Safety Advisor At International Rescue Committee

The IRC is working in Libya since 2016, targeting the most vulnerable non-displaced, IDPs, refugees and migrants in hard-to-reach areas. According to assessments, healthcare is considered the priority need in Libya, most urgently in terms of quality health staff, medicines and supplies. There are significant gaps in the response, according to Libya’s Ministry of Health (MoH), the Libyan Red Crescent, UN agencies, and international NGOs. IRC’s team in Libya has the specific goal of reaching those in the hardest hit areas to beneficiaries of all ages and gender, both Libyans and third-country nationals. The emergency health activities will be focused on supporting essential primary health care. The reproductive health activities will specifically target women and girls. IRC’s emergency team is engaging local communities and empowering them to ensure they have equal access to health services while mobilizing outreach medical teams to maintain proximity to the people in need.

The Libya INGO Forum (INGOF) is an independent network of 23 international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) implementing humanitarian programs to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable population living in Libya. The INGOF provides a platform to facilitate the work of its members and support them to address key issues of common interest efficiently and effectively.

Job Overview/Summary

The Safety advisor (LIF ) seeks to support its members by improving the safety and security of humanitarian operations in Libya. This position encompasses significant challenges due to the variety of the INGO forum members, in term of operational volume, resources, capacity and mandates. Access constraints, and a response that is structurally remotely managed and coordinated from Tunis are also adding more complexity to INGO coordination, notably in term of safety and security. A senior humanitarian professional with experience in developing processes (such as security information sharing alerts, analysis, and reporting processes) and systems from scratch to serve the INGOs community in complex environments would be an ideal profile for the position.

Major Responsibilities

The main responsibilities of the LIF Safety advisor are:

• Facilitate and lead regular INGO security meetings, briefings and workshops as often as necessary and ensure information is disseminated to relevant stakeholders. Meetings should be used to present trends, facilitate discussions among members and foster collective initiatives.

• Establish and maintain an active information network, which includes I/NGOs, local counterparts, the UN, and other key actors to obtain credible and relevant safety information. Specifically, administrate and lead discussions on messaging platforms (e.g. WhatsApp), adapting those platforms to the needs (e.g. geographic focus, analysis vs. triangulation of immediate information impacting humanitarian operations, etc.).

• Provide INGOs with timely and credible security information and in-depth, nuanced contextual analysis through: daily alerts, incident reports, and weekly analytical reports.

• Assist NGOs in developing their own security management capacities by reviewing policy documents, conducting site-security surveys, and assisting in crisis evacuation plans.

• Take a proactive approach to moving around areas of Libya in coordination with management and networking among LIF partners.

• Effectively represent, promote and protect humanitarian principles of independence, impartiality and neutrality.

• Represent interest of the Libya INGO forums in external security related fora, in particular with OCHA and UNDSS through the Saving Lives Together Framework.

Job Requirements

• Master’s degree in relevant field.

• Fluency in English, written and verbal. Working knowledge of Arabic is welcome.

• Excellent computer literacy is required. Knowledge of QGIS or other mapping software is welcome

• Experience or knowledge of Libya context is welcome.

• At least 5 years working experience in the humanitarian field:

o In a safety and security management role (including the security management role embedded in a country director or field manager position)

o Managing humanitarian operations in the field

o In conflict-affected and volatile environments

• Experience within an operational INGO is required

• Experience with UN, DPKO missions, diplomatic community, donors, national governments and others are welcome.

• Advanced knowledge in humanitarian principles, International humanitarian law and human rights law, and conflict sensitivity is required.

• Strong analytical skills and demonstrated ability in writing briefing papers, security reports and other information products.

• Experience or knowledge of Libya context is welcome.

• Ability to work autonomously.

• Strategic thinking and strong leadership to drive change.

• Communicating with impact and respect

• Ability to facilitate constructive conversations, engage key stakeholders, empower and build trust

• Planning and delivering results

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Equality and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

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