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Officer, Security (Andean countries)


  • Organization: IFRC - International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • Location: Lima
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: Closed

Organizational Context

*Please, take into consideration the level of the position. it´s not a Leadership role/management position.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with a network of 192-member National Societies. The overall aim of the IFRC is “to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.”  The IFRC works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises.

The IFRC is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Movement), together with its member National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The work of the IFRC is guided by the following fundamental principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality.

The IFRC is led by its Secretary General, and has its Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Headquarters are organized into three main Divisions: (i) National Society Development and Operations Coordination; (ii) Global Relations, Humanitarian Diplomacy and Digitalization; and (iii) Management Policy, Strategy and Corporate Services.

The IFRC has five regional offices in Africa, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Europe, and the Americas.  The IFRC also has country cluster delegation and country delegations throughout the world. Together, the Geneva Headquarters and the field structure (regional, cluster and country) comprise the IFRC Secretariat.

The Americas Region has a Regional Office in Panama and Country Cluster Support Team offices for Central America, Andes Countries, Cono Sur countries, Latin Caribbean and Haiti, and the English Caribbean and Suriname. The Country Cluster Support Team for the Latin Caribbean and Haiti supports Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba with two offices located in Port-au-Prince and Santo Domingo.

Due to the nature of regular humanitarian programs and emergency response operations, this role profile is an outline of the likely responsibilities applicable to Security Management, in the context of Andean Cluster Delegation with coverage for Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia.

Job Purpose

The Security Officer is expected to provide professional security risk management (SRM) advice and support/guidance and recommendations to management of the programs and operations in the countries supported by the Cluster Delegation for the Andean countries (Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia).

In certain circumstances, the post-holder will be expected to mentor and/or build capacity of National Society or IFRC staff to ensure continuous security cover for the humanitarian mission.

The Security Officer will report directly to the IFRC Head of Delegation (HoD) with a technical reporting line to the IFRC Regional Security Manager.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Strategic management/support

  • Advise and support the Senior IFRC management on security related matters focusing on all personnel, assets that are under IFRC security management responsibility.
  • Provide technical guidance in relation to security related issues in programs and operations.

Operational management/support

  • Guide and support the in-country security risk management process, e.g. the development of a comprehensive security risk assessment and the identification of functional and practical risk prevention and mitigation measures.
  • To assist the Head of Delegation and Program Coordinators in the countries covered by the Cluster Delegation in creating basic security management systems and provide rapid and professional support/assistance to the various components of our humanitarian mission, including but not limited to, conducting security assessments at field locations, create and maintain security regulations/emergency procedures, undertake site security assessments (as required) and provide recommendations for accommodation, coordinating, if needed, staff relocation and support to Staff Health for medical evacuations. Furthermore, ensure that the programs and operations have valid and approved contingency and critical incident management plans and to oversee the implementation of these procedures if required.
  • Follow-up on security incident reporting and assist the HoD in incident analysis and incident mapping.
  • Monitor and analyze the security / political and socio-economic situation in the operational area of the Cluster Delegation and identify possible security related trends and issues that may affect the IFRC operations. Update the IFRC Risk Register as and when necessary and report any changes and make appropriate recommendations to HoD and/or Operations Managers.


  • Guide and support the development of in-country minimum security requirements (MSR), including the relevant documentation, procedures, compliance and trainings/exercises.
  • Ensure monitoring and compliance with Biosecurity standards through Business Continuity Plans (BCP) in coordination with Administration / Human Resources departments.
  • Monitor, evaluate and report on the implementation of MSRs.

Job Duties and Responsibilities (continued)


  • Establish and maintain a security network of internal and external contacts and participate in relevant meetings both internally and externally, e.g. with ICRC, HNS, PNS, UN Security, INSO, INGOs, and local authorities and communities. Ensure that this security network is well documented.

Training & development

  • Conduct security briefings for all incoming personnel (and National Society; only upon request), and provide general or more specific trainings (e.g. defensive driving [in coordination with Fleet], radio communications [in coordination with IT], guard training [in coordination with supplier?]).

If time allows:

  • Provide generic or more specific security management trainings to National Society personnel to enhance security management capability, strengthen the security culture and contribute to more safe and secure operations.

Mentor National Society security focal point/security managers to build security management capability.


  • University degree in a relevant field
  • Professional training in security management (preferred)


  • 3 years working experience in a similarly wide-ranging role (it's not a Manager role)
  • Familiarity with Movement and International Federation policies and guidelines (preferred)
  • Past field experience in humanitarian security and analysis work in high risk contexts, preferably in the Region and with the RC/RC. (preferred)
  • Experience of IFRC management procedures and security approach.(preferred)
  • 2 years’ experience of security management within a humanitarian or development sector.
  • Experience of developing contingency plans and implementing of relocation / evacuation.
  • Experience of relationship-building, interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively represent IFRC at forums with external stakeholders including, government authorities, military, police and UN.
  • Proven training/mentoring record (preferred)

P.D. Salary and benefits offers according to the Salary Scale in Peruvian office.

Knowledge, Skills and Languages

  • Good understanding of physical and procedural security measures
  • General security knowledge of the Americas region (preferred)
  • Skills to analyze and draw conclusions - Critical and analytical thinking
  • Rapid and well-argued decision-making skills
  • Proven planning and training skills
  • Developed networking and negotiation skills                                                    
  • Good oral and written communication skills, with ability to express ideas and concepts clearly & persuasively with senior internal and external stakeholders
  • Relevant security training (HEAT, Security Management & CIM course attendance) (preferred)


  • Fluently spoken and written Spanish
  • Good command of English 

Competencies, Values and Comments

Values: Respect for Diversity, Integrity, Professionalism, Accountability
Core competencies: Communications, Collaboration & Teamwork, Judgement & Decision, National Society & Customer Relations, Creativity & Innovation, Building Trust

Core Competencies
Movement context, principles and values
The Movement in the humanitarian sector
Programme management & reporting
Information management
Resource management
Direction setting and operational objectives
Community engagement and accountability
Protection, gender and inclusion
Environmental sustainability 

Safety and security 
Collaboration and teamwork
Conflict management
Cultural awareness 
Judgement and decision making 
Personal resilience


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