Kenya: Regional Security Manager

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Organization: Action Africa Help – International
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 04 May 2018

Reports to: Programme Director
Staff reporting to this role: None
Liaises with: Finance and Administration Director, Regional HRM; CD’s’ CPMs, Country Security focal points
Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya, with travel to AAH-I Country and field offices as necessary.

Purpose of the role: Provide technical leadership in regional security management. Support and assist national offices implement sound security practices into AAH-I operations so as to enhance the safety & security of all staff, assets & programmes as well as minimize operational risk. Lead in the optimization of organizational security and the mitigation of operational risks by working with the National Security Officers/coordinators on security systems and mechanisms for institutionalizing an organizational culture and practice of safety and security.

Duties & Responsibilities

Strategy

  • Lead in the development and implementation of the regional security strategy.
  • Collaborate with the other regional functions to ensure that the regional security strategy appropriately supports the operational program priorities of AAH-I.

Technical Support and Training

  • Provide technical advice to the regional team on security issues and its likely impact to programming
  • Work closely with national office security staff in providing critical guidance and input in the area of security management.
  • Recommend on the safety, security and protection of the organisation and its staff, particularly in insecure complex humanitarian environments or during potential security risks and threats arising from changing political, social and economic situations in the AAH-I offices.
  • Support and advice national offices in carrying out Security Risk Assessments, using standard tools and processes.
  • Coordinate the assessment and implementation of Core Security Requirements at Country level and develop capacity building plan for security management based on local security risk assessments.
  • Implement Security training for all staff operating in high risk areas
  • Identify, share / facilitate access to security tools, resources and materials as well as learning and support opportunities for national offices. These may include facilitating, conducting training, engagement of trainers and establishing institutional links.

Operations
Work with Country Directors, and Field Security officers/coordinators to:

  • Carry out Security Risk Assessments as required/directed
  • Update Country Risk Ratings as required
  • Provide input and support to management in crisis situations and critical incidents
  • Conduct security investigations as and when required.

Internal Liaison & Coordination

  • Assist in building Country office capacity to effectively participate in NGO security networks and ensure information from these groups is disseminated according to agreed protocols.
  • Build ongoing networks for sharing security information and coordination
  • Identify and develop strategic regional security networks to share information on security issues affecting humanitarian operations in AAH-I areas of operation.
  • Liaise with external security networks (UN, INGO’s, Embassies, etc) on specific security issues and their likely impact with regards to national strategies and operations.

Reporting

  • Develop regional security reports as required
  • Follow up on security incidents as directed and ensure reports are generated
  • Support Country offices in the development of templates for collection, analysis and dissemination of security information

Expected Outcomes

  • Country Office security staff are trained in alignment with current international good practice standards.
  • Country Office security personnel are applying all current security requirements in accordance with AAH-I security policy and procedures.
  • Country Offices are aligned with all current AAH-I security policies and strategies.
  • Security Relationships of Countries with other NGO’s and relevant partners are established and maintained.
  • Templates available for reporting on security incidents and briefings for all National offices

Professional qualifications

  • Relevant undergraduate degree; and/or relevant work experience in the professional security arena.

Minimum relevant experience required

  • High level computer literacy and knowledge of spreadsheet applications
  • 5 years’ experience in NGO or UN Security Management.
  • Work experience in high risk area/fragile contexts preferred
  • Sound knowledge of the security risk assessment process, security & contingency planning and crises management in the humanitarian context.
  • Understanding of implementing Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS), or equivalent

Additional Skills & Competences

  • Strong leadership skills with ability to provide innovative solutions to problems
  • Solid interpersonal, negotiating and networking skills.
  • Strong analytical (tactical & strategic), organizational and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Strong inter-personal skills, and proven team-player
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proven ability to manage competing priorities
  • Able to solve complex problems and to exercise independent judgment
  • Able to work in a cross-cultural environment with a multi-national staff
  • Proven ability to plan, organize and prioritize work, together with the ability to remain calm under pressure often in difficult circumstances and not lose sight of strategic priorities.
  • Computer literate, with high degree of proficiency and productivity.
  • Commitment to the organizational values of AAH-I.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should email application letter and CV (with 3 referees) addressed to recruitke@actionafricahelp.org to be received by 4 May, 2018. The email Subject Line must show the job title of the position applied for. AAH-I is an equal-opportunity employer. We thank candidates for their high interest in the opportunities we publish on our website. Due to the high number of applications we receive, we will only get back to shortlisted candidates.

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