Humanitarian Access Officer
Application deadline 2 months ago: Tuesday 12 Dec 2023 at 23:59 UTCOpen application form
Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people survive and rebuild their lives. The IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries, we restore safety, dignity, and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home. Location: Benghazi, with frequent travel to Derna and Al Jabal Al Akhdar Travel Requirements: All areas of eastern Libya where IRC is operating directly or through partners. Project/Dept: Humanitarian Access and Safety Department.
Travel and work requirements in percentage:
Time in Benghazi office: 30% See scope of work percentage split under responsibilities Benghazi Field visits 20% Shahat Field visits 20% Derna Field visits 20% Other places 10% Soussah, Al-Bayda
REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS AND COORDINATION:
Reports to: Senior Humanitarian Access and Security Coordinator (SHASC) and Benghazi Field Coordinator- Management in Partnership (direct line to Field Co. and technical line to SHASC) Technical Oversight support by: Senior Humanitarian Access & Security Coordinator Coordinates with Internal: External: Program & Operation Teams, All stakeholders related to Humanitarian Access and Security in the region. Directly supervises: Security Guards
SCOPE OF WORK The Humanitarian Access Officer (HAO) is responsible for monitoring the overall security situation, enforcing safety regulations, providing sound and timely advice to IRC Libya staff and management to support the safe and efficient delivery of program activities in the designated area of operations, and building relationships with local authorities
Under the supervision of the Senior Humanitarian Access & Security Coordinator, the HAO will analyze security trends, advise, update, and implement IRC’s Security Management Plan, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Contingency Plans (CPs), and risk assessments. The HAO will conduct onsite staff training and facilitate the development and implementation of appropriate plans. In addition, s/he will provide expert operational humanitarian security and access advice to all IRC staff in the Eastern Libya offices, including access negotiations and mediation, security and safety advisories, and incident management. RESPONSIBILITIES
Humanitarian Access & Security Management Planning (40%) Work with the Senior Humanitarian Access & Security Coordinator (Snr HASC) to develop, consolidate, and implement operating procedures and contingency plans for IRC in Eastern Libya. Facilitate access negotiations, mediation with IRC stakeholders. In support from SHASC, provide access and security advisories to IRC Libya Staff when needed. Provide assistance as requested to the IRC Benghazi Field Coordinator. Evaluate and update and/or assist in creating the hibernation and evacuation plans for all IRC offices and residences in the Eastern Libya area of operation. Ensure that hibernation and evacuation practical preparations are in place and known to all staff involved. Conduct (with other HAS colleagues) risk and security assessments of contracted and prospective offices and residences in Eastern Libya area of operation. Support ongoing assessment of equipment to ensure that IRC standarsds for security and safety are met. Support Snr HASC in updating the IRC Libya Security Management Plan (SMP) and related documents. Support the Snr HASC on the planning of VIP and donor visitors. Undertake continual assessments of equipment, and the protocols under which the equipment is used, to ensure that minimal conditions for security are met. Provide and implement best possible equipment use solutions to facilitate staff communication & safety. Help establish and maintain formal and informal relations and a network of contacts related to humanitarian access, specifically in the areas of the current or planned IRC activities. Support community acceptance and access when needed. Manage the FTF (Field Trip Form) for all movements in area of operation.
Monitoring and supervision (40%) Supervise security guards in the Benghazi area of operation. Monitor all security regulations are met in all IRC facilities. Support in compiling the monthly Security Report that tracks incidents and trends within the IRC’s area of operation. Responsible for updating training and briefings delivered. Monitor and ensure all CCTV and fire safety equipment and procedures are up to date and in working order in all IRC facilities in the Eastern Libya area of operation and that they meet IRC standards. Regularly monitor the news and share timely security-related information on IRC Libya platforms (WhatsApp, GINA-GO, etc). Update the Humanitarian Access Tracker in the Box folder. Track, record, and document staff movements. Deliver Safety Orientations for all new hires and IRC staff visitors.
Capacity Building (20%) Provide training to staff on various subjects which may include Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs); Contingency Plans (CPs); Tracking Management; Incident Reporting; Prevention and Response Mechanisms; Communications for security guards, drivers, and field staff. Conduct orientations for new national staff on IRC Libya Safety & Security policies. Assist in capacity building, awareness, and preparedness of staff to deal with security-related risks, threats, and incidents through the delivery of high-quality, regular training/briefings to national and international staff and IRC visitors when deemed necessary. Support regular security and safety training for guards and drivers.