Humanitarian Access & Security Officer
Report to: Humanitarian Access & Security Manager
Supervised by: Field Manager of Al Dhale’e
Department: Humanitarian Access & Security
Duty Station: Al Dhale’e
Duration: 1 year with possibility of extension
The Humanitarian Access and Security Officer (HASO) is a member of the Senior Security Management Team (SSMT), reporting to the Humanitarian Access & Security Manager (HASM) and support the security focal points of his/her covered area.
The Humanitarian Access & Security Officer (HASO) responsibility is to monitor the overall security situation, enforce security regulations and provide sound and timely advice to IRC Al Dhale'e staff and field management in order to support the safe access and efficient delivery of program activities in the designated areas of operations in Al Dhale'e and Lahij governorates. The HASO will advise on and implement the IRC Humanitarian Security Management Plan, under the supervision of Al Dhale'e Field Manager and technical support from the Humanitarian Access and Security Manager (HASM).
She/he will provide humanitarian access and security risk management advice to HASM and Humanitarian Access Coordinator (HAC) on building relationships with stakeholders, negotiating and mediating humanitarian access, contextual understanding, managing critical incidents, and providing timely advisories.
Working closely with the HASM, she/he will help maximize the effectiveness of IRC's activities in Yemen by contributing to the design and ongoing adaptation of programming to ensure it is contextually appropriate. Where applicable, she/he will also provide guidance and support to partner organizations and ensure the capacity building of IRC staff, incentive workers, and partners with active hands-on collaboration.
Female candidates are highly encourage to apply.
Detailed Major responsibilities and tasks:
Networking, Liaison & Acceptance
- Establish and maintain relations and a network of contacts allowing the collection of information related with the humanitarian access in the covering areas as well as, other possible future locations, specifically in the areas of intervention.
- Develop and regularly update list of contacts and stakeholder map per district/ sub-district in the IRC operational governorates of his/her covering area.
- Develop and regularly update internal maps on safe and un-safe areas, in coordination with SHASO.
- Working with program teams, develop, maintain and on a monthly basis share maps of IRC interventions with CMT and Field Management
- Identify barriers to access and support the program teams develop strategies to address. Support the program teams to develop and implement community engagement strategies that promote acceptance and access.
Monitoring, Reporting & Analysis
- Assess the situation in the IRC operational areas for collecting information from formal and informal network and/or the team and/or electronic means (email, blogs, webpages, twitter, etc.).
- Report immediately to the line manager and internal stakeholders any sudden changes on the access in the areas where IRC operates. Provide contextual and data inputs into humanitarian situation reporting and share them to the program teams.
- Provide contextual and data inputs into humanitarian situation reporting and share them to the program teams and SHASO.
- Provide comprehensive, neutral and non-partisan information on security risks, threats and incidents to SHASO.
- Conduct regular Safety Risk Assessments (SRAs) as per IRC policy
- Identify indicators and key decision points, and link them to the SRA and safety phases
- Assist in training on safety procedures as required for program staff
- Provide safety-related advice on programme development and implementation
Training / Capacity Building
- Deliver training materials, coaching and advice for staff and partners addressing humanitarian access issues with the support of SHASO and HASC.
- Promote and support integration of humanitarian access approaches into program design, implementation and operation.
- With the assistance of the SHASO, build up the capacity, awareness and preparedness of the security guards at her/his location.
- Provide ongoing support for IRC staff on security preparedness, prevention and response. Support may include SOPs; Contingency Plans (CPs); Security Management; Incident Reporting; Prevention and Response Mechanisms; and Communications.
Other Key responsibilities:
- Implement access and security policies, protocols and procedures with the support of SHASO;
- Train and supervise compound security guards, with the support of SHASO;
- Attend meetings with other INGO focal points or/and PCs to determine operational needs;
- Review reports on incidents and breaches;
- Analyze data to form proposals for improvements (e.g. trigger the review of existing Security Management Plans);
- Engage on a daily basis with the field management to ensure that the daily operationsmeet operational requirements;
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: SHASO
Indirect Report to: HASC
Other Internal and/or external contacts:
Internal: Field and support operations and programs teams, Program Coordinators & Managers
External: NGO counterparts and UN
Required qualification and experience
- Advanced studies or equivalent experience in political science, humanitarian affairs, security or other areas
- Experience of working in safety and access management or support
- Management and/or supervisory experience
- Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
- 3 years’ experience from which 2 years are in a similar level in humanitarian access, risk reduction or relevant field, with NGO experience preferred;
- Knowledge and experience working with authorities and external stakeholders and ability to network and build relations;
- Understanding of risk management and access challenges
- Ability to work in a fluid, unpredictable and complex security environment
- Ability to work with others of different backgrounds and identities
- Excellent analytical skills
- Fluency in English, both written and verbal
- Strong interpersonal skills, including capacities to negotiate with non-government stakeholders
Desired qualification and skills
- First aid training certificates.
- Train of Trainer’s certificate.
- Good connections with stakeholders.
Interested candidates should send their CVs in English to firstname.lastname@example.org not later than 19 February 2019 putting the job title Humanitarian Access & Security Officer - Al Dhale’e as the email subject to be considered.
IRC is an equal opportunity Employer. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.