SOS Children's Villages International Regional Safety and Security Adviser Jobs in Ethiopia

SOS Children's Villages International Regional Safety and Security Adviser Jobs in Ethiopia

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Regional Safety and Security Advisor /IOR ESAF**

(Job Ref: SOS/23/4)

Position title: Regional Safety and Security Advisor

Working location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Supervisor: International Director, Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAF)

Region: East and Southern Africa (ESAF)

Context of the position

Established in 1949, SOS Children's Villages International (CVI) is a dynamic, international social development organization working globally to meet the needs and protection of the interests and rights of children without parental care and those who are at the risk of losing it.

Within the Eastern and Southern Africa region, SOS CV International is headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and has member associations in Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia/Somaliland, Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia, Mauritius, Angola and Madagascar.

Job Summary

The Regional Safety and Security Adviser, Eastern and Southern Africa (ESAF) will ensure the overall adherence of the safety and security policies and protocols within the region.

S/He will oversee, contribute towards, promote and implement the global security strategy, policies and guidelines in conjunction with (and in consideration of) International Security Policy and Standards for all SOS Children Village offices in ESAF and other designated entities (Member Associations (MA), National Associations (NA).

The Regional Safety and Security Adviser proactively provides advice, support, instruction and training to all SOS CV offices in the region on security and safety issues and will work closely with the technical security appointments within the region and at global level.

She/he will ensure a consistent and effective flow of safety and security protocols and management within the SOS Children’s travels and activities, keeping relevant teams up to date on all developments both internally and externally.

Main Clients

  • International Director of Region (IDR)

  • ESAF regional team members

  • SOS Children’s Villages International Representatives (CVI Reps)

  • National Directors (NDs)

  • National safety and security responsible staff

  • Visitors from IO, Promoting and Supporting Association (PSA) staff, donors, sponsors, partners, etc

    Key Duties and Responsibilities:

    [Overall safety and security management

  • Provides an objective overview of security trends and issues across ESAF, which is not influenced or muddled by vested interests, office politics or unclear, complex accountability and reporting lines.

  • Maintains an appropriate level of independence to intervene in situations where MAs level security management needs support, goes off track, and being available to deploy rapidly when necessary.

  • Ensures that the responsibilities and deliverables of the role are feasible/achievable.

  • Possession of the necessary skills, experience and attributes to foster a security culture and maintain the active engagement and respect of peers, technical subordinates, and management.

    Mentoring and Coaching

  • Lead, manage and provide capacity building support to employees in safety and security by ensuring clear goals and accountabilities are established and achieved

  • Ensures staff have the required orientation and understanding of safety and security policies and protocols.

  • Monitor compliance related to all safety and security requirements related to staff/visitor/contractors travel and security briefings.

  • Monitor procedures are in place at RO, MAs and NAs level to assure that each new employee – international and/or national – receives a Security briefing including personal security and reference to the global security policy.

  • Identify capacity gaps in safety and security work with the MAs and the Region to address them

  • Working closely with HROD to oversee the development of records of staff security training and liaising with MA teams to ensure adequate planning and provision is made to meet the security requirements.

  • Foster a team environment among the safety and security staff within the region.

  • Deliver security training courses as required by global training guidance and in accordance with global standards

  • Develop directly, and help countries to produce/procure, security training and briefing tools to ensure compliance with SOS CV International security policy and the maintenance of security best practices.

  • Assist country/national offices in arranging security training workshops.

  • Monitor training is up-to-date in ‘Hot Spot’ countries and countries with fluctuating security phase levels

    Advisory & Monitoring Services:

  • Act as lead and monitor/be consulted/included
    in all communications from the region related to safety and security incidents and planning.

  • Provide timely feedback to questions raised from the field/any MA, IO, PSA and develop/maintain a database of security incidents with the active assistance of country security appointments/management.

  • Make regular visits (or as needed) to all countries in the region to monitor security preparedness and field training. Provide a follow-up report with clear recommendations after each visit.

  • Generate activity reports on security, including database analyses, new threats, responses and vulnerabilities and any relevant lessons learned from security and safety incidents.

  • Provide timely, concise and clearly articulated quarterly security management compliance reports to Regional Management Team & International Office relevant staff

    Dealing with Problems:

  • This position is critical and very strategic, dealing with diverse demands and pressure from different parts of the organization to often tight policies and procedures: Member Associations (MA), Programme locations, Regional Office and International Office as well as key stakeholders and partners within the region

  • The ability to prioritize and maintain focus while still demonstrating high levels of customer orientation are thus key for this position.

  • The ability to identify, mitigate and manage safety and security risks

    Contingency Planning and Crisis Management:

  • Provide security input into developing contingency plan for the RO and MAs

  • As required, respond to, support and advise the International Director of the Region (IDR), RMT members and National Directors during security/safety or humanitarian emergencies.

  • Assist country entities to develop and test contingency plans and systems

  • Oversee and manage the security incident reporting criteria in line with Global Policy & procedures.

  • Ensure Gender and Child Safeguarding are integrated in all Security related programming.

  • Be prepared to perform other emergency duties that may be assigned from time to time.

    Knowledge, skills, qualifications, abilities and behavioral competences:

  • A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) in a security management, police academy, or related discipline

  • In depth knowledge in Security, International Development or related fields.

  • In-depth understanding of International safety and security protocols and procedures.

  • Deep and clear understanding of humanitarian principles, codes of conduct and ideally, specific sub-sector work: protection, health, shelter, linked to INGO field operations contexts.

  • Good understanding and experience in neutrality in local conflicts and conflicting parties - interaction with all parties and maintaining a position of (humanitarian) neutrality is a necessity of the role.

  • Demonstrable knowledge and practical work experience, preferably with non-profit or NGO within international humanitarian assistance programs, with proven capabilities in planning, organising and executing security operations in the field.

  • In depth knowledge or work experience in post-conflict and/or complex emergency environment.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with diverse teams.

  • Proven ability to be flexible and work well under pressure in fast-paced team environments.

  • Excellent negotiation skills (with senior level management and/or governmental authorities).

  • Good training skills – the ability to develop, implement, facilitate and impart learning to a wide range of audiences.

  • Demonstrable practical experience in security management, training or analysis and report writing role in a relevant organisational setting.

  • Advanced level knowledge of communications technology, including VHF, HF radio systems, satellite communications, cell phone mediums, etc.

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience within ESAF region

  • Ability to travel as required and in difficult situations.

    How to Apply

    If you believe you are the right candidate for the above position, please send your application letter, detailed curriculum vitae (CV), and photocopies of academic certificates, and names and contact details of three referees as Single Document.

    NB This position is open to those who are residents in Ethiopia and/or who are living in other countries but willing to relocate and serve with local contracts. In addition, the position does not attract International benefits.

    Applications that are late, or do not have CV or certificates attached, will be disqualified. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. E-mail applications should bear the reference number of the position in the subject line of the email.

    Email to: Applications including at least three traceable referees should be sent electronically to: All applications should be submitted not later than 10th. May 2019.

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