Global Safety and Access Advisor

  • Contract
  • Oslo Norway
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Salary: TBD

Norwegian Church Aid

The Global Safety and Access Team provides advice to NCA senior management and support to country offices (COs) on safety and security matters. This includes designing and implementing policy, providing direct support to COs, designing, and delivering trainings, supporting humanitarian responses, and supporting incident & crisis management, amongst other things.

The team is focused on enabling NCA’s operations which meet our duty-of-care requirements and is a part of the Director of International Programmes staff.

The right person must be willing to spend approx. 60 percent of their time on the road, meaning majority of work hours will be spent in the field and moving between countries. Pay attention: The position will require travel to high-risk locations and countries. The right person will be asked to be amongst the first staff into high-risk locations. In addition, the position will deal with matters of life and death, especially around incident and crisis management, which can be very stressful.

This is a demanding position; provide relevant security analysis and recommendations to experienced field staff after a relatively short period of time in country will be a big part of the job.

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • The GSA-R will primarily travel to NCA COs or other areas of interest (e.g. a prospective humanitarian response), and provide safety support as required/directed to NCA programmes and staff there. It is expected that they will spend 60% of their time in the field.
  • When not travelling the GSA-R will provide virtual support to Country SFPs and support HO safety processes, such as HEAT training, policy development, incident/crisis management and risk management reviews, amongst other things.
  • Regular short visits to NCA country offices to (inter alia) update risk assessments and other safety tools, audit security preparedness, and provide safety and/or crisis management training.
  • Longer deployments (1-3 months+) to NCA COs to provide more comprehensive support in building and implementing systems, develop local safety risk management capacity, or support crisis preparation/management.
  • Short-notice deployments to support NCA’s humanitarian responses to sudden onset disasters/conflicts.
  • Continuous capacity building of SFPs through one-on-one chats, delivery of virtual lessons etc.
  • Provide support to HO HEAT training through provision of lessons, managing exercise stands etc.
  • Support the delivery of crisis management training through provision of lessons, design and management of exercises or role-playing within the exercises.
  • Support safety policy development as directed by GSM.
  • Support global risk management processes, such as facilitating CO SRM reviews.
  • Other safety-related tasks as directed by GSM.
  • You will primarily be involved and interacting with NCA staff. However, you will also interact with UN Security staff, other NGO security and programme staff, private security companies and other vendors, and local officials. They will expect you to be professional, courteous and collegial, and so will we.

Necessary Qualifications

  • Masters or Bachelor in Relevant Field (Security, International Relations, Risk Analysis) though equivalent experience may be accepted in lieu.
  • 3+ years’ experience as an NGO safety/security advisor or programme manager in a medium to high-risk environment. (Similar experience in private or government sectors less desirable but potentially acceptable).

Desirable Qualifications

  • First Aid/Trauma First Aid Qualification (MIRA, FREC or similar).
  • Crisis Management Training.
  • Security Risk Assessment Training.
  • Train-the-Trainer Qualification.
  • Completed security risk analyses of NGO operations, including mitigation recommendations, then oversaw the implementation of those recommendations. (Similar experience in private or government sectors less desirable but potentially acceptable).
  • Experience in crisis and incident management
  • General understanding of the use of IT.
  • French proficiency.
  • Has experience delivering personal safety/security trainings.
  • Has experience in delivering crisis management training and exercises.

Personal qualities

  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Resilience.
  • Humanitarian.
  • A positive attitude as well as an infectiously good mood.
  • Good communication skills both in writing and orally.

We can offer you an exciting role with one of Norway’s biggest NGOs, providing you with challenging, exciting and varied work, across varied contexts, and involve the preparation for, and response to, serious safety and security risks while also ensuring the safe and effective delivery of humanitarian aid to those most in need.

Before you submit your application, we kindly ask you to read the ACT Code of Conduct for the prevention of misconduct, including corruption, fraud, exploitation and abuse, including sexual; and to ensure child safeguarding and the Protection from Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Abuse and Child Safeguarding policy. All staff are required to sign the Code of Conduct and Protection from Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Abuse, and Child Safeguarding Policy when entering into any kind of engagement with NCA.

How to apply

We encourage all qualified persons to apply for a job with us, regardless of gender, age, disability or cultural background. NCA uses an electronic gateway for all recruitment where you can register and submit your CV, write an application / cover letter and attach relevant certificates. Only applicants using this electronic gateway will be considered for the position.

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Closing date: 9/18/2022