Latest NGO Vacancy at Women for Women International (WfWI)

Latest NGO Vacancy at Women for Women International (WfWI)

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Associate Director, Safety & Security

Duties & Responsibilities:

Organizational policies and procedures for security management

  •  Serves as the primary focal point for safety and security for both HQ and Country Office (CO) operations.
  • Provides technical support to the field in the following areas:
  • SOPs
  • Security/risk assessments
  • Scenario planning, security plan development
  • Crisis/contingency planning; and
  • Other security-related functions
  • Develops and updates, as needed, the WFWI global security policy and crisis management plans and policies and procedures in accordance with best practices and ensures their implementation.
  • Oversees and ensures compliance for all security-based contracts in HQ and regional offices and provides training and templates for country offices to do the same.
  • Develops and manages country office (CO) safety & security management plans (SSMPs)
  • Supports CO to adapt the CO SSMP template to its own context and publish, practice, and maintain such plans.
  • Provides advice and counsel to management on matters relating to employee and property safety and security. Investigates all safety, security and risk management related issues.
  • Works with business development and programs teams on ensuring safety and security language and costs are incorporated into proposals. 

Trends and scenario analysis

  • Conducts regular trends and situational analysis of each country WFWI operates and closely monitors these trends and their potential impact on WFWI operations
  • Establishes and maintains strong networks globally and in WFWI countries of operation with relevant UN agencies, Government, NGOs, and security coordination bodies (INSO, EISF, UNDSS SLT, InterAction).
  • Keeps up-to-date with best practices in safety and security and, when/where relevant and ensures roll-out of such practices to COs. 

Safety and security procedures

  • Ensures all WFWI offices, residences, preferred hotels, and guest houses meet specified Minimum Operating Safety & Security Standards
  • Monitor movement and safety of employees, guests, and consultants traveling away from their host countries and into foreign territories
  • In coordination with CO safety & security focal points, ensures all COs respect norms on vehicle safety, including procedures, equipment, and maintenance and lifespan.
  • Ensures COs have appropriate communication equipment, that it is licensed, staff are trained, and it is used correctly.
  • Ensures all HQ and CO staff, partners, and consultants are aware of and follow emergency communication procedures.
  • In coordination with CO safety & security focal points, ensures that security briefings are provided to all new staff as well as staff travelling 
  • Advises COs on proper tendering and recruitment of security guarding companies
  • Oversee and manage relationship with Travel Service Provider. 

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Incident management

  • In coordination with Chief Administrative Officer, serves as the lead on organizational crisis management preparation and response including evacuations
  • Acts as the first point of contact for any safety or security incident. Provides HQ & COs with regular support and guidance to ensure appropriate response to incidents.
  • Provides regular feedback to the Leadership Team on any serious incidents.
  • Liaises and coordinates with other organizations and partners impacted by incidents.

Capacity development of WFWI staff

  • Provides guidance and training to CO, regional, and HQ staff on security management, risk mitigation, and incident response.
  • Provides guidance and training to global staff on personal security, security management, trends analysis, and SOPs.

New location assessment

  • Through coordination with other NGOs, local actors and security organizations, develop an assessment of the risks and mitigating factors in areas which WFWI is considering as a program location
  • Develop go/no go criteria to guide decision making
  • Develop procedures/security plans when a decision has been made to enter a new location

Skills and Qualifications:

  •  Bachelor’s degree, preferably a Master’s degree, in relevant field.
  • A formal security qualification or appropriate security management training
  • Minimum of seven (7) years practical field experience in security management with at least three (3) years in a leadership role (e.g. military, police, or INGO security management).
  • Overseas work experience in insecure and/or hostile environments required
  • Previous field experience in security management with INGOs operating in Nigeria, DRC, South Sudan, Rwanda, Afghanistan and Iraq preferred
  • Ability to work within a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic team and understand the challenges of operating in insecure environments
  • Experience of threat and risk assessment, incident reporting, incident mapping, information collation and analysis
  • Ability to adapt to needs and balance demands of beneficiary and security actors while maintaining appropriate contextual NGO security advice and coordination
  • Sound knowledge of humanitarian principles of impartiality and neutrality as outlined in the Humanitarian Charter and the International Red Cross Code of Conduct
  • Ability to train and coach national and international staff in safety and security measures
  • Technical competency and training experience in field-based communications systems such as HF & VHF radios, satellite phone systems, GPS mapping and tracking devices
  • Strong computer skills in MS Office, internet, and email applications
  • Strong report writing, analytical and interpersonal skills
  • Fluent in written and spoken English; language skills in, Arabic, French, Dari and/or Kiswahili a plus
  • Previous working experience with women’s empowerment organizations, networks and skills and knowledge in gender and conflict analysis preferred
  • Ability to travel extensively to country offices

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We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so please apply at your earliest convenience through this portal. 

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