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Safety, Security and Risk Adviser (deadline: 16 Jul 2017)

A role for a mature and credible professional with a minimum three to five years experience in safety, security and risk management in the international development sector. The role will improve and systemise safety, security and risk processes while contributing to a strong internal culture on these issues. The successful candidate will maintain a rigorous process focus but will have the strategic insight to tailor systems and procedures to different organisations and environments. This position is for an initial six months and will also develop recommendations for a sustainable safety, security and risk model going forward. You can live wherever you like and travel will be required.

Job Description

We are a social enterprise with a mission to work with vulnerable people to build a better future. We specialise in justice, migration and social inclusion. Our expertise is in strategic communications, counselling, consulting, monitoring and evaluation, and research. We work in more than 25 countries in East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, East Africa, North Africa, the Sahel and Europe. For more information about us, please visit https://seefar.org/about-us

We are a small to medium sized organisation that is growing very fast, with a core management team of around 20 people working remotely and another 150 people working in unstable and conflict affected countries. Almost all of our work is field based and we have a limited office footprint. This is a new role with a purpose to improve and systemise Seefar’s existing safety, security and risk processes and then to recommend, to Seefar’s highest level of management, a scalable and sustainable model for safety and security within the organisation.

The role demands a mature, intrinsically motivated and worldly person able to design safety and security processes to suit this type of organisation. Seefar has a track record for delivering projects in East Africa, West Africa, North Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia to benefit vulnerable people.

To get a sense of where we work and what we do, please visit https://seefar.org/locations/.

We are looking for someone with:

  • Fluency in written and verbal English.
  • At least three to five years experience in roles of a safety, security and risk nature in conflict affected countries.
  • Knowledge of legal approaches to duty of care.
  • Experience creating safety and security SOPs and processes.
  • Experience designing and maintaining risk management processes.
  • Experience with providing security inputs to programmatic and strategic plans.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment/analysis.

The following are the primary responsibilities of the role, with estimated allocations of time and attention.

Deliver: Project and Mission Implementation

Approximately 50% of your time and attention:

  • Assisting project and program teams to produce country specific SOPs, contingency plans and risk assessment documentation, ensuring these are up to date and in line with required standards.
  • Advising project and program managers on mainstreaming security in project planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Processes for monitoring and managing the safety of visitors.
  • Acts as the technical reference/resource for project and program teams and senior management.
  • Support new program initiatives in the design phase including with technical documentation.
  • Provide technical support, coaching, quality control and checks on safety, security and risk management processes.
  • Conduct training workshops with teams to ensure that security and risk management is carried forward with effectiveness in program and operational works.
  • Other relevant safety, security and risk tasks.

Develop: Capabilities and Enterprise Portfolio

Approximately 45% of your time and attention:

  • Review and make recommendations regarding possible improvements to existing Enterprise policies and procedures.
  • Updating and maintaining enterprise templates for safety, security and risk SOPs, contingency plans and risk management.
  • Being the guardian of Seefar’s incident management process, including exercising it.
  • Maintaining arrangements with service providers who monitor and analyse the security situation of relevant countries and provide local safety briefings.
  • Collecting lessons learned on safety, security and risk processes and activities.
  • Facilitate an ongoing culture of learning and improving for safety, security and risk management.
  • Manage processes that ensure all new staff receive consistent and thorough security and safety training.

Direct: Global Management

  • Represent and demonstrate the Enterprise’s values.

Approximately 5% of your time and attention:

  • Serves as a member of Seefar’s Incident Management Team (IMT), supporting management of critical incidents.
  • Design a sustainable and scalable safety, security and risk model for Seefar and recommend this to Seefar’s Executive Team.

Working with Seefar

Current and former personnel have noted the points below as positive features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

  • The Enterprise combines entrepreneurialism with a focus on social impact.
  • You work with highly diverse people and across a diversity of contexts.
  • There is a high level of trust that supports you to work autonomously.
  • The people in the Enterprise encourage innovation and experimentation.
  • Achieving results is prioritised over rigid structures and workflows.
  • You are never bored and always challenged.

Current and former personnel have noted the points below as negative features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

  • Collaborating with geographically dispersed teams requires flexibility and patience.
  • Working remotely can make you feel isolated and so requires you to invest time in communication.
  • Travel schedules can sometimes be heavy.
  • A high-growth phase means problem-solving as the Enterprise’s systems evolve quickly.
  • It can be fast paced so you need to be productive and able to prioritise effectively.

An Excellent Candidate

To excel in this role, you will start with a minimum of three to five years experience in a similar role in the international development sector, with experience in conflict affected countries. You will be a mature and credible operator able to engage credibly with senior internal and external stakeholders and other safety, security and risk professionals. You are motivated and experienced at training and providing support on safety, security and risk issues and processes to internal teams. You maintain a rigorous process focus but are not bound by a templated approach to this work and have the strategic insight to tailor processes to different organisations and environments. You will be motivated by an Enterprise performance framework focused on social impact.

To apply for this Role

On or before 16 July 2017, complete our online application form. Before you start, you should do the following:

  1. Confirm you meet these minimum requirements:
    1. Fluent in written and verbal English.
    2. At least three to five years experience in roles of a safety, security and risk nature in conflict affected countries.
    3. Knowledge of legal approaches to duty of care.
    4. Experience creating safety and security SOPs and processes.
    5. Designing and maintaining risk management processes.
  2. Prepare a CV in Word or PDF format. You will upload this in our online application form.
  3. In Word or PDF format, prepare an introductory letter that includes only the points below. You will upload this in our online application form.
    1. One to two paragraphs describing your experience in these types of roles, including the types of tasks you have completed and the location of any missions you have completed.
    2. Answer one of the following questions:
      1. Describe a time where you helped an organisation safely expand into another country. OR
      2. Describe a time where you designed a safety and security process from scratch that was subsequently implemented.