Safety and Security Officer, Nonviolent Peaceforce (Erbil, Iraq)

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Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) is a dynamic, international non-governmental organization. We work to reduce violence and protect civilians in countries affected by violent conflict and its aftermath.

NP is in the process of setting up protection programming in Iraq as part of the humanitarian response to the impact of the Mosul offensive. Applicants should be prepared for rapid deployment.

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Safety and Security Officer (SSO), to support the delivery of effective safety planning, advice and operations support for NP’s programming in Iraq. The post is for nationals only. Frequent travel to field locations should be expected.

As SSO you will be working under the supervision of the Safety and Security Advisor, along with programme staff in the field. You will be responsible for providing strategic as well as on-the-ground safety and security assistance and support to programme staff deployed to hostile or dangerous environments. An integrated approach to the provision of safety and security advice enables NP to implement programming as safely as possible.

The SSO will support the SSA in the following areas:
Producing SOPs, contingency plans and risk assessment documentation, ensuring these are up to date and in line with required standards
Maintaining close contact with all relevant stakeholders by developing a network and building relationships with key actors – NGOs, INGOs, UN and government agencies, security forces and other armed actors
Monitoring and analysing the security situation, ensuring reliable security information as basis for informed decision-making
Providing security context analysis and daily security updates
Providing on-the-ground security advice and ensure situational awareness to mitigate risks to programme staff in the field
Facilitating an ongoing culture of learning and improving as it relates to safety and security and arrange ongoing training as a key strategy for improved security conditions

The ideal candidate has:
Previous experience working with an NGO in a security management position or field coordination position with management of security. Candidates with significant military and private security management experience will also be considered
Previous experience in providing security and safety advice for personnel and infrastructure against a spectrum of threats
Strong analytical skills on security analysis and conflict sensitivity
Good communication and relationship building skills
The ability to remain calm, focused, organised and results oriented under pressure and with rapidly changing circumstances
An understanding of strategic, tactical and operational safety and security risk management
Emergency medicine skills

For more information about NP and its work, as well as full details of the position and the application process, please go to NP’s website:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted and processed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Due to the urgency of the need to fill the position, qualified candidates who can start immediately will be prioritized.

Please email your updated CV together with a letter of motivation that tells us why you are interested in this position and how you are ideally suited to this particular position.

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As we receive hundreds of applications for each position, only those selected for an interview will be personally contacted. Thank you for your interest in Nonviolent Peaceforce.

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Safety and Security Advisor, Nonviolent Peaceforce, Erbil, Iraq
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