Safety & Security Manager (Nigeria) Search for Common Ground

Closes: Nov 15, 2017
Search for Common Ground

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Safety and Security Manager – Nigeria

We are Searchers.

We are over 600 strong worldwide. We believe in our mission to end violent conflict.

It’s our purpose- our call to action.

A Searcher understands our vision of a world where:

Differences stimulate social progress, rather than precipitate violence

Respect for and cooperation with those we disagree with is considered the norm

A Searcher is a dedicated, enthusiastic and passionate individual, committed to our values.

Shared Humanity. Empathy. Impartiality. Inclusivity. Courage. Hope. Humility. Audacity.

With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, we implement projects from 55 offices in 34 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. You will be joining other highly motivated Searchers with a good team spirit and through commitment and dedication, have opportunities to grow.

Our Program in Nigeria

We launched our programs in Nigeria in 2004. Now in 2017, the country program has offices in Abuja, Jos, Maiduguri, and Yola. We work with partners in target states of the country to support peaceful resolution of conflict. Each program is adapted to specific local context and conflicts, and all apply common ground tools from our toolbox.

Search has established a permanent presence in Abuja as an operational base and all our Nigeria offices are currently supporting a host of programs with activities that include capacity building, dialogues, peace architecture, media programming, participatory theatre and collaborative joint activities.

We are searching for…

Search Nigeria is seeking a Safety and Security Manager to manage and advise on all aspects of safety and security of the Nigeria program. S/he will be responsible for designing and implementing all policies and procedures regarding security & safety and promoting, and ensuring their compliance. S/he will continuously assess the safety / security environment and devise risk mitigation measures as needed in coordination with Country Director (CD), head of offices, and Admin Manager.

The Safety and Security Manager will be based in Maiduguri with frequent travels to field and other Search offices in Abuja, Yola, and Jos. S/he will report to the Country Director and work closely with the Head of Office, North East and the Admin & Procurement Manager.

Your contribution

The roles and responsibilities include:

Security Management and Support:

• Develop, review and ensure effective implementation of the Search Nigeria Security Management Plan (SMP)

• Ensure that the SMP includes clear security phases, each one characterized by specific indicators and thresholds, and appropriate response plans of action; and key Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs).

• Ensure staff and offices’ compliance with SOPs and by extension the SMP and collaborate with the HQ Safety & Security Team and Regional Director as needed to seek alignment with Search global’s security policy, protocol and approach.

• Undertake regular Security Risk Assessments and maintain SMP relevance.

• Manage the implementation of a business continuity management system taking cognizance of the evolution of security contexts.

• Provide advice as part of the proposal development process to mitigate risks to programming and ensure that Search Nigeria’s security policy is adequately budgeted.

• Keep up to date lists of Search team members, relevant security contacts.

• Lead incident management, lessons learnt and any follow up actions/ changes to SOPs.

• Be readily available / reachable at all times.

Capacity Building:

• Provide safety and security training sessions to Search staff as well as partners upon requests and / or identify cost effective training opportunities available locally / nationaly.

• Conduct routine crisis management exercises for all staff and management.

• Conduct regular mock drills in all offices (e.g. fire drill, evacuation including medical, etc.)

• Provide support to partners in developing their security guidelines and promoting a security culture.

• Promote and encourage a safe and environmentally sound culture.

Security Analysis:

• Maintain up to date security analysis in Search’s areas of intervention in collaboration with State and non state actors including NGOs and UN security focal points.

• Provide regular security briefings and other security updates to the Senior Management Team, new staff, Search external visitors, and .

• Prepare timely security updates to the CD, Regional Director and the HQ Safety & Security Team.

• Advise on Search’s acceptance strategy of acceptance in accordance with humanitarian principles.

Building Relationships:

1 Build and maintain regular contact with other agency security focal points, including NGOs, INSO, UN, EU, USAID and local authorities related to security issues, facilitate the sharing of best practices.

2 Attend security & emergency related briefings and meetings.

3 Collaborate closely with the Search’s programme and operations departments in Nigeria in design and implementation of SOPs, and with the Regional Director and the HQ Safety & Security Team on information sharing.

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

You are…
You meet the following qualifications:

1 3-5 years of relevant experience with international NGOs in safety and security management, planning and implementation of procedures in the context of UN or NGO humanitarian operations.

2 University degree in Security Management, Risk Management or related discipline

3 Experience in liaising with communities, civilians, police and/or military government authorities as well as with regional institutions preferred.

4 Extensive experience in setting up and managing safety and security systems and protocols and provide training to staff and partners.

5 Excellent negotiation and representation skills and the ability to work comfortably with an ethnically diverse staff in a very sensitive environment.

6 Good context analysis skills.

7 Willingness to travel at short notice, and often in difficult circumstances.

8 Highly organized and systematic with excellent attention to detail.

9 Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral.

10 Excellent cross-cultural communication and working skills, enjoys a multicultural work environment;

Sound good? To apply, interested candidates should:

1 Send a cover letter and current resume to our employment website here.

2 Include the following in your cover letter

1 minimum salary requirements (or current salary)

2 projected start date,

3 where you found this posting. Please cite PCDNetwork as the source of the posting in your application.

This position will be closed no later than 15 November, 2017. We are looking to fill this position with the right candidate. Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website for full details of our work.

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