Humanitarian Access and Security Coordinator – Northwest Syria
Under the direct supervision of the Senior Humanitarian Access and Security Coordinator (SHASC), the Humanitarian Access Security Coordinator (HASC) supervises a team of Humanitarian Access personnel in collaboration with key programs and operations colleagues in Syria and Turkey, to safely enable the delivery of essential services to women, men, and children inside Syria.
She or he will lead the Humanitarian Access Unit (HAU) to identify changes and trends in the humanitarian access and security environment in Syria, develop and oversee the implementation of responsive plans, standard operating procedures and contingency plans, and facilitate training and capacity building of both management and field staff.
She or he will provide expert humanitarian access and security risk management advice to all levels of IRC staff in the country office on building relationships with stakeholders, negotiating and mediating humanitarian access, contextual understanding, managing critical incidents, and providing timely advisories.
Contextual understanding: Raise the level of understanding and informing decision-making; support program development and implementation.
Risk & Context Assessments: Assess risk and develop mitigation strategies.
Program Support: Issue expert advice and integrate access and security strategies into programs; engage with complex situations, support incident management structures as well as ethical questions.
Humanitarian Negotiations: Enable a humanitarian access-aware negotiation strategy, based on acceptance and humanitarian principles. Lead directly and guide and inspire field-based colleagues.
Safety & Security Management: Work on preparedness and implement mitigation strategies, while managing day-to-day safety and security with an incident-prevention and risk-aware approach.
Humanitarian Access Management
• Develop and implement humanitarian access strategies and approaches tailored to local contexts
•Ensure humanitarian access approaches are responsive to local context and include overarching community engagement components
• Ensure that the IRC field humanitarian access teams conduct principled and sustainable negotiations with relevant actors, in line with humanitarian principles, humanitarian needs, duty of care principles
• Work to ensure that IRC, its mission, and work in the areas of operations is known and accepted
• Enhance IRC’s reputation and acceptance within communities
Safety and Security Risk Management
• Provide technical support on all policies, procedures, guidelines and planning for the safety and security and of staff, programs, and clients
• Review and update security management plans, Standard Operating Procedures, Contingency Plans and other relevant documents on a regular basis, in alignment with global standards
• Maintain a network of contacts in sites where IRC is operational
• Conduct risk assessments as required of areas of operation, offices, residences, and specific themes as required for program continuity and resilience
• Ensure safety and security protocol, reporting mechanism, and capacity building initiatives account for gender-specific risks, staff profiles and backgrounds, and are sensitive to local contexts
Networking and Liaison:
• Maintaining a network of IRC Humanitarian Access and Security focal points in the country program as well as external professional contacts and partners
• Provide timely feedback on questions and technical assistance requests from country program team members
• Promote IRC’s programs and image with stakeholders.
Context Understanding and Reporting
• Compile and submit regular reports that track incidents and trends in humanitarian access and local contexts within the IRC’s area of operation.
• Work within management structures to ensure all incidents and accidents are followed up on and filed appropriately.
• Continually identify potential threats to staffs, clients, and programs, and assess vulnerabilities, while recommending possible solutions.
• Coordinate regularly with the Regional Safety & Security Director and fulfill reporting requirements to the region
• Work with the Humanitarian Context Advisor to ensure conflict-sensitive lenses are included in all analyses produced.
Training and Capacity Building
• Provide a realistic and impactful capacity development plan for Humanitarian Access and Security staffs, in coordination with the regional Humanitarian Access & Security Learning and Development Strategy.
• Provide regular trainings for IRC staff on humanitarian principles and safety and security preparedness.
• Liaise with partners to assess capacity building needs and provide advice and support where feasible and necessary.
• Participate in program design in close cooperation with the Deputy Director of Programs and DDO
• Participate in program review meetings and contribute to implementation plans to ensure the timely, safe, and secure delivery of IRC service to beneficiaries
• Advise program and field management teams on context-specific risks pertaining humanitarian access, safety, and security, and contribute to the development and implementation of mitigation measures and plans
• Contribute to the development of operational and programmatic contingency plans that respond to different emergency scenarios
Staff Performance Management, Learning & Development:
• Technically supervise and mentor direct reports in the relevant area of operation.
• Communicate clear expectations, setting annual performance objectives, and provide timely and constructive feedback during performance evaluations.
• If required, develop and implement remote management guidelines with the Partnership Unit.
• Hold high-quality meetings with each direct report on a regular and predictable basis, at least monthly