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Security Manager Job in Nairobi Kenya

Position: Security Manager

 Horn Relief

Position Location: Nairobi, Kenya

 1 year (renewable)

Starting date: Immediate

Application deadline:
 20th November 2011

Overall objectives

Horn Relief is committed to establishing security management policies and procedures which minimises risks to staff working for Horn Relief and other stakeholders associated with Horn Relief’s work. In addition Horn Relief is committed to developing the capacity and confidence required, for programme staff to play a full role in applying and updating the policies and procedures.

The primary purpose of the Security Manager is to enable Horn Relief staff and partners to conduct their jobs in a safe, appropriate and effective manner. A secondary role is to ensure Horn Relief in all countries it works in, develops and follows appropriate security management procedures based on existing global policy and regularly updated regional security assessment.

Organizational Background

Horn Relief is an Africa based international development and humanitarian organization. We aim to improve the conditions of those who are living in marginalized areas in the Horn of Africa.

We strengthen rural livelihoods through environmental awareness, training, technology transfer and innovative humanitarian projects in pursuit of a peaceful, self-reliant, and greener future. Currently, Horn Relief has the head quarter in Nairobi, and operates in Somalia, Kenya and Sudan. 

The organization has an annual operating budget of over US$ 8 million per year for its operations. Horn Relief anticipates expansion of programs to other countries in the Horn of Africa region.

Horn Relief works in the following sectors: food security and livelihoods, in particular cash based responses, natural resource management, education (formal and non-formal), WASH, and humanitarian response. The present donor portfolio includes European Commission, USAID, SIDA, UNICEF, Government of Netherlands, Oxfam Novib and others.

Key Responsibilities

i. Information: to find, collate, analyse and present security related information for Horn Relief on a regular basis (monthly minimum), to enable programme planning and decision making. To maintain Horn Relief database of information of security related issues, and/or to contribute to collective security information databases.

ii. Policy, Systems and Procedures: To develop and keep updated a comprehensive set of procedures and systems which enable programmes to deliver services, safely and effectively. To lead on development and updating of regional security policy, or sign off by Regional Director.

iii. Planning and resourcing: To lead on development of ‘security improvement plans’ and budgets for each programme office, to chart out necessary changes needed to reach level the required standard of security management expected by Horn Relief.

iv. Implementation and quality assurance: To enable all teams to achieve ‘security improvement plans’, and to enable all staff to comply with above policy and procedures, through capacity building, mentoring, advising and monitoring quality of application.

v. Region wide systems: to develop, implement and manage region wide systems and infrastructure for better security management (i.e. communication systems, Critical Incident Teams, Evacuation procedures). To advise Senior Management Team (SMT) on necessary administrative and financial procedures/facilities to maintain high standard of security and safety assurance (e.g. insurance, safety equipment, internet and document security, resource/asset management etc).

vi. Advisory: to be focal point for providing advice to SMT, PMs, and any other staff requiring security related advice and guidance.

vii. External Coordination and Advocacy: to be Horn Relief focal point for security related meetings, relationships with counterparts in other agencies, and to advocate for better security management overall amongst the humanitarian community. To play leading role with RDs/ PMs in enabling humanitarian access negotiations. Maintain very close and enabling relationship with SPAS.

viii. Work Planning/budgeting/ administration: To develop a quarterly work plan and regional security related budget, and then engage with PMs, Grant Manager and Horn Relief Representative to fundraise for that budget.

ix. Accountability: To ensure that Horn Relief commitments to the HAP Standard is considered and incorporated into all security related work, and that the principle of beneficiary participation and dignity is maintained.

Outputs (minimum, over 12 months)

  1. Monthly security analyses report.
  2. Security Policy and comprehensive procedures.
  3. Security Improvement Plans and budgets for each programme office
  4. Capacity building (including training) plans and activities completed for all offices
  5. Set up of key regional level systems and infrastructure for better security management.
  6. Regular advice and support given to all PMs, security focal points and SMT.
  7. Horn Relief recognised as a regular and constructive contributor to humanitarian community wide security discussions.
  8. Humanitarian access negotiations started in key location.
  9. Work Plans and regular reports on progress, including section on compliance verification (against external and internal standards).
Qualifications & Experience
  • Experience of managing humanitarian/development programmes in insecure environments, with primary responsibility for security management.
  • Significant experience of assessing political and security contexts in countries affected by conflict and facing complex-emergency countries.
  • Mature understanding of the dynamics between NGOs and their key stakeholders.
  • Able to build staff capacity using various methods.
  • Proven ability to communicate clearly in writing and orally.
  • Proven commitment to upholding the dignity of staff and beneficiaries.
  • Proven experience in writing SOPs and training staff in the SOPs
Application Process

All applications should be sent to Horn Relief at AND with the subject line: Security Manager.

Applications should be submitted by 20th November, 2011.

The selection committee will review all applications as they are received. All applicants must meet the minimum requirements described above, and those unable to meet these requirements will not be considered.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Horn Relief is an equal opportunity employer.

Each application package should include the following:
  • Cover letter with the applicant’s current contact information.
  • Resume (including detailed work experience, education/ diplomas/degrees);
  • Professional References (minimum of three, with complete contact information)
Applications not including all of the above requirements will not be reviewed.

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