Security Information Analyst NGO Forum – South Sudan
Position Title: Security Information Analyst
Position Type: Expatriate Consultant
Location: Juba, South Sudan
Work Station: Secretariat Office (with some field travel)
A commitment of at least 1 year is expected.
South Sudan NGO Forum Secretariat:
The South Sudan NGO Forum Secretariat supports the work of the NGO Steering Committee as elected representatives of the South Sudan NGO Forum, which includes 116 INGOs and 214 NNGOs as members. The NGO Secretariat exists for the purpose of: networking; information sharing and dissemination; engagement with Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GRSS), donors and UN; and engagement on other vital issues regarding the operational environment, humanitarian relief, recovery and development.
The Security Information Analyst (SIA) is required as a result of the growth of the NGO Forum and the needs of its members arising from the increasingly complex operating environment in South Sudan. The SIA supports the work of the NGO Forum on issues relating to context analysis and its effects on the safety and security of NGO staff and operations. A successful SIA will contribute to the improvement of the safety and security of humanitarian operations via the delivery of timely, accurate and relevant safety/security context information. Although the consultancy will have an emphasis on information management and analysis, the SIA is expected to provide a level of operational support for the NGO Security Focal Point and Deputy Security Focal Point when they are travelling in the field or out of the country.
The Security Information Analyst will support the work of the Security Focal Point through the following tasks:
Information Collection: (30%)
- Monitor key political, security, and economic developments in South Sudan, as well as the broader region.
- Liaise and share information with UN, private sector, diplomatic circles, NGO security officers, academic researchers and any other relevant stakeholders, observing good information sharing and reliability practices.
- Monitor security management and humanitarian-related research and publications.
- Travel to State Capitals and other NGO concentrations in the field if and when required. This may be in support of other NGO Secretariat staff, or participating in UN-led security assessments, sometimes to remote and/or high-risk areas.
Information Management & Coordination: (40%)
- Manage a security incidents database as a high priority in order to produce regular reports, document and analyse trends in security incidents.
- Produce and disseminate/deliver Daily Updates, Weekly safety/security briefings and analysis notes, and monthly and annual trend analysis reports.
- Support the Security Focal Point in providing analytical content for regular security updates and ad-hoc advisories.
- Collect and manage context and safety/security information for our member organisations, including contact information and office/residence locations.
- Revise and manage various security products at the country level including ESMS system and concentration point, FAQ documents, and incident database.
- Develop and standardise “good practice” checklists for priority threats and share relevant security resources.
- Assist in the recruitment and cultivation of State-level volunteer security focal points assist with strengthening NGO security coordination at State-level as required within his/her area of expertise.
- Assist with the facilitation of NGO Security Meetings, briefings, ad-hoc meetings, or workshops as often as necessary and ensure information is disseminated to relevant stakeholders.
- Provide data, trends and context analysis for regular NGO safety/security briefings organized by the Security Focal Point.
- Represent the NGO Forum at meetings with UNMISS, UN AFPs, donors, diplomatic corps, and other external stakeholders to provide clarity and advocate for NGO safety/security needs.
- Support the Information Management Officer to expand and manage the security section of the NGO Forum website, especially with the ESMS system.
- Program Quality and Management: (10%)
- Support the NGO Security Focal Point and Deputy Security Focal Point to provide constant security assistance to more than 300 NGO Forum member organizations. This may be at any time of day, via phone, email, or in person.
- Support improved NGO analysis of the overall security context.
- Update NGO staff numbers and areas of operation for NGOs and UNDSS/UNMISS contingency planning.
- Support the development of briefing papers / tools for sharing of information on common security concerns as required.
- Support the NGO Security Focal Point to ensure effective collaboration between the NGO Secretariat, UN, government, donors, national NGOs, and other stakeholders on security-related issues.
- Develop and maintain productive relationships with key individuals in relevant government ministries and security organs, the diplomatic corps, international and national NGOs, UNMISS, UN Agencies/Funds/Programs (AFPs), donors, and other relevant individuals (private security companies, regional analysts, researchers, journalists, etc.).
Required Qualifications and Personal Skills:
- Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required. Master’s degree or equivalent experience preferred. Relevant fields are peace and conflict studies, security studies, area studies, international affairs, economics, political science, international development, or related field
- Previous experience in complex security settings is most highly desirable.
- Previous work experience in South Sudan is ideal.
- Flexibility, and ability to multi-task and improvise.
- Communication, public speaking, relationship building and interpersonal skills required; negotiation skills desired.
- Excellent computer literacy with MS Office products (Office, Excel, Outlook, Access, PowerPoint, etc). Mapping literacy desired.
- Ability to read, digest and accurately analyse large amounts of information, particularly written information and to condense and explain the significance of that information in writing to those for whom English is a second language.
- Ability to manage and disseminate information with conflict sensitivity and respect for confidentiality.
- Excellent written and spoken English skills required, including demonstrated ability in writing briefing papers and other information products. Knowledge of Arabic a bonus.
- Holder of a valid driver’s licence.
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