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 (National)
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Job type: Full Time
Contract duration: 6 months (with possibility of extension)
Start date: January 2019
Direct Line Manager: Country Director
- The position 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 provide advice on humanitarian access processes and approaches in close coordination with program teams.
- Under the supervision of the Country Director, the Access and Security Coordinator is responsible for conducting analysis on security trends, advise, update, and implement the mission security management plan.
- The position will streamline humanitarian access approaches in line with humanitarian principles, humanitarian needs and Action Against Hunger strategy in country.
- The successful candidate will conduct onsite training for staff, facilitate the development and implementation of appropriate plans, standard operating procedures and contingency plans, provide expert humanitarian security and access advice to all levels of staff in the country office including access negotiations and mediation, context and conflict analysis, advisories, and incident management.
Objective 1 - 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 update of 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.
Objective 2 - Humanitarian Access Management:
- Develop ongoing relationships with local authorities as needed and other power brokers within Nigeria.
- Work to ensure that Action Against Hunger, its mission and work in the areas of operations is known and accepted.
- Work to encourage stakeholders to work with Action Against Hunger 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 Action Against Hunger programs in new geographic areas.
- In coordination with Country Director, 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.
Objective 3 - Monitoring, Analysis and Supervision:
- Identify, establish and manage context appropriate approach ensuring the safety of Action Against Hunger facilities.
- Compile and submit monthly security reporting that track incidents and trends within the Action Against Hunger area of operation. Submit contextual updates as needed to the Country Director.
- Work closely with Action Against Hunger 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.
- Collect and compile all security reports for Action Against Hunger Nigeria.
Objective 4 - 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 alert, 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.
Objective 5 - HR Management:
- 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 adhere to Global Standards for Professional Conduct.
Internal & External relationships
- Direct Line Manager : Country Director;
- Technical Supervisor: Security Officer HQ;
- Line Manage: Safety and Security manager (s) at the bases;
- Technical advisory: Safety and security officers in the field and staffs in charge of security management in the field (Area/Field Coordinator, Head of bases); Logistic Coordinator.
- Other INGOs and UN Agencies;
- Local authorities;
- Various security forums.
- Weekly and monthly situation reports and security analysis;
- Field security assessment report (when needed);
- Field visit reports (when needed);
- Security Plans development / review (twice a year minimum, or when necessary following context evolution).
- 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;
- Understanding the humanitarian principles, code of conduct and specific sub-sector work linked to NGO field and operations contexts;
- Advanced knowledge in communications 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;
- Nigeria or Regional experience strongly preferred;
- Appropriate security management training;
- Previous NGO security management is mandatory;
- Written and verbal English mandatory.
- Competency in field based communications systems such as HF Codan, Motorola VHF, Thuraya, satellite and internet systems.
Method of Application
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