Requisition ID : req31402
Job Title : Security Manager Ecuador-Peru
Sector : Safety & Security
Employment Category : Fixed Term
Employment Type : Full-Time
Compensation : USD 2, - 2,;Salary
Location : Quito, Ecuador
Background / IRC Summary :
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 future.
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 22 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 humanitarian crisis in Venezuela continues to intensify. Venezuelans face hyperinflation, which puts them out of reach of basic goods and services, including health care and food.
A shortage of medical supplies means that it is difficult to diagnose and treat communicable diseases and sexual and reproductive health needs, among other services.
The lack of food has resulted in hunger and malnutrition. From 2015-2018, over three million Venezuelans left to seek goods and services in primarily neighboring countries.
IRC has responded to the crisis by supporting Venezuelans crossing the arc of the migration pattern, including Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.
In Colombia, IRC works in the areas of health, protection, education, and multipurpose cash assistance in Cucuta, Medellín, Cundinamarca, Norte de Santander, and Nariño (specifically Ipiales).
In Venezuela, IRC has been developing programs through the support of local partners. Since January 2021, we have expanded our response in Ecuador and in 2022 to Peru, establishing projects and strategic alliances with local partners, with emphasis on border corridors.
IRC works to strengthen the capacity of local partners to provide access to quality sexual and reproductive health services, nutrition, basic needs, and dignified livelihoods for the migrant population.
This post would ensure that organizational security policies and procedures are responsive to the context, adequate and known to staff, and advise on humanitarian access approaches in close coordination with the Security Coordinator VCR and Response Director.
Training will also be provided for staff in order to facilitate and implement the security topics, in addition to other standard operating procedures and contingency plans related to incident prevention / management and safety and security of teams.
This position reports to the Security Coordinator
Main objectives of the position :
The Security Manager shall make every effort to fully implement the CRRD Safety & Security Policy. Exceptions should be documented and justified during the annual Standards and Requirements Assessment Process.
The Security Manager shall advise program teams on the integration of safety and security risk management into program design and implementation.
Formal risk assessments shall be used to guide and review program implementation.
Support program teams in achieving and maintaining access for the most vulnerable communities.
Identify security risks through participatory and inclusive processes and propose mitigation measures
Ensure that access and security strategies are taken into consideration from the initial stages of intervention design
The Security Manager must act as roving and provide support when required between Ecuador and Peru.
Prepare a training plan for staff in Ecuador and Peru according to the context and threats identified.
Provide close advice to local partners on safety and security issues (Peru and Ecuador)
Safety and Security Management Planning
Support the Security Coordinator (SC) to create all policies, procedures, guidelines, and planning as related to staff safety, security, and program continuity of Ecuador and Peru.
Update the Security Management Plan (SMP) for the IRC Ecuador and Peru.
Reference and ensure compliance to IRC Security Management Framework within the SMP and all annexes.
Work with SC to create and roll out implementation of Standard Operating Procedures and Contingency Plans related to team safety and security, in line with the Security Management Plan.
Conduct risk assessments of contracted and prospective offices and residences. Follow up on actions to be taken to ensure compliance with safety and security standards.
Provide continuous updates to guidance and technical input to programs on areas of operation (current and prospective), stakeholders and context.
Humanitarian Access Management
The Security Manager shall assist program teams through access-oriented security strategy implementation.The manager shall reinforce access-based approaches that are implemented and highlighted in the Security Management Plan.
Safety & Security strategies will privilege an acceptance-based approach.
Support the SC to develop and maintain relationships with local authorities and key actors, in line with the program design, in order to ensure that important stakeholders are well informed and involved in the IRC program in Ecuador and Peru, also leading to increased ease and safety in the implementation of humanitarian activities.
Provide technical input and advice to assessments in new geographic areas.
Advise programs in order to ensure that IRC, its mission and work in the areas of operations is known and accepted (this depends on visibility and program strategies).
Monitoring, Analysis and Supervision
Based on security SOPs, monitor activities in the field and revise, if necessary, to ensure that IRC staff, operations, and facilities are safe.
Compile and submit the following reports regularly :
Maintain both live and static movement maps (heat maps and risk maps) for Ecuador and Perú updated and keep staff informed in weekly meetings
Ensure the updating of local contacts together with the non-dedicated local security focal points
Security & Access Training and Orientation
Pre-Arrival security documentation to be shared with visitors and incoming staffs before their arrival; they should also be offered an opportunity to contact the Security Manager before arrival
On-Arrival Orientation should be provided to any IRC staff, visitor, consultant, within 24 hours of arrival in country
Safety and Security Training / Induction should be provided for all staff joining IRC; this must be recorded in the training log;
this may include Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs); Contingency Plans (CPs); Security Management; Incident Reporting;
Prevention and Response Mechanisms; Communications protocols, etc.
Monitor, record and update the IRC contact card, in coordination with Admin and non-dedicated local security focal points
Partner Safety and Security Training.
Regular drills shall be conducted as per the contingency plans (hibernation, relocation, evacuation, and specific threats).
Training drills shall be scheduled and communicated to personnel prior to execution and conducted annually or with more frequency if the context requires.
Requirements for the Role :
3 to 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 field.
Education : professional degree in social sciences such as social work, psychology, communication, social, and law, or Risk Management Specialist.
Understanding the humanitarian principles, code of conduct and specific sub-sector work linked to NGO field and operations contexts.
Advanced knowledge in communications technology, including, satellite communications, cell phone mediums, etc.
Experience as a trainer / facilitator; ability to develop, implement, facilitate, and impart learning to a wide range of audiences.
Ability to gain a precise understanding of the various local, regional, country and international policies, operational positions and interactions, providing clear dynamic briefings and analysis of given and unfolding security and political situations when they occur.
Previous NGO security management an asset.
Excellent command of Spanish and English required.
Flexible and creative
Ability to work independently, self-motivation