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Oxfam IRAQ-NE Diyala is looking for Security & Access officer
Oxfam strives to minimize and manage safety risks for staff at all times. The Security Officer will ensure that the team in the Northeast area is working in line with Oxfam’s Safety Management Plan. The post will be responsible for gathering relevant information regarding the safety situation within Iraq and the immediate region, to ensure programmatic decisions can be based on a solid risk and context analysis. This position will assist the management team in managing the safety system, which is in place to coordinate the movements and maximize the safety, of all staff.
Responsibilities and Accountabilities
- Fully understand Oxfam Iraq’s safety and security-related manuals and documents and ensure that all staff know its content and agree to follow required policies and procedures.
- Monitor security situation through security reports, staff reports, own sources in Northeast, and recommend courses of action (mitigation or corrective measures).
- Support the Area Manager to implement routine and special staff learning/training.
- Assess and continuously monitor all locations and daily movements required to implement projects/program activities for risk and impact on staff safety and security.
- Routinely advise on required movement/behaviour changes, e.g., restricted or cancelled movement, or modified work in high-risk project sites (as the situation changes daily, weekly, etc.)
- Lead daily/weekly security briefings to ensure all staff is fully aware of behaviour/caution required to reduce vulnerability.
- Update the emergency communication contact list (“tree”) on at least a monthly basis.
- Ensure that all new employees, Iraqi and expatriate, receive a full safety/security orientation upon their arrival to Northeast: new Iraqi employees within the first 3 days of employment; expatriates within 24 hours of arrival in Iraq.
- Regularly assess communications needs, ensure availability of appropriate communications technology, and orient all staff to emergency communication protocols/procedures.
- Test emergency communication systems/behaviour quarterly, analyse results, and ensure improvements if needed.
- Monitor fire extinguishers and First Aid equipment monthly for serviceability.
- Use Oxfam standard reporting protocols to immediately and fully report/follow up on all incidents.
- Liaise with the Field Manager / Logistics to manage/coordinate car use, particularly to coordinate project activity implementation.
- Support program team to develop and maintain a safety management system, which includes the safety management plan, and allows for the continuous updating of safety measures.
- Advise and support the Senior Management about implementing the safety management plan.
- Ensure the safety management system is in line with existing Oxfam safety policies, protocols, and approaches.
- Support the day-to-day implementation of Standard Operating Procedures.
- In the event of any serious incident, support senior management to manage the situation and assist with information flow.
- Act as safety focal point for all staff in particular with regards to safety incident reporting.
- Ensure all drivers are aware of the relevant aspects of the safety management plan about movements and driving in Iraq. Ensure driver briefings are conducted with specific regards to safety for all new drivers, and refresher sessions for all drivers at regular intervals or following a safety incident.
- The Security Officer will also be in charge of managing the guards in the office and briefing them on appropriate safety and security aspects.
- Regularly visit programming areas. Develop relationships with local authorities and other stakeholders.
- Coordination with security forces and local authorities and work to issue Letters to facilitate the access and attend coordination meetings with the government and international organizations and build a wide coordination network to facilitate the movement of employees within the work areas.
- Maintain a high level of preparedness vis-a-vis predicted contextual fluctuations operationally and programmatically.
- Collaborate closely with program, security, and support teams to formulate and execute humanitarian access strategies and methodologies tailored to specific local conditions at various field sites across Iraq.
- Guarantee the adaptability of humanitarian access approaches to the local environment and incorporate comprehensive community engagement elements.
- Engage in consultations with the area program team, AM, and CSAM to establish enduring connections with local authorities and influential figures within your assigned regions.
- Foster awareness and acceptance of Oxfam’s mission and activities among all stakeholders within your designated areas of responsibility.
- Work hand in hand with support departments at the area level to facilitate the acquisition of necessary entry visas and movement documentation for program teams.
- Offer expert insights and recommendations during assessments for potential Oxfam initiatives in new geographical locations within the area.
- Maintain open communication with pertinent departments to interact with security entities at the area level.
- Sustain a state of readiness to effectively manage anticipated contextual fluctuations both operationally and programmatically.
- Together with management, support the development and maintenance of a comprehensive context analysis and risk assessment. Maintain contact with all relevant stakeholders to develop a network and build relationships with key actors to ensure the gathering of reliable safety information.
- Attend relevant safety management meetings; namely The Local DNGO and OCHA but also any other information-sharing sessions within the humanitarian and UN network.
- Undertake regular and ad hoc safety assessment missions as necessary, to gather information and to analyse the overall safety situation in existing and potential areas of intervention.
- Conduct a security assessment of all the identified project locations before the implementation of any project.
- Drafting of Country Intel Review as directed by CSAM.
- Support country management staff in identifying the safety learning and development needs of staff.
- Ensure that an appropriate system is in place to provide safety information to visitors in advance of their arrival.
- Ensure that all staff and visitors receive appropriate safety briefing on arrival and immediately following any safety incident (‘lessons learned session’) and provide safety updates during team meetings.
- Ensure that the Welcome Pack and Safety management plan are updated regularly and contain relevant safety information.
- Ensure all staff well understand and correctly use the safety clearance request system and SMS movements update system.
- Assist in the Identification of safety, security, and access learning and development needs for Oxfam Northwest Iraq staff.
- Support the Logistics Officer in planning movements, using up-to-date safety information.
