Closing date: 28 Feb 2018

INTERSOS is an independent humanitarian organization that assists the victims of natural disasters, armed conflicts and exclusion. Its activities are based on the principles of solidarity, justice, human dignity, equality of rights and opportunities, respect for diversity and coexistence, paying special attention to the most vulnerable people.

1. Terms of reference

Job Title: Safety & Security Advisor

Code: SR-48-369

Country: Cameroun

Duty Station: Cameroun, Maroua, with frequent field missions in all those departments where Intersos Cameroun has been active / will be active during the following months

Starting date: ASAP

Contract duration: 2 months

Reporting to: Head of Mission and the HQ Security Referent

Supervision of: 1 or 2 National Security Staff

Dependents: No

2. General context of the project

INTERSOS is a Non-Governmental Organization, and has been present in Cameroon since February 2015 in response to the humanitarian crisis the country has been going through. Currently, INTERSOS is managing six projects in different sectors:

  • Food security and rural recoveru
  • Protection (including monitoring protection, gender-based violence (GBV) and child protection)
  • Community Services (in Minawao camp)
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygene, Shelter and Non-Food Items (WASH and NFI)
    The organization has some bases in the far-north regions: apart from a coordination office in Yaoundé, INTERSOS' main office is based in Maoua. At the same time, INTERSOS also has three sub-offices:

  • Kousseri, in the Logone Chari department

  • Mora, in the the Mayo Sava department
  • Mokolo in the Mayo Tsanaga departmentThe projects are set up in the villages in the Far North region, in the aforementioned departments.
    INTERSOS has just launched the second phase of its project, taking up protection for victims of GBV and child protection in the Logone and Chari department. At the same time, the organization renewed its partnership with USAID/OFDA, for projects in food-producing agriculture and NFI distribution, WASH and hygene promotion for the most vulnerable members of the displaced and hosting populations.

3. General purpose of the position

S/He will be in charge of the Safety & Security related to the development, implementation and monitoring of an effective strategy to mitigate risk, maintain continuity of operations, and therefore secure the safety and security of all employees. The SSC will be the primary focal point on all safety & security related matters. S/He will be responsible for putting in place policies and standards related to the safety & security of the staff members, field facilities, assets, and program activities as well as ensuring that security protocols and mechanisms are in place to address country programs’ unique security challenges. S/He will provide technical support in developing and maintaining country programs’ context-specific field security plans.

4. Main responsibilities and tasks

  • Serve as the primary focal point for safety & security in the following areas:

a. security/risk assessments

b. scenario planning, security plan development

c. crisis/contingency planning

d. other security-related functions

  • Hiring and training national security focal points
  • Develop and update security plans, business continuity plans, crisis management plans, and policies and procedures, in accordance to best practices and ensure their implementation;
  • Provide advice and counsel to management on matters related to staff members and property safety & security
  • Investigate all safety, security and risk management related issues
  • Develop and facilitate security & safety training
  • Conduct training on needs assessment with key stakeholders resulting in increased safety, security and risk management capacity
  • Monitor security conditions, liaise and coordinate with external agencies (INSO) UN, NGO coordinating bodies, local governments, etc. plupart des villages ciblés sont à la frontière avec le Tchad, le Nigéria et à proximité du Lac Tchad où les conditions de sécurité sont volatiles depuis quelques mois (e.g. Fotokol, Hille Alifa, Makary, etc.)

5. Required profile and experience


  • University degree
  • Specific courses, advanced trainings in Security Management

Professional requirements

  • At least 10 years of professional experience and at least 5 years of specific experience as Security Officer in contexts of crisis
  • Proven practical knowledge of the regional context
  • Previous experience in Cameroon or any other high-risk environments
  • Previous experience in a coordination role in Security Operations in recent scenarios is an asset
  • Proficient knowledge of English is required. Arabic is an asset
  • Remote control experience is an asset
  • Risk management knowledge is an asset
  • Experience in Security Management in INGOs is preferableProfessional requirements
  • Strong diplomatic capacities and negotiation skills
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Ability to set high standards for quality of work
  • Ability to analyze the regional dimension of the Cameroonens situation
  • Ability to analyze and integrate information from a wide range of sources
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Proficient user of IT tools (MS Office package, internet, e-mail, etc.)


Fluent in French is compulsory, Italian is an asset and Arabic a plus

Personal requirements

  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills with an analytic approach
  • Strong diplomatic capacities and negotiation skills
  • Ability to take initiative and work autonomously
  • Ability to integrate and work well with multi-ethnic and multicultural teams
How to apply:

For further information and to apply, follow the link below:

In case you encounter difficulties applying through INTERSOS' platform, you can also apply by sending your CV, motivation letter and 2 references via email to , with subject line: "Safety & Security Advisor - Cameroun - 48-369".

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the first interview.