Humanitarian Safety & Security Specialist at Plan International

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Plan International was founded over 75 years ago with a mission to promote and protect the rights of children. The organisation was set up by British journalist John Langdon-Davies and refugee worker Eric Muggeridge in 1937, with the original aim to provide food, accommodation and education to children whose lives had been disrupted by the Spanish Civil War. Langdon-Davies conceived the idea of a personal relationship between a child and a sponsor – a model that puts the child at the centre, and remains the core of what we do. Today, Plan International is a global organisation that is active in over 70 countries to advance children’s rights and equality for girls. Who We Are We work with communities around the world to end the cycle of poverty for children. We work with communities around the world to end the cycle of poverty for children. Founded over 70 years ago, Plan is a nearly $800 million organization often ranked among the top 10 international development agencies by reputation, size and scope. We work side-by-side with communities in 50 developing countries to end the cycle of poverty for children, developing solutions to ensure long-term sustainability. Our level of community engagement, long-term outlook and constant focus on the needs and priorities of children is unique among international development organizations. Our solutions are designed up-front to be owned by communities for generations to come and range from clean water and health care programs, to education projects and child protection initiatives. Community by community, Plan works to promise futures that are worthy of all children’s potential. Our Vision Our vision is of a world in which all children realize their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity. Our Mission Plan strives to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of vulnerable children in developing countries by: Enabling children, their families and their communities to meet basic needs and to increase their ability to participate in and benefit from their societies; Fostering relationships to increase understanding and unity among peoples of different cultures and countries; and Promoting the rights and interests of the world’s children.

  • Job Type: Contract
  • Qualification: BA/BSc/HND
  • Job Field: NGO/Non-Profit 

The Opportunity

We recognise that our staff and associates may work in or travel to hostile and complex environments that present unique safety and security risks, and we are proactive in identifying and mitigating these risks. We understand that security management should be an enabler rather than a barrier. Plan International is committed to fulfilling its duty of care to our staff and providing a safe and secure environment so that we can better fulfil our purpose and objectives.  

Plan International is looking for experienced Safety and Security Specialists and Advisors who can be available on short notice (within 72 hours) for contracts of varying duration in various (often high-risk context) countries to gap fill, support scale up and build capacity in inclusive safety and security management. The pre-qualified candidates will be included on an external roster and will receive on-call assignments, after receiving training on Plan International’s safety procedures and tools. The assignments will take place in countries where humanitarian operations are taking place and will have a variable duration of up to six months.

The Requirements

  • Deep conceptual understanding of security risk management and risk assessment processes
  • Experience working in high-risk areas, including disasters and fragile and conflict-affected states
  • Experience working in an international NGO
  • Experience in conducting security risk assessments.
  • Experience providing technical support and oversight to security programmes.
  • Experience in security capacity building in a variety of contexts.
  • Understanding of field level representation with key stakeholders and coordination with peer NGOs and UN actors. 
  • Experience in Humanitarian access negotiation/strategy.
  • In-depth knowledge or work experience in post-conflict and/or complex emergency environments.
  • A clear understanding of humanitarian principles.
  • Excellent planning, management and coordination skills, with the ability to organise a substantial workload comprised of complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities.
  • Strong written and spoken English
  • Ability to work in an additional language, e.g. French, Arabic, or Spanish – desirable

Method of Application