Safety and Security Officer
Bidibidi - Yumbe District
- Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
- Location: Bidibidi - Yumbe District
- Grade: Junior level - Junior
- Security and Safety
- Closing Date:
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities which support them, as well as those who remain within their homes and communities. At work today in over 40 countries and 25 U.S. cities, we improve outcomes in the areas of health, safety, economic wellbeing, education, and power.
IRC in Uganda
IRC Uganda currently serves five geographic locations in over 15 districts. Through the Strategic Action Plan (SAP) for IRC Uganda, the IRC is committed to programming for refugee communities in refugee settlements in West Nile, Bidibidi, Arua, Kiryandongo, Kyegegwa and Lamwo while continuing to serve rural Ugandans in areas prone to disaster and conflict. Women and children will continue to be our primary beneficiaries. IRC Uganda also currently expanding into South Western region with boots already on the ground in Kyegegwa and Kisoro where there have been influxes of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
IRC Uganda delivers programming in all outcome areas deepening expertise in Protection, Health and Economic Wellbeing programming as well as commit fully to women and girls’ Power outcomes.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Safety and Security Planning:
- Provide technical support to the SFC on all policies, procedures, guidelines and planning for staff safety, operational security, and program continuity.
- Work with SFC and SSM to develop, consolidate and implement operating procedures and contingency plans (CPs).
- Undertake continual assessments of equipment, and the protocols by which that equipment is used, to ensure that minimal conditions for security are being met.
- Evaluate, review and update contingency plans for all IRC offices and residences in Yumbe and ensure that the practical preparations are in place and known to all staff involved.
- Identify potential security risks through the security risk assessment tool and respond accordingly.
- Report and follow up on all Safety, Security and Access related incidents and ensure that it is timely and properly reported.
- Respond to emergencies and incidents within designated areas promptly and according to policy.
- Conduct risk assessments of contracted and prospective offices and areas of operations.
- Maintain regular contact with field staff about security situation in their respective areas.
- Build good relations with the local communities and authorities, in the areas IRC operates.
- Conduct safety and road checks daily, recommend approval or non-approval for travel, and coordinate with other IRC teams on travel.
Building Acceptance to empower and expand humanitarian programming:
- Uphold the mission, values, and spirit of IRC.
- Follow and enforce all IRC codes of conduct and policies (worldwide and in-country).
- Report any violations to appropriate IRC authority and participate in preventative initiatives.
- Develop and maintain strong follow up systems with Government Departments and Ministries, IO, INGO and NGO agencies, stakeholders in refugee camps and other non-formal community stakeholders for close coordination and information exchange.
- Attend meetings as required to represent the IRC and support coordination in reducing risk.
- Actively seek opportunities that will complement ability to fulfill position’s responsibilities as well as further professional development, such as taking part in internal and external trainings.
- Attend and follow up
- Perform other duties as requested by supervisor.
Monitoring & Analysis
- Identify, establish, and manage context appropriate approach to assure IRC facilities are secure – i.e., third party security companies.
- Compile and submit monthly security reporting that track incidents and trends within the IRC’s area of operation. Submit daily contextual updates (daily Security Report) as needed to the SSM.
- Work closely with IRC teams to ensure all incidents and accidents are followed up with an official written report, which is then shared with relevant stakeholders and filed appropriately.
- Coordinate regularly with the SSM on safety and security, and fulfill reporting requirements daily security reports, weekly reports, monthly reports.
- Security Orientation:
- Provide Training(s) that may include Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs); Contingency Plans (CPs); Security Management; Incident Reporting; Prevention and Response Mechanisms; Communications (Equipment – Thuraya; protocols …etc).
- Provide orientations for new staff and visitors in the field.
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation
Ensuring the non-disclosure of any information whatsoever relating to the practices and business of IRC acquired in the course of duty, to any other person or organization without authority, except in the normal execution of duty.