Safety and Security Coordinator Job at The International Rescue Committee in Nigeria

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) 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, the IRC offers
lifesaving and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from
war or disaster.
At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities,
we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and
struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is recruiting to fill the job position below:

Job Title: Safety and Security Coordinator
Maiduguri, Borno
Sector: Safety & Security          
Employee Type: Regular          
Employee Category: Full Time           
Scope of Work

  • The post holder will develop and ensure the systematic
    application of safety and security management policies and procedures in
    all of IRC operational areas of Nigeria. This will include the
    assessment of threats and provision of advice to manage risk; the
    maintenance and updating of security guidelines and ensuring that field
    security working practices are robust and that all staff are aware of,
    trained in, and adhere to security management plans, guidelines and
    Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Integral to the post is the ability to work successfully with
    field teams to cultivate capacity and motivation thereby ensuring
    field-based responsibility for security analysis and management. In
    parallel to the above, the post holder will capacity build and train a
    local security manager.
  • The post reports to the Deputy Director of Operations, works in
    close collaboration with the CD and broader SMT, Field Coordinators and
    Security Liaison Officers, as well as all other staff.
  • She/he will receive technical support from the Regional Safety and Security Advisor (RSSA).

Specific Duties
Security Management and Systems:

  • Ensure that all IRC program activities and locations are
    assessed and monitored relative to their impact on staff safety and
    security, and make recommendations on protocols and practices to reduce
    staff risk and vulnerability.
  • In consultation with the CD, DDO, Field Coordinator, and
    Security Liaison Officers continuously monitor the security /safety
    environment nationally and locally for all IRC program areas and make
    recommendations to the Country Director, who will consult with the RSSA
    to adjust security policies and procedures as needed
  • Initiate the creation of a Security Management Team in Nigeria
    and spearhead the revision of Safety and Security Guidelines for all
    operational areas in accordance with IRC global security guidelines.
  • Conduct local analysis of incidents to inform future security management
  • In conjunction with the SMT and other relevant staff, assist in
    the debriefing of staff that has experienced security incidents or ‘near
    miss’ incidents.
  • Coordinate post-incident follow up actions, analysis and recommendations.
  • Ensure systems are in place to instantly respond to a crisis
    management situation by working with the Incident Management team;
    ensure that lines of communication and reporting to the Crisis
    Management team in New York are fully understood and implemented.
  • Conduct security assessments in new areas of Nigeria prior to entry by IRC program staff, in collaboration with the RSSA.
  • Finalize security plans as part of a fully inclusive process
    involving a fair representation of team members.  Publish, publicize and
    implement the ratified documents.
  • Ensure that contingency plans for Evacuation, Relocation,
    Hibernation, and Medical Evacuation are in place, disseminated and
    adopted amongst staff including a detailed contextual assessment and
    situational update which is revised at least quarterly.
  • Ensure and regularly reassess that IRC vehicles, premises and
    equipment are compliant with internationally recognized safety and
    security standards.
  • Research and analyze security-related information from a variety
    of local and international media sources, governmental sources, the UN
    and other INGOs in order to produce a formal weekly security update.
  • Ensure that communication systems are adequate and maintained. 
    Provide training to staff on the use of such equipment and
    communications protocols in conjunction with the DDO.
  • Monitor HR / Finance / Logistics working practices within the
    context of safety and security and alert the relevant coordinators, DDO,
    and the Country Director if inappropriate decisions are impacting on
    the safety and security of the team or external perception of the
    organization thereby creating security risks.
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  • Ensure that briefing documents and maps are developed to help
    orient all new staff (national and international) about the overall
    security situation in Nigeria and the particular threats and procedures
    in the areas where staff will be based.
  • Conduct ongoing threat assessments and compile reports on
    security assessments of offices, staff guest houses, field sites and
    project areas.
  • Systematically map all incidents on a dedicated map and provide
    timely analysis to identify emerging trends.  Ensure field offices
    adhere to the same process and share information with the post holder.
  • Ensure that a centralized filing system of security-related documents is maintained in Nigeria

Briefing, Training and Capacity Building:

  • Ensure Security briefings (arrival and complete) are of adequate quality and done in timely manner
  • Work with national and international staff to build a shared understanding of security analysis and risk mitigation.
  • Act as a team facilitator during the development of Field office Security Management Plans.
  • Build capacity of local security liaison officer(s)
  • Guide train and monitor all staff to ensure the Country’s Minimum Standards in Safety and Security are followed and respected
  • With the support of the RSSA, develop a standardized security
    training method and provide security training for all staff in safety
    and security related subjects ensuring that policy and guidelines are
    understood and are being adopted and implemented across the program.

Coordination and Networking:

  • Coordinate and liaise on program safety and security matters
    with all relevant actors in country such as national and international
    NGOs, UN, Donor organizations, government authorities and other
    stakeholders within the population.
  • Proactively share information with staff in the CO and in the
    field ensuring high security awareness levels, close situation
    monitoring and effective two-way communication on security-related
  • Under guidance of the CD, serve as a key resource to IRC and its
    operational partners in times of emergencies, such as natural or
    manmade disasters.
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Job Requirements/Experience Required

  • A formal security qualification or advanced security management training.
  • Substantial practical field experience in security management in a leadership role (e.g. direct INGO security management).
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • 3 to 5 year work experience in insecure/hostile environments.
  • Ability to work within a multi-cultural, multi ethnic team
  • Experience and knowledge of personnel and organizational
    security issues, threat/risk assessment, security management and
    security awareness in an insecure environment.
  • Experience of incident reporting, incident mapping, intelligence
    collation and analysis functions, set up and execution of an incident
    warning system (warden system), compilation of security reports and
  • 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.
  • Strong report writing, analytical and interpersonal skills.
  • Previous security management work experience with INGOs in Africa.
  • Experience in training and coaching national and international staff in safety and security.
  • Technical competency and training experience in field based
    communications systems such as HF Codan, Motorola VHF, Thuraya,
    satellite systems and internet systems.


  • Knowledge of Nigeria’s context
  • Previous experience with IRC
  • Knowledge of mapping software

Specific Security Situation/Housing

  • The Safety and Security Coordinator will be based in Maiduguri,
    Nigeria with travel throughout the country particularly rural parts of
    Borno, Yola and Mubi in Adamawa state, and Abuja.
  • The candidate should be prepared to manage security in an unpredictable, insecure environment.
  • This is a non-accompanied position. The Safety and Security Coordinator will live in shared housing.
  • The security situation in Nigeria continues to be volatile in the NE with the security level at 3 (orange).

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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