Access, Safety and Security Officer

IRC - The International Rescue Committee

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Job Description

Background of IRC:

The International Rescue Committee, one of the world’s largest humanitarian international NGOs, provides relief, rehabilitation and development support to vulnerable people and communities over 30 countries. We began work in Ethiopia in 2000 in response to severe drought in Ethiopia’s Somali region and are currently providing assistance to Ethiopians and refugees in eight regions in Ethiopia, implementing emergency and development programs in health, water and sanitation, economic recovery, and development (ERD), women’s protection and empowerment, education, child protection, and multi-sectoral emergency response.

Job Overview/Summary:

Under the direct supervision of the Field Coordinator the AS&SO should assist FdCo to maintain, improve and expand principled humanitarian access to and by populations affected by adversity in SNNPR, Sidama and SWPR through assisting the implementation of humanitarian access and security management plans in compliance with IRC’s strategy and in line with humanitarian principles, humanitarian needs, Duty of Care and Gender Equality principles.

The post holder will provide expert advice on Humanitarian Access, Safety and Security to all IRC entities based in the operational areas, to assist Field Coordinators identify changes and trends in the humanitarian access and security environment in the areas of operations and will ensure that adequate and up-to-date policies and procedures are in place and ensure staff have the information they need to manage operations, to identify issues, and to recommend and implement measures to reduce them.

Humanitarian Access Management

- Develop and implement humanitarian access strategies and approaches tailored to local contexts in field sites throughout areas of operations. - Work to ensure that IRC, its mission, and work in the areas of operations is known and accepted. - Work to encourage stakeholders to work with the IRC in ensuring that staff and programs are safe and allowed to continue humanitarian activities in areas of operations. - Provide technical input and advice in assessments to consider new IRC programs in new geographic areas, and regular assessment reviews for existing locations. - Assist in the continued development of Humanitarian Access Safety and Security teams and activities across areas of operations. - Oversee and advise on the implementation and review of tailored acceptance strategies. - Enhance IRC image and acceptance within the community and amongst stakeholders by providing guidance on inclusive visibility strategies. - Work with appropriate IRC units, including HR, to ensure timely and appropriate follow-up to violations of IRC’s Code of Conduct, in addition to operational breaches to humanitarian principles.

Safety and Security Risk Management

- Work with Security Unit to develop, consolidate and implement operating procedures and contingency plans. - Maintain record of security trainings for staff. - Ensure replenishment of hibernation kit, first aid kit. - Update security incident database regularly. - Conduct risk assessments of contracted and prospective offices and residences.

Liaison, networking, analysis

- Assist Security Unit to establish and maintain relations and networks to facilitate understanding and influences on humanitarian access environment. - Assist to develop and maintain contact lists, stakeholder analyses and humanitarian access profiles in area of responsibility - Spearhead on day-to-day operations related to humanitarian access and liaison with authorities and other entities for administrative and substantive staff, program and organizational needs.

Context Understanding and Reporting

- Monitor open sources to collect, compile and report information including incidents and trends pertinent to humanitarian access in area of responsibility. - Work closely with IRC field management teams to ensure all incidents are followed up with an official written report. - Assist to monitor the operating environment, identify new threats, assess IRC vulnerabilities and recommend possible responses. - Contribute to local-level conflict sensitivity analysis and macro- level analysis of trends.

Training and Capacity Building

- Assist SATM to build up the capacity, awareness and preparedness of staff to deal with security-related risks, threats and incidents through the delivery of high quality, regular trainings/ briefings to national and international staff and IRC visitors when deemed necessary. - Render administrative support to SATM in providing regular trainings for IRC staff on security preparedness, prevention and response. Training(s) may include SOPs; Contingency Plans (CPs); Security Management; Incident Reporting; Prevention and Response Mechanisms; and Communications.


- A University Degree or Higher National Diploma in social sciences/ public administration/ International relations or a field related to humanitarian work or risk management. - 2 years of work experience in relevant position - Computer skills (including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and internet) - Fluency in English (written, spoken, comprehension). - Competent report writing skills.


- Knowledge of local language is highly desired. - Training in First Aid and Fire Safety.

Interpersonal Skills

- Ability to work closely, professionally, and constructively with others regardless of nationality, ethnicity, gender, religion, race, tribe, or cultural background. - Sound judgment and the ability to work under minimal supervision - Strong assessment, evaluation, analysis and planning skills - Interpersonal communication and proven written / presentation skills - Demonstrated ability to work under stressful conditions - Demonstrated knowledge of the historical and socio-political context.

IRC is an equal employment opportunity employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.

Professional Standards: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity Anti-Retaliation and Combating Trafficking in Persons

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols, and other supportive benefits and allowances

Equal Opportunity Employer: IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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