International Rescue Committee
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Security and Humanitarian Access Coordinator

Job Description and Requirements

Requisition ID: req921
Job Title: Security and Humanitarian Access Coordinator
Sector: Safety & Security
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Employment Type: Full-Time
Location: Iraq

Job Description

Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a world leader in relief, rehabilitation, protection, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression or natural disaster.

The IRC has been working in Iraq since 2003 (with a temporary withdrawal in 2006-7). Working in coordination with the humanitarian community, the IRC currently addresses the needs of w ar-affected populations from several operational bases across Iraq. Our activities focus primarily on the supply of cash assistance and non-food items, legal assistance and counselling and women and children’s protection, and form part of an over-arching humanitarian response in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and the region that seeks to assist refugees, IDPs and war-affected people survive conflict and displacement..

Scope of work:
The Security and Humanitarian Access Coordinator 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 Deputy Director of operations, the SHAC will analyze security trends, advise, update, and implement the IRC’s Security Management Plan. The SHAC will streamline humanitarian access approaches in line with humanitarian principles, humanitarian needs, and the IRC’s 5-year strategy action plan for Iraq. The HSAC will conduct onsite training for staff, facilitate the development and implementation of appropriate plans, standard operating procedures and contingency 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 DDO on all policies, procedures, guidelines and planning for staff safety, operational security and program continuity in Iraq;

* Evaluate, review and update the security management plans on a regular basis. Reference and ensure compliance to IRC Security Management Framework within the SMP and all annexes.
* Work with DDO and Field Coordinators to develop, consolidate and implement operating procedures and contingency plans;
* Evaluate, review and update the hibernation and evacuation plans for all IRC offices and residences in Iraq 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 equipments,

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

Monitoring, Analysis and Supervision
* Identify, establish and manage context appropriate approach to assure IRC facilities are
* Compile and submit monthly security reporting that track incidents and trends within the IRC’s area of operation. Submit daily contextual updates as needed to the Country Director (CD) /DDO/RSSA.
* Work closely with IRC teams in Field Offices in Iraq 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 IRC is closing the case.
* Coordinate regularly with the RSSA on safety and security, and fulfill reporting requirements to the region.
* Collect and compile all security reports for IRC Iraq.

Security & Access Training and Orientation
* Provide a development plan with precise capacity building method to the Safety and Security team.
* 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.
* Working with the HR focal point on reviewing, updating the IRC Iraq Security Information package for new hires and visitors.

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HR Managements
* 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 “IRC Way” – Global Standards for Professional Conduct - and ensure adherence.

Key Working Relationships:
* Position Reports to: Deputy Director Operations
* Dotted Line to: Country Director,
* Position directly supervises: Erbil Security Staff

Other Internal and/or external contacts:
* Internal: close collaboration with Field Coordinators, Program Coordinators, field-level security and access staff, and Regional Safety and Security Advisor (RSSA)
* External: close collaboration with other humanitarian actors, local implementing partners, UN agencies, government, and service providers

Professional Standards:
All IRC staff are required to adhere to The IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct and the IRC country employment policies.

Qualifications and Requirements:
* 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.
* Regional experience strongly preferred
* Previous NGO security management an asset.
* Written and verbal English and native Arabic Skills a plus

Returning National Candidates: We strongly encourage national or returning national candidates to apply for this position. If you are a national of the Country in which this position is based and are currently located outside of your home country and possess over two years of international work experience, the Syria Response Region has introduced an attractive remuneration package. The package includes competitive compensation, return flight to post, shipping allowance, temporary housing and a relocation allowance. Certain restrictions may apply. IRC strives to attract, motivate and retain qualified national staff in our programs.

Work Environment
The position will be based in Erbil, Iraq, and covers all operating areas in Irag and Northeast Syria. The security situation in Erbil remains broadly permissive with continued attention paid to the potential for growing instability due to the continual influx of displacement and proximity to insecure areas in other governorates within Iraq.

Location: Erbil, Iraq

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