Regional Access & Security Coordinator – Afghanistan
Regional Access & Security Coordinator
General Position Summary
Regional Access & Security Coordinator’s (RASC) responsibility is to monitor the overall security situation, enforce security regulations and provide sound and timely advice to Mercy Corps Afghanistan (MCA) team members and regional management in order to support the safe access and efficient delivery of program activities in the designated areas of operations in Southern Region. Under the supervision of the Regional Director for Southern Region with the technical supervision of the Access and Security Manager (ASM).
The RASC contributes in the analysis of accessibility in and within Southern Region in order to facilitate useful information for the planning of humanitarian intervention and MCA programs. The RASC supports the Regional Director and MCA Program teams in evaluating access constraints for the MC intervention in assigned provinces. The RASC will maintain, improve and expand principled humanitarian access to conflict-affected populations in area of responsibility through liaison, analysis, monitoring, reporting and training.
Essential Job Responsibilities
Establish and maintain relations and a network of contacts in assigned provinces (Local Government authority, Security Forces, and other parties concerned) allowing the collection of information and the facilitation of documentation related to the humanitarian access and security, specifically in the areas of current or planned intervention.
Provide technical support to the ASM on all policies, procedures, guidelines and planning for staff safety, operational security and program continuity;
Work with the Regional Director and ASM to develop, consolidate and implement operating procedures and contingency plans;
Conduct risk assessments of contracted and prospective offices and residences. Undertake continual assessments of equipment to ensure that minimal conditions for security are being met.
Evaluate, review and update the hibernation and evacuation plans for all MC premises, and ensure that the practical preparations are in place and known to all staff involved;
Conduct safety inspections such as; monthly fire extinguishers, smoke/fire detectors and inspection of MC facilities as it pertains to health and safety.
Support the ASM and the Regional Director in responding to access and security incidents and work collaboratively with the local authority, law enforcement and other stakeholders to ensure all incidents and accidents (access and security) are followed up and reported as appropriate. Develop and regularly update internal maps on safe and insecure areas.
Conduct security risk assessments as required, to include but not limited to; road assessments, rapid area assessment and ad-hoc area assessment.
Provide technical input and advice in assessments to consider new MC programs in new geographic areas, and technical input in the writing of new program proposals as required.
Technically supervise and manage field security focal points. Coordinate with security focal points for maintaining trainings and scheduling programs for the security guards. Evaluate and assess performance.
Report any violations to appropriate MC authority, and participate in preventative initiatives.
Assist in providing regular trainings for MC staff on security preparedness, prevention and response. Training(s) may include Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs); Contingency Plans (CPs); Security Management; Incident Reporting; Prevention and Response Mechanisms; and Communications. Provide Security Briefing to all new staff and visitors.
Follow and enforce all MC codes of conduct and policies, and Uphold the mission, values, and spirit of MC.
Perform other duties as requested by supervisor.
4-6 years’ experience in humanitarian access, safety & security with a local and/or international NGO
An advanced degree and/or an equivalent of 5 -7 years of relevant experience with recognised access, safety and security qualifications.
Training or experience in crisis management, preferable
Training in safety, fire and evacuation procedures, preferable
Adequate understanding of donor rules and regulations is required
Strong coordination and reporting skills are required
Fluent in Pashto or Dari and fluency in English (Verbal and in writing) is required.
Attention to detail, following procedures, meeting deadlines and working and problem-solving independently and cooperatively.
Ability to work on multiple tasks and prioritize effectively
Advanced ability to analyse data and information to effectively process in to strategy, implementation and policy
Advanced Computer Knowledge (MS Office etc)
Strong communication skills required
Proven commitment to accountability practices with strong communication network in the region
Willing to travel regularly to Mercy Corps field offices, contracted training centres and project sites approximately 50%
Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment.
While sending your CV & Cover letter, please mention the vacancy number ( Vacancy Number: MCA082-2020 )and position in the subject line, application received after the closing date and without subject line will not be given consideration. Please include three references from you previous and current supervisors in your CV and make sure that their official email addresses are mentioned in the reference information.
Only short listed candidates whose application responds to the above criteria will be contacted for interview. Interested candidates should send their Application via the Apply button.
Females are highly encouraged to apply