Humanitarian Access and Security Analyst Job in Kenya

Humanitarian Access and Security Analyst

About MSF Eastern Africa

MSF Eastern Africa is the regional institutional office of MSF. It focuses on representation and networking, recruiting and supporting staff from the region, communications and fundraising, as well as working on other dossiers of importance to MSF such as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), mutualization, training, medical operational support and environmental health. 

Rationale/Objective for Position

  • The Humanitarian Access and Security Analyst in collaboration with the Head of the ASA Unit will be responsible for developing the MSF EA Humanitarian Access and Security policy, framework, protocols and templates in line with MSF’s strategy and humanitarian principles.
  • The job holder is also responsible for capacity-building; and strengthening learning and development to achieve a holistic and inclusive management strategy for humanitarian access, safety, and security.


Humanitarian Access Management:

  • Support MSF missions/projects working in the region by evaluating access constraints and developing access-specific strategies.

Safety and Security Management:

  • Develop a quality assurance framework for safety and security systems and procedures to ensure regular evaluation, review and update of security management plans and SOPs.
  • Ensure that all staff are fully aware of prevailing security threats; report noticeable threat changes through appropriate channels; and give timely advice on mitigation measures to reduce vulnerability.
  • Ensure safety and security due diligence processes are carried out across all MSF processes.
  • Carry out analysis and develop reports on regional safety and security to inform management decisions on security risks and opportunities.
  • Conduct context, Security and Humanitarian analysis in the region and as per the support requests from other MSF OCs/Cells in the region. In collaboration with the Head of the ASA Unit and peers in the MSF movement and entities, develop and review incident reporting tools and databases.

Knowledge Transfer and Capacity Building:

  • In collaboration with the Head of the ASA Unit, Training and Learning Unit and other peers in the MSF movement, develop/review training modules, and plan and facilitate Humanitarian Access, Safety and Security trainings.
  • Conduct training with exercises and simulations for the EA Critical Incident Management Team (CIMT).
  • Implement strategies to enhance safety and security culture at all levels.

Critical Incident Management:

  • In collaboration with the Head of the ASA unit, develop and organize a solid critical incident management protocol for EA Critical Incident Management Team and Field Incident Management Team.
  • Regularly review critical incident management protocol requirements and ensure that these are functioning properly including but not limited a dedicated room, equipment, refresher SILT/CIM training and action plan follow-up.

Partnership and External Representation:

  • Engage with partners to share capacity, capability, and experience pertaining to humanitarian access and security in the region.
  • Liaise with peers and actively participate in meetings at relevant humanitarian fora, including the MSF Intersection/Security/Access meetings, NGO Security Focal Points, INSO, NGO Forums at the regional level.

Other Responsibilities

  • Lead Security Advisory in the Critical Management Team in the absence of the Access and Security Unit Lead.



  • A Bachelor’s degree in Management, Political Sciences, Safety or an equivalent qualification from a recognized institution.
  • Technical degree or certification in a related field with significant applicable experience.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Arabic is required. Portuguese/Italian/Spanish is a plus.


  • At least seven (7) years of non-profit NGO work experience within international humanitarian assistance programs with demonstrated capabilities in planning, organizing, and executing humanitarian operations safely in the Field.
  • Experience working with the UNDSS, INSO, INGO forum and similar institutions is an added advantage.
  • Country Director/Project Coordinator experience is an added advantage.
  • Strong experience as a trainer; ability to develop, implement, facilitate, and impart learning.
  • Proven experience in analysis and report writing on access, security, and safety issues.


Technical Competencies

  • Ability to provide clear, dynamic briefings and analysis of given and unfolding security and political situations when they occur.
  • Good understanding of regional and local context, dynamics, and access limitations.
  • Ability to provide team building, coaching, and development for staff as well as encourage cross-functional collaboration and cooperation.
  • Excellent relationship-building, interpersonal skills, and the ability to effectively represent MSF at forums and with external stakeholders.
  • Good oral and written communication skills, with the ability to express ideas and concepts clearly and persuasively with senior internal and external stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to design and lead training engagements with staff and partners to enhance skills and adapt to changing program demands.

Behavioral/General Competencies

  • Commitment to MSF’s Principles
  • Cross-cultural Awareness
  • Strategic Vision
  • Results and Quality Orientation
  • Service Orientation
  • Planning and Organizing 
  • Initiative and Innovation 
  • Teamwork and Cooperation 
  • People Management and Development 
  • Networking and Building Relationships
  • Security awareness and Management

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