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19-151: Country Security Manager
Country:Mali
Department:Security
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in areas worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at high risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.                                               

Background

In response to an outbreak of violence in 2013, International Medical Corps has been working in the most seriously affected communities in Timbuktu and Gourma-Rharous districts with programs focused on health, nutrition and protection. Our health response in northern Mali promotes free, quality, curative and preventive health services in areas severely affected by the recent war. Since 2013, International Medical Corps has helped local health care systems in Gourma-Rharous and Timbuktu districts regain self-reliance and credibility by rehabilitating and supplying community health centers, recruiting and training health workers, and strengthening emergency response and disease surveillance. We have also enhanced water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities in all health centers we support and provided equipment including water pumps and tanks, handwashing stations and latrines. When Ebola spread to Mali in 2014, International Medical Corps worked to strengthen the country’s health care system to quickly detect, contain and respond to potential Ebola cases by training health care workers and other professionals in Ebola case management, with a focus on the regions of Segou and Sikasso.

Gender-based violence rates in Mali significantly increased during the recent conflict in the north. The harm caused by sexual violence goes beyond those directly affected, causing painful social disruptions within families and communities. Besides promoting clinical and psychosocial care in a confidential, competent and compassionate compassionate manner, we focus on building community resilience and providing support to survivors through 15 health facilities in Gourma-Rharous and Timbuktu districts and two mobile clinics in Taoudenit distric.

Since 2018, International Medical Corps has extended its interventions in Segou region by integrating reproductive health, nutrition and protection/GBV services to the multi-year epidemiological surveillance program under implementation between September 2015 and March 2019.

Job Purpose

The Country Security Manager works at the direction of the Country Director and the Director of Global Security. The primary function of the Country Security Manager is provide assistance to the Country Director and country programs, as assigned, on all issues of safety and security as they relate to staff at a program site. The Country Security Manager oversees daily security management of a country program site and manages the National Security Officers, as well as trains and mentors Security Focal Points.  The Country Security Manager will monitor and assess security conditions, assist and provide direction to country management teams and Security Focal Points (SFP’s). The Country Director is the line manager of the Country Security Manager and the Director of Global Security (DGS) is the technical manager for the Country Security Manager.

Main Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The tasks listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Security Management

  • Develop and update the Security Risk Assessments (SRA’s), SOP’s and Contingency Plans
  • Supervise and train National Security Manager and Security Focal Points
  • Coordinate and monitor security activities to ensure that safety and security policies and procedures are implemented
  • Ensure that all field staff is fully cognizant of prevailing security threats and fully advised on means to reduce staff vulnerability to those threats
  • Design and drill warden systems, emergency communications networks, and provisioning of emergency supplies for field personnel
  • Ensure internal incident tracking system is utilized properly and perform incident mapping and analysis
  • Collects security related information from local and regional resources as it applies to sites and communicates with Director of Global Security (DGS) and Country Director (CD) as appropriate
  • Monitors the security preparedness of country staff and works with CD to enforce staff compliance with internal security policies and SOPs
  • When directed by the DGS, carry out investigations and capture lessons learned to be incorporated into future staff trainings
  • Act as a key member of the Field Incident Team when required during a crisis so that safety policies and procedures are implemented
  • Ensures logistics follows a servicing and maintenance schedule for vehicles Collects security related information from local and regional resources
    as it applies to sites and communicates with Director of Global Security (DGS) and Country Director (CD) as appropriate
  • Audits communications equipment and facilitates communications-related assistance when necessary
  • Recommends changes in country security plans to CD and DGS as needed
  • Ensure induction security briefings are conducted to all arriving staff, visitors or volunteers

Compliance

  • Ensure weekly security reports are completed and sent to headquarters, providing timely updates of all situational and security developments including investigation of security incidents
  • Conducts and submits Security Risk Assessments of programs, as required
  • Conducts and submits full Site Security Surveys of every site visited
  • Conducts and submits Trip Reports of all high-risk field deployments
  • The above should be completed using the Security Department approved templates, and be submitted to the Director of Global Security and the other HQ security staff
  • Keep excellent records and logs to ensure continuity of this position

Human Resources

  • Oversee the recruitment and selection of qualified national security field staff, recommend promotions, disciplinary action and termination of staff in consultation with Country Director
  • Make frequent site visits to facilities to carry out security assessments and ensure appropriate care and training are being conducted. Maintain open lines of communications with field staff

Training / Capacity Building

  • Determine training needs for the security staff
  • Train senior national staff to increase their responsibilities in order to build capacity and ensure sustainability
  • Works with DGS and CD to conduct any staff security training that is warranted

Working Relationships

  • Maintain excellent working relationships as a member of the country team senior management
  • Build strong professional relationships with UN agencies, local authorities and other NGO’s
  • Maintain local networks to ensure community acceptance and local information 

Representation

  • Attends security coordination meetings and updates CD on current security issues
  • Contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of the organizations Code of Conduct, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to internal and external actors

Code of Conduct

It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment.  If you see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report.

Qualifications:
  • High School Diploma and a Bachelor´s or Associate´s Degree in Criminal Justice, Security/Risk Management, or related subjects
  • Advance First Aid training

Experience

  • At least 5 years of field security management experience in hostile environments
  • Previous experience working in NGO or relevant experience as a member of police forces, federal agencies, National Guard, among other institutions
  • Emergency Response Experience

Competency

  • Fluency in both French and English is essential
  • Ability to relate to and motivate national staff effectively
  • Creativity and the ability to work with limited resources
  • Extremely flexible with the ability to cope with stressful situations and frustrations including the ability to perform each function with or without minimum accommodation as well as taking additional tasks if required
  • Excellent decision making skills
  • Must work independently under difficult conditions
  • Excellent decision making skills
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently
  • Proficiency with MS Word and Excel (minimum requirements)
  • Fluency in a local language is an advantage

Equal Opportunities

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.