Global Security and Humanitarian Access Director

Country: United States of America
Organization: Relief International
Closing date: 22 Feb 2024

We are currently recruiting a Global Security and Humanitarian Access Director to join our Programs team.

This is a remote position, open to candidatesbased in France, RI country of operation, or globally.

At Relief International, we are committed to building a representative, inclusive and authentic workplace. We strongly encourage applications from candidates from minoritized backgrounds those who bring lived experience of the contexts in which we work.

We are proud to be a global recruiter, hiring people from around the world. We offer competitive salaries and benefit packages for all staff, that are applied fairly and transparently. This means we are unable to advertise the salary as it is dependent on the local job market of the staff member, we will inform shortlisted candidates of the salary range as part of the selection process.

Note you must have the right to work in your home-based location and that national terms and conditions will apply.

This role is classified as requiring advanced pre-employment checks.

About Relief International.

Relief International (RI) works in 15 countries globally to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises, and chronic poverty.

About the Opportunity.

In this role, you will be part of the RI Humanitarian Access & Response team, and coordinate closely with the Regional Security and Access Directors, with the aim of building RI’s security management and humanitarian response capacity.

You will lead RI’s efforts in building a culture of safety and security, that embeds risk management and security planning, as a key element of all the work we do across the organization.

Your responsibilities will be

· Develop and steward Relief International’s security strategy, and design, draft and lead the dissemination of overarching safety and security policies and crisis management plans and attendant structures.

· Lead, develop and draft Relief International’s Global Safety and Security Policy and minimum operating safety and security standards (MOSS)

· Lead the evaluation and development of RI security documents, templates and procedures to ensure alignment with best practices and donor requirements and ensure that they are ‘fit for purpose’.

· Manage, update, and create systems to streamline security management processes and procedures across the organization.

· Lead mission critical crisis management.

· Assist in the preparation of security reports to articulate agency risk and strategy to the Senior Leadership Team and Boards of Directors.

· Partner with colleagues in other risk management systems including Human Resources, Ethics and Compliance, Legal and cyber security/ IT departments to address sensitive security issues, manage mission-critical incidents, investigate security breaches and assist with disciplinary and legal matters as necessary.

· Build thriving global partnerships with key stakeholders, networks, and analysis platforms to enable critical contextual response planning.

· Represent RI at inter-agency security networks, global humanitarian access and response fora, and actively participate in humanitarian access strategy and advocacy debates.

· Enhance collaboration and cohesion between RI’s security and humanitarian response teams, to steer access and acceptance strategies during RI’s response efforts in the midst of armed conflict, and other crises.

· Lead on the integration of security risk management at strategic level into program planning, emergency preparedness and response, and surge capacity.

· Provide surge support to cover RI security and leadership gaps.

Humanitarian Response:

· Lead the coordination of RI emergency responses, including facilitation of internal and external coordination, and donor engagement.

· Serve as Team Lead, overseeing the initial phase of large emergency response programming.

· Mentor RI team members to build the agency’s rapid response capacity.

· Collaborate with HR to build a strong and diverse team of humanitarian response and surge support roster.

About You.

You will bring the following experience and skills.

· An energizing personality, proven leadership skills, demonstrated ability to build trust and achieve results in demanding, highly adaptive, and often difficult environments

· Demonstrated experience managing risk, safety, and security across the full spectrum of humanitarian assistance to development programming.

· Knowledge of UN, ECHO, MOSS and other standard INGO security frameworks, and a broad network across security, humanitarian and development related sub-sectors.

· Excellent analytical, coordination, and communication skills and a strong ethic of teamwork and collaboration.

· Proven experience at strategic level of leadership and management, which includes policy development, organization-wide roll-out of new policies/ procedures, international organisations, and external representation.

· Experience in fragile settings that have conflict, post-conflict, or transitional state environments, partnering with local stakeholders, such as international NGOs and local authorities, carrying out rapid security assessments, and after-action reviews following a humanitarian emergency.

· Deep knowledge of international humanitarian standards, systems and contexts with a keen sense of political awareness.

· Good knowledge and experience of funding agencies and international organizations (including ECHO, FCDO and USAID) for humanitarian and development/reconstruction programs.

· Skilled in planning, budgeting and financial management.

· Ability to deliver cross functional projects on time and on budget, using project management processes and tools including risk management, financial management and quality assurance.

· This position requires 40-50% travel, and the willingness and ability to travel at short notice.

Research shows that women and people of colour are less likely to apply to jobs, unless they meet every single requirement. If you’re excited about this role, but your experience doesn’t align with every criteria described, we encourage you to apply anyway, you could be exactly what we need!

How to apply

How to apply.

To apply for this post, click on the “Apply” button in the job advert page.

· You will be asked to upload a CV and Cover Letter.

· The cover letter should be two pages, and explain why you are interested in this post with Relief International and how your skills and experience make you a good fit.

Closing date: Please apply immediately we will be reviewing applicants on a rolling basis, therefore we may withdraw the position from the jobs board before the closing date.

As a humanitarian organization, Relief International is committed to the safeguarding of all those we come into contact with through our work. We are committed to the core humanitarian principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse. Relief International expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and uphold the values and behaviors outlined in the Code of Conduct.

Recruitment to all roles in Relief International include a criminal records self-declaration, references, and other pre-employment checks, which may include police and qualifications checks.

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