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18-377: COUNTRY SECURITY MANAGER - Roster for Emergency Responses
Country:Global
Department:Humanitarian Response
  
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 underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility for rapid response to emergencies. International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

PROGRAM BACKGROUND

When catastrophe hits, International Medical Corps is often one of the first humanitarian aid organizations on the scene—providing rapid and effective aid that saves lives, reduces suffering, and promotes self-reliance.

 International Medical Corps has established an International Emergency Roster to ensure that emergency positions are filled in a timely manner with professionally qualified, gender balanced, geographically diverse, linguistically able, and a highly motivated corps of professionals. The team includes coordinators, logisticians, doctors and water and sanitation experts. It also includes specialists who focus on protection, prevention of sexual violence and aid for rape survivors and mental health.

 Selected Emergency Response Team (ERT) members are always on standby to deploy to a crisis within 72 hours, whether they are launching into new areas or lending support to International Medical Corps teams already on the ground. International Medical Corps maintains a roster of volunteers, staff and available specialists who have been interviewed and have completed pre-deployment paperwork, orientation and training. The roster is updated on regular basis as new responders are identified and members update their areas of expertise and other relevant information. Through this expression of interest, applicants are encouraged to submit their profiles so that their information is readily available in the International Medical Corps applicant tracking system.

JOB SUMMARY

The Country Security Manager (CSM) works at the direction of the Emergency  Response Team Leader, and reports on technical issues to the Director of Global Security. The primary function of the Country Security Manager is to provide assistance to the Team leader on all issues of safety and security as they relate to staff and programs in the country in which they work. The Country Security Manager over sees daily security management in their country program and manages National Security Officers as well as trains and mentors Security Focal Points.  The Country Security Manager will monitor and assess security conditions, and makes recommendations to the Country Director as appropriate.  The Team Leader is the direct supervisor to the CSM, but the Director of Global Security (DGS) is the technical manager for the CSM.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation.

Security Management

  • Develop and update the security guidelines, SOP’s and Contingency Plans for their country program
  • Supervise and train national counterpart and security officers in their country program
  • Coordinate and monitor security activities to ensure that safety and security policies and procedures are implemented
  • Ensure that all field staff are fully cognizant of prevailing security threats and fully advised on means to reduce staff vulnerability to those threats
  • Design and drill warden systems, emergency radio 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 IMC sites and communicates with the Director of Global Security (DGS) and Team Leader as appropriate
  • Monitors the security preparedness of country staff and works with Team Leader to enforce staff compliance with internal security policies and SOPs
  • When directed by the DGS/Team Leader, 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
  • Audits communications equipment and facilitates communications-related assistance when necessary
  • Recommends changes in country security plans to Team Leader and DGS as needed
  • Ensure induction security briefings are conducted to all arriving staff, visitors or volunteer

    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 field deployments.
  • The above should be completed using the Security Department approved templates, and be submitted to the Country Director, Director of Global Security and the Security Specialist
  • 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 the 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 all 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 Team 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

 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.
  • Other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.

Compliance & Ethics:  Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.  Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. 

Qualifications:
  • At least 5 years of field security experience in hostile environments
  • Previous experience working in NGO
  • Emergency Response Experience
  • 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
  • Excellent decision making skills
  • Must work independently under difficult conditions
  • Excellent decision making skills
  • Advance First Aid training
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently
  • Fluency in English essential
  • Fluency in French, Arabic, or Spanish is an advantage