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Regional Humanitarian Access and Security Coordinator

Erbil | Beirut | Tunis | Amman

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Erbil | Beirut | Tunis | Amman
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Security and Safety
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date:
IRC’s work in the Middle East is among our most challenging, and innovative.
Years of war in Syria have pushed millions from their homes and into poverty, and millions more have become refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and further afield. Equally complex is the emergency in Iraq, where waves of fighting and displacement have overwhelmed infrastructure and services and pushed communities to the brink. In Libya, years of conflict has exacerbated historic divisions within society and the increasing involvement of foreign actors has significantly increased the complexity of conflict dynamics. The economic, social, and health effects of these crises have changed the entire region. 
The IRC responds to people’s acute and longer-term needs with integrated programs that improve health and safety, prioritize children’s education, foster economic wellbeing, and empower communities to regain control over their lives. Our work gives rise to some of the most pressing issues facing contemporary humanitarian action, including questions of access, conflict sensitivity, coordination, and impact.
Job Overview/Summary
Working as a member of the regional team and under the direct supervision of the Regional Safety & Security Director (RSSD), the Regional Humanitarian Access & Security Coordinator (RHASC) will support the delivery of consistent and high-quality access and security management across the MENA region. S/he will support the RSSD in providing technical support to meet the needs of country programs in the region and ensuring compliance with IRC’s internal standards and policies. The RHASC will lead regional capacity strengthening, learning and development initiatives for safety, security and access management for IRC staff and partner organizations. The candidate will be required to travel extensively and frequently throughout the MENA region. 
Major Responsibilities: 

Technical Support (Up to 80% of time)
Ensure consistency in the approach to safety, security and humanitarian access management across the region while ensuring flexibility for contextualization. This may include suggesting improvements to key processes, guidelines and tools.  
Provide technical advice and direct support to Country Programs on safety & security risk management, trends, processes and best practices.
Assist field leaders in implementing security risk management plans including identifying, mitigating and managing risks. 
Support Country Programs to maintain a high level of operational and programmatic preparedness in anticipation of contextual changes, including the development of contingency plans.  
As required, support Country Programs in critical incident management. 
Support initiatives across the region to integrate Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (GEDI) in safety, security and humanitarian access management. Ensure safety and security risk management efforts at the field level are inclusive of staff with diverse social identities and backgrounds. 
Ensure that IRC partners receive support in security risk management including leveraging IRC’s systems, tools and best practices as relevant.
Support the development of humanitarian access strategies in field locations ensuring alignment with global guidance and standards. 
Support the implementation of contextualized acceptance and community engagement strategies. 
Advise on and support efforts at the field-level to enhance the IRC’s reputation, image and acceptance within the community and amongst relevant stakeholders. 
In coordination with the RSSD, monitor and support adherence to the IRC’s humanitarian access and security policy, principles, standards and requirements. 
Recommend measures for field sites to improve compliance with the IRC’s humanitarian access and security, policy, principles, standards and requirements. Monitor progress and make recommendations to the RSSD on additional support that may be required. 
Travel to country programs to provide gap coverage, support the Humanitarian Access and Security team with key projects or during the onset of an emergency and/or in support of entry to additional countries in MENA.
Deputize for RSSD when needed. 

Training, Learning and Knowledge Sharing (Up to 20% of time)
Identify regional learning and development needs, informed by the country programs in order to continue delivering high-quality, durable and contextually relevant programming
Design and facilitate the delivery of learning programs to support staff in country programs to gain the knowledge and skills they require to achieve programmatic and organizational objectives and improve the capacity of IRC staff in safety & security risk management and humanitarian access.
Tailor training and capacity building materials for remote management use and/or delivery.
Support and deliver capacity-sharing initiatives with implementing partners.
Build a core group of Trainers across the MENA region who can support capacity-building initiatives. 
Support country teams in liaising with established external training providers to identify and assess effective training options. 
Assess and monitor the impact of capacity-building initiatives. 
Contribute to the recruitment of Humanitarian Access and Safety & Security staff across country programs. This may include designing technical tests and participating in recruitment interviews.  

Key Working Relationships: 
Position Reports to:  Regional Safety & Security Director
Position directly supervises: None
Indirect Reporting: None
Key Internal Relationships: Country Access & Security Leads, Deputy Directors for Operations, Country HR Directors, Regional HR Director, Regional Context Analyst, Regional GEDI Director, Chief Safety and Security Officer, Director of Safety and Security Development 
External: Partner organizations, peer humanitarian agencies, training providers, specialized networks and forums.  

Job Requirements: 
At least 8 years of progressive experience in safety & security risk management roles in humanitarian contexts, of which at least a minimum of 3 years should have been at a senior management level.
A willingness and ability to travel approximately 50% of the time throughout the MENA region. 
Experience or exposure to humanitarian operations and emergency relief is a must with a preferable focus on risk and crisis management.
Ability to coordinate and partner with regional and local stakeholders either directly or remotely.
Sound working knowledge of humanitarian security and a commitment to humanitarian principles.
Sound appreciation of the personal and technical issues facing aid workers, such as international law, codes and standards, gender and conflict issues.
A strong track record in learning and development initiatives in Humanitarian Access and Security
Demonstrable competence in and enthusiasm for practical training methods
Ability to manage a complex workload and meet tight deadlines with minimal supervision.
Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to influence without authority.
Excellent leadership, people management, and negotiation skills in cross cultural context. 
Strong track record in project management, including project planning, scoping and delivery, proposal writing, budget planning/spending, and delivery.
English and Arabic fluency required.
Computer literacy in MS Office packages, such as Word, Excel, and Outlook.
Knowledge of or willingness to learn new tools such as PowerBI and ArcGIS. 
The position may require some unsociable hours due to regional coverage, online meetings and in the event of an emergency.

Professional Standards: IRC staff must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Global Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability and Equality. In accordance with these values, IRC operates and carries out policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti-Workplace Harassment, Respect at Work Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
Returning National Candidates: We strongly encourage national or returning national candidates to apply for this position. If you are a citizen of the Country in which this position is based and are currently located outside of your home country and possess over two years of international work experience, the Middle East Region has introduced an attractive remuneration package. The package includes competitive compensation, return flight to post, shipping allowance, temporary housing and a relocation allowance. Certain restrictions may apply. IRC strives to attract, motivate and retain qualified national staff in our programs.
Accountability to Clients: IRC staff must adhere to the commitment of contributing to the sustainability and development of its (CR) Client Responsiveness Mechanisms, preserving the culture of prioritizing the needs of our clients and affected communities by systematically listening to their perspectives and using their feedback to make programmatic decisions and give them greater influence over program design and delivery.
Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.
Diversity and Inclusion: at IRC MENA, we are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. Organizations that are diverse in age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity, nationality, and perspective are validated to be better organizations. More importantly, creating a safe workspace environment where everyone, from any background, can do their best is the right thing to do. So, bring your whole self to work.
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