Somalia: Country Security Manager – Hargeisa
FIXED TERM | 12 MONTHS | ASAP
Since 1993, as an international non-governmental organization, ACTED has been committed to immediate humanitarian relief to support those in urgent need and protect people’s dignity, while co-creating longer term opportunities for sustainable growth and fulfilling people’s potential.
ACTED endeavors to respond to humanitarian crises and build resilience; promote inclusive and sustainable growth; co-construct effective governance and support the building of civil society worldwide by investing in people and their potential.
We go the last mile: ACTED’s mission is to save lives and support people in meeting their needs in hard to reach areas. With a team of 4,600 national staff 400 international staff, ACTED is active in 37 countries and implements more than 500 projects a year reaching over 14 million beneficiaries.
ACTED is supporting man-made and natural disasters-affected populations in Somalia by delivering emergency aid and strengthening their resilience. Somalia has been experiencing recurrent humanitarian crisis for more than 20 years; ACTED teams have been deployed for over 10 years with ongoing relief programming being carried out in the North as well as in the South (Lower Juba, Bay, Sanaag and Gedo Regions), with a coordination office in Mogadiscio and a supporting team in Nairobi (Kenya). Projects are designed according to the populations’ needs and include activities related to water, sanitation and hygiene, food security and livelihoods, lifesaving cash transfer programmes, camp coordination and camp management, as well as shelter and non-food items activities.
You will be in charge of
Ensure the safety, security and integrity of ACTED staff, assets, premises and programs in country, in particular by constantly monitoring and anticipating security risk, by designing and enforcing context specific risk mitigation rules and procedures, by ensuring MOSS compliance in all ACTED premises, by preparing and updating contingency and evacuation plans and by providing all ACTED staff with appropriate security training.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESDepartment management**
Oversee the recruitment and selection of qualified national security field staff, recommend promotions, disciplinary action and termination of staff in consultation with the Country Director
Supervise and mentor national security officers, focal points, guards and drivers
Make frequent site visits to ACTED premises to carry out performance assessments and provide constant support to the security team
Maintain open lines of communications with all field staff
Context & Risk analysis :Develop and regularly update the country security profile (with regards to the socio-economic, political and/or military situation in country, the country criminality profile, the nature of ongoing conflicts or crises climatic & seismic hazards and health risks, )
Follow-up on major country events and developments
Analyse and locate key local stakeholders
Develop security trend analysis
Ensure internal incident tracking system is utilized properly: create an security incident database and perform incident mapping and analysis
Fill in and regularly update the Risk Analysis Matrix (threat, likelihood, impact, level of vulnerability, level of risk)
Carry out security assessments of new ACTED areas of intervention or areas under Phase C
Develop and update Country Security Plans, SOPs and Contingency PlansDraft and regularly update the Country Security Plan (CSP) for validation by the Country Director and endorsement by HQ
Recommend changes in the Country Security Plan to Country Director and HQ Security department
Draft Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) adapted to the local context
Draft and regularly update evacuation and contingency plans in capital and support Area Coordinators in developing Area evacuation and contingency plans.
Ensure preparedness to evacuation and contingencies (check contingency kits, first aid kits etc.).
Design and drill a security communication tree (warden system), emergency radio network, and provisioning of emergency supplies for field personnel
Daily Security ManagementCoordinate and monitor security activities to ensure that safety and security policies and procedures are implemented
Ensure that all field staff are fully cognizant of prevailing security threats and fully advised on means to reduce their vulnerability to those threats
Monitor the security preparedness of country staff and enforce staff compliance with internal security rules and SOPs, ensuring they are communicated to all staff and understood
Set up and control the implementation of mitigation measures and security rules according to the local context
Ensure compliance with Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS) and develop action plans for security upgrade
Carry out security assessments of new ACTED facilities, ensure a standard level of facilities protection, and supervise guards.
Ensure missions have adapted communication means, and ensure maintenance to support the Logistic team in Country. Ensure constant update of the emergency contact list and timely issuance of ID cards.
Ensure a proper level of preparation before movement on the field, ensure transportation means are adapted, ensure a good fleet maintenance, and set movement rules which are adapted to the local context to support the Logistic team in Country. Ensure operational follow-up of movements.
Ensure logistics follow a servicing and maintenance schedule for vehicles
Spearhead security assessment missions prior to ACTED staff deployment to a new area and ensure minimum security standards are in place before their installation.
Support and participate to assessment mission in phase C or D area
Crisis managementAdapt crisis management protocols to the local situation
Act as a key member of the Crisis Management Team so that safety policies and procedures are implemented
ReportingEnsure weekly/monthly security reports are completed and sent to HQ, providing timely updates of all situational and security developments including investigation of security incidents
Produce real-time incidents report (using Form SEC-03)
Send updated TITANIC on a monthly basis to the Country Director and HQ Security Department.
Training and briefingConduct security briefing for each new international staff arriving in country.
Design security training modules for Country Director’s approval and HQ endorsement.
Determine training needs for the security staff
Train national staff to increase their awareness and sense of responsibilities
Conduct any staff security training that is warranted (HEAT, training to drivers and guards, evacuation drills, fire safety etc.).
Carry out investigations and capture lessons learned to be incorporated into future staff trainings
Develop and maintain a security networkActively participate in Weekly and Monthly Coordination Meetings
Create an information network in the country, identifying key informants
Build strong professional relationships with UN agencies, local authorities, other NGO’s (local and international), and all relevant stakeholders
Ensure external representation Attend security coordination meetings and update Country Director and HQ on current security issues
Contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of the ACTED Code of Conduct, values and policies with regard to internal and external stakeholders
Expected skills and qualifications
- At least 2-3 years of working experience in insecure environments; preferably in Africa, Asia, or the Middle East;
- Extensive experience in security management and procedures;
- Demonstrated communication and organizational skills;
- Ability to train, mobilize, and manage both international and national staff Flexibility and ability to multi-task under pressure;
- Ability to work well in unstable and frequently changing security environments;
- Willingness to work and live in often remote areas under basic conditions;
- Proven ability to work creatively and independently both in the field and in the office;
- Advanced proficiency in written and spoken English
- Knowledge of local language and/or regional experience highly desirable
- Salary defined by the ACTED salary grid depending on education level, expertise, security level and experience
- Living allowance of 300 USD
- Lodging and food provided in the ACTED Guesthouse / or housing allowance (depending on the contract lenght and country of assignement)
- Flight tickets in and out + Visa taken in charge by ACTED
- Provision of medical and repatriation insurances