Solidarites International

Humanitarian Access & Safety Coordinator

Solidarites International

Job Description

Desired start date: 02/01/2022 Duration of the mission: 6 months Location: Amman

ABOUT THE MISSION

MISSION: SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL (SI) has been working in Syria since 2012. The mission employs nearly 300 national staff, and more than 40 expatriates, and has a 25 million EUR budget forecasted for 2021. There are 3 implementing offices in Syria (2 in North East Syria/NES, 1 in North West Syria/NWS) with the Coordination based in Amman - Jordan.

The NES programs provide an integrated assistance in the WASH, NFI, Shelter and Livelihoods sectors to displaced populations and host communities affected by the conflict. NWS programs are remotely managed and provide WASH and NFI/Winterization support to affected populations.

TYPE AND CONTENT OF PROGRAM:** Syria mission is dedicated to work in areas recently and in challenging contexts to provide lifesaving activities to the population affected by the conflict. A turn from lifesaving activities to more post-emergency/development has also been undertaken.

Main current activities are related to:

  • Lifesaving
    • Wash – emergency package in IDPs settlements
    • Distribution of NFIs and MPCA
  • More sustainable activities:
    • individuals’ houses rehabilitations, rehabilitation of schools
    • Institutional rehabilitations and support: Water stations rehabilitations, Capacity Building of the Water Department, rehabilitation of irrigations systems and infrastructures
    • FSL, composed of an agricultural support to farmers/production system and of livelihoods activities including MPCA and ERMS.
Additionally, SI has some contingency and capacity to respond to emergencies in all NES.

ABOUT THE JOB

General objective:

The HAS Coordinator supports the Director" id="link" class="link">Country Director and the Field Coordinators in the adaptation of SI safety & security framework to the current context. S/He coordinates efforts to access to new hard-to-reach areas, in close collaboration with Fields Coordinators, Security Managers and advisors and CD. S/He monitors, eases and implements general safety, security and HA trainings to all SI staff over the duration of his/her mission.

Specific Objectives:

  • Review SI Syria Mission HA, safety & security documentation
  • Ensure operationalization of security processes
  • Recruitment and training of the security focal points and SI Staff in general
  • Security Analysis
Priorities for the 2/3 first months:

  • Contribute to efforts at mission level to expand to new hard to reach areas
  • Train and accompany staff on HA assessment

RESPONSIBILITIES AND MAIL ACTIVITIES

Review SI Syria Mission HA, safety & security documentation

  • Ensure the security management system is in line with existing SI security policy, protocol and approach.
  • Facilitating the context & risk analysis exercises for each base with support of the field teams.
  • Supporting the field Co and security focal points in the update of the subsequent security pack per base, as per the risk analysis.
  • Ensuring rapid endorsement by the Country Director & HQ level.
  • Ensuring proper dissemination of each validated security pack for each base
  • Develop and implement different briefing packages
Humanitarian Access, safety and security operationalization

  • Ensurie proper operationalization of the security process within the field teams with the support of the Country Director and Field Coordinators
  • Ensure that the supporting departments have in place an appropriate system to facilitate good security management
  • Ensuring that there are fully stocked First Aid Kits available in all SI Vehicles, Offices, Warehouses and Guesthouses, at all times
  • Support the Country Director and other senior staff to manage security incidents
  • Support the Country Director and Field team in developing an Access strategy for specific intervention areas
Recruitment and training of the security focal points and SI Staff in general

  • Contribute to the recruitment process of security focal points alongside Fco
  • Provide, plan and organize HA, Safety and security trainings to SI staffs, especially to security focal points. Continuously appraise capacity needed and capacity building
  • Provide briefings when applicable
  • Ensure that there is a Fire Safety Plan in place and that fire drills are carried out.
  • Implement evacuation and hibernations simulations
Security Analysis

  • In close collaboration with field focal points, undertake ongoing analysis of the context and developments in relation to the security situation
  • Together with HA focal points, develop and maintain up-to-date Context Analysis and risk assessment
  • Maintain close contacts with all relevant stakeholders at coordination level to develop a network and build relationships with key actors to ensure gathering of reliable security information
  • Supporting the diversification / consolidation of information sources/networks at the local level and its subsequent analysis at the coordination level
  • Undertake regular and ad hoc security assessment missions as necessary, in order to gather information and to analyze the overall security situation in existing and potential areas of intervention
Qualification and Experience

  • Considerable practical experience of security assessment, planning and implementation of procedures in the context of UN or NGO humanitarian operations
  • Proven influencing and negotiating skills with internal and external audiences including in complex and stressful circumstances
  • Proven experience of field-based training
  • Ability to advise and support field staff in a consultative manner.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with the capacity to remain calm under pressure and not lose sight of strategic priorities. Must be organised and efficient.
  • A sound understanding of the importance of gender
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts.
  • Willingness to travel at short notice, and often in difficult circumstances
  • Arabic speaker with fluency in written and spoken English essential

YOUR PROFILE

Specific skills and experience:

  • 5 years of practical experience of security assessment, planning and implementation of procedures in the context of UN or NGO humanitarian operations.
  • Proven influencing and negotiating skills with internal and external audiences (Access Working Group, donors) including in complex and stressful circumstances (local authorities, community representatives, Armed Groups Leaders…).
  • Proven experience of field-based training.
  • Ability to advise and support field staff in a consultative manner
Soft skills:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with the capacity to remain calm under pressure and not lose sight of strategic priorities. Must be organised and efficient.
  • A sound understanding of the importance of gender.
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts.
  • Willingness to travel at short notice, and often in difficult circumstances.
  • Committed to SI principles
Language:

  • Fluent English mandatory
  • Arabic language skills would be considered an asset

SI WILL OFFER YOU

A salaried post:

According to experience, starting from 2640 euros gross per month (2400 base salary + 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) and a monthly Per Diem of 785 USD SI also covers accommodation costs and travel expenses between the expatriate's country of origin and the place of assignment.

Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of on 7 working days every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7 working days break at 3/6 and 9 month (with 850 USD allocated by Solidarités).

To these break periods, it is necessary to add the granting of 1 additional rest day per month worked > i.e. 12 days in addition for a 1-year contract**.** Social and medical cover:

Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.

LIVING CONDITIONS:

Living conditions in Amman are very good with access to a wide range of restaurants, cafes. Most products (food, clothing…) are easily accessible in Amman.

Accommodation will be in SI guesthouses which are spacious and very comfortable.

In Amman, security risks are extremely low and restrictions are very limited. The FSL Coordinator will be requested to travel regularly to the field where security levels can vary according to the different geographical locations and the changes of context.

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