MTI Safety and Access Advisor - Ethiopia/Sudan Jobs

MTI Safety and Access Advisor - Ethiopia/Sudan Jobs

  • The SAA will report to the Ethiopia Country Director and will work closely with other team members to cultivate a good security culture.

  • This role has technical oversight from the Global Safety and Security Advisor.

  • The Safety and Access Advisor will provide technical support and capacity building to the Tigray Access Officer.

    Medical Teams International Calling:

  • Daring to love like Jesus, we boldly break barriers to health and restore wholeness in a hurting world.

    Job Responsibilities:

    Stakeholder Engagement/Networking:

  • Develop good professional relationships with relevant authorities and stakeholders.

  • Build positive working relationships with personnel in similar roles at other NGOs/UN.

  • Attend relevant inter-agency coordination meetings.

  • Ensure that Medical Teams has a wide network of security contacts and sources of information for triangulation and maintain these relationships.

    Security Risk Assessments:

  • Conduct desktop and on-ground Security Risk Assessments for all new locations, helping to evaluate risks to staff, beneficiaries or Medical Teams assets.

  • Assess all potential facilities (offices, accommodation, warehouses, health facilities etc), making recommendations on safety of location and security additions needed.

  • Ensure and regularly reassess those vehicles, facilities and equipment are compliant with Medical Teams’ standards.

  • Advise and where necessary implement improvements.

  • Co-ordinate with program staff in implementation of project plans and how these relate to security.


  • Continuously monitor access challenges and advise on possible solutions.

  • Maintain an up-to-date understanding of government requirements and processes for travel and project implementation. Lead on acquiring permissions.

    Policies and Procedures:

  • Uphold the Field Operations Safety and Security Policy.

  • Make recommendations on SOPs and contingency plans to reduce staff risk and vulnerability.

  • Ensure revised Safety and Security Instructions, policies and procedures are approved, publicized, and implemented across the team.

  • Ensure that contingency plans for Crisis Management, Evacuation, Relocation, Hibernation, and Medical Evacuation are in place, and disseminated and adopted amongst staff.

  • Ensure that security procedures are understood and respected at all times and support the Country Director / Field Coordinator in taking the right steps in case of non-compliance to rectify the situation.

    Information Collection and Analysis:

  • Research and analyze security dynamics in project areas from a variety of local and national sources in order to produce weekly security updates.

  • Lead regular and ad hoc security meetings/briefings.

  • Maintain a clear centralized filing system of security-related documents.

  • Systematically map all incidents and provide timely analysis to identify emerging trends and inform future security management.

  • Ensure all new staff have thorough briefing on SOPs and areas of operation and are updated as needed.

  • Complete the Field Operations Security Monitor for Ethiopia and Sudan on a quarterly basis.

    Safety and Security Incidents:

  • Scenario plan most likely incidents and ensure Medical Teams is ready to respond.

  • Advise on appropriate actions and assist in incident management as needed.

  • Ensure incident reports are completed in a timely manner and submit to the Country Director.

    Safety and Security Training:

  • Assist in defining training needs, lead training according to the Medical Teams Safety and Security Training Manual, and identifying external trainers as needed.

    Other Duties:

  • Ensure the Safeguarding of program participants and employees through promoting an environment of awareness and upholding the code of conduct provisions of Medical Teams Protection from Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Child & Vulnerable Adult
    protection, and harassment-free workplace policies.

  • Utilize volunteers when appropriate.

  • Additional duties as assigned.


    Education, Licenses, & Certifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Security Management, Political/Social Science, Military Studies, Management, Law Enforcement or a relevant field.

  • Completed Personal Security, HEAT or other similar security training (preferably in the last three years)

  • Completed First Aid Training in the last three years

  • Completed security/risk management training or similar (desirable)


  • Minimum two years’ experience in a similar role e.g. country security advisor or security manager.

  • Minimum two years’ experience in contexts with complex access challenges

  • Up to two years’ experience in insecure contexts

  • Two or more years’ experience working in a humanitarian organization

  • Experience in conducting security risk assessments

  • Experience in gathering and analyzing security information, and recommending appropriate actions

  • Experience in delivering security training

  • Experience of managing security incidents

  • Experience with government / CIV-MIL liaison (desirable)

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Fluent spoken and written English

  • Strong interpersonal and team skills

  • Proven ability to be flexible in demanding situations

  • Able to work under pressure

  • Excellent communicator

  • Ability to adapt to a changing environment

  • Negotiation and representation skills

  • Analytical and problem solving

  • Understanding of Ethiopia and Sudan security contexts (desirable)

  • Computer literate, able to work efficiently in Microsoft office on standard or mobile platforms.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with others

  • Able and willing to work outside of normal business hours when needed

  • Able and willing to travel throughout

  • Ethiopia and Sudan up to 70% of the time

    Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:

    Physical Requirements:

  • The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job the employee must be able to:

  • Frequent use of a personal computer, database and digital platforms, and other office productivity machinery, such as a copy machine and computer printer.

  • Frequently uses hands, fingers, and arms to reach, handle, touch or feel equipment, medical instruments, materials, computer.

  • Frequent communication and exchange of information among colleagues and persons of concern which requires the ability to speak, hear, convey and express oneself.

  • Frequent close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

  • Occasionally ascends/descends stairs, steps, or ladder.

  • Occasionally move about inside an office to access file cabinets, office machinery, meet with colleagues, etc.

  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

  • Seldom to occasionally positions self to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

  • If in travel status, occasional to frequent traversing over rough or steep terrain in either a motor vehicle or on foot.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; MTI Safety and Access Advisor - Ethiopia/Sudan Jobs

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