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20-266: Consultant- Security Officer
Country:Venezuela
Department:Security
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

BACKGROUND TO THE ASSIGNMENT:

International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, non-profit 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, non-political, non-sectarian 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 to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

For nearly a decade, the people of Venezuela have suffered shortages of the most basic necessities, including food and medicines, resulting in the largest refugee crisis recorded in the Americas. Since 2015, 3 million people have fled Venezuela amid starvation, government repression, extreme economic crisis, and growing civil unrest.  At the same time, the Venezuelan Government’s rejection of international aid has exacerbated the situation to an extreme degree. 

International Medical Corps’ goal is to address the humanitarian needs in Venezuela through improving access to health and health-related services, including mental health. To achieve this goal, International Medical Corps will work in partnership with local organizations in reaching communities that lack medical supplies, medications, medical equipment, and medical staff. 

PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:

To support IMC efforts in Venezuela the security officer will 1) Ensure continuous safety and security awareness and standards within areas of responsibility 2) Support the Logistic Coordinator/Security Manager and Country Director in ensuring that effective security measures for IMC Venezuela programs are appropriately planned for and addressed. 

 

SCOPE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:

Organization and Planning

•          Ensure alignment with IMC Global security policies and standards, thus ensuring that operational priorities are enabled and appropriately supported.

•          Work closely with Logistic Coordinator/Security Manager and Country Director, to carry out Security Risk Assessments.

•          Ensure adequate and contextually appropriate planning, including: Safety and Security Management Plan, Contingency Plans, and Emergency Plans.

•          Review and keep up-to-date Safety and Security Management SOPs in coordination with Logistic Coordinator/Security Manager and Country Director.

Monitoring and Reporting

•          Conduct context analysis and stakeholder analysis, as it relates to safety of IMC Venezuela staff, assets, and operations.

•          Maintain daily situation awareness, as it relates to safety and security threats in area as well as IMC Venezuela staff, assets, and Programs.

•          Ensure that all security incidents are reported in accordance with IMC Global Security Policy.

•          Provide security-related advice, in written and oral form, to Logistic Coordinator/Security Manager and Country Director

•          Collect, analyze and disseminate security information appropriately.

Safety and Security Implementation

•          Ensure Core Security Requirements are implemented in line with local context and in accordance with IMC global security guidance; 

•          Provide input and support to management in crisis situations and critical incidents.

•          Ensure incidents are managed properly and conduct investigations when required.

•          Evaluate existing security measures to determine their appropriateness and identify areas needing improvement. Follow up with actions to oversee or implement those improvements.

•          Support present and new Areas of Operations in terms of access and Safety as required/directed.

•          Seek to develop a culture of security awareness and monitor compliance.

•          Undertake other security-related functions or responsibilities as delegated/ requested by manager.

Networking and External Liaison/ Engagement

•          Build ongoing networks for sharing security information and coordination.

•          Under the supervision of Logistic Coordinator/Security Manager, coordinate with Partner Organizations and Implementing Partners on Security related matters.

Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse 

•          Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and amongst beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps 

•          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.

Regular follow ups – written and verbal 

Qualifications:

To perform this role successfully, an individual must be able to perform each task with or without reasonable accommodation. 

   Bachelor’s Degree in a field related to humanitarian work or risk management, such as security management, disaster response, regional studies, or related field  Master’s degree in relevant field preferred.

International Professional Security Certifications

Experience

At least 2 years´ work experience with humanitarian organisations, or 5 years with a large international organisation operating in Venezuela     

 5 or more years’ work experience with a humanitarian organisation

 

Language(s)     Native Spanish Good command of English

International Medical Corps is a ‘first-responder’ both to natural and men-made disasters and has a mandate of working in remote locations.  The organization has a comprehensive security management policy and plan in place and committed to do everything possible within its remit to ensure safety and security.  Notwithstanding, the mandate and programming choices of International Medical Corps require staff with high degree of resilience, extremely decisive quality and ability to move fast.  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.