- Assisting the logistics officer in the topics of security assessment of distribution locations,
- workshops, and training Venues.
- Coordination with the logistic officer and work together in following up the cars and their movements through the GPS.
- Coordination and assistance with the admin in the subject of security evaluation of offices and guesthouses and the mechanism of entry and exit for visitors and employees.
Accountable to the Area Manager Northeast, supported by the Country Security and Access Manager.
What we are looking for:
We’re looking for a candidate who cares about Oxfam’s mission to end poverty and is personally aligned with our feminist principles and values of empowerment, accountability, and inclusion in all you do.
An ideal candidate for the role will also be/have:
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor’s Degree in a related field or at least 3 years of comparable experience in managing/supporting safety and security-related operations.
- 2 years of security management experience in int’l humanitarian, military, or police settings.
- Excellent working knowledge of threat assessment, risk mitigation, and ability to work on acceptance strategy at all levels.
- Advanced level of understanding of various communications technologies, including VHF and HF radio systems, satellite phones, cell phones, etc.
- Fluency in Arabic and English, Kurdish will be an advance.
- Solid organizational skills: the ability to be flexible and work well under pressure in a fast-paced team environment.
Technical Skills, Experience & Knowledge
- Practical experience in safety assessment, planning, and implementation of procedures in the context of UN or NGO humanitarian operations.
- Ability to speak, read, and write English, and Arabic fluently. Knowledge of Kurdish will be an advantage.
- Previous experience in safety and security will be an advantage.
- Proven influencing and negotiating skills with internal and external audiences including in complex and stressful circumstances.
- 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.
- Ability to comprehend security-related subjects such as threats/risk management, security management, and personal and organizational security awareness.
- Must be organized and efficient.
- Successfully manages conflicting priorities.
- 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 Oxfam principles.
- Takes responsibility for own work and delegated projects/processes (including some leadership).
- Anticipates problems and regularly provides solutions.
- An understanding of the importance of gender in humanitarian work.
- Familiar with the Microsoft Office suite of programs, Google Earth, and other common computer programs.
- Good writing skills in both English and Arabic.
- Any certification of security training will be an advantage.
Behavioural competencies (based on Oxfam’s Leadership Model)
We are able to develop a high degree of self-awareness around our own strengths and weaknesses and our impact on others. Our self-awareness enables us to moderate and self-regulate our behaviours to control and channel our impulses for good purposes. We self-moderate appropriately to different context thereby optimizing our ability to achieve goals.
We put ‘we’ before ‘me’ and place an emphasis on the power of the collective, nurture the team and play to the strengths of each individual. We are not concerned with hierarchical power, and we engage with, trust and value the knowledge and expertise of others across all levels of the organisation. We work to achieve goals together not just individually.
Seeing the ‘big picture’
We have the ability to identify and lead visionary initiatives that are beneficial for our organisation, and we set high-level direction through a visioning process that engages the organisation and diverse external stakeholders. Clarity in our communication of vision allows others to focus on delivery and their contribution to the wider changes we seek.
We view problems as parts of an overall system and our contributions to change in relation to the whole system, rather than reacting to a specific part, outcome or event in isolation. We focus on cyclical rather than linear cause and effect. By consistently practicing systems thinking we are aware of and manage intended and unintended consequences of organisational decisions and actions.
Strategic Thinking and Judgment
We use judgment, weighing risk against the imperative to act. We make decisions consistent with organisational strategies and values
Agility, Complexity, and Ambiguity
We scan the environment, anticipate changes, are comfortable with lack of clarity and deal with a large number of elements interacting in diverse and unpredictable ways. We develop strategies to maximise adaptability and agility, encourage forward thinking, new ideas and learning from experience.
We are good active listeners who can see where deeper levels of thoughts and tacit assumptions differ. Our messages to others are clear and consider different preferences.
We have the ability to engage with diverse stakeholders in a way that leads to increased impact for the organisation We spot opportunities to influence effectively and where there are no opportunities, we have the ability to create them in a respectful and impactful manner.
We understand the importance of building relationship, within and outside the organisation. We have the ability to engage with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders in ways that lead to increased impact for the organisation.
We all work to effectively empower and enable others to deliver the organisations goals through creating conditions of success. We passionately invest in others by developing their careers, not only their skills for the job. We give more freedom and demonstrate belief and trust, underpinned with appropriate support.
Ability to Deliver results
We can explain our decisions and how we have taken them based on our organisational values. We are ready to be held to account for our actions and how we behave, as we are also holding others to account in a consistent manner.
We are comfortable to make transparent decisions and to adapt decision-making modes to the context and needs. We recognize that decisions may not always lead to the results we seek but enable us to continually learn and improve.
We offer a competitive salary and a range of additional benefits to staff including flexible working options, a generous pension scheme, annual leave, additional leave allowances, company sick pay, life assurance, and a range of other benefits.
From the day you join Oxfam, we invite you to stretch and learn in your role. Our wide range of Learning & Development opportunities includes in-house courses, e-learning modules, on-the-job learning opportunities, coaching and mentoring, and much more.
You can read more about all Oxfam has to offer here.
We believe flexible working is key to building the Oxfam of the future, so we’re open to talking through the type of flexible arrangements that might work for you.
How to apply:
As part of your online application, please upload your up-to-date CV and Cover Letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.
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