Albarka Health Spring Foundation (AHSF) is a non-governmental organization dully registered with Nigerian government through Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC/IT NO: 91613). Existing since October 2016, AHSF focuses on improving the quality of life of vulnerable population across communities in North East Nigeria. AHSF operates both in emergency and developmental context and have its program principally rooted in identifying gaps that affects population or increases vulnerability of population and bridging those gaps through resource base planning and implementation. Our Mission is to Improve the quality of lives of Children, Women, the Elderly and other Marginalized Vulnerable groups through Human Development and Interventions to Strengthen Communities.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Humanitarian Access Safety and Security Assistant
Location: Kaga, Magumeri & MMC – Borno
Employment Type: Contract
Employment Category: Regular
Contract Duration: 6 months
Sector: Safety & Security
Expected Start Date: ASAP
Slots: 3 Openings
Job Overview / Summary
- Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager and technical support of the Northeast Humanitarian Access Safety and Security Coordination team (HASSC), the Safety & Security Assistant (SSA) should maintain, improve and expand principled humanitarian access to conflict-affected populations in areas of responsibility through development and overseeing the implementation of humanitarian access and security management plans in compliance with AHSF’s strategy and line with humanitarian principles, humanitarian needs, Duty of Care and Gender Equality principles.
- The role supports the teams in any of the communities in identifying, analysing, and mitigating risk to facilitate access to humanitarian programming, and operates within acceptable Safety & Security risk levels. To achieve this, the SSA will be based in Kaga, Magumeri and MMCareas of implementation and regularly supports the team in Maiduguri.
- He/She will further entail advising the management team and other project staff on various security matters; contribute to implementing the security policies and facilitate the rollout of security SOPs and regular compliance reports.
- Share Daily Situation Report/updates with SMT, the HASS team and the project staff.
- Ensure timely reporting of security incidents and dissemination of security information to all staff and maintain the record.
- Ensures that incident report forms are properly compiled by staff and distributed to the Management team.
- Conduct security briefing and orientation to all newly hired staff, staff on mission or visitors using the standard briefing format.
- He/She will ensure that an updated briefing tracking sheet is maintained.
- With the support of relevant staff, conduct a security risk assessment of the program locations in Borno State using the standard SRA & Security Level tool, and monitor the contextual trends before and continuously after deployment of staff.
- Work closely with the project Officers, HR, and HASS Coordination team to ensure that Safety and Security Standards in the Maiduguri office are maintained and implemented in line with the recommendations from assessment reports.
- Assist the Program officers and HASS team incollating, analysing, and disseminating security information as approved or advised by the northeast HASS Coordinator to AHSF project staff and ensuring the information remains accurate and neutral.
- Contribute to the development and review of Project field offices’ Field Security Management plans, Contingency plans, and standards operating procedures.
- Enforce Security SOPs within the area of jurisdiction and advise staff accordingly.
- Constantly and immediately notify the AHSF Head of Program of any breach of the procedures in the SOPs.
- Conduct regular checks on AHSF premises in Maiduguri, Kaga, and Magumeri, providingrecommendations on their improvement and following up on their implementation. Any areas of improvement are to be reported to HoP, the Project Manager, and HR for immediate action.
- Initiate security alerts as appropriate in line with the ever-evolving security context across all locations through the existing Warden System, Bulk SMS, and Early Warning Group.
- Ensure that staff movements are well tracked and communication using Sat Phone is maintained.
- Guide Field teams on how to undertake security risk assessments during field missions to programme areas and potential programme areas, report on findings and design necessary improvements.
- Work on identification and mitigation of potential security risks to staff, assets and operational/program security and validates mitigation measure within security risk assessments.
- Monitor events, review incidents and coordinate analysis, follow-up actions and recommendations in close coordination with the HASS northeast coordination team and the program officers.
- Provide security update, which includes situational analysis, actions taken, and actions recommended to the Field Management Team on a regular and as-per-request basis.
Staff Performance Management, Learning & Development:
- Establish a Security Focal Group (SFG) in Borno and build the capacity of the team on basic humanitarian access safety and security protocols and policies.
- Coach, train, supervise and mentor AHSF Program Officers, including communicating clear expectations, setting annual performance objectives, and providing regular, positive, and constructive performance feedback.
- Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable the HoP as a technical supervisor.
- Look for opportunities to support staff in their career growth, where appropriate.
- Train and develop the capability and capacity of direct reports to perform well in the role.
- Work closely with the program Officer, indirect/technical supervisor, and direct report to promote team spirit.
- Coordination and representation: He/She will represent the department in meetings and serve as the focal person for the department in Borno.
Treat beneficiaries with dignity and apply AHSF’s Code of Ethics and Conduct, the UN Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in the field.
Key Working Relationships:
- Position Reports to the Head of the Program
- Indirect / Technical Reporting: Humanitarian Access Safety and security coordination Team N/E
- Position directly Supervises: N/A
- B.Sc / HND in Social Sciences
- Master’s Degree in security studies or relevant courses is an added advantage.
- 2 – 4 years work experience – Previous experience with INGO preferred.
Demonstrated Technical Skills:
- Excellent oral and written communication are required.
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
- Excellent interpersonal, organizational, communication and time management skills
- Ability to organize tasks simultaneously, prioritize work and ensure tasks are completed by the deadline.
- Knowledge of the Northeast context is required.
- Knowledge of the local language (Kanuri)
- Willing and able to be based and travel regularly within remote areas, where services are limited.
- Previous experience with a similar position.
Application Closing Date
4th July, 2023.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Important Information and Notice
Carefully observe the details as follow:
- Contact details (name, position, email address and tel. no.) of 3 professional references must be provided, whereas 1 must be for the latest employer including that of the HR/Admin person. Please do not attach any written recommendations.
- Only motivated applicants who can perform the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications will be considered. CVs – only applications will not be considered. Please note: The position title and location must be written in the subject line of the e-mail; otherwise, it may not be considered
- CVs will be reviewed on rolling bases
- Due to the large number of expected applicants, only short-listed candidates will be contacted and invited for an interview.
- We apologize for the inconvenience.
- AHSF considers all applicants based on merit without regard to race, sex, colour, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability.
- AHSF reserves the right to transfer position as per need/project demand at any time during the project.
- Travelling from home to the duty station will be the staff’s responsibility but facilitation could be provided as per the situation;
- AHSF reserves the right to close the application before the deadline, if the required number of candidates is attained Rolling basis review of applications
- Candidates will be responsible for his/her travel, accommodation and feeding during the recruitment process;
- Other Terms &Conditions will be part of the Job Contract;
- This ToR shall be inclusive of any other task specifically assigned by the Project Manager and direct supervisor What concerns the implementation of the program activities?
- Women are strongly encouraged to Apply
- AHSF is an Equal Opportunity Employer AHSF considers all applicants based on merit without regard to race, sex, colour, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.
- The AHSF and AHSF workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in AHSF – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Transparency, Accountability, Partnership, Integrity, and Teamwork (TAPIT). By these values, the AHSF operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse PSEA, Child Safeguarding, Anti Monetary Laundering Policy, Anti-Fraud, Core Humanitarian Sphere Principles, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
- Albarka Health Spring Foundation is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals.
- We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of AHSFV, all AHSF Intern and Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or another state