Safety & Security Officer  Job Opportunities – International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Job Title:   Safety & Security Officer   

Organisation: International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Duty Station:   Uganda


About US:

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities which support them, as well as those who remain within their homes and communities. At work today in over 40 countries and 25 U.S. cities, we improve outcomes in the areas of health, safety, economic wellbeing, education, and power.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Safety and Security Management Planning:

  • Provide technical support to the SSM on all policies, procedures, guidelines and planning for staff safety, operational security, and program continuity.
  • Work with SSM to develop, consolidate and implement operating procedures and contingency plans (CPs).
  • Undertake continual assessments of equipment, and the protocols by which that equipment is used, to ensure that minimal conditions for security are being met.
  • Evaluate, review and update contingency plans for all IRC offices and residences in Karamoja and ensure that the practical preparations are in place and known to all staff involved.
  • Identify potential security risks through the security risk assessment tool and respond accordingly.
  • Report and follow up on all Safety, Security and Access related incidents and ensure that it is timely and properly reported.
  • Respond to emergencies and incidents within designated areas promptly and according to policy.
  • Conduct risk assessments of contracted and prospective offices and areas of operations.
  • Maintain regular contact with field staff about security situation in their respective areas.
  • Build good relations with the local communities and authorities, in the areas IRC operates.
  • Conduct safety and road checks daily, recommend approval or non-approval for travel, and coordinate with other IRC teams on travel.

Building Acceptance to empower and expand humanitarian programming:

  • Uphold the mission, values, and spirit of IRC.
  • Follow and enforce all IRC codes of conduct and policies (worldwide and in-country).
  • Report any violations to appropriate IRC authority and participate in preventative initiatives.
  • Develop and maintain strong follow up systems with Government Departments and Ministries, IO, INGO and NGO agencies, stakeholders in refugee camps and other non-formal community stakeholders for close coordination and information exchange.
  • Attend meetings as required to represent the IRC and support coordination in reducing risk.
  • Actively seek opportunities that will complement ability to fulfill position’s responsibilities as well as further professional development, such as taking part in internal and external trainings.
  • Attend and follow up
  • Perform other duties as requested by supervisor.

Monitoring, Analysis and Supervision:

  • Identify, establish, and manage context appropriate approach to assure IRC facilities are secure – i.e., third party security companies.
  • Compile and submit monthly security reporting that track incidents and trends within the IRC’s area of operation. Submit daily contextual updates (daily Security Report) as needed to the SSM.
  • Work closely with IRC teams to ensure all incidents and accidents are followed up with an official written report, which is then shared with relevant stakeholders and filed appropriately.
  • Coordinate regularly with the SSM on safety and security, and fulfill reporting requirements daily security reports, weekly reports, monthly reports.
  • Security Orientation:
  • Provide Training(s) that may include Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs); Contingency Plans (CPs); Security Management; Incident Reporting; Prevention and Response Mechanisms; Communications (Equipment – Thuraya; protocols …etc).
  • Provide orientations for new staff and visitors in the field.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant for the International Rescue Committee Safety & Security Officer job must hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, education, law, criminology.
  • At least five years of security/safety background with an INGO in the region or equivalent (safety and security focal point).
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills, and ability to work simultaneously emergences and to multitask
  • Very good understanding for the context, culture differences and the changes.
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Ability to interact effectively and sensitively with international and national personnel, as well as with project partners, local authorities and any other community stakeholders and key figures and community members
  • Stable, moral, and robust character and a good team-player
  • Excellent communication skills, calm, and a good sense of humor
  • Proven commitment to accountability practices
  • Strong information technology skills
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.
  • Computer literate; strong MS-Excel and MS Word skills
  • Training or experience in crisis management
  • Training in safety, fire, and evacuation procedures
  • Training in safety and disaster management
  • Experience negotiating access for humanitarian or other agencies
  • Additional qualities: ability to multitask, ability to handle pressure well, ability to improvise, flexibility, cultural and environmental sensitivity.
  • English: Fluent. Knowledge of the local language is an added advantage.


How to Apply:

All suitably qualified should apply online at the link below


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Deadline: 22nd January 2022


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