International Rescue CommitteeClosing Date : 2020-02-29
Duty Station : Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
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Organization: International Rescue Committee
Country: Burkina Faso
Closing date: 29 Feb 2020

IRC s vision for Burkina Faso is that individuals, households and communities are resilient, self-reliant and able to thrive in a changing context. IRC Burkina Faso is present in the region of Sahel and Nord with projects in the following areas: WASH, Health and nutrition

Job Overview/Summary

The Safety & Security Coordinator is a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT), reporting to the Country Director (CD). She or he will develop and oversee the implementation of humanitarian access and security management systems and protocols in line with humanitarian principles, humanitarian needs, duty of care principles, and IRC s strategy.

She or he will identify changes and trends in the humanitarian access and security environment in Burkina Faso, 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.

She or he will work closely with the Deputy Director of Operations (DDO) and the Field Coordinators (FC) to ensure that organizational security policies and procedures are responsive to the context, adequate and known to staff, and in line with global safety and security standards.

Working closely with the Deputy Director of Programs and Program Coordinators, the she or he will help maximize the effectiveness of IRC s activities in Burkina Faso by contributing to the design and ongoing adaptation of programming to ensure it is contextually appropriate. Where applicable, she or he will also provide guidance and support to partner organizations and ensure the capacity building of IRC staff, incentive workers, and partners with active hands-on collaboration.

Major Responsibilities

Humanitarian Access Management

Develop and implement humanitarian access strategies and approaches tailored to local contexts in field sites throughout Burkina FasoEnsure humanitarian access approaches are responsive to local context and include overarching community engagement componentsEnsure that the IRC field humanitarian access teams conduct principled and sustainable negotiations with relevant actors in Burkina Faso in line with humanitarian principles, humanitarian needs, duty of care principles, and the IRC s SAPWork to ensure that IRC, its mission and work in the areas of operations is known and acceptedWork to encourage stakeholders to work with the IRC in ensuring that staff and programs are safe and allowed to continue humanitarian activities in Burkina FasoProvide technical input and advice in assessments to consider new IRC programs in new geographic areas, and regular assessment reviews for existing locationsAssist in the continued development of humanitarian access teams and activities across Burkina FasoContribute in developing and implementing guidelines for humanitarian access and engagement with non-state actors articulating standard IRC policy and guidanceOversee and advise on the implementation and review of tailored acceptance strategiesMaintain a high level of preparedness vis-a-vis predicted contextual fluctuations operationally and programmatically Enhance IRC image and acceptance within the community and amongst stakeholders by providing guidance on inclusive visibility strategiesWork with appropriate IRC units, including HR, to ensure timely and appropriate follow-up to violations of IRC s Code of Conduct, in addition to operational breaches to humanitarian principles

Safety and Security Risk Management

Provide technical support on all policies, procedures, guidelines and planning for staff safety, operational security and program continuity in Burkina FasoEvaluate, review and update the security management plans on a regular basis in compliance with global safety and security standards and requirementsWork with Field Coordinators to develop, consolidate and implement operating procedures and contingency plansMaintain a network of IRC Security Focal Points at each field office and program sitesEvaluate, review and update the hibernation and evacuation plans for all IRC offices and residences in Burkina Faso and ensure that the practical preparations are in place and known to all staff involvedConduct risk assessments of contracted and prospective offices and residences. Follow up on actions to be taken to ensure compliance with safety and security standardsUndertake continual assessments of equipment, and the protocols by which that equipment is used, to ensure that minimal conditions for security are being metProvide and implement best possible solutions for use of equipment to facilitate communication between staff, including here proposing safe alternative means of communication and equipmentEnsure safety and security protocol, reporting mechanism, and capacity building initiative account for gender-specific risks, staff profiles and background, and are sensitive to local contexts

Networking and Liaison:

Maintaining a network of IRC security focal points in the country program as well as external professional contacts and counterpartsProvide timely feedback on questions and technical assistance requests from country program team membersMonitor and provide support and reporting on NGO field security initiatives as requiredIdentify, create and maintain a network with NGO/UN and other humanitarian access and security specialists suitable for the regionFacilitate regional NGO security coordination through networking, collaboration and coordination with humanitarian actors

Context Understanding and Reporting

Compile and submit regular reports that track incidents and trends in humanitarian access and local security contexts within the IRC s area of operation.Submit daily contextual updates as needed to the SMT and relevant field and program management staffWork closely with IRC field management 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. Ensure that final incident reports are provided when IRC is closing the case.Monitor the operating environment in the region, identify new threats, assess IRC vulnerabilities and recommend possible responsesCoordinate regularly with the Regional Safety & Security Director on safety and security, and fulfill reporting requirements to the regionContribute to local-level conflict sensitivity analysis and macro- level analysis of trends within the Burkina Faso conflictProvide credible information and contextual understanding of localized and country-wide security situations and incidents along with appropriate advice to IRC field and program management staff

