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  • Posted: Apr 8, 2024
    Deadline: May 8, 2024
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    Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 99 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality and works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs. CRS has been helping po...
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    Deputy Regional Advisor Safety and Security Risk Management, EARO and SARO


    About CRS: Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

    Background: Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

    Job Summary: The Deputy Regional Safety and Security Advisor supports technical, both operational and tactical, safety and security solutions to the East Africa (EARO) and Southern Africa (SARO) Country Programs and Regional Offices. The Deputy Advisor is responsible for coordination, support and where necessary facilitation of safety and security training initiatives and implementation of safety and security systems and policies. The Deputy Advisor will propose updates to effectiveness and efficiency in Country Program security documentation, operating procedures (SOPs), risk assessment processes and continuity of operations preparedness plans. The Deputy Advisor collaborates with relevant national and international security agencies and providers, through representation, relationship building, information sharing and advocacy.

    Job Responsibilities:

     Technical Assistance

    • Ensure that all security systems and procedures are communicated and adhered to by the EARO and SARO Country Programs and provide technical support and coordination to these Country Programs.
    • In close collaboration with the Regional Safety Advisor;  
      • Provide international, regional and local security information and research, as needed, to support the continued improvement of, as well as technical input to all EARO-SARO CPs in the development and management of their Country Security Plans and other security risk management documents. 
      • Assist EARO-SARO CPs in aligning health, safety and security plans and systems with current and future program design. 
    • Conduct and assist Country Programs with initial security assessments before a new CRS offices/program is opened and staff is assigned to a (country) program. In case of office closures, conduct and assist with the security assessment and closure processes.
    • Train and assist CP staff in preparing, conducting, and reporting risk assessments. Monitor and follow up on implementation of the mitigation measures and plans.
    • Strengthen and drive the risk assessment process by carrying out regular threat and vulnerability assessments, adapting procedures accordingly and monitoring compliance, together with the CP Security Focal Points. 
    • Monitor proper implementation of the Safety and Security Management Plans  and provide guidance on security management procedures, policies and practices.
    • Triage, review and follow up on reported incidents. Work with RSSA to provide technical support to country programs on incident management. Escalates security concerns and incident management as needed.
    • Stay up to date with international trends and developments, monitor open sources and cultivate different sources of information and analysis around safety and security trends in the region and share these with the Regional Safety and Security Advisor. 
    • Monitor and review CRS’ staff tracking systems as necessary, monitor staff compliance and propose adjustments as needed.
    • In collaboration with RSSA follow up with CPs to ensure that Security document including Field Security Plans, Visitor Briefing Pack, Standard ProceduresConstant companion are reviewed, updated and socialized to Staff.
    • Identify and propose opportunities to interface with regional-level and country-level security committees, key contacts, and staff from other agencies to support the update of Field Security Plans. Carry out regular assessments to review and monitor compliance and propose improvements.
    • Support CRS’ continuous process of improvement on safety and security risk management.

    Organizational & Systems Implementation and Staff Capacity Strengthening

    • Support the implementation of CRS’ health, safety and security risk management system in the regions.
    • Assist and collaborate with CPs in defining roles and responsibilities for safety and security management. Generate recommendations to optimize organizational/departmental efficiency, performance and accountability. 
    • Support the facilitation of the regions’ community of practice for security focal points and other interested parties to encourage learning and implementation of best practices in the area of health, safety, and security management. 
    • Monitor, track, and promote effective use of communications equipment as per the regional specific SOPs.
    • Organize and Facilitate incident and crisis management trainings and exercises.
    • Liaise with other members of the CRS global safety and security community for additional sources of technical or training assistance, best practices and learning.
    • Support regional requests for safety and security training.
    • Ensure compliance with CRS’s security training and learning policy
    • Implement trainings at the regional and country level, including those for drivers and guards.
    • Document dates and types of security training staff members have received and make recommendations on training needs. 
    • Strengthen CP training capacity and facilitate HSS trainings as  needed.
    • Deploy to country programs to provide surge support or help manage critical incidents if needed.
    • Acting RSSA in case of travel or absence of the Regional Safety and Security Advisor. 

    Key Working Relationships: 

    • Internal: Regional Advisor Safety and Security Risk Management, Deputy Regional Director(s), Regional Technical Advisors, Country Representatives, Heads of Operations, Heads of Programs, Security Focal Points, Health Safety and Security Unit and Humanitarian Response Department. 
    • External: International and local partners, including local and US Catholic agencies, US Embassy RSOs within the region, contracted security service providers, security officers of other international and local NGOs operating in EARO and SARO.

    Basic Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in security management, international development, or related field, or equivalent work experience.
    • Minimum of 3 years work experience in operational safety and security management with an international humanitarian organization. 


    • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in security and staff safety
    • Experience working in delicate situations with partner organizations
    • Knowledge of and working experience in the regions strongly preferred
    • Strong cross-cultural skills
    • Ability to train and convey information to non-security personnel
    • Excellent interpersonal and negotiating skills
    • Excellent writing skills and strong communicator
    • Proficiency in MS Office
    • Diplomatic, able to manage conflict and move groups toward consensus
    • Ability to make sound decision, including when to escalate issues 
    • Excellent organization and planning skills, detail-oriented, ability to work on multiple task simultaneously
    • Strong initiative and self-motivated, with a commitment to humanitarian principles
    • Able to work without close supervision
    • Quick learner, adaptable and creative

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

    • Strong analytical and critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions
    • Strong relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship
    • Strong communications and presentation skills; able to develop tailored and persuasive messaging for varied audiences
    • Ability to collaborate with diverse/multi-disciplinary teams
    • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented

    Preferred Qualifications 

    • Master's degree in related discipline 
    • Familiarity in working for Non-governmental Organizations
    • Demonstrated experience of successful security program support at regional level
    • Previous experience with partner engagement 
    • Ability to present and train different levels and compositions of staff and partners
    • Formal technical training(s) in safety and security is a plus

    Method of Application

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