Security and Access Coordinator

Tripoli, Libya
Apply by 9 May 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 10 April 2018

Job Description

Requisition ID: req1552
Job Title: Security and Access Coordinator
Sector: Safety & Security
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Employment Type: Full-Time
Location: Libya-Tripoli

Job Description

BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

The humanitarian situation in Libya has deteriorated since the 2014 civil war. 1.1 million people require urgent health assistance, including an estimated 700,000 IDPs and 1 million refugees and migrants. In response, the IRC launched an emergency program in September 2016 in Libya which aimed to provide life-saving medical care, medicines, and medical supplies to Libyans and non-Libyans and in doing so strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Health. The IRC Libya program is in the process of expanding the scope and scale of both protection and health programming in Misrata, Sirte and Tripoli, developing an outcome focused strategy that aims to restore and strengthen the primary health care system, focusing on ensuring survival, equitably, and at scale to reach the largest number of clients.

IRC is seeking a Security and Access Coordinator (SAC) for its Libya Country Program, based in Tripoli with frequent travel to program locations. The SAC will work with the country management team to ensure that organizational security policies and procedures are responsive to the context, adequate and known to staff, and advise on humanitarian access processes and approaches in close coordination with program teams.

Under the supervision of the Country Director (CD), the SAC will analyze security trends, advise, update, and implement IRC’s Security Management Plan, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Contingency Plans (CPs) and risk assessments. The SAC will develop humanitarian access approaches in line with humanitarian principles, humanitarian needs, and the IRC’s strategy action plan for Libya. The SAC will conduct onsite training for staff and facilitate the development and implementation of appropriate plans. S/he will provide expert humanitarian security and access advice to all levels of IRC staff in the country office including access negotiations and mediation, context and conflict analysis, advisories, and incident management.


Safety and Security Management Planning
* Provide technical support to the CD on all policies, procedures, guidelines and planning for staff safety, operational security and program continuity in Libya;
* Evaluate, review and update security management plans on a regular basis. Reference and ensure compliance to the IRC Security Management Framework within the SMP and all annexes.
* Work with the CD and Field Coordinators to develop, consolidate and implement operating procedures and contingency plans;
* Evaluate, review and update hibernation and evacuation plans for all IRC offices and residences in Libya and ensure that practical preparations are in place and known to all staff involved;
* Conduct risk assessments of contracted and prospective offices and residences and new areas of operation. Follow up on actions to be taken to ensure compliance with safety and security standards.
* Undertake continual assessments of equipment, and the protocols under which the equipment is used, to ensure that minimal conditions for security are being met.
* Provide and implement best possible solutions for use of equipment to facilitate communication between staff.

Humanitarian Access Management
* Develop ongoing relationships with local authorities as needed and other power brokers within Libya.
* Work to ensure that IRC, its mission and work in the areas of operations is known and accepted.
* Work to encourage stakeholders to engage with the IRC to ensure that staff and programs are safe and allowed to continue humanitarian activities in Libya.
* Lead on security assessments for new operational areas. Provide technical input and advice in assessments to consider new IRC programs in new geographic areas.
* In coordination with CD, DDP, Field Coordinators and Program Coordinators, liaise with relevant security actors e.g., NGO Security Focal Point, other NGO security coordinators, UNDSS contacts, local community stakeholders, local authortiies etc.

Monitoring, Analysis and Supervision
* Identify, establish and manage context appropriate approaches to assure IRC facilities are suitable secure
* Compile and submit monthly security reporting that tracks incidents and trends within IRC’s areas of operation. Submit daily contextual updates as needed to the CD/Field Coordinators/RSSA/DISS.
* Work closely with IRC field teams to ensure all incidents and accidents are followed up with an official written report, which is then shared with relevant stakeholders and filed appropriately. Ensure that final incident reports are provided when IRC is closing the case and that post-incident analysis is completed.
* Collect and compile all security reports for IRC Libya.

Security and Access Training and Orientation
* Provide the CD and Field Coordinators with a development plan that precisely outlines capacity building actions for safety and security staff.
* Provide regular trainings for IRC staff on security preparedness, prevention and response. Training(s) may include Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs); Contingency Plans (CPs); Security Management; Incident Reporting; Prevention and Response Mechanisms; Communications protocols, etc.
* Work with the HR Lead to review and update IRC Libya Security Information packages for new hires and visitors.

HR Management
* Hire and train new security and access field staff.
* Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions including staff development plans.
* Cultivate a safe and protective working environment for all staff, combining locally-led initiatives with wider organizational efforts related to Duty of Care and Safety & Security. Cultivate staff resilience, and model healthy work/life balance practices.

* A minimum of 10 years of professional experience, 5 of years of which are in the non-profit or NGO sector within international humanitarian assistance programs, with demonstrated capabilities in planning, organizing and executing humanitarian security operations in the field.
* Understanding thehumanitarian principles, codeof conduct and specific sub-sector work linked to NGO field and operations contexts.
* Advanced knowledge incommunications technology, including, satellite communications, cell phone mediums, etc.
* Strong experience as a trainer; ability to develop, implement, facilitate and impart learning to a wide range of audiences.
* Ability to gain a precise understanding of the various local, regional, country and international policies, operational positions and interactions, providing clear dynamic briefings and analysis of given and unfolding security and political situations when they occur.
* Regional experience strongly preferred
* Previous NGO security management an asset.
* Written and verbal English mandatory and Arabic Skills a preferred plus


Position reports to: Country Director

Position directly supervises: Security and Access Field Staff

Other internal:
Internal: Field Coordinators, Program Coordinators, Regional Unit
External: All stakeholders related to access, safety and security

The IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way-Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

About the Organization

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 27 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.

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