Training and Capacity Building

Provide a capacity development plan with precise implementation plans in line with the regional Humanitarian Access & Security Capacity Development StrategyWork closely with the Regional Security Capacity Building Coordinator to identify learning and development needs in the country programProvide regular trainings for IRC staff on humanitarian principles and safety and security preparedness. Training(s) may include Standard Operational Procedures; Humanitarian Negotiations; Contextual Understanding; Safety & Security Risk Management; Incident Management &Reporting; etc.Liaise with partners to assess capacity building needs and provide advice and support where feasible and necessaryWork with relevant internal focal points to develop and review the IRC Burkina Faso information and on-boarding package for new hires and visitors

Program Development:

Participate in program design in close cooperation with the Deputy Director of Programs and DDOSupport program coordinator and field management staff in developing conflict-sensitive and contextually-appropriate approaches in Burkina FasoParticipate in program review meetings and contribute to implementation plans to ensure the timely, safe, and secure delivery of IRC service to beneficiariesAdvise 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

Emergency Preparedness and Response:

Contribute to the development of country emergency preparedness plansAs required, support and advise the SMT during humanitarian or security/safety emergenciesAssist with the humanitarian access and security component (situation analysis and background information, security assessments) of the Emergency Response Team deployments in Burkina FasoContribute to the development of operational and programmatic contingency plans that respond to different emergency scenarios

Staff Performance Management, Learning & Development:

Hire, supervise, and build the capacity of team members in relevant technical and management competenciesDevelop and implement remote management capacity building approaches to build the strengths of the team in Burkina FasoCoach, train, supervise and mentor direct-report staff, including communicating clear expectations, setting annual performance objectives, providing regular and timely positive and constructive performance feedback, and providing documented semi-annual performance reviewsMaintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positionsApprove and manage all time, attendance and leave requests to ensure adequate departmental coverage; ensure monthly, accurate timesheet submission and carry out probationary reviewsHold high-quality meetings with each direct report on a regular and predictable basis, at least monthlyProvide a measurable development plan including on-the-job learning with the aim of strengthening technical capacity, exchanging knowledge within the team and providing guidance on career paths.As required identify staff performance issues and work with Human Resources to document and address these in accordance with the National Staff Employment PoliciesMaintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positionsPromote and monitor staff care and well-being. Model healthy work-life balance practices. Support appropriate interventions in response to identified staff care needs of both national and international staffLook for opportunities to support staff in their career growth, where appropriate. As part of succession plan and nationalization goals, identify, train and develop capability and capacity of national staff to successfully transition role and responsibilities, by the end of assignmentAdhere to and act in accordance with the IRC Global HR Policies and Procedures, and communicates through word and example a high standard of compliance with all applicable policies and regulations


Education:University degree in Management, Political Sciences, or related field, preferred. Technical degree or certification in related field with significant applicable experience.

Work Experience:

A minimum of 5 years of non-profit or NGO work experience within international humanitarian assistance programs with demonstrated capabilities in planning, organizing and executing humanitarian security operations in the fieldUnderstanding the humanitarian principles, code of conduct and specific intricacies of delivery essential of services to people in need inside Burkina Faso sub-sector work linked to NGO field and operations contextsUnderstanding of regional and local context, dynamics, and access limitations related gender, disability, religion, tradition, and local norms.Knowledge in communications technology, including, satellite communications, cell phone, etc. is a plusStrong experience as a trainer; ability to develop, implement, facilitate and impart learning to a wide range of audiencesExperience of gaining a precise and impartial understanding of local, regional and international policies, operational positions and interactions, providing clear dynamic briefings and analysis of given and unfolding security and political situations when they occurRegional experience strongly preferred

Demonstrated Technical Skills:

Proven experience as professional and reliable manager (including management of people and projects)Highly skilled in organizing large-scale, fast-paced, responsive field programsSituational awareness and opportunity awarenessSolid ability to provide team-building, coaching, and development for staff as well as encourage cross-functional collaboration and cooperationExceptional organizational and coordination skills

Demonstrated Managerial/Leadership Competencies:

Excellent relationship-building, interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively represent IRC at forums and with external stakeholdersStrong negotiation and mediation skills essential with experience in conflict resolution is essentialSuperior oral and written communication skills, with ability to express ideas and concepts clearly and persuasively with senior internal and external stakeholdersExperience of working successfully with local stakeholders such as local and international NGOs, government, etc. with sensitivity and diplomacy.Proven ability to design and lead training engagements with staff and partners to enhance skills and adapt to changing program demands

Languages Required/Preferred:

Fluency in spoken and written English and French is required

Computer/Other Requirements:

Full professional competency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Ability to Travel:50% travel, within Burkina Faso

Standards of Professional ConductThe IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way Code of 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, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

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.

Working Environment:The Safety and Security Coordinator will be based in Ouagadougou with regular travel to field offices. While security in Ouagadougou is generally calm, conflict is ongoing elsewhere in the Sahel region, Centre Nord, Nord, Boucle du Mouhoun, Est and Centre Est and those areas are considered unstable. Strict adherence to security guidelines is requested of all IRC staff. The Safety and Security Coordinator will be provided with a private room in comfortable shared housing in Ouagadougou. This position is non-accompanied.

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