Safety and Security Lead, AfghanistanFull Time
About the Safety and Security Lead Role:
The Safety and Security Lead will play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and security of all staff working for The Company’s Trust in Afghanistan. As a senior team member, you will be responsible for supporting international staff in the programme, leading the programme’s Security Cell, and overseeing health and safety matters, including fire safety and electrical safety. Your expertise will contribute to the successful implementation of The Company’s humanitarian mine action programmes while maintaining a safe and secure working environment. The role directly reports to The Company’s Programme Manager in Afghanistan and will be the line manager for the National Security Focal Point.
- Provide safety and security guidance to international staff members, considering their well-being and security during programme operations as well as within the various Company guesthouses and compounds.
- Conduct regular security risk assessments and provide recommendations to mitigate risks associated with programme activities.
- Lead the management and administration of the programme risk assessment and risk registers.
- Develop and implement security protocols, standard operating procedures, and contingency plans for the programme, in line with The Company’s security policies, running regular practice drills for programme staff.
- Ensure all visitors to programme are correctly inducted in accordance with The Company’s Standard Operating Procedures.
- Support major training initiatives involving international staff visitors.
Security Cell Leadership:
- Lead the programme’s Security Cell, which includes analyzing security issues that may impact the deployment of The Company’s teams.
- Stay updated on the regional security situation and provide timely advice to senior management regarding security concerns.
- Liaise with relevant external stakeholders, including government agencies and local authorities, to gather security-related information and ensure compliance with local regulations.
Health and Safety:
- Develop and enforce health and safety policies, procedures, and guidelines for the programme in accordance with instruction from The Company’s HQ.
- Conduct regular inspections of workplaces to identify potential hazards and ensure compliance with safety standards.
- Lead fire safety and electrical safety initiatives, including training sessions for staff members and conducting drills when necessary.
- When required, serve as a focal point for crisis management and emergency response within the programme.
- Develop and implement incident response plans to address security and safety-related incidents effectively.
- Provide training and capacity building to programme staff on emergency response procedures.
Reporting and Documentation:
- Maintain accurate records of security incidents, near misses, and safety-related activities.
- Prepare timely reports on security and safety matters for internal and external stakeholders.
- Provide regular updates and briefings to senior management on security and safety issues.
- This role is directed for international candidates only, and requires co-habitation with a group of international staff in Kabul.
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., security management, risk assessment, international relations) or equivalent practical experience.
- Proven experience in a similar role, preferably in a complex and high-risk environment.
- Strong knowledge of security risk management, crisis management, and health and safety protocols.
- Familiarity with international humanitarian standards and practices.
- Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships with diverse stakeholders.
- Proficiency in written and spoken English; knowledge of local languages is an advantage.
- Ability to work independently, make sound decisions under pressure, and prioritize tasks effectively.
- Flexibility and willingness to travel within Afghanistan as required.
- Previous experience working with an NGO or in the field of mine action is desirable.
All staff are expected to undertake the following general duties:
- Work within the framework of The Company’s core values, promoting its ethos and mission statement.
- Work towards achieving programme and/or group business plan objectives.
- Ensure familiarity with and adhere to all Company policies and procedures and keep informed of The Company’s activities.
- Travel overseas as and when required.
- To discharge duties and responsibilities under The Company’s Health and Safety Procedures which may include Risk and COSHH Assessments and participation in evacuation procedures as necessary.
- Salary of £42,000 – £52,000 guideline, negotiable and dependent upon experience
- Local overseas allowance of $350 per month
- Shared accommodation in The Company’s accommodation provided at nil cost.
- 49 days of leave annually (weekend inclusive equivalent to 7 weeks of pay leave)
- Three economy return flights to the member’s official home address (or an alternative location up to an equivalent cost)
- Comprehensive insurance package: life assurance and emergency medical insurance, including evacuation and repatriation.