Humanitarian Access and Security Senior Officer - Mosul
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster. IRC leads the way from harm to home.
The IRC established programs in Iraq in 2003 to address the overwhelming needs of displaced people in Iraq and the neighboring countries. Since re-establishing its presence in Iraq in November 2007, the IRC has been assisting thousands of internally displaced families in the northern, central and southern governorates in the sectors of protection, gender-based violence (GBV), education, economic recovery, child Protection and emergency humanitarian assistance. Working in coordination with the humanitarian community in Iraq, the IRC's assistance and emergency programs address the needs of war-affected Iraqi internally displaced persons (IDPs) and Syrian refugees from several operational bases in the country, and include both camp-based and urban-based assistance. IRC operates throughout Iraq, with the main office in Erbil and field offices in, Baghdad, Salah Al-Din, Kirkuk, Anbar and Ninawa.
The Humanitarian Access & Senior Security Officer (HASSO) responsibility is to monitor the overall security situation, enforce security regulations and provide sound and timely advice to IRC Iraq staff and management in order to support the safe access and efficient delivery of program activities in the designated areas of operations in Ninawa governorate. Under the supervision of the Ninawa Field Coordinator with the technical supervision of the Humanitarian Access and Security Coordinator (HASC).
The HASSO contributes to the analysis of accessibility in and within the Ninawa Governorate in order to facilitate useful information for planning humanitarian intervention and IRC programs. The HASSO supports the field coordinator in evaluating access constraints for the IRC intervention in Ninawa. The HASSO will maintain, improve, and expand principled humanitarian access to conflict-affected populations in areas of responsibility through liaison, analysis, monitoring, reporting, and training.
- Establish and maintain relations and a network of contacts in Ninawa Governorate (Local Government authority, Security Forces, and other parties concerned), allowing the collection of information and the facilitation of documentation related to the humanitarian access and security in Ninawa, specifically in the areas of the current or planned intervention.
- In coordination and under the supervision of the Field Coordinator, regularly visit programming areas and support the field team in developing and maintaining relationships with relevant stakeholders (with particular emphasis on local authorities and security actors; utilize these relationships to ensure the gathering of reliable security information for the Program Team in the field. As effective programming relies on the team’s ability to leverage relationships with security actors, relationship-building should always be carried out in conjunction with program staff and should never be the Security’s sole responsibility.
- Provide technical support to the HASC on all policies, procedures, guidelines, and planning for staff safety, operational security, and program continuity.
- Work with the Field Coordinator and HASC to develop, consolidate and implement operating procedures and contingency plans.
- Conduct risk assessments of contracted and prospective offices and residences. Undertake continual equipment assessments to ensure that minimal conditions for security are being met.
- Evaluate, review, and update the hibernation and evacuation plans for all IRC premises in Ninawa and ensure that the practical preparations are in place and known to all staff involved.
- Conduct safety inspections such as monthly fire extinguishers, smoke/fire detectors, and inspection of IRC facilities as it pertains to health and safety.
- Support the HASC and the Field Coordinator in responding to access and security incidents, and work collaboratively with the local authority, law enforcement, and other stakeholders to ensure all incidents and accidents (access and security) are followed up and reported as appropriate. Develop and regularly update internal maps on safe and insecure areas.
- Conduct security risk assessments as required, including but not limited to; road assessments, rapid area assessments, and ad-hoc area assessments.
- Provide technical input and advice in assessments to consider new IRC programs in new geographic areas and technical information in writing new program proposals as required.
- Supervise and manage security guards. Ensure they understand the organization's goals, policies, rules, and regulations. Maintain training and schedule programs for the security guards. Evaluate and assess performance.
- Ensure drivers are aware of the relevant aspects of the security management plan with regards to movements and driving in the implementation area. Provide daily briefings for drivers on the security situation and its practical implications.
- Carry out a security briefing/ induction for all newly arrived staff and also ensure all staff receives proper briefing before any movement.
- Report any violations to the appropriate IRC authority, and participate in preventative initiatives.
- Assist in providing regular training for IRC staff on security preparedness, prevention, and response. Training(s) may include Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs); Contingency Plans (CPs); Security Management; Incident Reporting; Prevention and Response Mechanisms; and Communications. Provide Security Briefing to all new staff and visitors.
- Follow and enforce all IRC codes of conduct and policies, and uphold the mission, values, and spirit of IRC.
- Perform other duties as requested by supervisor.
Staff Management and Development
- Coach, train, and mentor staff with the aim of strengthening their technical capacity, exchanging knowledge within the team, and providing professional development guidance
- Supervise and mentor direct-report staff, including communicating clear expectations, setting performance objectives, providing regular and timely performance feedback, and providing documented semi-annual performance reviews.
- Provide constructive feedback and counsel on appropriate career paths and professional development.
- Promote and monitor staff care and well-being; approve and manage all leave requests to ensure adequate coverage.
- Offer leadership support for successful adherence by staff to IRC’s Global HR Operating Policies and Procedures.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Field Coordinator - Mosul
Position directly supervises: Security Guards
Technical Reporting to: Humanitarian Access and Security Coordinator, Erbil
Other Internal and/or external contacts:
Internal: All field staff including Finance, Human Resources, program teams, SC & Fleet
External: Local authorities and Security forces in Ninawa