Liasion & Safety Officer at Mercy Corps Nigeria

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we collaborate to put bold solutions into action - helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future. In Nigeria, Mercy Corps has worked since 2012 by focusing its programming on adolescent girls’ empowerment, economic development, conflict mitigation, and humanitarian response.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Liasion & Safety OfficerLocation: Biu BornoProgram / Department SummaryReporting to the Operations Manager, the liaison officer will be responsible for the policy analysis and strategic planning support required by the team within the geographical locale in which operations are situated.The liaison officer is responsible for supporting the overall strategic planning with the field SMT and will deliver regular reports, briefing papers, key messages or position papers as required.Where joint messaging on behalf of the SMT is either unproductive or impossible, the post-holder will aim to facilitate and support joint works through “coalitions of the willing.”The post-holder will likewise be responsible for outreach and coordination to local NGO networks to support coordinated engagement work within the relevant geographical locale.Essential Job ResponsibilitiesIn conjunction with relevant internal focal persons, monitor the security environment within the designated geographical area with particular focus on program areas of operations. Work will include but not be limited to staying informed (through media, social media, contacts, etc.) about the safety and security situation in Southern Borno on daily basis.Verify acquired information through secondary sources.Maintain regular contact with field staff about security situation in their respective assigned geographical area.Provide required periodic safety updates (daily reports, incident reports, meetings summary etc.) to relevant MCN Staff so they can better plan their work.Review the weekly/daily movement of staff in the field and provide on-time and real time advice for program and operational activities ongoing within the fieldTrack vehicle movements where and when required until the safe arrival of staff/contract workers to their final destination.Provide initial analysis of relevant security development and communicate them to MC Senior Management TeamBe readily available at all times to the Operations Manager, Team Leader and field staff to advice on security developments.Alongside the relevant operational focal people, ensure that relevant staff members understand and are able to use this equipment, including radios, satellite phones, fire extinguishers, etc through regular training and orientations for new staffs.Alongside with the relevant operational focal people, conduct comprehensive security/risk assessment in potential new program/field sites in Southern Borno and its field offices.Work with the relevant program and operational focal people as well as the Team Leader, on community acceptance messaging and other operational strategies in the area of operations in Southern Borno.Liaison Activities:Stay abreast of political developments and humanitarian trends in Nigeria, with an emphasis on the humanitarian crisis in the NE, informing SMT members where relevant.Ensuring sufficient capacity and knowledge to support policy analysis and strategic planning around the humanitarian architecture and operational issues.Collaborate with the Operations Manager and Team Leader to act as official representative at meetings with external engagement targets.Identify and liaise with external partnersDevelop a calendar of upcoming lobby opportunities to be tapped into.Liaise with leads from relevant international coordination structuresEngage with peace building and resilience working groups, through calling for meetings, drafting action-oriented meeting notes, support in sourcing for presenters and developing agenda for the meetings.Ensure collaboration with the OCHA-chaired Humanitarian Communications Working Group.Reporting RequirementsDaily Risk Ratings per locationMonthly Go / No-Go for key roads and districtsIncident Reports and Incident Log – always up to dateRisk Assessment – quarterly minimumFlash Reports – immediate dissemination of critical incidents in our area of workWeekly security brief to be shared with all relevant staff, including the North east program director, operations director, operational heads, program managers and security management team.Operational Security:Conduct security assessments of MCN sites and identify safe havens, checkpoints and other key factors critical to our safe operations and contingency plans in NE. Will lead a Risk Assessment process that is inclusive and includes risk mitigation measures and strategies.Help with preparations of field visits.Advise and prepare documented SOPs for travel in all areas including routes, roads, weather, stop-overs, check-in and turn-around timings.Maintain regular contact with field staff about security situation in their respective areas.Request and Review the weekly/daily movement of staff in the field, and provide immediate advice in cases of staff planning to go to a dangerous area. Maintain a whiteboard of all staff movements.Conduct safety and road checks daily and prior to any movements. Will recommend approval for travel.Provide post-incident analysis for senior management.Finance & Compliance Management:Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to emergency programming.Ensure compliance with all Mercy Corps finance regulation in carrying out activities as a DriverInfluence & Representation:Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, sub-grantees, donors, local governments and other stakeholders.Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.Organizational Learning:As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.Accountability to BeneficiariesMercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work.Reports directly to: Operations Manager with Technical report to Operations Director.Works directly with: Operations Manager, Operations Director, Director of Humanitarian Programs, Team Leader of Humanitarian Programs, Program Managers, and Finance Manager.Accountability:Reports Directly To: Operations ManagerWorks Directly With: Program Teams, Field Security Management Team, Operations Staff

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