Country Security Officer – Mali
- Current Job Openings –> Full Time –> Full Time Africa—–> Bamako
- Job ID: 20120619
IFDC is an independent non-profit organization that combines innovative research, market systems development, and strategic partnerships to identify and scale sustainable soil solutions for improved food security and livelihoods around the world.
- Responsible for the set-up and implementation of in-country operational security risk management.
MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS
Communication & Reporting:
- Communication is the main pillar of security; ensure always to maintain a solid communication with staff, partners, other NGOs and other stakeholders and value any information, even based on rumors and pass to Country Representative;
- Ensure staff members and visitors are always updated on security situation in the country – by e-mail, SMS, or other communication system.
- Ensure that communication tools and equipment are functioning well and in working condition;
- Ensure that communication material is available and fully charged;
- Never relay on a single communication network, have 2nd or even 3rd means of communication;
- Coordinate with Local partners and other relevant stakeholders;
- Attend relevant (INSO and/or other) security meetings after approval of Country Representative;
- Update Country Representative on security situation in the field;
- Provide security briefings and debriefings to newcomers, travelling staff and others;
- Provide minutes of meetings to relevant stakeholders;
- Compile a monthly security report and analysis;
- Write regular security management reports with situational analysis and recommendations;
- Ensure that IFDC’s Country Security Plan is relevant and updated as appropriate and that all staff members and visitors know their roles and responsibilities.
Staff, Program & Premises Safety & Security:
- Monitors staff and visitor adherence to the Country Security Plan;
- Actively involved in support to and follow-up of security incidents;
- Acts as coordinator in the Local crisis Response Team (LRT);
- Ensures updated risk assessment of program locations and related mitigation measures;
- Take appropriate security/safety measurements to limit and mitigate the security/safety risk and damages of IFDC premises;
- Secures IFDC premises and personnel and ensure monitoring surveillance equipment; inspecting office compound, equipment, and access points and entry gates;
- Ensures IFDC compound is safe and secure, and maintained to prevent unauthorized entries;
- Ensures security guards are well aware of and equipped to their responsibilities and present 24/7 on duty;
- Monitor on regular bases and ensure IFDC premises are well equipped with fire extinguishers, first aid kits, hibernation kits and emergency contact list;
- Monitor on regular basis and ensure security guards have access to basic security equipment (torch, mobile phone + charger and credit and IFDC emergency contact list).
- Ensure there is safe area for fleet parking, drivers alerted for any evacuation in an immediate notice;
- Conduct a security assessment of IFDC new premises before IFDC goes with contract signatures;
- Identify an exit routes and arrange transportation and safety measurements to evacuate staff – in case the situation turns into violence;
Transport & movement Safety & Security:
- Coordinate staff movement in the field – in coordination with Security Focal Point and Country Representative;
- Ensure all vehicles equipped with updated fire extinguishers, first aid kits and IFDC emergency numbers, if not, inform NAFO/Security Focal Point to update;
- Ensure all cars seat belt are working and staff members are following the safety instruction;
- Monitor with Logistic team support the car movement and speed limit of the vehicles in IFDC with the GPS tracking system;
- Organizes relevant permits, together with Country Representative and NAFO.
- Ensure all staff members and visitors are aware of IFDC Country Security Plan and other internal safety & security documents;
- Identify needs for Safety & Security training for staff (both national and international);
- Organize Safety & Security training in order to get full awareness and compliance to the in-country safety & security situation, risks, and mitigation measures.
The ideal candidate should have a background in a relevant Safety & Security field, with a minimum of 2 years of experience working as an NGO security officer.
- Should demonstrate previous experience with NGO security and/or project management.
- Should demonstrate understanding of NGO safety practices and principles and their application.
- Should demonstrate experience of effective contacts with national and local authorities, non- state actors and military forces.
- Should be willing and ready to support the IFDC team in designing and implementing the appropriate risk reduction strategy (acceptance, protection, deterrence) especially for remote field locations.
- Ability to write good quality reports and a Country Security Plan.
- Has a proven ability to work across multiple technical areas simultaneously, supporting multiple staff members.
- Has expertise in responding to security incidents, conducting security assessments establishing a Country Security Plan (policy & procedures).
- A collaborative colleague, able to create a shared vision of security with the country team.
- Ability to help Country Representative, Security Focal Point, and other team members in learning regarding Safety & Security issues.
- Has a network of security contacts and information sources in order to gather information on emerging events and trends quickly and accurately.
- Able to spot trends and keep IFDC Global Security Manager informed about country risks and support needs.
- Knowledge of / insight in the country (security) context.
- Willing to travel up to 50% of time.
- Post of assignment will be in Bamako, Mali.
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