Security Coordinator

  Afghanistan Unspecified 331
Date Posted:Feb 8, 2010
Reference:SCUK/KBL/080 Re advertised
Closing Date:Feb 19, 2010
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Security/Safety
Salary Range:35000 - 36000 USD undefined
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: false
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:1 month
Required Languages:

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Job Summary:

Job Purpose

The post holder will develop and ensure the systematic application of safety and security management policies and procedures in all of SCUK operational areas of Afghanistan. This will include the ongoing assessment of threats and provision of advice to manage risk; the maintenance and updating of security guidelines; ensuring that field security working practices are robust and that all staff are aware of, trained in, and adhere to security management policy, guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Integral to the posting is the ability to work successfully with field teams to cultivate capacity and motivation thereby ensuring field-based responsibility for security analysis and management.

The post reports to the Head of Support Services, works in close collaboration with field-based Program Managers and Security focal points, and receives technical support from the Security Department in London.

Save the Children UK Policies and Practices

The Post Holder will adhere to all Save the Children procedures and policies, particularly Save the Children UK’s Child Safeguarding policy, Code of Conduct, Fraud, Whistle Blowing, and Health and Safety Policies

Duties & Responsibilities:

Key responsibilities
Security Management and Systems

• Ensure the development and implementation of security guidelines of SC UK in Afghanistan for all operational areas. in accordance with SC UK global security guidelines. Finalize security plans as part of a fully inclusive process involving as many team members as possible.

• Ensure that contingency plans for Evacuation, Relocation, Hibernation, and Medical Evacuation are in place, disseminated and adopted amongst relevant staff including a detailed contextual assessment and situational update which is regularly revised at least monthly.

• Ensure that SCUK vehicles, premises and equipment are compliant with basic security standards.
• In conjunction with the Security Management Team compile a risk assessment and regularly revise as and when the context and situation on the ground changes.
• Assist with inductions and security awareness training held for staff members as well as for visitors to the Country Programme.
• Participate in threat/risk assessment and provide information for reports on security assessments of SC UK in Afghanistan compounds, residences, field sites and projects.
• Research and analyze security related information at a national level liaise with SC UK in Afghanistan on security matters with all relevant Actors in the region, such as national and international NGO organisations, United Nations Department of Security and Safety, ANSO, Alliance, other relevant UN agencies, international security forces, coalitions, national ministry representation, national/local security agencies/forces and other forces, as and when required in order to produce a formal weekly security update.
• Identify security related information sources and create an information gathering network.
• Participate in providing training for SC UK in Afghanistan staff in security and safety related subjects ensuring that guidelines/protocols are being understood and implemented by all staff members.
• Ensure that communication systems are adequate and maintained and provide training to staff on the use of such equipment and communications protocols in conjunction with the Logistics Coordinator.
• Proactively share information with SC UK in Afghanistan staff in Kabul and in the Provincial Offices, ensuring high security awareness levels and close situation monitoring.
• Capacity building of international and local personnel in security matters.
• In conjunction with relevant Logistics staff, Programme Co-ordinators and Transport staff, ensure that regulations pertaining to travel in the field are implemented in a systematic and timely manner.
• Monitor HR / Finance / Logistics working practices in the safety and security context and alert the Country Director if inappropriate decisions are impacting on the safety and security of the team.
• Support the Head of Support Services (HOSS) to ensure that incident report forms are properly compiled by the relevant staff members and that the same are disseminated to the relevant Actors concerned.
• In conjunction with the (HOSS), Senior Management Team and other relevant staff members, debrief the relevant SC UK in Afghanistan staff members who have experienced security incidents.
• Investigate the loss/damage, car accident and other related issue by request.
• Coordinate post-incident follow up actions, analysis and recommendations.
• Ensure systems are in place to instantly respond to a crisis management situation; ensure that lines of communication and reporting to the Crisis Management team in London are fully understood and implemented.
• Liaise with local government (representatives) on security related issue


• Ensure that briefing documents and maps are developed to help orient all new staff (national and international) about the overall security situation in Afghanistan and the particular threats and procedures in the areas where staff will be based.
• Conduct ongoing threat assessments and compile reports on security assessments of offices, staff guest houses, field sites and project areas.
• Systematically map all incidents on a dedicated map and provide timely analysis to identify emerging trends. Ensure Provincial offices adhere to the same process and share information accordingly.
• Provide input to project/bid proposals to ensure safety and security is adequately resourced.

Capacity Building and Training

• Train and coach a national counterpart in order that he/she will be ready to assume security coordinator role at the end of the 6 month period.
• Build the capacity of both international and national personnel in terms of personal safety and security. Develop a programme of induction and continuation training for current and new staff.
• Provide security training for all staff in safety and security related subjects ensuring that policy and guidelines are understood and are being adopted and implemented across the programme. Act as a team facilitator during the development of Provincial Security Management Plans.

Coordination and Networking

• Coordinate and liaise on programme safety and security matters with all relevant actors in the region such as national and international NGOs, UN, Donor organisations, government authorities and other Save the Children Alliance members.
• Proactively share information with staff in Nairobi and in the field ensuring high security awareness levels and closes situation monitoring.

Occasional Duties
Willingness to undertake any other relevant responsibilities entrusted by the Line Manager and Management Team, as and when requested.

Job Requirement:

Person Specification
A commitment to the values and principles of SC, especially,
A belief in the Rights of the Child as set out in the Child Rights Convention and a commitment to advocate and work for these Rights within the country's socioeconomic and cultural context.
Willingness to abide by SC UK in Afghanistan’s Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct.
• A formal security qualification or appropriate security management training.
• Practical field experience in security management in a leadership role (e.g. direct INGO security management).
• Overseas work experience in insecure/hostile environments.
• Ability to work within a multi-cultural, multi ethnic team and have comprehensive knowledge of the context and challenges of operating.
• Experience and knowledge of personnel and organisational security issues, threat/risk assessment, security management and security awareness in an insecure environment.
• Experience of incident reporting, incident mapping, information collation and analysis functions, set up and execution of a incident warning system (warden system), compilation of security reports and assessments.
• Ability to train and coach national and international staff in safety and security measures.
• Technical competency and training experience in field based communications systems such as HF Codan, Motorola VHF, Thuraya, satellite systems and internet systems.
• Competency in Internet and Microsoft Office systems including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and other database/mapping systems.
• Ability to adapt to needs and balance demands of beneficiary and security actors while maintaining appropriate contextual NGO security advice and coordination.
• Sound knowledge of humanitarian principles of impartiality and neutrality as outlined in the Humanitarian Charter and the International Red Cross Code of Conduct.
• Fluent in written and spoken English, Dari and Pashto.
• Strong report writing, analytical and interpersonal skills.
• Understanding of and commitment to SCUK’s aims, values and principles.
• Ability and willingness to travel to all parts of the country.


• Instructor level experience in the training of security/safety related subjects
• Previous security management work experience with international NGOs.
• Knowledge of INGO humanitarian work in emergencies.

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