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Vacancy - Security Coordinator - Darfur

Relief International is still looking to fill its Security Coordinator position in Darfur. The pay is a bit on the low side but if you are looking for a job in a challenging country this could be just the thing. See below for details.

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JOB TITLE: Security Coordinator: Darfur

LOCATION: Khartoum, El Fasher, Kabkabiya, Zam Zam Camp (base, El Fasher)

DURATION: 12 months renewable

Relief International (RI) is an international relief and development agency with cross-sectoral programs bridging relief and development, operational in 16 countries.
RI is recruiting an experienced Security Coordinator to manage security in its programme in Darfur.
Established in 2004, RI’s North Darfur program serves 500,000 of the most vulnerable including 200,000 IDPs and their host communities. Sector activities include health, nutrition, livelihoods, food security, agriculture, women’s development, and emergency relief. RI currently maintains field offices in Kabkabiya and El Fasher in North Darfur and a Country Office in Khartoum.

Working in partnership with local staff, the Security Coordinator will be responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring RI’s safety and security policies and procedures for Darfur and Khartoum levels, while creating a strong culture of security among all RI staff. S/he will be responsible for providing security training and capacity building support to teams on the ground as well as striving to prevent and actively leading response to security incidents, building security networks in country, and providing other technical support as required.

The post is based in El Fasher with regular travel to other project sites and routine reconnaissance in Khartoum.

• Review and update country security plans on a bi-annual basis
• Undertake situation and security risk assessments on an ongoing basis
• Develop, implement, and monitor standard operating procedures
• Develop and regularly review contingency plans for hibernation, relocation and evacuation
• Regularly review alert levels and change as necessary
• Devise innovative strategies for enabling safe programming and access to beneficiaries in insecure environments
• Ensure the participation of relevant local staff in the development and implementation of security policies, procedures, and analysis
• Monitor staff compliance with RI security procedures
• Work with Country Directors and Desk Officers to ensure that security assessments, mitigation strategies, and costs are included in all new funding proposals
• Provide leadership and guidance on safety and security related matters to local staff
• Create a culture of security awareness
• Oversee mainstreaming of security throughout RI programmes in Darfur and in the country office in Khartoum
• Using participatory methodologies, deliver regular security awareness and management training to local staff, based on their needs
• Build relationships with local and regional security actors and networks for information sharing and coordination
• Represent RI at local and regional security forums
• Build relationships with local security counterparts for information & coordination
• Monitor the security situation in Darfur and Khartoum, analysing and disseminating information and recommendations
• Ensure country programmes are compliant with RI’s MOSS (currently in development)
• Point of contact for all safety and security related incidents, providing immediate during and post incident support and coordination
• Submission of incident reports
• Post incident analysis and procedural revision where necessary
• Manage travel assessment, sign off, and coordination
• Ensure RI offices and guest houses have appropriate protection measures in place
• Manage RI drivers to ensure safe vehicles and driving practices
• Manage guards to ensure high levels of compound security
• Develop and conduct security inductions for all incoming staff
• Provide weekly security briefing to staff and build capacity of local security focal point to do this in their absence
• Provide written weekly security reports to the country office and spot reports/analysis in writing where requested


• A minimum of 3 years international security management experience
• Of this, at least 2 years NGO security management experience
• Experience managing security in insecure environments
• Regional experience essential
• Experience developing and implementing NGO safety and security polices and procedures
• Experience conducting security risk assessments
• Strong assessment and analysis skills
• Ability to provide high quality security training to local staff
• Proven experience of managing and developing local security capability
• Familiar with the challenges of remote management
• Experience managing safety and security incidents
• Demonstrable experience of creating a culture of security awareness
• Demonstrated knowledge of UN, ECHO, MOSS and other standard INGO security frameworks
• Participatory approach to policy and procedure development
• Sensitivity to and understanding of local Islamic culture
• Rational, considered and informed approach to decision-making
• Proven ability to develop effective working relationships with local staff and external stakeholders
• Willingness to travel frequently, often at short notice
• Experience living and working in diverse cultural contexts in a culturally appropriate manner
• Experience living and working in insecure and remote areas
• Ability to work well under pressure in challenging conditions
• Fluency in spoken and written English

• Degree in a security, humanitarian or development-related discipline
• Completion of recognised security management course
• Knowledge of Arabic and / or local Sudanese language


Duty Station: El Fasher with at least 50% travel to Khartoum, Kabkabiya and Zam Zam
Salary: $45,600
Period: 12 months renewable
Post status: This is an unaccompanied post
Reports to: Country Director
Benefits: Flight to and from posting at commencement and cessation of contract; Accommodation and transport provided; Daily living allowance; Travel and medical insurance (including medical evacuation); 6 days R&R for every 8 weeks worked and travel stipend in addition to annual leave


Please send a CV (not more than 3 pages) and a cover letter (not more than 2 pages) explaining how you meet the person specification to hrsecurity@ri.org

The successful candidate will be expected to comply with RI’s Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy

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