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Security Assistant (National Position), Baghdad - Iraq


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs

                                                           Rights Respected, People Protected


NRC is operating in Iraq since 2010 to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable people affected by on-going conflict in the region. It has its country office in Erbil, KR-I and has area offices in Baghdad, Dohuk, Erbil, Kirkuk and Hamam Al-Alil. 

NRC national program strategy for 2016 takes a whole of Iraq approach focusing on CCCM, WASH, Shelter, Education, Emergency Cash modalities, housing and land property (HLP) and Information Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA). In 2016, NRC will continue to consolidate operations in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) by providing care and maintenance facilities in IDPs camps, strengthening the relevant government authorities and building systems more at community levels as opposed to household level for successful exit, while also considerably scaling up operations in the South-Central regions of Iraq (with focus on the Anbar and Baghdad Governorates). A further priority will be to reach populations in harder to access areas through working with implementing national partners, established community network contacts and UN-led Rapid Response Mechanisms (RRM). Target caseload will be people affected by displacement including IDPs in camps, IDPs outside of camps, host communities, returnees and refugees.


The Purpose of Security Assistant position is to assist in the day to day activities in security department in NRC Baghdad office.  The Assistant will be supervising security guards both at the office and guesthouse. S/he will also conduct regular inspection to guards on duties. 

The Security Assistant will report to Field Safety and Security Officer, in technical coordination with Country Security Focal Point and Security Adviser. The post will be based in Baghdad with frequent travels to NRC's site operations.  


Ideal Candidate Profile:

A University degree with significant experience in security field,  with experience from working as a security assistant in humanitarian/recovery context. The candidate should ideally have previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts. Fluency in spoken and written English and Arabic language is a must. Knowledge of humanitarian principles and code of conduct is essential.

Key Job Tasks and Responsibilities:

  •  Log incidents and rectify where possible. Alert Security Adviser or Country Security Focal Points on serious incidents.

  • Ensure that the NRC office is safe and secure and that all staff adhere to the office procedures.  Including access control to the office.
  • Act as an interface between visitors and NRC.

  • Immediately respond as per NRC SOPs in the event of a medical emergency, and to immediately relay information to relevant parties involved in emergency actions as specified in SOPs.

     Carry out all relevant administrative duties relating to the guard force and drivers.  This includes, schedules and time sheets. To ensure that there is sufficient coverage.

  • Supervise, train and monitor guards to NRC standards.  Provide details of training and maintain tracker.

     Maintain all equipment related to the guards in a serviceable state and immediately report any faults or damage to the NRC SA.

  • Implement, manage and maintain up to date contact lists, including names, and contacts numbers for guards.




  • A University Degree.

  • Experience from working in a humanitarian/recovery context in similar position for at least 2 (two) years. 

  • Previous experience working in complex and volatile contexts;

  • Possess ability to remain calm and professional when working under pressure. 

The post will be for four (4) months contract duration with possible extension - subject to funds.

Salary: 4/1 according to NRC-Iraq's salary grade.

Benefits: Health insurance.

Duty Station: Baghdad with frequent visits to NRC field operations.


Please see attached JD for complete details of qualifications required.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Baghdad
  • Grade: Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Security and Safety
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2017-09-11

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