Safety and Security Officer at International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the world's leading crisis response agencies, providing life-saving assistance and supporting recovery and reconstruction for people affected by war and natural disasters. Active in public health, education, livelihoods, women's empowerment, youth development, and protection and promotion of rights, IRC assists people from harm to home.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Safety and Security OfficerRequisition ID: req6328Location: Yobe, NigeriaSector: Safety & SecurityEmployment Category: Fixed TermEmployment Type: Full-TimeOpen to Expatriates: NoContextual BackgroundThe IRC has been present in Nigeria since 2012 when the organization responded to flooding in Kogi state. In February 2014 the IRC moved into Adamawa State in NE Nigeria to provide humanitarian interventions through a multi-sectorial, integrated approach for conflict affected populationsIRC Nigeria now operates a country office in Abuja and field offices in Mubi and Yola of Adamawa State, Maiduguri, Gwoza and Monguno of Borno State and Damaturu of Yobe StateCurrently, IRC Nigeria implements programs focused in primary health care, nutrition, environmental health, women’s protection and empowerment, protection, child protection, education, food security & livelihoods.Job Overview/SummaryThis is an exciting and challenging role for a highly motivated, dedicated and competent safety and security professional willing to work in a complex humanitarian contextThe successful candidate will work under the direct supervision of the Senior Area Manager (SAM) with technical supervision and backing of the Safety and Security Manager (SSM)/ Safety and Security Coordinator (SSC)The SSO will work closely with IRC program staff to facilitate easy access to program location, conduct regular security risk assessment of IRC program location and facilitiesShe/He will develop a wide web of relevant contacts of stakeholders to engage with positively to address access challenges, collate and disseminate relevant security informationThe SSO will further assist in building up the capacity, awareness and preparedness of staff to deal with security-related risks, threats and incidents through the delivery of high quality, regular trainings or briefings to national and international staff and IRC visitors within the area of responsibilityThe SSO will maintain a high level of contextual awareness of his/her operating area and strong coordination with Program and Operations support teams at the Field level.  The SSO will support in conducting collaborative security risk assessments with all field based program staff in line with the standard IRC security management structuresThe SSO will support Senior Area Manager in enforcement and implementation of existing SOPs and other risk mitigation plans guided by the acceptance, protection and deterrence strategiesThe SSO will act as a liaison link between IRC and other external security functionaries within the areas of responsibility, represent IRC in security forums as directed by supervisor to objectively ensure that the operations and program needs of IRC are well addressed.Major ResponsibilitiesSafety and Security Management, and Technical QualityAs part of IRC Safety and Security Team (SST), continuously monitoring the environment in the operational areas for which he/she is responsible.  As required, and at a minimum of once per quarter, support Safety and Security Manager/Coordinator in updating the FSMPs, CP and SOPs.Ensure that the Field or Base Offices FSMP and associated documents are kept up to date and reviewed regularly, and staff constantly kept aware of their contents.Supervise and liaise on daily basis with the contracted guards to ensure the guard force is trained and aware of IRC SOPs and are effectively enforcing the required regulations.Accompany program staff on field missions on as need basis in order to better develop an awareness of the challenges faced by IRC staff in the field. Prepare regular field site reports and submit to the supervisors.Liaise with government, Army, Police, SSS, Local Heads and other key external stakeholders to ensure that IRC staff can maintain regular and safe access to program areas.Regularly coordinate with peer organization safety staff/focal points to get the current contextual information.Ensure that Hibernation, Relocation and Evacuation plans are updated for the area of responsibility with the support of Safety and Security Coordinator.Using standard trainings developed by SSC, conduct regular refresher trainings to IRC staff on personal safety, VHF/ Satellite Phone communication, fire prevention, defensive driving among others.Prepare weekly reports for the Field offices and update data on available incident data tools.Submitting when required voice, email or SMS immediate advisories to Field staff when significant security incidents occur. This will include updating and testing on a bi-weekly basis the IRC warden and Bulk SMS systems. Ensure that he/she keeps an up to date staff contacts and reviewed regularly.Ensure that the formal incident reporting procedures are maintained through submitting Immediate Incident reports and  post incident reports to the Senior Area Manager and Safety and Security Coordinator.Regularly assess IRC field premises to ensure that the exiting physical security mitigation structures are well maintained and initiate any relevant repairs or upgrades. Prepare building assessment reports and submit to Supervisors.Work closely with the Senior Area Manager, to ensure that Security Focal Group (SFG) meeting are held and minutes submitted to SSM/SSC as required.Conduct access assessment to existing and new program location within the area of responsibility and submit report to supervisors.During a critical incident at he/she will support the Senior Area Manager in critical incident management giving all the required support as outlined in the CP.The SSO will be available 24/7 to respond to any staff concerns or incidents that might require urgent attention.Will attend relevant external coordination meetings from time to time as requested by the supervisors.Track and monitor IRC staff movement within the areas of responsibility and report any movement breaches to SAM/SSM/SSC.Conduct mandatory safety and security briefing to all newly recruited staff, and visitors and on a daily basis to all field staff before commencement of field activities. He/She will keep track/record of all staff briefed and provide monthly update to supervisors.Staff Performance Management, Learning & Development: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.Hold high-quality meetings with supervisor on a regular and predictable basis, at least monthly.Provide a measurable development plan including on-the-job learning with the aim of strengthening technical capacity, exchanging knowledge within the team and providing guidance on career paths.As required identify staff performance issues and work with Human Resources to document and address these in accordance with the National Staff Employment Policies.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.Adhere to and act in accordance with the IRC Global HR Policies and Procedures, and communicates through word and example a high standard of compliance with all applicable policies and regulations.Research, Learning and Analysis:Continuously using different established sources such as UNDSS, UNOCHA, INSO and other independent sources, collate or research security information, produce objective analysis which can be used to make informed decision to the security management plan.Coordination & Representation:Attend any local stakeholder’s coordination meetings/forums within Maiduguri, Monguno or Gwoza or any other meeting as might be directed by the supervisor.Liaise with government, Military, Police, DSSS, Local Heads and other key external stakeholders to ensure that IRC staff can maintain regular and safe access to program areas.Key Working Relationships:Position Reports to: Senior Area ManagerIndirect/Technical Reporting: Safety & Security Manager/ CoordinatorPosition directly Supervises: N/AKey Internal Contacts:Country Program:  Program Managers /CoordinatorsRegion/Global: NoneKey External Contacts:IRC external contacts. 

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