Action Against Hunger works to save lives by combating hunger and diseases that threaten the lives of vulnerable communities, through nutrition, food security, water and sanitation, health and advocacy.
Access and Security Coordinator
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
About the Program
Action Against Hunger has been operational in Nigeria since 2010 responding to both chronic and acute needs through a multi-sector strategy where nutrition, Food Security and Livelihoods and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene activities are integrated to have a meaningful impact on people’s resilience. The main objectives of the country program are:
- To continue building on Action Against Hunger’s reputation for nutritional expertise to deliver integrated nutrition, WASH and FSL assistance in the high caseload Northern Nigeria States and build evidence from out pilot projects to influence policy makers to find long lasting solutions to under nutrition and hunger,
- To respond to the dire humanitarian situation created by the devastating conflict on-going in the North East while applying, where possible, attempts to find durable solutions in line with the New ways of Working and Humanitarian Development Nexus.
With a central office in Abuja and 3 main field office across the North, Action Against Hunger runs intervention in 3 States of Northern Nigeria including two States affected by the on-going conflict. We have a country team of around 550 staff (45 international) and a budget for 2018 projected at 50 M US$. Our main donors and partners in Nigeria include USAID/OFDA & FFP, DFID, ECHO, EU EDF, AFD, UNICEF, SIDA, SDC and GAC.
You’ll Contribute to Ending World Hunger By:
- Providing expert humanitarian security and access advice to all levels of Action Against Hunger staff in the country office including access negotiations and mediation, context and conflict analysis, advisories, and incident management.
- This position is based in Maiduguri, Borno state in Nigeria.
Key Activities in your Role will Include
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.
- Collaboratively evaluate, review and support the updating of the Security Risk Analysis and associated security management plans for ACF Nigeria. Reference and ensure compliance to ACF Security Management Framework within the SMP and all annexes inclusive of gender security components.
- Work with CD and Area/Field Coordinators to develop, consolidate and implement operating procedures and contingency plans.
- Evaluate, review and update the hibernation and evacuation plans for all ACF offices and residences in Nigeria and ensure that the practical preparations are in place and known to all staff involved.
- Conduct risk assessments of contracted and prospective offices and residences. Follow up on actions to be taken to ensure compliance with safety and security standards.
- Undertake continual assessments of equipment, and the protocols by which that 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, including here proposing safe alternative means of communication and equipment.
Humanitarian Access Management:
- Develop ongoing relationships with local authorities as needed and other power brokers within Nigeria.
- Work to ensure that ACF, its mission and work in the areas of operations is known and accepted.
- Work to encourage stakeholders to work with ACF in ensuring that staff and programs are safe and allowed to continue humanitarian activities in Nigeria.
- Provide technical input and advice in assessments to consider new ACF programs in new geographic areas.
- In coordination with CD, DCD, and Area/Technical Coordinators, liaise with relevant security actors e.g., NGO Security Focal Point, other NGO security coordinators, UNDSS contacts, local community stakeholders, Governors, etc.
Monitoring, Analysis and Supervision:
- Identify, establish and manage context appropriate approach to assure ACF facilities are safe
- Compile and submit monthly security reporting that track incidents and trends within the ACF’s area of operation. Submit contextual updates as needed to the Country Director (CD).
- Work closely with ACF teams in Field Offices in Nigeria 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 also that final incident reports are provided when ACF is closing the case.
- Collect and compile all security reports for ACF Nigeria.
Security & Access Training and Orientation:
- Provide a development plan with precise capacity building method to the Safety and Security team.
- Provide regular trainings for ACF 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.
- Working with the HR focal point on reviewing, updating the ACF Nigeria Security Information package for new hires and visitors.
- 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.
- Lead with commitment, integrity and accountability the “ACF Way” – Global Standards for Professional Conduct – and ensure adherence.
Do you meet the profile required criteria:
- You have a minimum of 5 years of non-profit or NGO work experience within international humanitarian assistance programs with demonstrated capabilities in planning, organizing and executing humanitarian security operations in the field.
- You have an understanding of the humanitarian principles, code of conduct and specific sub-sector work linked to NGO field and operations contexts.
- You have strong formal security qualifications and training with a minimum of 1 year’s experience in security management within an emergency context with an international NGO.
- You have significant experience in working in an insecure environment within the regional area, preferably in Nigeria.
- You have strong experience as a trainer; ability to develop, implement, facilitate and impart learning to a wide range of audiences.
- You have advanced knowledge in communications technology, including, satellite communications, cell phone mediums, etc
- You are competent in field based communications systems such as HF Codan, Motorola VHF, Thuraya, satellite and internet systems.
- You have strong communication and reporting skills. Written and spoken English is mandatory.
Action Against Hunger values its employees and offers a comprehensive remuneration and benefits package. These include but are not limited to:
- Health Insurance
- R&R Breaks
- Paid annual leave (vacation)
- Training opportunities
- Child allowance.
Method of Application
- All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated resume and both must be in the same language as this vacancy note. This advert may close before the due date once we receive applications from qualified candidates.
- We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees & qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Action Against Hunger-USA complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.
Interested and qualified? Go to Action Against Hunger | ACF-International career website on action-against-hunger.workable.com to apply