spanish mandatory + French and/or English
• IT skills (information search software), including the use of different communication devices, computers, GOS and mapping software
• Deep knowledge of the region and the context
• HI’s vision, mandate, values and strategy
• Humanitarian principles
• Humanitarian environment

Know how (practice)
• Proven experience of developing and implementing security plans and analysis tools
• Proven experience of working in conflict-affected areas and of associated risks to personal

Interpersonal skills and attitudes
• Initiative and creative thinking, patience, sensitivity and tact
• Good reaction capacities
• Organised
• Rigorous
• Autonomous
• Solution-oriented
• Adaptable
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Able to manage stress
• Able to work as part of multi-disciplinary teams
• Engaged
• Anticipative

LANGUAGE(S):

Spannish : Fluent
English : Good
French : Good

CONDITIONS:

• Starting date: 01/07/2019
• Length of the contract: 2 months
• Salary from 2750 € (gross) / month regarding the experience of the candidate
• Per-diem: 400€/month net
• Hardship allowance: 250€/month net
• Insurances: medical health coverage, retirement planning, repatriation
• Paid holiday: 25 days per year
• Accommodation: collective housing fully covered by Humanity & Inclusion